Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Poor Hyperion--Warning...disgusting content
This Saturday, Hyperion is one year old. At a year old, you're supposed to switch cats to cat food from kitten food. Hecate has been a year old since last August, but to save money we've been keeping her on kitten food until Hyperion was ready too.
Normally, the food switch is pretty academic. They get sick for a day or two but then they are okay. And it was really easy with Hecate. Hyperion, however, has a sensitive gastrointestinal tract and the switch has been very difficult for him.
He was sick and throwing up for a couple days and, I think because of his inactivity, he acquired a rather interesting odor. But, he started to look better on Sunday. He was moving around and playing and all kinds of things.
Then, suddenly and inexplicably, two days ago things took another bad turn. He started vomiting again and got a little lackadaisical. He also started smelling bad again.
Then, we found out why. His little butt was matted with catpoop. We did our best to clean it using paper towels, a wet washrag, scissors, Nathan's pocket knife, and even a partially filled lukewarm bathtub. We were able to remove most of the poop, but his little bumhole seemed stuck open and we don't know if that is just because he still has to poop or he is having serious trouble.
Our poor little guy.