Monday, April 4, 2016

Do You Know Your Cat?

Do You Know Your Cat?
Do you think you know me?

If you're a human, how well do you know your cat? I'm sure all your humans know you well enough to know when something is amiss. On one hand, they want to know when something is wrong; on the other hand you don't want to be dragged off to the dreaded vet when it's nothing. You try to give them little signs which are usually overlooked or misinterpreted. It's not like you can shout I'M FINE so they leave you alone.

TW noticed Friday night that something was wrong with me. Not terribly go-to-the-ER-vet wrong, but definitely not right. She mentioned it to Pop who called her a worry wart.

All last week, I was playful. I ran around and was full of life. Friday night, I kinda laid on the pink gym quietly. Oh sure, I'd try to bite her if she went to pet me but I didn't go after the rockets. I had been eating and pooping fine. TW decided I might be getting ready to throw an asthma attack since it's that time of year. Ceiling Cat knows her allergies have been terrible.

Do You Know Your Cat?
File footage but I was laying there like this.

Thursday, they cleaned the outside hall rug with some natural citrus cleaner and the strong smell leaked under our door. She made them open the hall window and when she next came into the foyer, she smelled that ozone smell. She quickly went out and shut the windows.

Anyway, I was fine Thursday night. Fast forward to Friday night. She decided to be proactive and dose my Sheba snack with a quarter of a Pred tablet. I ate all around it.

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Fast forward again to Saturday morning. I slept through the night with no problems. About 90% of my asthma attacks occur from 4-6 a.m when I wake us both up coughing. I was fine although still quiet. I got up and ate some breakfast and then came back to bed. About 8:30, TW reached for a Kleenex cos her nose has been running like a racehorse. The tissue was drenched. No, it's not what you're thinking—heh heh—although it would be cool if it was. She had a flood on her night table. Of course The Cat got blamed for spilling her water. I went into the other room. When she went in to get a rag to sop up the water, she heard that familiar gurgling noise. She knew that gurgle and a look of horror came over her face.

I was sitting on the good Tibetan wool rug about to hork up a hairball. Now she had two messes to clean up. However, she was right. She knew I wasn't right and now she knew why. After that nasty hairball was expelled, I ran and played all day. In fact, I was more playful than ever although come midnight she was worried about me again. If you hover over the pic above, I'll tell you why.

How accurate is your human at predicting when/if you're not feeling well? What signs does she look for?

Do You Know Your Cat?
HAPPY OPENING DAY!!!

26 comments:

  1. My human tends to overreact - the smallest little difference in our behavior or, uh, output, and we get whisked to the vet! It's a good thing we're a pretty healthy crew so it's not that often that happens.

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  2. I am so glad you got that hairball up, CK. I seem to go off my food when I am getting ready to hork one up, but I am not very easy to read, because I am never very playful, and enjoy lots of sleeps.

    BTW, my humans crush my pills in my food, then I can't eat around them.

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  3. My humans keep a close eye on me because I am dreadfully allergic to fleas. I get awful eczema if I pick up a flea. They humans keep my flea medicine topped up but occasionally a little critter will jump on me from the garden. They can tell right away because I start gnawing at my legs and may even be sick. Then it's a very thorough going over with the flea comb (I quite like that). If it's very close to when I'm due my regular medicine dabbing, they will top it up. Toffee xxx That's Purrfect

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  4. We're glad you're okay CK! The Dad knows when the pollen counts goes up to be on alert for asthma attacks here!

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  5. Thank cod it was just a hairball! Those things are such a nuisance!

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  6. Glad you got your hairball out and feel much better! I tend to overreact - been to emergency vet for nothing. But going to vet itself is very stressful for my boys, so I've been trying to read their signs more carefully. It's nice if they just shout "I'm fine" :-)

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  7. The humans do get to know us pretty well I have to say, but they are still a bit ninepence to the shilling re knowing exactly what's wrong!!! I am glad you got rid of that nasty hairball!! xxx

    PeeEss hovering over pictures on the iPawd doesn't work for us :(

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  8. Oh CK me's so glad you were okay and it was nuffin' more than a hairball. Mommy's usually purretty good at knowin' when sumthin' be wrong. She watches food intake, water intake and play and sleep habits. She also monitors da pawdee box fur output and size and shape. You know our humans can get so excited over things like pee and poo. Anyways, glad yous all good again.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi

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  9. Hope you stay betters CK! We no wants you to gets asthma attacks. We keeps you in our purrz... please thank TW for leaving a furry good url to check out on our bloggie to helps us has monies to keep Silvia from being homeless.

