The cat soap opera continues

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While I'm having my own little dramas with broken hands, the cats decided they get in on the action too although I suppose these diversions are a good way to avoid dwelling on the world and it's messes. It's necessary to be informed but as Nietzsche said "And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

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The little guys and their antics keep me from feeling too depressed although there's trouble here: Peanut is showing signs of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis. He's been urinating very slowly and frequently and there's been a lot of blood in this urine. This is potentially life-threatening as he could develop a bladder blockage. I had a cat like this before so I know the signs and acted fast. We are managing him with a prescription diet to keep his urine from becoming too concentrated and form crystals. He also gets painkillers when I see blood and L-tryptophan supplements to help him be less nervous.

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Although he has fun with his little buddy Wookie, part of the problem stems from the fact that he's not getting on very well with the female members of the household and this conflict makes him anxious. I'm hoping that regular Tryptophan doses will improve his confidence and make him less prone to bullying

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I decided to see whether giving the household catnip would help matters. Here's Yoda trying to break into my bag within 5 minutes of me coming home, before I'd even unpacked the bag or unsealed the catnip, hehe

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While many cats go crazy for catnip, there are exceptions. Of course Peanut had to be one of them so while the others were rolling around on the floor when I sprinkled it, he couldn't care less.

So far so good with the diet change: I see less blood and he's no longer straining to urinate although of course he didn't like the first diet we tried and I had to get another. I need to watch him very carefully and make sure that he's urinating although cats usually let you know if there's a problem. Preventing a urinary blockage will be essential, he's not a cat that will do well with hospitalisation.

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Wait what... You have broken hands??????

Okay right I knew that.. stupid memory.. why did I think it was a foot?? Is it healing though?

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I did a pretty good job on my foot too. The foot has improved a lot and the hand is getting there, at least the cast is off and now I can type better and do stuff like my gardenjournal 😁

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The gardenjournal is of MOST importance.. second only to you getting better!

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Hahaha, that photo of Yoda looking into your bag is hilarious 😂

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Nothing gets between Yoda and his catnip

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my husband had a cat as your Yoda is. it was very adventurous and had a strong personality!

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Such cats are a handful but life with them is never dull. Yoda has done all sorts of crazy things, including falling 10m off a windowsill when he was a kitten. He was bruised and very shaken but luckily not seriously hurt. Of course I nearly had a heart attack.

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OMG, falling 10m as a kitten? 😱 Yes, I imagine, having almost a heart attack seeing that. Good nothing serious happened to him.
That husbands' one was called Micky and he used to hide behind the main entrance to the house and attack the feet of the passers-by on the street 🤣

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Hahahaha I bet the reactions of his unsuspecting victims were fun to watch

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It was :)
The neighbours later knew they have to avoid that entrance lol. Unfortunately, we don't know what happened, but he disappeared... maybe he gained some enemies or one of the adventures didn't finish well.

Pity at those times we still didn't have mobile phones to record the things our pets were doing

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Yes, The camera is great!

Sorry you lost him like that. I hate not knowing

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Yeah, we are always sorry when we lose our pets, especially when cats disappear and we dont know what happened. Many of them. But I dont know what is the best, knowing or not. A few of them we found dead - killed by a car on the road. That is hard then to see :(

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I know what you mean. Finding them on the road is awful

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Beautiful cats! :-)

Wishing you a speedy recovery and good health to your pets too! ❤️‍

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Thank you. I hope everything is ok with you

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Thanks a lot!

I now have a severe cough and difficulty breathing.
I have heart problems, I have been undergoing intensive treatment since November, my condition worsened after the 3rd vaccination due to side effects :-(

Be careful and take care of yourself! ❤️‍

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We have one that is very sensitive to the NIP...

Bassy will go berserk if given more than just a small amount. And like your Yoda. He can smell it before we even unpack it.

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Yes, the 'nip makes some of them go overboard

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Glad you got Peanut the diet that is helping him.. My deaf cat Gerry is on a urinary track food since he was 2 years old to prevent crystals. Been on it for 6 years. He just eats the dry food version.

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The diets work well and are worth the extra expense if it keeps them out of hospital. I hope Gerry continues doing well.

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Poor buddy. I hope the supplements help. Peanut, try the catnip! Take a load off, buddy, have some fun. It's good for your health.

Also, broken hands?? wtf! I missed that one. How???☹️

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My scooter did a neat little slip and flip on a wet road on the way to work 5 weeks ago and I got myself a boxer's fracture. 2 broken metacarpals in my left hand but thankfully the worst is over

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AAAAAAAAAAAooooooowwwwwch!!! That sucks metacarpballs! I'm sorry. That scooter better not try any slick tricks again while you're on it.

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Thanks for the update! I hope Peanut fares OK... crystals in the urine can be horrible thing. Hopefully the right diet will continue to do the trick... too bad he's not into the 'nip.

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Sooo adorable and sooo beautiful time you capture 😃 Thanks for sharing dear.

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Peanut and the crew are in good hands though. Glad you caught it early also!

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Thanks for the vote of confidence: I've dealt with this once before and I think that was enough of a learning experience

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I wish you and your beautiful kitty fast recovery.

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Your Yoda is the cat of my dreams, literally. I see a grey cat in my dreams often, as does The Big Guy. Now I feel badly about telling you of the eagles nabbing one of my neighbors cats! We are so in love with our furbaby kittehs, and one of our cats even has his own account here @curatorcat.
We recently adopted my friends cat because she had to move overseas, and der Smudge is too old and frail for that kind of journey.
I shall read your adventures often!

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Thank you!
I have been reading and following curatorcat since his debut here and I read about smudge too.
Luckily we don't have large birds of prey that would eat pets nearby, nor coyotes although my cats do have to contend with a certain neighbour who lets her dogs run free 🤬🤬🤬
I'll be sure to make a post about Yoda next!

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