Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cassie Progress Report

It’s been three weeks since our eleven-ish year old cat Cassie had her Radioactive Iodine Treatment. She’s been doing pretty well, although she is still not back to anything approaching normal with her eating. She eats a little bit and then walks away, then moseys on back to nosh a little more. As a result, we have to feed her by herself and often have to just take up the dish and try again later. Otherwise her “sibling” Abby would scarf it all up in the blink of an eye! The good news is that we’re pretty sure Cassie has begun to gain some weight back. She feel less thin and fragile. She also seems somewhat less keyed up and agitated than she did in the months leading up to the procedure, but still not as mellow as she was a few years ago. It’s hard to know what was a direct result of the hyperactive thyroid and what became a learned behavior because of the imbalance.

In another week, she can go see her regular veterinarian for a follow up visit. Also, in another week, we can stop using the special clumping kitty litter called World’s Best Cat Litter. Turns out World’s Best, well, isn’t. It has clumped, has been scoopable and flushable with no apparent harm to our septic system, all of which was as advertised and necessary for this radioactive situation. However, even with a covered litter box, the World’s Best corn based litter tracks and scatters everywhere, far more than the Petco refill-your-own-bucket clay litter ever has. It may be because it is so much lighter. The other problem is that even with scooping twice a day there has been an odor problem. It doesn’t smell like cat urine, but instead a strange sour smell. Thankfully, we have just one more week to go.


dancingmorganmouse said...

So glad to hear Cassie is on the mend.
As for clumping litter, we use a claybased one, and I sweep daily :)

Sue said...

Glad to hear that Cassie is doing so much better!! Good luck with the last few days of littered litter...
Sue x

barbie2be said...

i'm glad cassie is on the mend!

Pink Granite said...

Hi All -
Thanks for the good wishes! We can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully Cassie's appetite will completely bounce back and something approaching normal will return to this feline household!
- Lee