Cat cough got you down? With all the other things you have to worry about, all the other problems you have to deal with, now it’s cat cough? Why not, it can only add insult to injury.
When my kids, especially my son, coughs a lot before he goes to bed, it’s a precursor of a condition likely to manifest itself later in the night. To which, he vomits. Once we get him cleaned up, he goes back to sleep as if nothing happened. It can’t be comfortable, and it’s annoying. He is a special case, no doubt, but with cat cough, my son’s experience jumps to the front of my mind.
As with any change in behavior, or any new symptoms that any of our pets experience (with the possible exception of the fish), I am the point person. Our kids, a boy eight years old and a girl five years old, adore the dog and the cat. Not enough to take care of them-bathe them, walk them, clean up after them-but definitely enough to make life miserable for dear old Dad should something like cat cough befall our ever-faithful Roary.
Roary coughed, but fortunately didn’t do much more than that. The children didn’t notice any additional symptoms. Roary was his same, cheerful, playful self. Except with me, of course the one person in the family that footed the bill for the varmint! And, now, it seemed, the one person who would end up footing the bill for Roary’s cat cough.
For reasons known only to Roary, he shows absolutely no love or affection for me, the person who is responsible for putting a roof over his head, providing food for his dish, and making sure his litterbox gets changed. I know those are all supposed to be jobs for the kids, except maybe for keeping a roof over his head, but the fact is that when things get messy or dirty, they scatter. I’m the one left to clean up the mess.
Cat cough is one of those messes. We cannot let Roary just suffer. What if he has an incurable cat disease, like tuberculosis or a ruptured spleen? Rather than rush to the vet, and spend a small fortune that I have yet to earn, I rely on a family friend. She works at a local animal shelter, taking in stray fogs and cats, and often nursing them back to health. If anyone could know what was wrong, it would be her.
The first step in the diagnosis of cat cough, or apparently any animal problem, is to look at the stool. I generally try to spend as little time as possible with Roary’s litter box, but if it means saving his life, and keeping the kids happy, I’m willing to invest the time. Litter box checks out ok. Food consumption is normal. Kids aren’t’ feeding Roary something he shouldn’t have (that’s our usual problem).
Our friend’s examination of the cat revealed something fascinating. Roary smelled very pleasant, abnormally pleasant, for a cat. A bit like a five year old girl might smell if she were playing with kiddie perfume.
Our cat cough cleared up right away after we stopped both of our kids from spraying him down with cheap perfume. In addition to tuberculosis, a ruptured spleen, and brain cancer, cat cough can also be a strong indicator of kids who just plain don’t listen well. And I’m the one that Roary avoids!