Well, the vet visit did not go quite how I planned. Bailey does not have diabetes or crystals in her urine. So far, her thyroid seems fine but the vet did say this is a problem (if it was her thyroid) that comes and goes in phases so it could not possibly show up on one blood test but then show up weeks later on another. So, he wants to have a blood sample taken again in three weeks and sent out to the lab. She does have a heart murmur, which was not there a year ago. However, is that a reason for her to not be using the litter box? I highly doubt it. Unless it is a thyroid issue....
Poor Bailey had a blood sample drawn (after the vet palpated her belly for a bit, feeling for any abnormalities) and he had extreme difficulty finding her vein. Like her human mama, her veins move around quite a bit when you are trying to stick the needle into it. I felt so bad watching her go through that! I personally know how much it sucks to keep getting stuck repeatedly with a needle till they find your vein. Then they needed to get a urine sample which meant literally squeezing the urine out of her, which I can assume is not a pleasant feeling. She also got a quick rabies shot. The vet wanted to then clip her hind claws (she is declawed in front) for me and so I gently went to move her body when suddenly it was like a scene out of 'When Animals Attack'. Simultaneously hissing, smacking with her paws, ears flattening flat on her head and sinking her sharp, pointed teeth into the top of my hand, by my thumb. While it hurt and I was surprised, I certainly don't blame her. I've got my battle wounds now, some bloody puncture holes which I immediately washed with soap and water and then the vet asst. gave me an ice pack to on put it. She is already a cat who does not liked to be handled (except by me) and I normally am really good at reading her signals but I was so preoccupied and I know she lashed out just becuz she was tired of being poked and prodded.
Anyway, $215.00 later, leaving the vet scratching his head, my battle wounds squeezing out drops of blood here and there, I cried the car ride home. Yes, there is so far nothing wrong with my cat and yet I cried on the way home. Why? If I can't find a reason for her behavior, then it will leave me with no choice but to find her a new home. And I cry at the thought of that. I don't like to play favorites with my pets but I have to say, that I feel like I have a very special bond with this kitty, unlike with any of my other pets. While I love my other pets equally, from the bottom of my heart, I know if (god forbid) I ever had to find them a home they'd settle right in, I would have nothing to worry about. Bailey, on the other hand, is a one-woman cat. Friends (and Big D) often tease me about how "unlovable" and bratty she is...yet I can honestly say this cat gives more unconditional loving to me then any feline I've ever seen. She loves to lay on my chest, purring like a motor boat, and she gives me sandpapery kisses to my neck and face. When I come home from work, I can call her name and this cat will come running to me, like a dog, with a long, happy and drawn-out hello-meow. While she is not one who likes to be held, she will let me pick her up at that time and bury my face into her thick black fur and call her "my pretty girl". Some people can't even touch her without her giving them the famous evil cat-eye and a low warning growl. *SIGH* I just don't see how it would work for her if after eight years of life with me, she had to live elsewhere.
I pray that doesn't have to happen. :-(
So, I'm not in the happiest of moods today. And to add insult to injury, Dunkin Donuts completely screwed up my coffee order...I could not drink it. *DOUBLE SIGH*
P.S. Big, HUGE, work changes about to happen. My company was bought by a multi-million dollar company. I am definitely slightly worried about my job. :-(
I just read this on the internet....I wonder....
""Recent evidence has shown that cats are not only social but that some of them suffer from separation anxiety in the absence of their attachment figure. Interestingly, one common finding in cats with separation anxiety is the tendency, even when the owner is present, to urinate on the owner's bed or other belongings. While the exact reasons for this are unknown, it may be that the anxious cat is evacuating its bladder where it feels secure."