It has been a tough week for me as we continue to struggle with Widgit. Today she is doing great. She still moves pretty slow and doesn’t blurry around like she used to. She is eating but it doesn’t seem like enough; though she does come in every time she hears someone in the kitchen. We’ve gotten in the habit of leaving the lanai screen door open so she can come and go as she pleases; it keeps her from sitting on one of our desks!
So why has it been tough? Well, we are now trying to give her daily SubQ injections. It takes about 3 times of trying to have some success. She FIGHTS and FIGHTS and FIGHTS. You would think she would die from having this done. Pills aren’t much better but I’m getting better at them. It makes no sense because at the end when she knows we are done, she is sweet and lovey. I know she will feel better the next day if we are successful. It is so frustrating and takes up a lot of time. We’ve been doing them at night before dinner or should I say we start before dinner. Peter says I sing better at night so maybe that helps. Martini’s seem to help us not feel as bad. Too bad we can’t give one to Widgit.
- I tried giving her time-outs. Whenever she would become fighting mad. I’d just leave her in her carrier for 2 minutes and try again. Didn’t help a bit.
- I tried just forcing through it. How strong can a 7 pound cat be? The answer seems to show on my hands that are bandaged with bites and scratches.
- She tenses up and makes it nearly impossible to get the needle in. We have smaller, easier needles on order.
We’ve been doing this now for 8 weeks. We just started the daily fluids last week. I’m a planner and this morning I decided to lay out a game plan. If I don’t expect success every day but have a longer term game plan, maybe I’ll feel better! Please tell Widgit my plan.
- By her appointment next Thursday, we are able to give her some fluids every day.
- By Dec 15, we are able to give her at least 100ml every day; with max of 2 tries. She is starting to clean herself up. (She used to be a very clean cat!).
- By Christmas, she is interested in playing with ornaments on the tree.
- By New Year’s we are able to give her at least 125ml every day on first try.
- After New Year’s, we do a “project” of putting Christmas stuff away. She used to love projects – especially at Christmas! I should have known something was wrong when she didn’t “help” me with my kitchen painting project.
- By Jan 15, Widgit has made connection to fluids and doesn’t fight vigorously; growls are ok. The whole process takes <15 minutes. We see her playing and running occasionally.
- By Feb 15, she lies calmly while we administer fluids. She no longer let’s Mooshie barge in and eat her food. She is sleeping in her old places rather than having to be by us all the time.
- By March 30, we can administer fluids with just one of us.
Peter keeps telling me I need the harder plan for when these things don’t work out. She had a good day today so I’m just hoping for the best. It has been very hard but I don’t want to give up hope. I’m very thankful to have her with us.