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  10. We're glad you threw that hairball up ! Mum knows us very well, and she's good at knowing if we feel "not well - must go to the vet" or just "not well". Purrs

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  11. Glad you are ok CK!! I am thinking the Vet told you to give a quarter of a Pred? My Vet has always told me you can't go on and off Pred......(like giving part of one and then not continuing)....I always heard you have to give a course and then taper down, but you probably have done that often with CK so you know. Cody takes Pred for allergies and he has to be on for a few days once he starts.
    Good luck to your team. Detroit doesn't open at home til Friday and Cleveland's home opener was postponed til tomorrow due to bad weather.
    Oh and yes, I am always on track when something is amiss with Cody for sure. catchatwithcarenandcody

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  12. CK.....we getz lazee oh dazee when we R gettin reddy ta haza hair ball two....while we noe they iz knot fun, we iz glad it came outta ya...N heerz ta hopin NOE azzmaz a tax happen at all thiz yeer....ore like ever again...♥♥♥

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  13. I am glad you got rid of that hair ball. My mum always knows when I am going to have my bad days, and even though she knows they are coming, she still worries.

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  14. First we want to say that the photo of you at the top of the page is beautiful!!! We're glad you got rid of the hairball....lots of that happening around here lately even with brushing!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  15. Whew glad it was just a hairball CK!!!

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  16. Your human knows you very well. I am glad you are OK.

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  17. I am definitely overly paranoid but you kitties give us good reason to be! I will never doubt that there is such a thing as woman's intuition because on the day I lost Truffles I felt all day that something wasn't right. Getting her to the vet sooner wouldn't have made a difference but I know more than ever to trust my instincts. Glad you're feeling better!

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  18. It sounds like TW has a good eye! The head peep is pretty cautious with us. She has been hovering over Pierre a lot recently and is likely to haul him back any time now if he so much as looks at her funny.

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  19. The mom goes into panic mode the minute any of us act abnormally. It's really annoying. Sometimes we have an off day...it doesn't mean anything's wrong. Sheesh.

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  20. CK, Its great that TW can reads yous like a book! Keeps yous healthy! Befores yous knows it...yous will bes as old as mes!!!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  21. CK, TW just cares about you, that's why she kept such a close eye on you! That's what us cat mamas do. I had about four years of never having to take a cat to the vet besides routine exams. And the first time I had to for a fever, I was so nervous. And it was for one of those fevers of unknown origin, which of course wasn't helpful. Now I'm overly sensitive to the slightest little thing. Anyway, I'm glad you got that hairball up!

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  22. We are glad you are okay, CK! The Mom is very good at predicting when mes does not feel well. Everyone tells her hers worries too much about mes, but every time hers thinks something isn't right with mes, it isn't, so hers has learned to trust herself. Hers isn't always the best about knowing when Lita isn't well, though. Lita hides it really really well when hers doesn't feel so good, so the mom has to look for really subtle signs with hers.

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  23. Mom says her main determiner for how we feel is lassitude. Of course, she knows that all too familiar sound when we are going to hork. Happy you are now feeling tip-top, C.K. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth ad Calista Jo

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  24. Gosh, I'm surprised a hairball made you feel that under the weather. I get hairballs frequently but the only thing mom ever notices is that I don't eat as much before hacking up a big one. I'm glad you're feeling better and it didn't require a trip to the vet.

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  25. Me? I'm in great health. However, Kali is often not well. Her arthritis kicks up but not as often anymore. The rain and grey days she sleeps but in sunny weather is out and about. Her allergy to commercial food is no longer flaring so she seems good. Mom wants to keep it that way so fusses more over Kali's health than mine. This fine by me as she pokes about Kali. I think Kali likes it to be truthful.

    Shoko

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  26. Nasty hairballs. Glad you are doing better.

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