Update for Bagheera

Update for Bagheera

Hello all,

I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that Bagheera’s diarrhea cleared up. The bad news is that his bladder has become more distended. This makes it more difficult to express him and increases the risk of rupturing the bladder. We’ve started Bags on a drug that we hope will help shrink his bladder, and we’ve also started expressing him four times per day; Dr. Collins hopes that by expressing the bladder more frequently, we can keep it from stretching.

Bagheera also started producing bloody urine. We did a urinalysis and found no bacteria. Dr. C suspects that we’re causing some bruising since we have to work harder to express him.

Unfortunately, Bagheera finds the bladder expression uncomfortable. Fortunately, however, expressing the bladder only takes a few minutes. In between bladder expressions, Bagheera is happy.

We’ve had a mild winter compared to years past, but a couple of days were just too windy to go out. On one particular day I brought Bagheera into my office and was going to put him into his wheelbarrow. I looked down to see Sammie nestled in it so comfortably; I didn’t have the heart to disturb him.

So, I put a big towel on the chair and sat Bagheera on it. I wasn’t sure what he was going to think, but he loved it. He sat there so tall, just looking all about. After a short while, he put his paw on the armrest, laid his head on it and relaxed as we all know he can do very well (see picture on left).

Last month there was a little kitten residing in the lobby, and he loved to bug Bagheera. Bagheera was snuggled under his blanket trying to catch a “cat nap.” Nicodemus snuck up, put his paws through the crate, and tapped Bagheera (see picture below). Bagheera let it go, but after a few times he stretched out and hit Nicodemus back. It was so funny to see them interacting that way. Nicodemus has since been adopted! It was sad to see him go, because he was so funny and had all the cats in the lobby on their “toes,” but at the same time, it was great to see him get his own family.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Bags and me! ♥ ♥ ♥