So you all know that this year has been a rough one in my little household. First I played the klutz and got all bruised up on the trip to San Diego.
Then poor Smokey passed away.
And most recently I came down with shingles.
Just when I thought things might be looking up Rocky started acting strange. Well he always acts strange but this time he started acting like he was in pain.
Yesterday morning he played fuzzy alarm clock and got me up by sticking his nose in my face. Cat whiskers tickle in case you didn’t know that. As I moved over to make room for him he plopped his chin on my hand while I rubbed his cheeks, chin and throat. He was the picture of contentment.
This morning was completely different. Once again he woke me up by sticking his nose in my face but when I went to give his chin a rub he gave a melp (that’s the cat version of yelp) and almost backed off the bed in an effort to get away. That got my attention.
I got up and tried to approach him but he kept running away. This is not normal behavior for the Rocket-man.
I decided to feed them fish cat food for breakfast. I usually save that for treats because I’ve heard fish flavored cat food isn’t good for male cats. Of course they love it. It’s Rocky’s favorite and I wanted to be sure he was eating. He is. And he had a drink of water after breakfast and he did some grooming. All good signs.
Except when he came over for his after breakfast petting session and I reached for his head…he almost fell over backward getting away. I let him go and he found a chair to his liking and curled up to sleep. If he’s sick that’s probably just what he needs.
He is now letting me pet his back and if I work my way up from his back to his neck to his head I can gently stroke his cheeks but I can’t go near his chin.
I called the vet and tomorrow morning we’ll find out what, if anything is going on. I’ll be sure to let you know.