Sick Kitten

**WARNING – If coming back to work after Labor Day Weekend and reading about a kitten’s bowel movements is not your cup of tea, you might want to skip this entry.**

For the Labor Day Weekend we went up to Fisher to do some wedding things, so as usual the cats were on their own here in the condo. We set them up with plenty of food and water and aside from the occassional torn up roll of paper towels that we accidentally left within reach, the house is generally in good shape when we return.

This time, though, as soon as we walked through the door we noticed the odor of cat feces. Rufus has recently been going outside of his box in the basement, generally going behind it on the concrete floor. No carpet accidents as yet, so we’ve just been trying to keep his litter box particularly clean. And, sure enough, when I went downstairs to investigate, the little guy had gone four times behind his litter box.

I was doing some online research to see what might be the big issue here when Andrea calls me upstairs. She found four more spots…in my shower.

So a trip was made to Wal-Mart for cleaning supplies and some new food to see if that might be the problem – perhaps the current stuff is too rich for him or something. So I get everything cleaned up – and I mean cleaned up – and we switch his food and hope for the best.

Then last night as I was making my lunch for today and generally getting ready to go to bed, Rufus is following me around as he so often does, wondering what I’m up to. Next thing I know he’s squatting on the kitchen floor and making a mess. Not just a normal mess, either – it’s nothing more than a brown liquid. The scary thing is, there’s some blood visible as well. This is definitely not an aversion to the litter box, but something more is going on with his insides.

Unable to trust him in the rest of the house for the evening, I got some food and water and put it down in the laundry room, then shut him inside. Overnight, he’s gone once inside the litter box, and another outside, both times of the liquid and blood variety. I’ve already put in a call to the vet to see if we can get him in today.

I just hope it’s something as simple as the food being too rich for him or maybe he has an allergy to a certain ingredient. If it’s anything more serious, I honestly don’t know if we can afford to do much for him. So, keep your fingers crossed and I’ll let you know what the vet says.


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