Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow by Skeeter
Is that the same cat in both pictures? Yes, that would be my little 11 year old brother Pepper also known as Pep-Pot and Knot-head amongst other colorful names which cannot be mentioned here, after all, it is Sunday!
You can tell in the pictures that Pepper has had his summer Fur cut! I had never heard of clipping a cat’s hair until my mom informed me that she was taking Pep into the groomers. I was so mad at her for taking that babies beautiful fur coat off him! That is part of his personality and his fur is so beautiful. How could you do such a thing to him…
Well, that is the way I felt about it until our long haired girls came along. The Saint and I are too cheap to pay someone to clip our girls so we take on the task ourselves. We are now on our third set of clippers and the clipping process does not get any easier with time. But the girls feel great in the summer with less hair, thus less fur balls hacked up and my house stays cleaner as well so we are both happy with the end results.
Pepper has had a rough few months. It all started with him throwing up his food. This was not too concerning at first because he is a fast eater and sometimes barfs with unchewed food. Then his throwing up, started to become a daily event. He slacked off from eating his wet food and then his dry soon followed. Mom took Pep into Doc to see what was going on. They ruled out any major problems with a blood test. Upon an X-Ray, they found a constipated kitty. Ah, the culprit was a clogged up kitty! Doc sent mom and Pep home with some Laxatone which got things moving again in no time at all.
Pepper was no longer constipated but still not eating normal. We talked about it on the phone and decided that he was smart enough to associate eating his food with the constipated feeling and throwing up. We thought in time, he would adjust to some new type food and be okay. Mom has tried food after food with little luck. He would not even eat his beloved treats and he started to loose weight over time. Other then the not eating, he seemed fairly normal but not too active with the kitten, Patches which is his best bud.
Mom and dad took off to Gatlinburg for a weeklong softball tournament with a grand daughter. They left the kitties under the care of their entrusted pet sitters and a daily visit from my brother. Bro noticed Pepper not acting normal and much slimmer then normal also. When mom and dad arrived back home, they immediately noticed he had drastically lost weight! Back to Doc first thing in the morning! He had lost about 6 pounds or so in the past two months and was really weak. Again blood testing revealed a healthy cat but this time the teeth were found to be in bad shape. Pepper has had his teeth cleaned many times and had never had any tooth problem but this time was different. Doc found an abscessed tooth and also a small tumor type knot on this gums.
With teeth cleaned, one pulled and knot removed, he was free to go home and recoup. But once again, he was not eating normal. Doc said to try Baby food but not the Heinz brand as they have Onion Powder in them. Pep would eat but not from his bowl. Mom would sit in the middle of the kitchen floor and scoop spoonfuls on the floor as he ate.
Pep is now slowly coming around and is eating another brand of dry and wet foods and a new treat also. He will not eat from his old bowls either! His memory is too strong and he has basically changed his entire way of eating! He has gained a few of those lost pounds (about 4 or so) and is on his way to recovery but after talking with mom today, she says he is still not his once spunky self. We are hoping that in time, he will once again be chasing Patches down the hallway and picking at Punkin to the point of making her scream at him!
So let’s take a minute today and look into our fur babies mouth and make sure those gums are healthy and teeth clean!
posted by Skeeter at 8/12/2007 01:37:00 PM