Billy the Cat


On Saturday, Lisa and I went by the Cat Adoption Team location in Sherwood to see what they had there. We had seen them at a Petsmart store on 82nd, and we liked the fact that they are a no kill shelter. I had been partially inspired by Wil Wheaton’s discussion of one of his cats recently.

On Saturday, Lisa and I went by the Cat Adoption Team location in Sherwood to see what they had there. We had seen them at a Petsmart store on 82nd, and we liked the fact that they are a no kill shelter. I had been partially inspired by Wil Wheaton’s discussion of one of his cats recently. We didn’t intend to adopt a cat that Saturday. Billy the cat, though, was a real charmer. He does come with some baggage (more than we realized at the time). We were told by Laura that Billy is an FIV positive cat. Neither Lisa nor I knew much about it, but Laura told us that a lot of FIV positive cats don’t end up getting sick. We went to the store, and got all the supplies we would need to take Billy home. He didn’t seem too freaked out by the whole thing. We cleaned up the utility room, and set it aside as “his” room during his “cooling off” period. CAT had suggested that we keep him confined for a few days to get him used to being in a new environment. Lisa and I were both nervous about him meeting Devon as well, as Devon has this tendency to bark at the cats in the yard. That evening we let Billy watch a movie with us. He seemed pretty calm, and friendly.

On Sunday, Lisa noted a bit of diarrhea in the cat box. Billy still seemed friendly, but wasn’t eating much. We picked up Morgan from his time with his Father on Sunday evening, and it turned out Morgan had gotten Pink Eye. Lisa called into his doctor on the way back, and we had an antibiotic prescription for his eyes waiting when we got back into town. I worked from home on Monday because Morgan couldn’t go to school until he had antibiotics in his eyes for 24 hours. During the day, Billy became more lethargic, and had more bowel problems. I cleaned up the cat box about an hour before Lisa got home. When Lisa got home, it looked like Billy had missed the cat box, and there was blood in his stool. Lisa didn’t take this as a good sign (being a GI nurse).

We tried calling the hospital number given for CAT, but they weren’t terribly helpful. They told us they could see us on Thursday at the soonest. Since Billy wasn’t eating or drinking, this didn’t seem like a good option. Lisa called our vet and made an appointment for 8:10 Monday evening. Meanwhile Laura returned messages Lisa and I had left for her earlier. She heard the story of not seeing the cat until Thursday and told me that she would she what she could do.

She called back and said that they would see Billy at 12:00 on Tuesday. I told her I thought we should have him see the vet anyway, as he wasn’t looking all that great. We agreed to take him in tonight, to give him some maintenance, and then take him in on Tuesday. After a longish wait, we eventually got to see a vet — one that actually worked at CAT part time. He thought Billy had colitus, and gave him a steriod shot, and some anti-biotics as well. We took him home. He was purring the whole time I drove him back. He ate a little bit (!) when we got back to the house, and Lisa and I turned in for the night.

Around midnight, I heard a sound that sounded like the toilet was backing up. I went outside our room to find that the dog had vomitted all over the carpet. Joy. I had no energy to clean it up, and put some paper towels over it so people wouldn’t step on it. About 3 in the morning, Devon vomited again, this time Lisa got up, and cleaned up the whole mess. She has more energy than I do at 3 in the morning.

This morning, Billy was much more active than before. He was behaving like a completely different cat. He had been eating, and made it to the litterbox on his own. Hopefully his trip to the vet today will go well! I’ll get a report from Lisa soon.

At least life is exciting.

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  1. #1 by Betty U on May 18, 2004 - 1:52 pm

    Hope Billy is better. Maybe it is just a stress reaction to moving to a new home with a kid and a big dog. Maybe Devon is stressed too!

  2. #2 by Jon on May 18, 2004 - 2:06 pm

    Lisa called and said they had to sedate him to draw blood. Sounds like he is feeling better. I think stress has a big part in his problem, but when he doesn’t get to the litter box in time, and the result is mostly blood, I think he might have bigger issues.

    I hope it is just stress with Devon. He has behaved this way in the past, but usually as a result of something he ate (like a lot of rawhide). I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

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