I haven’t talked much about my two furbabies Freya & Neko. I don’t consider myself a pet owner. I like to call myself a cat guardian. Today’s blog is dedicated to my cats.
I’ve had Freya for almost two years now. In the picture above she is the cow cat. After my miscarriage in on New Year’s Day 2011 my husband wanted to cheer me up with a cat. When Freya and I first met eyes it was love at first sight. Things were fine until the tornado. Right before we went to Dillons that day Freya was sitting on my computer desk. I said “Freya, We’re going to Dillons. We’ll be right back!” Obviously that didn’t happen. Freya was missing for over a month after the tornado. She was found, ironically, right by Dillons. I had her in my possession the last week of June. Freya was fine until the end of July. Freya then got sick with what the vets thought was either the plague or a fungal infection. She had a fever of over 103 degrees. That’s very dangerous for a cat. They were able to knock the infection and she came home a couple days later. A day after she came home I noticed she was acting kind of weird in the morning. In the afternoon she walked into the kitchen looking for water and then had a seizure. It was bad. My poor girl couldn’t catch a break. She recovered from the seizure and my previous couldn’t find a reason why.
Ever since the tornado and the seizure Freya has been different. Freya was becoming antisocial & was scared easily. My husband and I both decided to get her a companion to improve her mood because she got use to being around multiple cats while staying at my parents. Last September we adopted Neko. Neko is our resident house dog. He seriously acts like a puppy most days. I use to be intimidated by his size. He is a huge cat. He’s very gentle, affectionate, and loyal. It took a month for Freya to warm up to Neko. Those two have been inseparable ever since.
When Leo was born Freya’s personality changed again. Freya became even more antisocial and more frightened. If you move wrong her fur POOFS out. Most days I’m lucky if she comes up to me for attention. Neko on the other hand follows Leo wherever he goes. It’s literally night & day between the two cats. I’m sad that my beloved Freya has changed so much. I’ve gotten use to the new Freya. A couple months ago she started peeing outside of the litter box. I change her box religiously, sprayed things down, and tried doing things to help her go back into the box. Sometimes she will use it and sometimes she won’t. It’s frustrating.
This past Friday I caught Neko peeing outside of the box. I’ve never seen him pee outside of the box. He had blood clots coming in his urine. Before having a major anxiety attack on my end I was able to find a vet who would work with me on a payment plan. We found out Neko has a UTI and ear mites. Now we’re on a prescription diet. My vet told me to bring in Freya on Monday (today) to confirm a UTI with her. I brought Freya into the vet today. She was her usual timid self. When the vet checked her she didn’t have a UTI. I explained what my little moo cat has went through to the vet. The vet believes this is more of a behavioral issue. Freya was prescribed Reconcile. The human equivalent is Prozac. It’s not easy for a cat to deal with stress, anxiety, and more than likely PTSD in her case. Unlike humans cat’s just can’t go to therapy.
Between Neko taking antibiotics & having to stay on a prescription diet plus Freya needing anti anxiety meds it seems like my house is full of sick kitties. Neko’s starting to feel better. It’s going to be a fight giving Freya her medication until the gel pen version is available.
Have you ever had to deal with anti anxiety meds or UTIs with your pets? How are they doing now?