And this is what Natasha was thinking:
“Are you kidding me? Another cat?”
Yes, we have adopted another cat. Meet Connor Romeo Barbour.
|Connor Romeo Barbour - taken Feb. 14, 2016|
Romeo, as he was named at the county shelter, was an owner surrender. His picture on Facebook was as cute as could be, but there was a sadness in his eyes. I couldn’t forget him.
I wanted to go meet him. But my husband Larry said that he thought two cats were enough for now. I believe that when bringing in a new animal, it’s good for both me and my husband to be happy about it. And maybe . . . well, maybe two was enough.
Wednesday Larry called me at work. I thought he was just calling to say hi. But then he said he was thinking about Valentine’s Day and what our gifts to each other might be.
“Why don’t we go adopt Romeo?” he asked.
It took no convincing. Yes!
|Connor on the day we brought him home. |
You can from his eyes that he doesn't feel good.
So that afternoon we brought him home. It has been a tough few days. He wouldn’t eat much on Wednesday night and ate nothing on Thursday. He was also favoring his left front leg and paw.
Thursday afternoon we took him to our vet and discovered that he had a fever. The vet couldn’t find anything specifically wrong. She said he could have gotten bitten and had an abscess somewhere we couldn’t see. His breath smelled like he might have the beginnings of an upper respiratory infection.
To start, the vet gave him an antibiotic shot. We were to call the next morning.
|Connor late Thursday night, as he began to look more comfortable.|
Thursday night, we were scared. Connor was lethargic, barely moving, looking miserable. I stayed with him all night. I felt hopeful when he kicked off the blanket and started moving around more. He began to look more comfortable. And at 6:15 Friday morning, he ate a little dry food.
We took him to the vet later for sub-Q fluids. He has been on the mend and is now eating, drinking water, exploring, cuddling, and purring.
|Connor on Friday afternoon taking a bath after eating. |
A simple thing, but it made me so happy!
|Connor on Saturday, feeling better and better.|
We haven’t let the girls interact with him except to look at him while I carry him around in case he has had something contagious. I hope after the initial bumps in the road that usually occur when introducing cats, things will smooth out and all three will enjoy each other.
Connor Romeo is the best Valentine’s gift I’ve ever received, and I think Larry would agree. How was your Valentine’s Day? What has been your favorite Valentine’s Day gift ever?