Monday, November 2, 2015

Scarlett Update

Despite taking all your various suggestions, I was never able to get a urine sample from Scarlett at home. And so, she went to the vet on Friday. Despite an inauspicious beginning (she peed all over the kitchen floor when I was trying to get her in the carrier), the vet visit was a resounding success. They were able to get a urine sample (on purpose, as opposed to gathered from the cage floor), and Scarlett is now up to date with her rabies vaccine.

Before going to the vet. Someone is not pleased about being shoved in a carrier.

As I mentioned very briefly in my last update, Scarlett was on pain meds to aid in the urine collection process, since she had been straining a bit to urinate. The pain meds made Scarlett so happy--she moved more easily, liked being pet more, and was, in general, a much more relaxed cat. Basically, she behaved just like she did when I first got her nine years ago.

Part of this was almost certainly due to med-related drunkenness, but given Scarlett's age and her various chronic conditions, the vet said there's a good chance she has some ongoing pain. Of course, she's a cat, so she was probably hiding it as best she could, and expressing it as stress and grumpiness. At any rate, Scarlett is now on a low dose of painkillers to try and manage any chronic pain she may be having, and she is a much, much happier cat as a result.

After the vet visit. Glad it's over.

7 comments:

Karen said...

Oh, that's good news all around! Scarlett deserves a comfortable retirement.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I wonder if our vet would do this for Binga - she has ongoing digestive issues that they haven't been able to diagnose or effectively treat, and my human noticed that when she came home from her dental and was still on painkillers, she was in a much better mood and ate more normally.

Rene said...

OMG, those EYES in that photo! They remind me very much of our Tucker. Might I ask what she is taking, and the dosage? Pain medication for cats is so limited and can have side effects, so I'm curious. Our Benny (15) has more and more trouble jumping up these days, but I'm hesitant to medicate him because of his recent higher liver values.

If you want to email me, it's rj_schweitzer @ yahoo.com (no spaces of course) or put the info in another blog post. :-)

Simba said...

Sweet Scarlett. Hoping the urine sample doesn't grow any bacteria and that it was a discomfort issue. And that the low dose of pain medicine conitnues to make her a "happy cat".

meowmeowmans said...

Well, we are certainly glad the vet visit is over, and that Scarlett is feeling better. Paws crossed that the painkillers keep on helping your sweet girl!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Yeah, iffen ya are goin in fer a urine sample, the most contrary thing ta do is pee all over the floor before ya go. MOL! 4 Paws Up, Scarlett!!!

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Glad to hear Scarlett is happier..