It has not been an easy past few days here, at the home of the Opinionated Pussycat; Daddy Kiril and I have been sad and I have been particularly out of sorts as I have slept in spots I don't usually do, and not ate much at all.
Monday was the best day, especially when I did the blog post and continued reading comments to the Friday tribute.
Then came Tortie Tuesday and it was deja vu all over again, as a secret I'd been keeping for a while was revealed and daddy and I had a conversation.
Me: I'm sorry for not telling you, daddy, and for trying to take care of the problem myself....
Daddy Kiril: I'm sorry, Elvira, for not checking your backside more often.
Me: I'm sorry, but I felt too embarrassed.
Daddy: I'm sorry for being too much the gentleman and too ignorant.
When I was a kitten, the first blogging I did was about a string sticking out of my butt and the emergency trip to the vet that it called for.
Not the way Nikita imagined my career beginning.
Now, just as I take over responsibility for writing this blog, another backside medical issue happens.
When daddy picked me up for a morning hug he felt something odd and took a look. Not being all that familiar with the backside of a lady cat, he didn't immediately notice the true problem until the vet pointed it out to him.
Men, human and not, can be so dense, hee, hee!
They explained what the problem was, and I had to confess to making things worse by licking and biting.
Ointment and 2 liquid meds (Stool softener and antibiotic) were prescribed, I was fitted with a cloth cone and we returned home
The cone just made my mood more sour and being a smart girl I soon figured out how to get the cone off.
Daddy Kiril called the vet and it was decided I needed the plastic cone.
When daddy told me that....well, um, I DO claim to being the sassiest lady cat in America....
Nikita's chair got knocked over and daddy had to move the bed to chase me out from under it but, eventually, we returned to the vet, then back home.
Dig that leather and studs collar, hee, hee!
This is serious, folks, and painful. A muscle layer is exposed and the vet can see a bit into the body.
Yes, it is a rare condition in cats and daddy got REALLY concerned when he did a google, not to mention angry at himself for not being more diligent in health maintenance, especially because we felines are well known for keeping silent about some of our health issues.
"Perianal fistula is a disorder in which the anus, rectum, and perineal regions of a cat are inflamed and irritated. This disorder is often painful for the cat, as well as progressive...
Cats with a broad tail base, or those that carry it low, are thought to have inflammation in the perianal region because it has less ventilation. There is also a higher incidence of this type of inflammation in cats that have sweat glands in the region."
There is little clue what causes this, but when the literature hints at whacking off the tail as a last ditch cure, then, well....HMPH!!
Another note the vet left on the form daddy brought home relates to the emerging threat of Heartworms in cats, indoor and out, especially in the Houston area.
It is spread by mosquitoes. Approximately 10-15% of cats in the Houston area will acquire Heartworms, if they are not on a monthly preventative. It is a desease that is more difficult to diagnose in cats due to the lower number of worms. And there is no current safe treatment for cats. Unfortunately, the most common symptom in cats is sudden death.
Daddy and I ask for your purrs and purrayers for a speedy and complete recovery.