The past week or so has been a tad bit stressful.
Sputnik took a turn for the worse and stopped eating. Needless to say I was beyond distressed.
He's fine now, and actually doing much better than he has been in some time. We're still not sure what exactly happened, but the vet doesn't think it was related to his bladder problems.
Best we can figure, he just got really constipated and then stopped eating. Then he got really dehydrated and it sort of started to spiral out of control. I finally decided to give him subcutaneous fluids and after three days of fluids, the poopy floodgates opened, and he very quickly returned to his normal hungry self.
However, the past 2 weeks have been a steady stream of me trying everything short of a tube down the esophagus in order to get him to eat.
So, while I've spent less than $100 on groceries for myself so far this month, I fear we're nearing the $500 mark in terms of cat food. Remember what I said above about the sane part...
Of course, this doesn't mean that they've actually eaten all of this food. In fact, the house has been littered with bowls of half eaten (or in many cases barely touched) bowls of food as I struggled to find something that little Sputty would eat.
Generally speaking we don't waste too much food around here because what one cat won't eat, another usually is happy to gobble down. Unfortunately, all of Sputnik's food was laced with kitty laxative in order to get his little bowels moving, so I couldn't let anybody else have it.
And since I've been opening can after can, trying to get him to eat, there has really just been more food here than 4 cats could reasonably eat!
Sooo, we're slowly returning to "normal" and I'm beyond thrilled that he's feeling better. Unfortunately, this little episode has taught him that if he simply turns up his nose at a bowl of food, mommy will bring out something even more delicious! Oh, the tangled webs we weave!
Anyhow, pickiness notwithstanding I don't think any cats are in danger of starving around here!
|Once again, let me refer you to the sanity disclaimer above.|