my cat was due for his yearly checkup and because he's on heart medication that involves bloodwork to make sure the meds aren't damaging his kidneys. this year they also wanted to do a urine sample which they did not do last year and they didn't give me a heads up when i made the appointment. so when i got there i was totally unprepared for it. they said they could keep him overnight and get the sample, they use a special litter, i guess it's plastic bits that don't absorb so the liquid goes to the bottom of the pan so they can get their sample. i said i'd rather do it at home and they said because cats are fussy about their litter he might refuse to use it and go elsewhere in the house. but if he's in one of their kennels at least if he pees out of the box they still can get their sample. my cat has NEVER been fussy about his litter but they insisted and my mom (who is caring for my cat while i'm staying with my inlaws) insisted it would be easier. they said they wouldn't charge me extra for the stay, just for the litter which would be a couple bucks.
i really didn't want to leave him but it was a fight i wasn't gonna win. so we left him there. the appointment was at 10:20 yesterday morning. when i called this morning to see if we could go get him they said no he hadn't peed yet. i called back at lunch and he still hadn't gone. i called back at dinner and he still hadn't gone. he's protesting. either he really hates the litter or he's just super p.o.'d at being left there and crammed in a kennel. so they said if he still hadn't gone by closing time they'd keep him another night. and he didn't go, so he's still there. this is a really long time to hold it in isn't it? is he gonna make himself sick? in his usual daily routine he's in the litterbox at around 7am so it's possible he hasn't gone since 7am yesterday.
i'm thinking when they open tomorrow we're taking him home regardless of whether he's gone or not, we can take the litter and try at home.
when i called at dinner i asked how much he's eaten and drank, they said a little but not much. but they'd only given him dry food and he's used to getting canned food twice a day so i suggested that. he gets a lot of his water intake from wet food so he doesn't drink all that much. she said she'd try giving him some canned food and see if it helps, at least he might be a little less grumpy. hoping that did the trick and that he'll be ready to come home but if not i'm taking him anyway even if i have to pick a fight lol.
i'm also concerned that he's not getting his meds while he's there, the longer he's there the longer he goes without his pill (fortekor), it's been 2 days without it cause he gets it at dinner time, i hope it doesn't do any harm to be without it that long. they won't refill his scrips til they get the test results back either and i'm out of metacam which he gets daily also, he's been without it for i think 4 or 5 days now.
all i need is for him to get a uti or something and have complications from being off his meds all at the same time. i'm so stressed out. but the tech didn't seem too concerned on the phone she said they just like to be stubborn etc etc but i think a day and a half without peeing is a little much.
my poor kitty, i can picture him hunkered in the back of the kennel giving them all the deathglare which he has perfected
I'm singin' here to get rid of fear
Hope it disappears right here with the rain
But I know life is pain, not like a fairytale
Meaningless to pray, so just goin' on my way