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August 15, 2008

Yesterday/early this morning, it was looking like Mycah was doing much better. But...

"Not so fast, Yakamoto." *

When I got up at noon today†, I noticed blood spots on the carpet in the area where she usually hangs out.


Suspecting an ingrown claw, I lured her near with a treat (they don't call them Temptations for nothing, y'know) and picked her up for a look. But no, her paws and claws all seem to be on the up and up.

I put her down (OK, I let her get down — she hates being picked up, and wriggles and twists to get down the whole time) and she was departing my lap for the floor, she left a smear of blood on my arm. I couldn't tell exactly from where it came, but it was somewhere in the region of her backside.


She apparently has the short-term memory of a guppy, because I was once again able to lure her near enough to pick up. She struggled rather a lot more this time, and I was unable to determine precisely where she bled from... but the fur on her butt is wet and matted.

She doesn't seem to be feeling any worse than usual; she's not acting sick, she's not weeing on the carpet. It's just these random spots of blood. Fortunately, they are limited to the small areas where she usually hangs out.

I called the vet, and the over-the-phone preliminary diagnosis is a possible urinary tract infection. I'll be taking her in tomorrow for another exam.

In the meantime, I have carpet that needs shampooing.

* For the cultural philistines among my readership, see Monty Python's Erizabeth L sketch. Classic.
† I think I might have let it slip — oh, I dunno, maybe about a hundred times — that I work nights.

Posted by Russ at 02:45 PM, August 15, 2008 in Animals

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Poor Mycah, I hope it's just a UTI and she can be treated easily and quickly. Sometimes stress causes this in cats, maybe the young lads have been winding her up out of your sight? Those Feliway diffusers are good for chilling out that sort of situation. Get well soon Mycah!

Posted by: Jane at August 15, 2008 07:54 PM

Hope it's nothing serious and can be easily and quickly fixed.

Temptations are great, my cats love them. You've given me a new use for them, thanks.

Posted by: mog [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 17, 2008 01:32 AM

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