Smudge is ill


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Back from vet.

Fudge fine.

Smudge however has heart murmur, likely the cause of his breathing difficulty, rather than the collar-caused throat injury.

Vet is recommending ultrasound scan to see the extent of the murmur, then possibilities of operation (although cats with heart murmurs present high risk for anaesthesis) or medical intervention, ie tablets.

Will leave it a week or two before going to ultrasound, I think, to let
Smudge get used to us not being evil people who want to stuff him into the cat carrier at the drop of a hat.

Our cat feeder for the weekend is convinced she needs to walk around on tippy toe so as not to startle him into heart failure, but since he jumps whether you make a noise or not, it’s clear that sudden adrenaline rushes don’t do him much harm.

Cix:cats have suggested we tell the CPL and see if they’ll help us with the costs, but to be honest, the charity needs the money for feeding their current charges, and we should be be able to afford the treatment.

They also have cunning ruses for getting cats to take pills, involving inuring them to treats by coating cat biscuits in cream cheese or fish paste then substituting the biscuit for the tablet once you’ve won their trust. Smudge doesn’t like cheese, Fudge can’t get enough of it. Both of them turned their noses up at Wilco’s finest cat treats.

5 comments on “Smudge is ill

  1. Rob F says:

    Oh poor thing 😦 Fingers, toes, everything crossed.

  2. Manda says:

    Poor Smudge.

    My bad black cat has to have two pills each day. Luckily he’s good with them.

    Kneel on the floor with the cat between your knees, facing away from you. Gently grasp his face around the muzzle and pull it up slightly, opening his mouth with the thumb and forefinger as you do. Pop the pill (which should be ready in the other hand) straight down the middle and allow the mouth to close. Hold his mouth closed and gently stroke the throat. Job done.

    It sounds terrible but it’s a really quick procedure. We follow it up with a plate of fresh food for him.

  3. Serena says:

    Poor Smudge – I hope that the ultrasound isn’t too traumatic for him and shows that it’s going to be thoroughly treatable.

    As other people have suggested, your best bet is to persuade him that being hand fed is a great treat. I used to have a cat who had to have 2-3 pills every day and, because he loved being hand fed, he would generally take his pills from my hand. His favourite snacks for hiding pills in were tinned fish – I gather sardines in tomato sauce is a common favourite, although I only heard this too late for Reso. If you feed them tinned food, the kind which is chunks in gravy is quite good for hiding a pill in a chunk which you can then hand feed.

    Failing that, someone I know swears by this sort of gadget which helps you get the pill right to the back of the throat, where the cat can’t spit it out.

    Good luck, Serena

  4. Aconite says:

    Pills don’t seem to be a problem for Hendrix. After the first time, he didn’t even need persuasion to open his mouth. Junkie.

    Good luck smudge.

  5. Lisa says:

    A real shock, I know, when one of your babies is diagnosed will any illness. One of my cats, Ba Ba Roar (aka Rory), who I adopted from CPL was diagnosed with a heart condition a couple of weeks after coming to live with me. He has to take a pill every day, but I have managed to get him to eat it himself.

    If Smudge does need daily medication, you might try putting it under his nose when he is drowsy and doing the “pretend to eat it and love it” thing. After a few days of this, and popping it in his mouth, he may well take it.

    I just hope the weather warms up for poor Smudge, as he will be cold after the close shave he will get for his ECG and Ultrasound. Good luck!!

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