View Full Version : Paws crossed for Max please !

01-24-2006, 07:58 AM
Oh, I am just so worried about my big boy today and know you will all understand that my stomach is quite literally tied in a knot with worry. Last night he was a bit huffy and snappy with Tom and Candy. Nothing unusual there as he can be a very grumpy, highly strung and generally sensitive cat and have whole days where heís in a strange mood. You know, will try to sit in the strangest and tiniest of spaces and generally stare wide-eyed into space. Thatís just Max being Max. So this may explain the followingÖ

We were woken at around 3am with him growling away for no apparent reason. My first thought was Tom was annoying him Ė he canít be bothered with his silly little brother Ė but both Tom and Candy were sleeping in the other room. I got up, he didnít seem to want cuddles or scritches, when he usually is a safe bet to purr away like a big noisy engine. I put out some fresh dinner to test his reaction to this and he munched away quite happily with no encouragement. He then settled down again until the morning when again was a bit moany-faced and not wanting a fuss, but wolfed down his breakfast Ė I hadnít even got round to putting out fresh meat yet at this point.

I have seen him like this before, once when he must have been in a fight and suffered a bite to his leg Ė the pain must have caused him to react in this way. Another time was just under 3 years ago when he had a bladder blockage. He was really quite ill at the time and spent 6 days as a patient up at the vets before things had resolved for him to come home. Ever since then I have been so careful with his diet and what he is and isnít allowed. I have also in the past seen him behave in this way, settle down to sleep and then be back to his old self. So of course, my mind is now racing that its got to be the second reason, and the pee-pee problem has recurred Ė I canít tell who has done what during the night. max can go for HOURS without going anyway. He is mobile and walking normally, doesnít seem tender in any spot particularly. Iím hoping maybe if he was feeling discomfort with this he wouldnít be eating as normal?

Donít know what to think really only that I pray the hours will soon pass and I can be home and see to my poor boy and take him to the vets. My dad is however going to check on him during the day and report to me Ė Iím watching the phone like mad willing it to ring.

Iíll report back once there is news of any kind but meantime due to complete absence of sleep and food (I think my throat has closed over!) Iím not a pretty sight, nor much use here todayÖ.. If anyone can spare a thought for my big handsome boy today, Iíd be ever so grateful.

01-24-2006, 08:18 AM
I seem to be well versed in this one right now. I'm going through the same thing with Pouncer. Can you roll him onto his back and then press gently on his whole belly, increasing pressure all around? If he screams in pain, you know he's blocked and full. MY vet assured me that you'd KNOW if you felt a full bladder. I kept feeling like a complete failure because I could never tell, but it turns out Pouncer was passing little itty bitty dribbles of pee all day long.

Is he in an out of the litter box all day long? If he is in the box, is he there for a long while? Is he obsessively licking his "privates"?

All those symptoms are sure fire clues that he's got crystals and/or he's blocked.

Pouncer and I send lots of good wishes to Max.

Killearn Kitties
01-24-2006, 08:18 AM
We have all our fingers and paws crossed for Max! I hope it turns out to be nothing much. Please let us know what happens.

01-24-2006, 08:46 AM
Thanks for the replies

Is he in an out of the litter box all day long? If he is in the box, is he there for a long while? Is he obsessively licking his "privates"?

All those symptoms are sure fire clues that he's got crystals and/or he's blocked.

The answer to these is no, no, no. I know what you mean about being uncertain as to whether you are feeling a solid full bladder or not. While Max didn't appreciate being touched (in general) his undercarriage bits didn't seem unusually large and his 'swingy' flap seemed unaffected.

To be honest, what I'm really going on is his behaviour and vocalising, rather than any 'physical' signs. At the risk of repeating myself, Max can be a very strange boy sometimes and I sincerely hope its down to that. Update when I have it.

