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This is . . . fuck. He's pitiful. This is what he does. He will start playing, and then start coughing, but he won't put his toy down and . . . fuck. It's both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Here he has an asthma attack while holding his favorite toy mouse in his mouth, then plays fetch. The fetching starts halfway through. The quality is crap, my apologies, but you can see that he is a very good retriever. I mean, he could do this all. Day. Long. You can also hear why I am concerned. That nasty cough.

We're taking him to the vet later today to see if the antibiotics have helped and his white blood cell count is back down, but he is still having coughing fits like this one, unpredictably.

I'm in the process of trying to get a bunch of stuff together to sell but . . . I just don't have the spoons to pull my shit together. And I feel awful, like I don't really care, but that's just not true, I just . . . I don't know where to even start.

We'll . . . we'll see what the vet wants to do, and get a figure, and work from there, I suppose. I think a chest x-ray would probably be a good idea, and that's ~$160.

I keep telling myself that he is insanely healthy otherwise, and there's no way it could possibly be something truly dire in a cat with such dense fur and plush skin and bright eyes and solid muscles, a cat who is so energetic and alert and perpetually hungry. It's probably something that will need maintenance and care, but that isn't life-threatening. I keep telling myself that.

I love the stupid little asshole more than I did two weeks ago because now I'm worried about him, and in the meantime he's done a lot of growing up . . . even in two weeks, he has changed; he is so young still . . . he's not a cuddler, but he wants to be friends. He wants to play and play and play, all the time.

He got into my underwear drawer the other day and rooted through my panties to retrieve one of his "sometimes" toys, a big blue mouse that chirps, with LED eyes that flash. As the gods are my judge, I have no idea how he knew it was in there, since I hid it when he was clear across the house without setting it off. I am lucky he didn't pull out, like, my vibrating egg, which is very toy-mouse-like in its way. Still, he will remember that he found a toy there ONCE and now I will never be able to keep him from rooting around in there when he's bored.


All he is good at is finding and fetching his toys. He was laying by the door with his nasty old mouse when we came home from the movies tonight, just, you know, in case. Yesterday morning when he heard Sargon wake up and turn off the alarm, he went and grabbed his mouse from where it had been hidden on the countertop and brought it and sat in front of the door, so painfully hopeful and earnest that I couldn't even yell at him for being on the counter.

He's a good boy, a sweet, sweet cat, he's just not very bright. He only understands "food" and "mouse" and "wrestle" and "head-butt." He can't even figure out how to bury his poop, and for a while, a couple of weeks ago, I was genuinely afraid he had become lost inside a paper bag. He looked like he truly could not figure out how to escape. He will spend hours looking for his favorite mouse, though, if you hide it. Inside everything, on top of everything, behind everything, under everything. The one white mouse with no tail or ears or anything, just a really good rattling sound. He is diligent, I will give him that. If he were a wild cat, he would be an amazing hunter, and would probably sire lots of incredibly stupid kittens before drowning while staring up at a bird during a thunderstorm.

Another sigh.

I will have things to sell, including some arts, but if you feel inclined to help right now, here's the button. I have to go find him and try to wear him out before I go to sleep.

Date: 2012-03-22 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awwww, he's too cute when he's playing!! :)

Date: 2012-03-22 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Poor guy. :( I sent a little cash your way. Here's hoping the vet trip is easy and you can get some things resolved.

Date: 2012-03-22 03:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Hmm, hard to tell from the video, but that could just be allergies, dust mite perhaps.

and he's a charmer alright..

Date: 2012-03-22 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That face . . . ! What a sweet little derp-panther. I might be visiting my local rescue this weekend and I can ask them if they know anything about kitty asthma. Good luck with him!

I want all the snuggles.

Date: 2012-03-23 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Still lol-ing over "derp-panther." :D

Date: 2012-03-23 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He's sleek and gorgeous with those huge green eyes! Unbelievably healthy! Mighty hunter!

Also apparently with less active life in his skull than found in the average yogurt cup.

Sweet and pretty counts for a lot, right? :D

Glad you like my shorthand for your little love-demon.

Date: 2012-03-22 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, poor little love. He looks so confused by his coughing.

I'm switching to a higher-paying job, so hopefully, if my first paycheck isn't entirely spoken for with our own dodgy finances, I'll be able to send you something. It may only be $20, but hopefully it'll help a little. :(

Date: 2012-03-22 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh what a cutie. He looks like my Bucky (see icon) when he was a baby, though Bucky is far too serious to ever play fetch.

Good luck and please keep us updated.

Date: 2012-03-22 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

If you want to art me something sometime, you know I'd love that--but this is purely for Etrigan.

If you DO get inspired and art me something, CHARGE ME and I'll be happy to pay you.

Love you!

Grey :)

Date: 2012-03-23 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much. And he thanks you. We'll be able to cover the next x-ray too, between you and the other folks. <3

Date: 2012-03-22 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
BTW: eucalyptus oil.

Do you want some? I gots LOTS.

Grey :)

Date: 2012-03-22 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh wow, he's so incredibly adorable. I really hope you get some positive/fixable/maintainable news from the vet.

Date: 2012-03-22 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hate to say it, but I would be careful with encouraging physical activity right after an attack. For me, at least, that sometimes restarts attacks.

Also, I am sure I can dig up some earrings I made that I would donate to a help-mah-kitteh auction, if you plan to do one.

