Poor Pudgy.Â She peeâ€™d on the bathroom run.Â She peeâ€™d on the boot tray. She peeâ€™d on the kitchen rug, and she peeâ€™d in a freshly dried basket of laundry.Â Pudgy was miserable, and I wasnâ€™t far behind.
Earlier in the week I had taken her to the Veterinarian where it was discovered she had a urinary infection.Â The Vet suspected her cat food was causing her to be too acidic, and thus sharp, glass-like crystals had formed in her urine.
As a consequence it hurt to pee.Â In a catâ€™s way of thinking, maybe, just maybe, someplace other than the litter box would be comfortable.
The Vet placed her on an antibiotic and a special food designed to alkalize her digestion process.Â The first few days it seemed to be working, but then she relapsed over the weekend.Â Having a sad, wilting, cat is heart-wrenching.
Pudgy is normally feisty and frisky.Â With her bladder issues, she was lethargic and straining to urinate.Â I was getting seriously worried there was more wrong than first realized. I felt that old pang of motherhood where I couldnâ€™t fix my childâ€™s cold or infection or fever.Â Pudgy is a cat, but the feeling of wanting to protect and nurture is still there and strong.
This morning Pudgy and I returned to the Vetâ€™s office.Â He took an X-ray to make sure she didnâ€™t have a kidney stone or some other issue he wouldnâ€™t be able to detect in a routine exam.Â Pudgy was cranky and growled at the doctor and his staff.Â I couldnâ€™t blame her.
Her X-rays showed she still had crystals in her urinary tract, but that there were no bigger issues.Â The Vet prescribed a different antibiotic and told me to keep her on the special food.Â Heâ€™d recheck her urine in two weeks.
As we drove home Pudgy tried to purr. It was a dull, quiet kind of purr. I stuck a finger into her carrier and stroked her head.Â Many people think spending money on pets for medical treatment is a ridiculous waste.Â Over the years Iâ€™ve had people say, â€œA bullet only costs a few cents, why pay a Veterinary?â€Â I canâ€™t go there.Â Pudgy and Booker give us joy, health, and love.Â Returning the favor was the best part of my day.