Our cat is a Friday afternoon Job. Poor old Malteser, how is it possible to for one cat to have so many things wrong with him?
Our Cat Is A Friday Afternoon Job
What Is A Friday Afternoon Job?
A Friday afternoon job, as we say in the UK, also known as a Friday afternoon model, is a device or something that doesn’t work properly because it is said to have been put together on a Friday afternoon when the worker/engineer was tired and looking forward to the weekend.
For example, you buy a brand new car and it has lots of faults that need fixing. You might say that it is a Friday afternoon job or model.
In the context of this blog, I am referring to our cat Malteser who not only has a great many things wrong with him but also seems to come up with something new on a regular basis. The term is, of course, used with great affection.
An Abandoned Kitten
Malteser and his brother Giacomo and sister Lucy were abandoned outside our house 12 years ago as six week old kittens. Of course we took them in, as I outlined in my blog Three Kittens Were Abandoned. Malteser got his name because of his beautiful chocolate and beige and white markings. They reminded me of Maltesers chocolates and the name stuck.
All three of the kittens had cat flu (Feline Upper Respiratory Infection) and had to be treated at the vet clinic for quite a while. Malteser was left with a form of chronic rhinitis. Basically he has spent his whole life with a snotty nose caused by inflammation of his nasal mucous membranes. His sneezes are legend.
Malteser’s Health Issues
Malteser started slow. When he was a few years old he disappeared for two weeks. He returned with an abscess the size of an egg on his side. We took him to the vet who lanced and cleaned the abscess and put him on a course of antibiotics. We were then lucky that it was quite a few years later that Malteser started to have serious health issues and incur larger and larger vet bills.
Malteser was quite healthy until 2018 when he was eight years old. He suffered a urinary blockage that nearly killed him. As I said in my blog Could Your Cat Suffer A Urinary Blockage:
This is a problem that male neutered cats suffer and it is rare to find it in a female cat. Urinary blockage occurs when the urethra becomes obstructed. The urethra is the tube through which urine passes out through the body. In male cats the urethra is long and narrow.
Luckily, our vet identified the problem and cleared the blockage, providing immediate relief to poor old Malteser. Malt was confined to a room for two weeks on special urinary food to help the crystals.
Still not convinced that our cat is a Friday afternoon job? Keep reading!
Ischemic Episode In Colon
While still recovering from the urinary blockage, Malteser had some sort of ischemic episode/stroke in his colon. He literally was unable to poop! For two weeks I massaged him and put things down his throat to encourage his colon to work. Every two days I took him to the vet for an enema to clear out his lower bowel.
Just when I thought he would never poop normally again he got into the dirt tray. And I have never been so glad to see a cat poop in my life! I had reached the point of wondering if it was even feasible to keep up the regime to try and encourage his colon to kick back into action. Luckily, he made a full recovery.
A few months after all of this, Malteser sounded a bit wheezy and I took him to the vet. He had managed to develop asthma! I have outlined our journey with this in my blog called How Do You Cope With A Cat With Asthma? So now we had to start a daily regimen of medication to support Malt’s asthma. To this day he still takes cortisone twice a day and a puff night and morning from an asthma inhaler. How do you give a cat a puff from an asthma inhaler? I tell you how we do that here.
In November 2019 we were told that Malteser’s kidneys were starting to fail. He had to immediately be put onto special renal food. The vet said we should keep him indoors at all times but that led to a big debate about his quality of life. We decided to let him continue to go outside but we would feed him the renal food. You can read the logic behind the decision in my blog Defining Quality Of Life For A Cat.
A year later, the vet was delighted to tell us that there was some improvement in Malt’s kidney function. And to carry on doing whatever we were doing.
Much to our utter surprise, and that of the vet, in August 2022 blood tests revealed that Malt’s kidneys were now functioning normally! Such good news! We still have to continue with the, rather expensive, renal food, though.
Are you starting to get the idea that our cat is a Friday afternoon job? If you still need convincing, here we go.
Teeth And Thyroid Problems
The same blood test in August 2022 that showed normal kidney function showed that Malt was now having trouble with his thyroid. This went with his symptoms of losing weight and wanting to eat everything in sight! I explained to the vet that he would be more than happy to lay on his back while I just poured food in continuously.
Teeth problems, a build up of plaque and an infection, mean he has to have surgery to have his teeth cleaned once antibiotics clear up the infection. This is more an issue of old age than anything. When that has been dealt with though, he will have another blood test to determine if he indeed has thyroid problems and if so he will need medication for that. But the vet thinks it is probable and that he will need yet more medication added to the daily routine.
I wonder how much money we have spent at the vet clinic with Malteser? I don’t begrudge it all, I just wish I had kept track of it. Because I should think it is a fair amount. But that is what happens when you have a cat that is a Friday afternoon job. It just makes me wonder what he can come up with next?
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My name is Dorothy Berry-Lound an artist and writer. You can find out more about my art and writing at https://dorothyberryloundart.com.
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