Three 3 patients at dawn

Last night, after finishing all the claims for the day, I finally managed to sit down and mark all my test papers. That done, I put on a pot of chicken soup with the hope that the aroma might encourage Vincent to eat this morning.

Then I offered Pole some food again.

She ate a little bit.

We also noticed that the right side of her cheek seemed a bit bigger than the left. Maybe something is swollen inside her mouth.

I couldn’t sleep much last night so I got up at 5am just now. It’s been about 4 hours since the chicken soup started cooking.  Hmm..not much aroma yet. Or maybe it’s because I did not use the High function and opted for the Auto instead. Or maybe it needs more time. This time, it’s not just chicken but with some carrot. I hope the cats like it.

Vincent:

Although it was much earlier than their usual breakfast time, Vincent came to the kitchen. I could see that yesterday’s incomplete subcut (only about 120ml because he struggled too much) and all the stress of restraining him had a price to pay. He didn’t look as cheerful as after the successful subcuts. I guess Vincent is a cat that is very much affected by stress.

Or maybe, that good day we had was because of the Remoren. It’s an anti-depressant drug but a side effect on animals is that it enhances appetite. Of course, being an anti-depressant, it also makes the animal feel happier. The effect of the Remoren has obviously worn off and Vincent cannot be given it on a daily basis. In fact, the vet didn’t even give me the drug after she fed it to Vincent. She kept it at the clinic.

Some chicken soup and raw meat, Vincent?

And the staring game begins…

Nah..

Much later…

He ate some. If I could classify it, it’s definitely a “B” only. And that’s because I do not have a “C” in my grading system.

Ginger:

Ginger looked reasonably fine this morning. Of course I took off the e-collar last night so that he could sleep comfortably. Once the iodine is absorbed, he doesn’t need to be on it anymore. But yesterday, I kept it on longer so that he could get used to it and hopefully think of it as a non-threatening device.

Believe it or not, I pilled Ginger (Clavomox), gave him Complivit, cleaned his wound with hibiscrub and applied iodine single-handedly just now. It was truly a breeze. SO easy to handle.

Here we are. Good boy, Ginger.

Pole:

Pole looks a wee bit better this morning.

She was interested enough to leave the room and go out to the pantry. However, she wasn’t interested in eating. Offered chicken soup and Cubgrub – no.

But she is very mobile, agile and appears to be better than yesterday.

I was waiting to see if she would do the pawing of the mouth again, but she didn’t. Maybe it’s because she has not eaten yet.

The plan is to take her to the vet this morning when the neighbourhood clinic opens. This would be a great challenge indeed as Pole is a very “jumpy” cat. And she’s never been sick, so to speak. I do know for a fact that it is virtually impossible to pill her (I’ve tried).

If Vincent is hard, Pole is harder…

I think it’s because Pole is a very defensive cat. It’s just her nature.

The other cats’ stories:

I made a mistake two days ago when feeding the chicken soup to Cow. The soup was too hot and I had laid the bowl down for him. Because the aroma was so strong and inviting, Cow tried to lick and his tongue must have got burnt. He jerked off and ran off. After the soup had cooled, I offered it to him again, but he was already turned off and afraid.

It was only when he saw Cleo drinking the soup that he dared to try again and he drank it afterwards. I thought all would be well.

But no.

This morning, Cow seemed to remember what the chicken soup did to him two days ago. The moment I laid the bowl down, he ran off again. It is very unlike Cow to walk away from food. Even after watching Bunny and Cleo drink theirs, Cow wasn’t confident enough to try his.

So sorry, Cow…

But he was interested, though. He kept coming back but I think the fear is still there.

I hope I can somehow remove that fear from him.

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