Callie was diagnosed with asthma several years ago after a persistent cough that never cleared up with 6 months of antibiotics. Once she was put on prednisolone cream which is applied to the ear flap, her symptoms all but disappeared. Unfortunately, we have had to change veterinarians and because we have been traveling so much, we ran out of the cream and are waiting for a compound pharmacy to make more. The cream won’t be ready until tomorrow, so we have had to get creative and decided to try CBD oil to see if it can carry us through. This oil is specifically made for animal consumption only.
The first time Michael and I gave it to her, I assumed that she was going to hate it because she is such a picky eater. I chose the burrito wrap approach, which means I wrap her up in a blanket and had Michael squirt the oil into her mouth as I held on to her tightly so that she wouldn’t rake me with her claws. She protests violently because of the lengthy antibiotic days, but as soon as I let go of her, instead of foaming at the mouth and retching, she licked her lips and walked away with a surprised look on her face. I too was surprised and Michael suggested that the next time we give it to her, I drop it into her food. I did not believe it was going to work, and that we would just waste the oil, but reluctantly decided to give it a try. To my total astonishment, Callie did indeed love the taste and licked it up and begged for more. It isn’t a cure but it does seem to relax her enough and her coughing fits are down about 75%.
The only downside to CBD oil that I can see at the moment, is that I am putting it into canned food, and Callie is really prone to gum disease. When I first rescued her about 9 years ago, we had to have her teeth cleaned and I was told that she should only eat dry food. Her gums have held up well and her breath is fresh and clean and there is no sign of gingivitis. Introducing canned food again is going to be a problem for her, but having asthma is much worse. I have decided to only give her a teaspoon of canned food when I give her the oil and the rest of the time, I will insist she only eat dry food. Good luck with that! Callie has a way of getting what she wants, and I struggle with maintaining a firm approach to discipline and maintaining the precarious alpha female position.
Tomorrow I am excited to say that we are heading to Las Vegas to visit our daughter and will be staying at the Thousand Trails Campground on the east side of the city. I am hoping the weather will permit visiting Valley of Fire, Snow Valley, and Zion for landscape photography. Other than that, we will have fun with Lara and do whatever we want to do.
The prednisolone cream will help her with her asthma, so now I am considering giving her the CBD oil for anxiety. She throws up when we leave her alone for long and has separation anxiety, but that is indeed another story for another time. Cleaning up vomit on the rugs, and of course, she chooses the rugs and not the linoleum to barf on is no fun to clean up, and I am hoping we can resolve that issue next. Oh, the fun of traveling with a cat in an RV.
Happy holidays to all of my beloved readers. Thank you so much for reading my adventures with Callie blog. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I am hoping that all of you find peace and joy at Christmas and Hanukkah or whatever celebration brings you happiness and gratitude. I am looking forward to many more years of traveling with my husband and cat in our marvelous, 24 ft Class C RV and sharing my stories for all of you to read and enjoy. There is something so special about my relationship with Callie, and I am so appreciative for her friendship and for having rescued her and she, me!