Christmas Eve...All is Calm, All is Bright(on)...
Yes, Brighton was the center of attention this Christmas Eve, though angelic wasn't the word we were thinking of, but there was a lot of prayin' going on!
her our bedroom door shut, forgetting that our litter boxes are in there...
And when she came into the kitchen she noticed that some cat had peed in an open but empty ice chest that was sitting on the floor. At first she thought it might be cranapple juice because of the color, but she knew she didn't have any of that in the house!
Then, upon sniffing it, she realized it was pee---bloody pee! The only kitty in our house with a history of urinary tract problems is Brighton, who has FIC (Feline Interstitial or Idiopathic Cystitis) but had not had an episode since 2010, when he had his one and only problem, where he blocked and Teri almost lost him (here's the backstory on that: Brighton is in Intensive Care ).
He eats mostly canned food and has a prescription urinary diet kibble that he snacks on numerous times a day. Teri isn't sure if he was stressed by having his teeth cleaned last week (he did fine and didn't need any extractions) or if having extra cats boarding in the house did it, or if he is stressed by seeing Mama Katz outside on our upper deck now (which she never used to do).
Whatever the cause, Teri new it was serious if he was blocked, and she called her vet (where she works) right away and even though the clinic was closed today, she met Teri there and began to work on Brighton... he wasn't blocked and his exam was normal.
So on to X-rays and lab work. After that, he finally had enough and had to be sedated for the ultrasound. Some of the labs were done in-house and were all normal, except of course for the urinalysis. Lots of blood and bacteria but no crystals. So he is having a flare up with the Interstitial Cystitis more than likely.
So he came home with Teri and has meds to take and Teri is on Brighton watch tonight and tomorrow and if he doesn't need to go in to the Emergency Clinic tomorrow, she will take him into work with her just to keep an eye on him!
Tonight she had plans to have Christmas Eve dinner at a friends house, and fortunately that friend is also the best LVT in the world or Teri would have cancelled her dinner plans! So it was nice to have her to check Brighton one more time before Teri said her goodbyes to them, wishing them a Very Merry Christmas!
She is grateful that Brighton peed in the ice chest, and let her know something was wrong, as he seems fine--eating, playing and purring and she may have missed the blood in the urine if he was peeing in the litter box. Many cats with painful urinary tract infections will urinate outside the litter box because they think the litter box is causing the pain and so they try someplace like the bathtub or a sink.
So, this Wordless Wednesday's prepared post was set aside to let everyone know about Brighton, but Teri wanted to share the cute Jib Jab video she made, just to make everyone smile! We'll be back tomorrow with an update and with Merry Christmas wishes for you!
Oh, and because it is Wednesday, there's still time to join in the #BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, so Hop to it!