Date: 2012-03-23 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Absolutely. I've watched him for that, and usually I do leave off him, but that time I had only thrown the dang mouse ONE TIME when he started, and he was never going to leave me alone with the pitiful and the baby eyes and the "please mom please mom pleasepleaseplease!", so I ran him a bit. He is usually fine after, and doesn't have another, which gives me hope -- slim -- that it may be JUST a lung infection. A nasty one, but just that.

I would really like to be that lucky!

Date: 2012-03-25 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have to say - the cough sounds like 'crap in lungs' a lot more than 'asthma' to me. (Take with much salt - the sound repro's not the best, and my experience is with people, not cats.) The only rule-of-thumb that might be useful here is that asthmatics generally wheeze more on the exhale, where everyone else wheezes on the inhale.

So many good wishes - he really is beautiful.


Date: 2012-03-26 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! When we started worrying about it it was a very dry cough, but right before we took him to the vet it started getting kind of wet, which was what actually concerned us the most. And it's been like that ever since. He's been having fewer attacks with the antibiotics, many fewer, but now he seems to be coughing shit up more often. IDK if that's normal when an infection is on the run; IIRC, the times I had bronchitis (many) as a kid, it worked like that and I'd cough more gunk up as the infection broke up, but I'm still thinking I might call the vet about it.

Date: 2012-03-30 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, that sounds like an infection on the run. Sadly, it is no guarantee that he doesn't have asthma. To be frank, you will only get that weeks or months after the infection is totally cleared.

Date: 2012-03-22 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I sent you something. I hope it helps.

On the coughing subject, Yitzak used to do that. A lot. Ever since he was a young cat.

He lived to be 18.

Just a data point for you.

Date: 2012-03-22 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you.

*so much hugging*

Date: 2012-03-22 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Zephyr had a cough like that for years. The vet thought perhaps it was asthma but since he was notoriously hard to medicate and it only slowed him down for a little while, we didn't do it. After he died, I looked up his symptoms. I know this is probably a case of too much information on the internet, but I think now that perhaps he had congestive heart failure and had a heart attack. So if the vet does want to do an x-ray, see if you can get him/her to check for that.

Date: 2012-03-23 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeeeees. Tazendra got a touch of that a little while before she was diagnosed with heart disease, just a little coughing after she'd drink, and my parents' dog had an awful case of it for a couple of years before he died of the same thing, so it's something I've been aware of. Didn't seem to be anything wrong with his heart this time, though I don't know how early it usually starts showing up. I'd think if it was bad enough to trigger the coughing, it would show on an x-ray. I will ask her about that specifically next time, though. I'm less worried since it's an occasionally wet cough, and the other animals I've seen with it had a dry cough. So there's that.

Date: 2012-03-23 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh good. Hopefully that can be ruled out. He's such a little cutie. I hope his visit went well.

Date: 2012-03-23 01:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It did! Update just went up! Bottom line, more clavamox, more waiting, moar playing, moar treats plz. But he's doing better.

Date: 2012-03-22 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds exactly like Morgan. He got a bit better when we tore out all our carpet, and when he gets his meds regularly he never coughs at all. He gets giant talons from the steroids and hates having them trimmed, and he probably will not live as long as he otherwise would, but he's happy and that's what matters.

Date: 2012-03-23 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I keep telling myself that he is insanely healthy otherwise, and there's no way it could possibly be something truly dire in a cat with such dense fur and plush skin and bright eyes and solid muscles, a cat who is so energetic and alert and perpetually hungry.

Fucking hell.* Well, now you know how to get money out of me. Please only use your newfound powers for helping kitties and the more enjoyable types of evil.

*also, buttfucking Republicans on a cracker. I'd come up with better, but I feel the need to go and hug my kitties now.

Date: 2012-03-23 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, goddamn he's adorable.

Date: 2012-03-23 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He's a dead ringer for my cat, right down to the coughing and wheezing.

The rest of my finaid is released at the end of the month. I'll kick in some money once the funds clear.

Date: 2012-03-23 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We're starting to think my Squee has asthma as well. He'll hurk and cough, never throw anything up, and then he's fine. Sometimes it's just for a few seconds, sometimes it goes on for a few minutes. He's beautifully healthy otherwise (other than propensity to UTI, but that's taken care of with food.)

One of my goals for this summer is getting all of the cats to the vet. Most are approaching 10+ (two are almost 15 and look like they'll outlive me) and it's been longer than I care to admit since anyone saw a vet for anything more than said UTIs. It was my vet of all people that advised me against the yearly exams, since our animals are always in great health, inside only, etc. As good of care as we give them, he said as long as they're brought in when something drastic happens or changes, they're fine otherwise. Which is amazing, since it would be around a grand a year just for checkups and boosters. If it were disposable income we'd do it in a heartbeat, but it hasn't been for quite some time (but hopefully will be soon.)

Most likely when E goes in for his follow-up I'll be able to toss a few coins in the bucket. I'm so glad he's so healthy otherwise. He's beautiful!

Date: 2012-03-30 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you can- DO get the asthma dealt with.

We lost our Pixel because he had asthma- which we didn't know, because it looked like hairballs to us and to the vet when we described it- and by the time it was a crisis, Pixie had both asthma and bronchitis, and the treatment for one aggravated the other. And he got fed up with the treatments and drew a line.

I know dealing with asthma is a problem... but i wish I'd been more aware and been able to do that for Pixie.


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