Mr. Attitudinous


This is Otto.  Otto the Attitudinous.  Prince Charming is his human.

Otto is also part of the reason why my mojo took a vacation.  Otto got sick.  4 different medicines, twice a day, and special food sick.  The vet thought infection, and we originally suspected pneumonia, but his lungs were clear.  At the ripe young age of 15, something was bound to happen.

Unfortunately Otto’s illness also happened the same week Prince Charming had a business trip.   He only takes one a year, and this was truly bad timing.  We had the talk about Otto.  When would enough be enough?  I persevered with the medications, painkillers and food.  I woke up every morning, wondering…  Would today be the day?

Every night I went to sleep, thankful the ornery orange boy had made it through another day.

In an effort to get him to eat, I mixed up his food:  Science Diet A/D, Royal Canin A/D, broiled chicken from the deli, canned tuna.  The fridge looked like a test kitchen at Purina, with all the opened cans.   Eventually, it was Friskies Mixed Grill and canned tuna juice he’d eat, with a periodic nibble of dry food.  And yogurt every couple days, to keep the intestinal flora going.

Long short story:  Otto made it! He perked up once he was off the antibiotics, and got even better when Prince Charming came home.  I know this is just one episode of probably more to come, but we’re thankful to still have the fuzzy menace with us.

Otto, of course, is now demanding tuna juice with every meal, and multiple trips outside to sniff the breeze.  He’s the only cat allowed out of doors, and always under supervision.

Excuse me, I have to go now.  Someone is demanding pets.


4 responses »

  1. We do love our furbots. They give us so much love and are never stingy with the shedding of fur. I am glad Otto and his grumpy self is still with us. We’re looking forward to not petting him (for fear of being nipped) in Feb.

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