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Monday, May 08, 2006

Special Ed's new special needs


For those of you who don't know, we have a cat named Special Ed. He is very special indeed. I am not making this up, he has the feline form of cerebral palsy (yes, cats CAN have cerebral palsy, I am not kidding) and is just generally not the sharpest crayon in the box. So he marches along on legs that don't work quite right and falls over a lot and doesn't do much other than eat, sleep, and snuggle, but we love him. He is our sweet faced special little guy. He is the most loyal cat around, once he loves you he truly deeply completely loves you. And has absolutely no use for anyone else. Some people in our life have never even seen him and probably never will. He is definitely a one person kind of cat, except he has two people to divide his affections over. Change is hard for Edward, so of course, Maddy's entrance has been a tough adjustment. Especially now that she is moving around and getting in his business. He has started to act out and progressively it has gotten worse. Those of you with cats know exactly what I am talking about... his bathroom habits have really gotten out of control. So I took him to the vet to rule out any medical problems, although I was pretty sure it is a behavioral thing that HAS TO STOP! I love animals, almost as much as I love babies, but I draw the line at peeing on the carpet. My house is not a freaking litterbox and I have zero tolerance for this whole issue, especially with not getting a ton of sleep and not the hottest coping skills around. Ok, so we are at the vet and the whole thing annoys me because you know it is going to cost an arm and a leg but has to be done. The verdict comes back that he actually DOES have something biologically going on in addition to all the stress changing his behavior. And of course he now needs super expensive fancy pants cat food to avoid surgery or the possibility of having to put him down. In addition to the food change we need to address his stress level. We talked about putting him on anti-anxiety medication, but with his neurological issues he is at risk for seizures and not metabolizing the drugs as a normal cat would. Plus the thought of having to pill him twice a day just seems too annoying to even begin to deal with. I love him, but seriously.... So this is my favorite part of the whole ridiculous story, the vet recommended trying to treat it homeopathically with an air infusion similar to one of those Glade plug ins. Except our plug in has special kitty pheremones in it to make the house "happier" and more "pleasant" for Edward. Give me a break!!! But I can't believe it: all of these things put together are actually working. No more accidents for quite a few days now. I think we have soothed the savage beast and found a solution. I feel like one of those crazy cat people, having kitty pheremone air fresheners and special food dishes in my bedroom and litter in our master bathroom (which drives me NUTS!). Sigh. But if it saves us from having to get all new carpet or not having Edward any longer, then I am willing to acquiesce. I did have to throw several five alarm fits along the way while I got used to all these changes that are so frustrating and annoying. More money going out each month. Litter in the bathroom (did I mention that this drives me absolutely NUTS?!). But then Ed gazes at me adoringly and I guess it is all worth it. The food he'll be on for the rest of his life (which could be cut short if he sprays even one more time), and hopefully we'll be able to transition the food and litter back to their rightful places in the laundry room. The kitty pheremone air freshener is what really kills me in this whole scenario, but if it works then I will just have to get used to being one of those crazy cat people willing to do anything for their furry little feline friends. But I tell you, when Edward and Micah go, we are NEVER having another animal as long as I live. And I have instructed Jason to feel free to remind me of this when I start to renig on my deal and beg for just one cute sweet soft little kitty someday. Don't give in! Don't do it! Don't let me get myself into another mess! Babies are enough work all on their own, sometimes I feel like I have fourteen of them with trying to take care of so many creatures. So we will someday be done with animals and cross your fingers for us that we all survive until that day comes (and hopefully it won't be too soon because as much as I whine and complain, I really do love them both, honest I do).

5 Comments:

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Deb said...

Amen Sista!!! Never again after all these guys go I am DONE I TELL YOU DONE

In our apt we have to have the litter box in the bathroom and I FREAKING HATE IT. Did you read that one of the stupid cats brought in a dead bird???????? And of course my own special kitty, murray sparkles the $500 cat.

I am sooooo with ya! You are so sweet, you got all the stuff!! I love it, I always freak out and NEVER let anyone in this apt b/c it smells like cats and dogs and I swore I would never have a house like that. sighs*

 
At 3:10 PM, Blogger Melissa Zollner said...

Today after my shower I stepped my sparkling clean fresh foot out and straight onto scratchy nasty cat litter sprinkles. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! No amount of bleach can make it feel clean, not even a whole gallon every single day. Nasty. Nasty. Nasty. No more cats again not ever. Never.

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Deb said...

I forgot to tell you about BAC OUT by BIO KLEEN. YOu can get it in Fred Meyer in the natural section of cleaners. Only thing that gets the cat pee smell outa stuff.

I just hate cat litter in general, i hate the smell of it CLEAN. I had to go into the kids' bathroom today and ALSO had kitty litter stuck to my feet. AND I can't reach it b/c of my back so had to rub it off on the rug LOL LOL ugh....
Thanks for commenting, I wasn't nagging you, oh faithful one! It is just weird to look at your tracker and see all these people reading but not saying anything. I of course assume its ME being a freak.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Breana said...

Our "special" animal is of the canine variety--but I TOTALLY understand your frustration!! As I was reading your post, I wondered (excitedly) "Do they make doggie pheramone plug-ins??"...cause that just might help our spastic puppy!!! :-) I'm checking into it, asap. Maybe we can get her all fixed up before the next ICAN meeting at my house, so she doesn't bark her head off the whole time, AGAIN.

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger Breana said...

this will make you feel better: www.stuffonmycat.com

 

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