I should have a report from my dad soon - he's on his way to get the bathroom fitment we need and then will be at our house and report on the boy.
Thanks for your concerns xx

01-24-2006, 09:20 AM
Paws and fingers crossed for Max. My Smokey can be strange like that as well so I know what you mean by you don't know if it's that he is not feeling himself or if he is just being strange. Please keep us posted. ((hugs)) Meg

Laura's Babies
01-24-2006, 09:54 AM
This seems to be turning into the year of "Kitty Worry" with most of us seemingly having a real worry with one of our sweet babies. Fingers and paws crossed that he is just "in a mood" and nothing is wrong.

01-24-2006, 10:30 AM
Prayers are coming from The Found Cats,Porchies and All the Pet Angels that waht ever is bothering your Big Max,is Temporary and that he feels better very,very soon.

01-24-2006, 10:55 AM
uppiedate on MaxÖ.

my dad called just a short while ago and the boy seems to be absolutely normal and nothing apparently bothering him.

He was quite happy to have a game of brushy brushies and ruby bellies, purr like an earthquake and headbut the life out of my dad.

Soooo, (and Iíll be happier when Iíve seen and kissed for myself) maybe he was just in a strange mood after all. Where he was lying last night when the growling started was up at the bedroom window. He might have spied one of his enemies or a fox in the garden Ė I leave the blinds open at night as its just fields and darkness behind us. He might have just woken up again grumpy a few short hours laterÖ.hereís hopingÖÖthat is one moody boy, and no mistake, let me tell you.

Iíll see how he is once Iím home but he is due up at the vets for booster jab in any case so weíll make that trip and see whatís what! Thanks everyone for listening.


01-24-2006, 11:04 AM
So glad your little one was just "moody" and nothing terrible is wrong. I know how scary it can be when you think your furkids are sick!

Pawsitive Thinking
01-24-2006, 11:42 AM
Max don't scare your meowmie so! Glad to hear he seems to be ok

01-24-2006, 12:20 PM
I hope all is well and stays that way for your dear Max. Some times we all get grumpy ...hoping he just had a bad night! ;)

Killearn Kitties
01-24-2006, 12:39 PM
he is due up at the vets for booster jab

Maybe that's what was wrong with him!!! He knows ...

I hope you find adorable Max in the pink tonight.

01-24-2006, 12:58 PM
Ahhh we all get in our moods sometimes ;) .Im also a worry nut. :p

Best Wishes to my bestest pal Max. :D

Laura's Babies
01-24-2006, 07:56 PM
Max, you shouldn't worry your Mommie like that, you know she is wrapped around those cute pawsies of yours and it don't take much to worry us humans!

01-25-2006, 03:45 AM
FURTHER UPDATE................

Well, can you believe that after all that, and just about giving his meowmie an ulcer from all the worry (I swear my stomach still feels burnt this morning from all the juices churning away, and lack of food), guess what that big beggar had after all been up to...........




Yup people, he had been scrapping away so seems that's why he was all cross and no doubt a bit sore. A good few fresh scabs in the neck region. Wonder which one of the blackies was to blame............... :( :eek: :o

So all that melodrama, anguish and worry for nothing, but I SWEAR I thought the pee-pee trouble was back from his behaviour but thankfully it seems not. See what I mean how that boy likes to be a moody one - blackies get over any contre-temps in an instant. A good shot of maxi-biotics just to be on the safe side though.

plenty of kisses, rubbies and a good game of brushy-brushies for my boy last night. We had the biggest love-in ever last night :D :D

Thanks everyone for your concerns - it means a lot. Have some delightful pictures of the rotter so will post them in the next couple of days!


01-25-2006, 06:33 AM
I feel for you, even a little moodiness is worrisome once your cat had bladder problems.
The way you describe him wolfing down his food and being snappy with his siblings made me think that he was involved in some territorial fighting, and that he might had spotted his enemy.

his undercarriage bits didn't seem unusually large and his 'swingy' flap seemed unaffected.
:D :D
LOL, is that what you call it in Scotland?