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I Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

Sometimes the truth is staring us in the face, and we still don’t see it.

That’s how it is with me in regards to Bubba Cat.

Yesterday Bubba sat nearby while I worked from home.

Yesterday Bubba sat nearby while I worked from home.

For the past two years, I’ve known Bubba has severe arthritis. My previous vet and I have worked together to manage his pain. He’s been on Adequan for a year now, and it seems to have helped.

But this morning I watched Bubba in action, and it finally sunk in that he’s not doing so well.

He’s not been eating much.

He’s back to using the “special” litter box in the bedroom.

He’s fighting with June Buggie.

He clings to me.

Bubba also clings to Rumpy

Bubba also clings to Rumpy

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve been so focused on work that I didn’t see the signs. It’s become so routine- the special feedings, the monthly shots, the washing of towels so Bubba can have a comfortable litter box when he needs it.

I have some pain pills that my old vet in Dothan gave me for those “just in case” days. I gave him one. I’ll monitor him to see if it helps. And I guess I’ll be calling the vet’s office today.


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39 thoughts on “I Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

  1. Oh, I hope his pain goes away and may his arthritis take back…

    Posted by marina kanavaki | February 26, 2015, 6:31 AM
  2. Jen, send my love to Bubba…. I hope he is strong enough to survive and get well….

    Posted by rike jokanan | February 26, 2015, 6:39 AM
  3. Hi Bubba – Even though you’re a cat and I really dislike cats, I dislike pain even more so I hope you can be feeling better soon. Take care (I don’t believe I just wrote that to a cat). Woof! Ray.

    Posted by colinandray | February 26, 2015, 6:58 AM
  4. Bubba I hope the pain killer can chase the pains away… cross my paws for you as hard as I can…

    Posted by easyweimaraner | February 26, 2015, 7:22 AM
  5. Hope the pain diminishes. Roll on Summer and warmer weather.

    Posted by pensitivity101 | February 26, 2015, 7:25 AM
  6. Cats, dogs and people alike. Old age is the only disease, where we don’t look forward to the cure. Best of luck, Jen.

    Posted by bitcodavid | February 26, 2015, 7:26 AM
  7. Love to Bubba. Love to you.

    Posted by candygai | February 26, 2015, 7:28 AM
  8. My love to Bubba. My sister Violet is old and arthritic with diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and some strange thyroid condition several vets haven’t been able to diagnose. And I know my moms have struggled with getting into a routine and not noticing things that come on gradually over time. But the important thing is that you are attentive and actively managing Bubba’s health. It’s so obvious you love him and care well for him. Good luck talking to the vet today. I hope they’re able to provide Bubba some relief.

    Posted by Carol | February 26, 2015, 7:32 AM
  9. So sorry – we know how tough this is


    Posted by Roy Sexton (Reel Roy Reviews) | February 26, 2015, 7:47 AM
  10. I am glad Bubba has such good company and companionship to help him through the hard days. ❤ hugs to you

    Posted by DailyMusings | February 26, 2015, 7:52 AM
  11. Aw Bubba. Hope those pills have you feel a bit better my kitty friend.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | February 26, 2015, 7:53 AM
  12. Whee hope the pain eases 😦

    Be strong efurryone


    Posted by hutchagoodlife | February 26, 2015, 8:06 AM
  13. Oh….Bubba…I hope that he feels better soon…hope the pill helps him…sending my prayers to Bubba and to you, Jen…. Hugs

    Posted by eripanwkevin | February 26, 2015, 8:26 AM
  14. I hope Bubba feels better soon. 😦 Storm sends her slobbery wishes.

    Posted by paws2smile | February 26, 2015, 10:03 AM
  15. Sadly age catches up with all of us. Sending healing.

    Posted by dogdaz | February 26, 2015, 10:10 AM
  16. Just couldn’t click like because it pains me that Bubba is not doing well. I just hope you get a good solution to help keep him comfortable with good quality. Boy, this is never easy. We’ve got two with problems like that this end. My heart’s with you, Jen. And, Bubba. Love from all of us.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | February 26, 2015, 10:14 AM
  17. *hugs* Keep us updated.

    Posted by Kate Crimmins | February 26, 2015, 10:16 AM
  18. Oh, poor kitty! I so hate to see our animals suffer. I hope the pills help.
    Linda ♪♫❤

    Posted by dayphoto | February 26, 2015, 10:24 AM
  19. Just love him. In whatever form that takes. xoxoM

    Posted by Margarita | February 26, 2015, 11:03 AM
  20. I hope he’ll get better.

    Posted by grommelot | February 26, 2015, 12:30 PM
  21. Big love to you both x

    Posted by bumpyroadtobubba | February 26, 2015, 2:40 PM
  22. I hope you get medicine that helps the pain, it’s so had for us to watch our pets hurt.

    Posted by tylersat99 | February 26, 2015, 2:51 PM
  23. Best wishes on this, Jen. I know the feeling. It’s so difficult to gauge an animal’s pain sometimes.

    Posted by Alejandro De La Garza | February 26, 2015, 4:16 PM
  24. My best to Bubba Cat

    Posted by anotherboomerblog | February 26, 2015, 4:18 PM
  25. Awe Bless !

    Posted by willowdot21 | February 26, 2015, 4:27 PM
  26. Poor Bubba! I hope he feels better soon. 😦 It’s so hard to watch our pets get older and knowing their lives are so much shorter than ours is so easy to forget until it’s almost time for them to take the rainbow bridge. 😦

    Posted by pepaqua | February 26, 2015, 5:48 PM
  27. Garry and I had one of those “old pet” conversations this morning. We decided Nan is still enjoying life and we will know when she is not. Or at least I hope we will know. Good luck.

    Posted by Marilyn Armstrong | February 26, 2015, 6:06 PM
  28. Oh Bubba hope the pain gets better for you! It is so hard to see our animals get to be senior!

    Posted by ohiogirl93066 | February 26, 2015, 7:24 PM
  29. I sure hope the new/old medicine works. Meanwhile, Rumpy doesn’t seem to be bothered by the clinging…

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | February 26, 2015, 7:47 PM
  30. Feel better Bubba.

    Posted by corkscot | February 26, 2015, 8:35 PM
  31. Indeed we sometimes are so used to a routine with an ill animal that we sort of don’t see or don’t want to see changes..do not beat yourself up we all do it,,.hope Bubba feels a bit better soon hugs Fozziemum xx

    Posted by fozziemum | February 26, 2015, 11:33 PM
  32. Im sorry to hear he isnt well …

    Posted by Julie@frogpondfarm | February 27, 2015, 3:12 AM
  33. Poor fellow! They are so stoical so he must be feeling it bad. Good luck in finding something to soothe him.

    Posted by Animalcouriers | February 27, 2015, 4:12 AM
  34. It’s so hard watching our fur babies suffer with pain; Sam and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ❤

    Posted by Tails Around the Ranch | February 27, 2015, 9:17 AM
  35. awwwww feel better Bubba!!!

    Posted by The Meezers and Billy SweetFeets | February 27, 2015, 2:50 PM
  36. We’re so sorry to hear that Bubba’s not doing well. Sending love, hugs, purrs and prayers to you both.

    Posted by meowmeowmans | February 27, 2015, 4:59 PM
  37. Hope Bubba is feeling better. Bd has hip problems, and I think I see it more because I only have him occasionally rather than all the time!

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