I left both Freckle and Peter at the vet for the day, because Peter needed to have blood taken and another ultrasound. The dr. felt something in Pete’s abdomen and he seemed tender in his belly. The tenderness, dr. thought, was from “adhesions” which make his organs kind of stick together. I imagine it’s like what makes a massage hurt when fascia sticks and pulls when you’re dehydrated or something. Like on my leg. But, I don’t have a tumor.
Dr. D said she’d be out the next day, but would call me the day after that to tell me the test results.
She called early Wednesday evening while I was at a store doing my candy merchandising. I was in the back storage area at the time and someone was using the box-crushing machine, so I went into the store, but whenever someone used the speaker, “clean-up on aisle six”, it was just as loud. I stood in the little hallway between the two and plugged one ear, trying to hear all the details.
She started with Freckle’s results: In the small urine sample he left in the cage, lab tests found “ambiguous crystals” which could be urine crystals, which he’s had before, or not. Awesome. Dr. D suggested three options: #1, pain med., for if he’s in pain from crystals, #2 Prozac, if something has changed and he’s acting out, #3 antibiotics, for ridding him of any urine crystals.
I didn’t feel it was really a behavioral issue in that nothing has changed recently. Work schedules are about the same, no new cats, same diet… I did think he might be sensing Pete’s problems, but I don’t feel that calls for Freckle to be Prozac-ed. So, I thought about the most likely thing, asked dr’s opinion (and the prices) and opted for #1(no pun intended!). I chose the pain pills partly because they were the cheapest option and partly because dr. D said that would help with him to pass crystals, if he had them, and, of course, stop or reduce any pain he was/is in, then he’d stop peeing on things. (Also, I just need to clean the stupid boxes more often, so they have a clean bathroom. Urrgh, such a pain :P)
So, that’s Freckle… Peter’s results were not so simple.
To Be Continued…