Recently, I’ve gotten a taste of what it must be like to worry as a parent.
A couple of weeks ago, my cat Darcy got an infection on her right side and had to go to Cavan Hills Veterinary Services, to have it lanced and drained. The routine procedure was done and she came home seeming to be okay.
However, the next couple days she was not herself. She didn’t have the same energy she usually had, and worse, she wasn’t eating or drinking very much. My mother and I both tried multiple times to encourage her to have a drink of water or something to eat. Occasionally it would work, but the majority of the time it seemed like she just didn’t have the energy to do either.
As some readers might remember, I wrote a column about Darcy last year, where I mentioned how I felt a “special connection” to her. Because of that strong bond, it was so hard for me to see her not feeling herself.
We later brought her back to that same vet’s office and she was diagnosed with being dehydrated. They had her stay overnight, while she underwent an intravenous therapy.
That night and into the next day, I worried about her being in an unfamiliar place, and hoped and prayed she would return healthy and would be back to being herself again. From the time we dropped her off until after we picked her up, all I could think about was my cat Darcy.
When we returned to pick her up, one other pet owner at the vet’s office remarked that it is harder to see our pets go through these things because they are small, vulnerable and it is harder to know how they are feeling because they cannot tell you directly.
When we picked her up, she was given multiple medications she had to take. As many parents probably know, it is hard to give your children medicine and in my opinion it is just as challenging, if not more, to give your pets medicine. But, in the end, we were successful in getting her to take her medicine.
I'm happy to report that Darcy has been progressing well since then.
She is in fact back to her happy and carefree self, is eating and drinking at a good pace again, has been very vocal again, and has even been outside for a brief period of time, with our supervision.
Just like with our children, it is hard to see our pets get sick. I guess there is a reason some people refer to their pets as “fur babies.”
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