Tonight, as I write, I have Jazzy (my Ragdoll) right next to me. His usual perkiness is absent from his eyes. His high-flying, night time tricks are replaced by his own confinement to his bed. He is clearly under the weather. He hasn't moved all evening, even with his sister Oreo begging for his attention.
What do I do? Do I do anything? Nothing? We've all been in this situation at some time. Most of us probably reach for "Dr. Google." I'm sure if I type in the right key words, the Dr. will tell me everything I need to know. My mind will be put to ease.
But, it's not. Symptom after symptom I read about - they all fit, but none of them really do. I worry that it's serious. I worry that I'm overreacting. I mean, it's just a cat. They'll do what they gotta do when they're sick. Right? NO.
Listen to what your cat is telling you, and what they're aren't telling you. Cats have a tendency to isolate themselves when they are sick or in pain, and sometimes they will even purr. You must take notice. You know your pet like no other, and that gives you the instinctive knowledge (or gut feeling) to make the right call. Sounds vague maybe...but your vet will rely on you to get all the facts. You are the one person who really knows.
And Jazzy? He is sleeping peacefully now, probably dreaming of his acrobats. I did learn a lot from Dr. Google, and I left his office with a sure plan. I will spend the night sleeping next to Jazzy where I can reach over and feel his breathing. First thing in the morning, I will know if it's time to visit the real Doctor. I will never hesitate when my gut feeling says "Go." Stay tuned...
Comfi pets are happi pets.