George is 14 1/2 months old. He is a very healthy, active little dude. He still loves balls of all kinds, stores his favourite toys under the stove, greets every morning with the Zoomies, and is so convinced he will learn to fly. His sisters all love him dearly.
Yesterday I took George for his annual check-up and vaccinations. His exam went well. He is 9 1/2 pounds of lean dude. His health is perfect. He then received his shots with silent bravado.
Going for a car ride, visiting the vet, and getting all of those vaccinations takes a lot out of a young dude. When we got home, George crawled under the covers for a very long nap. I know shots can cause critters to be sleepy and a bit out of sorts. So, I checked on him periodically.
George finally got up at bedtime. He used his box, but did not want to eat. He crawled into a cat bed and went back to sleep. I checked on him through the night, but he just slept.
Come morning, everyone followed their usual routine...except for George. I called for him. Still no George. This is unheard of. George comes when called. He always comes when called. No matter what.
After much searching, I found George hiding behind my recliner in the living room. This is not normal behaviour for George. He lives life large and never hides. When I picked him up, he seemed to be in pain. I immediately called the vet and they wanted to see him right away.
After a very thorough exam, George was found to be having adverse reactions to his vaccines. He was given fluids, as well as three injections to counteract his problems. He will be fine, after some rest and pampering. George's chart now has a warning regarding future vaccinations. This will be something that we have to be careful of throughout his life.
Maggie also has this issue. As a young adult, she developed breathing problems, and can never have vaccines at the same time. Bob, our first Maine Coon, could not tolerate a rabies vaccine. This is not common in cats, but it does happen. It is life-threatening, too.
George is sleeping, but it is restful, now. He should be back to normal soon. I look forward to seeing him get the Zoomies or try to fly. There is no better medicine for me.