Tuesday, September 22, 2009

When it rains ...

So, in case you can't tell from the picture, Danger's left eye is a little "lazy". For the past couple fo days he's been blinking a lot and his left eye has been producing a large amount of goop. Being the best kitty parents on the planet, Jeremy and I applied our patented "let's wait and see if it gets better" approach to kitty health. It actually did look like it was getting a little better until tonight. Guess who is going to the vet tomorrow? At this point we're considering just having our paychecks direct deposited directly into the vet's account. We are hoping that she at least buys a nice boat or something with all of our cash - then maybe she'll invite her best clients out sailing.

The Kitty Drama Continues

Just as it looked like Lucy was finally on the mend, she's had a bit of a relapse. According to the vet, her urinary tract infection is all cleared up, but her kitty-pee is a little sub-par. And, at the Gottwoods, we always strive to "pee the best", so clearly this is unacceptable. The problem is that her pee is too basic (as in the opposite of acidic) which means that it is easy for crystals to form which makes it easier to get another infection and so on and so forth. Luckily, this is a problem that is easily fixed:

That, my friends, is special pee-balancing prescription kitty food. Available only from the vet. Of course, if we feed it to one cat, there's no way to get around feeding it to all three. Luckily, Danger finds it quite delectable (he is a picky eater - he usually whines until Jeremy licks the sauce off his chicken for him). We are happy to have such an easy fix, and are really glad that there isn't anything more serious wrong with Lucy. However, let me just repeat: this is prescription cat food - available only from the vet. It is a tad more expensive than the cut-rate Friskies that is a more typical kitty dinner option around here. Dear Future Children, you want to know why you have no college fund?!?! GO ASK THE CAT.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy New Year!

Shana Tova to all of our Jewish friends and family! Happy 5770!

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year celebration begins tonight at sundown. The Gottwoods will not be celebrating this year because the one of us that is actually Jewish was completely unaware of his upcoming High Holiday until he flipped through the complementary calendar he received for being on the waiting list for Bears season tickets.

However, preparations are already well underway for the annual observance of National Cookie Month in October. I, for one, was completely unaware of the deep religious significance of National Cookie Month until I was informed by my husband. I have been informed that the fate of our souls is dependent on the quantity and variety of cookies consumed in the month of October. I clearly have much to learn about Jeremy's faith.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Things have been a little quiet here - on the blog that is - our house has been filled with the sounds of coughing, sneezing and nose-blowing. The first cold of the season managed to hit both of us, I got sick right before Labor Day weekend (right before vacation of course) and Jeremy started to feel under the weather the following Wednesday. We're both on the mend now, but it has been a rough week or two. Especially given how Jeremy caught by cold.

Two weeks ago, we were at a conference in Southern California. While I was getting ready one morning, in the dark, trying not to wake up my sleeping husband, I may have accidentally used Jeremy's toothbrush. Actually, we got new toothbrushes, and I got confused about which one was mine and may have accidentally used Jeremy's toothbrush for two days. Jeremy pointed out my mistake (he was horrified) and then the next day I woke up with a scratchy throat.

You might be surprised how many times one person can work the phrase "YOU USED MY TOOTHBRUSH" into a conversation ...

[Jeremy just came in to the room and said "are you blogging? did you tell them HOW YOU USED MY TOOTHBRUSH???]

Anyway, after a week and a half of soup, popcicles and kleenex I think we're both starting to feel a little better.

Unfortunately, Lucy has also been sick. She kept jumping up on the bed next to us and peeing - which, as you can imagine was less than ideal (thank goodness for the sanitize cycle on the washer). We thought she just having some sort of adjustment-to-the-new-house issue, but then she starting hiding under the bed and refusing to come out for anything. After two visits to the vet, blood work, and several more "incidents" we finally found out that she has a kitty urinary tract infection (probably). The vet gave her a big shot of antibiotics on Wednesday, and said that in a week she should be back to her old self.

While she recovers, we're keeping Lucy in "kitty jail" which is really just the spare bedroom made up with a litter box, kitty bed, and food and water. We go in there periodically to hang out with her and sometimes one of us sleeps in there on the aerobed to keep her company. It has been a few days since her dose of antibiotics and she's already starting to show some improvement, so we're optimistic that the shot will do the trick. Instead of just cowering in the closet, she is starting to show some opposition to being cooped up in kitty jail. She's also eating more and has used the litter box. It has been a really trying experience (there is nothing quite like getting peed on in the middle of the night while you are hopped up on Nyquil), and Jeremy and I both feel bad for not figuring out what was wrong sooner. Mostly we just really hope that our kitty is back to normal soon.