Thursday, November 25, 2010

More Squabblings, A Scare And A Funeral

While they do sit together, their body language (especially Ling's) show there's still tension between them
Almost 2 weeks have gone by since Cosmo and Ling started fighting.  It's a constant battle to keep the peace between them but we are getting good at identifying the first signs of hostilities and in preventing it from escalating.  They are alright most of the time though we don't find them playing or grooming each other as much as before.  There is a lot of butt sniffing, though.

On Monday night, Ling refused to sleep with us so we let her out.  The next morning, when Hubby went to the study room, Cosmo bumped his feet as usual then before he knew what was happening, they were chasing each other, pee everywhere!  We don't know what triggered that fight.....but we kept them separated all day and they were okay with each other by dinner time.

There was some tension between them Tuesday night so we made Ling to sleep with us (and she didn't protest).  When I let her out in the morning, Cosmo came in to sleep with me.  A little later, I found Ling on the floor, glaring at Cosmo.  So I quickly took him outside before he noticed it.  Breakfast helped diffuse the situation and everything seem fine for now.  It does seem to me that Ling might be a tad possessive over what she deem as hers (including us)?

It's the little red spot about 1cm from the corner of her eye
Late Saturday night, as I was saying good night to Whisky and rubbing her face like usual, I noticed a bump next to her left eye, seemingly having appeared overnight.  We took her to her vet on Sunday morning and he aspirated the lump which yielded nothing alarming.  He wasn't sure what it was, but could tell us it probably wasn't the dreaded "C" (my previous dogs had both passed away from cancer and lumps of any kind frighten me).  He wants to see her again in a month's time.  Meanwhile, I take daily measurements of the lump and am very happy to see that it seem to be getting smaller.  I hope it would be all but gone before the follow up appointment.

Rest In Peace, Gumby
Gumby, our goldfish, has had bladder issues since the day we got him.  He always look so happy despite having problems with his buoyancy, eating and swimming excitedly, albeit erratically, when we approach.  However, over the last week, he had gotten very lethargic, unable to eat, and had bloated considerably.  Over the last two days, we noticed his scales were sticking out much like a pine cone.  He had what is known as "Dropsy" where the prognosis is very poor.  After much discussion, we made the heart wrenching decision to euthanise him humanely on Tuesday night.  Rest in Peace, little Gumby.  His pal, Bumby swims forlornly in the tank now.  It's heart breaking.

9 comments:

Brian said...

I'm sorry to hear about little Gumby. I hope the fight club takes a break and they can chill down a bit!

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are sorry to hear about Whisky's litle lump although you say the v-e-t doesn't seem too concerned - maybe he caught his face somewhere.
Perhaps Ling and Cosmo have been disturbed by something to upset their normal behaviour. Have no advice to offer.

Cat with a Garden said...

We lost both our Fischies last Winter due to the cold temperatures. Rest in Peace, Gumpy. He looked like a cool dude!
Thanks for visiting us. We'll have a look around your bloggie to understand where that tension between your cats comes from. In the meantime we're purring for things to calm down between them.
Siena & Chilli

Mr Puddy said...

I'm so sorry about little Gumpy, My mom used to have 9 of this gold fish in her home country. But When my mom came to Australia. None of them survive !

To Ling and Cosmo...better chill out, You two made your mom has a headaches ! BE GOOD !!!!

Au and Target said...

That sounds like a bad time all round. See you Sat for catty chat.

Katnip Lounge said...

Poor Gumby, we wish you a good time swimming under The Rainbow Bridge.

Wow, the fighting continues...well, Johnny has been trying to eat The Baby for at least three years.

*sigh*

BeadedTail said...

We're sorry to hear about Gumby. We hope the fighting stops for a bit and also that everything is okay with Whisky!

Oskar said...

Oh it sounds like lots of scary & sad stuff happening at your house.

I'm glad to hear that Whiskey's lump seems innocent and very sorry to hear about Gumby.

Maybe the cats could arm wrestle to settle their differences...

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Sorry to hear about Gumby the fish :-(