I'm supposed to be sharing my weekly poem and its illustration today. Both the poem and its doodle have only a couple of small details left to be completed, which I meant to and could have easily finished yesterday. But, I didn't get around to it yesterday because I was too busy fretting over a non-emergency yet still very distracting medical issue that my orange boy Evan is having.
For those who don't know or might not remember, Evan is hind limb paralyzed. That's how he's been for almost his entire 7 years of life. For over a year now, Evan has also had urinary incontinence, very likely related to his hind limb paralysis. For some reason, Evan's incontinence is worse in the cold months, and for the past couple weeks he at the very least leaks urine almost every single time he sleeps. I give him regular baths with a spray shampoo for pets, but he's not terribly tolerant of them, and so his cleanings are often not as thorough as they should be or that I wish I could manage. Evan also simply does not like having his back legs, or other areas back there, messed with very much.
Back to the issue at hand, though. Over the past couple of days, Evan has been obsessively licking the area near his urethra. I also started noticing an odor when Evan licks back there. Evan finally let me get a good look of the area yesterday, and that's when I discovered that the area around his urethra looks incredibly unhealthy right now. Since Evan takes a bit of manhandling to thoroughly handle and bathe, my mom and sister were helping me hold him while I got a good look of the area. While they were both there holding him for me, I tried my best to give him a more thorough yet gentle cleaning in that area, but I'll be the first to admit that the cleaning I gave him most definitely did not fix the issue. My guess is that Evan's constant urine leakage and now constant licking of the area has led to far too moisture and irritation in that area. It looks very raw, very wrong, and very likely infected.
So, I called the vet the second I discovered the issue, and though they were not able to see us yesterday, I am taking Evan to the vet this morning. I am hoping and am telling myself they'll be able to fix him up with a thorough cleaning, some antibiotics, and hopefully some sort of cleaning agent that I can safely use at home to keep him clean yet also dry back there. I hope it's as simple as that and that nothing more malignant is going on. Evan is otherwise acting like his normal, cuddly, ornery, hungry self, so I hope we can get this all under control and put it behind us.
Evan's veterinarian and I have had many discussions regarding his incontinence, and we both have thus far decided against medications that are meant to control or prevent incontinence. This is because when cats take those medications, they are far more likely to end up with a urinary blockage, and we certainly don't want that. I'm eager to get the veterinarian's suggestions on keeping Evan clean yet also dry back there, despite his now chronic urinary leakage. I admittedly feel horrible that I did not notice Evan was becoming so irritated in that area, and I now have learned my lesson and will be doing far more thorough checks of him back there, even if he'd rather I didn't.
All the rambling above aside, if you have some purrs and prayers to spare for my boy Evan, both he and I would greatly appreciate it.
Oh, but we will still share a doodle for today's Caturday Art Blog Hop. It's a flashback, and it one of my favorite Christmas doodles from last year that stars an orange boy like my Evan.
After Evan and I get back from the veterinary clinic this morning, I plan on cuddling him on the couch while I finish our weekly poem and its illustration, as well as relax by working on even more of our in-progress Christmas doodles as Evan and I have a Christmas movie marathon.
Happy Caturday, friends!