22 February 2014

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I woke up this morning absolutely convinced that it was Friday. It was only when I sat at my computer and noticed that I'd logged out of my professional email account that I remembered... Oh yes, it's Saturday.

It's been that kind of week. A long, busy, painful week that saw my world shaken to its very foundations not once, but twice.

Fortunately, one occurrence turned out to have been a "slight misunderstanding", caused by premature and misdirected criticism of one of my translations. Once the situation had been cleared up, the client was "sorry" for the "false alarm" raised by the reviewer, whose comments had nothing to do with the quality of the translation work and everything to do with the copywriting of the original document... So all's well that ends well and everybody's happy, right? I'll just have to forget about the chasm that opened under my feet as it was implied that I utterly suck at the only thing I have even the smallest ability to do.

The other, however... Oh, it breaks my heart all over again just to write about it here... It's a complex situation, but it can be summed up like this: Rebus has begun  to display sudden and unprovoked aggressive behaviour towards me.

If you've been reading this blog or its previous incarnations for a little while, you know Rebus; he's a big lovebug. Although he has had almost daily episodes of unexplained bizarre behaviour ever since I adopted him over 6 years ago, that has never been aimed at me or anyone else — but this is entirely different.

I've replayed each incident over and over in my mind. I've discussed them at length with Rebus' veterinarian and two vet techs. He's undergone a thorough physical examination. Nothing. At the moment, there are more questions than answers, more doubts than certainties, and more apprehensions than reassurances.

Right now I'm waiting on the results of a consultation between Rebus' veterinarian and a feline behaviour specialist. In the meantime, all I can do is avoid putting myself in a situation where I may get hurt while keeping things as normal as possible, and find a way to deal with the shock, confusion, frustration, disappointment, fear, guilt, sadness, and self-doubt.

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  1. You have my sympathies, and that sounds a rotten week. I hope the vet and the feline behaviour specialist can work out a way forward.( I have a large rescue cat who thinks he is part Staffordshire Bull Terrier; he veers between loving and psychotic.Right now he's learning how to open the fridge.)

    I'll be thinking of you, and hoping the experts can find a key to resolving the behaviour issues.

    Jx

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  2. I have found Bach Flower Remedies to be very effective and easy to use both for animals and humans. They're easy to administer - in the animal's water - and well tolerated. A very useful book on this is: "Bach Flower Remedies for Animals" by Helen Graham and Gregory Vlamis.

    Homeopathy is slightly different but still amazing, though I would prefer to seek the advice of a homeopathic veterinarian before deciding what to do. Actually, I would do that anyway.

    I hope you are able to solve the situation without having to lose him. Bonne chance!

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    1. Thank you for your recommendations, Jenny. From what Rebus' veterinarian told me, the specialist may recommend natural remedies or traditional medicine, or a combination of both, so I'll wait and see.

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  3. So sorry about Rebus. Do you know how old he is? They can, so I've read, suffer from a form of dementia when they are failing, so it might not be intentional. Hope you get some answers soon.

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    1. Thanks Veg. Rebus is a little over 7 years old, and in perfect health as far as the veterinarian was able to tell. We already knew from his frequent "fits" that there are weird things going on in his head, and it's possible that this may be a related issue.

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  4. Sorry to hear that! Poor Rebus. I hope the cause of the problem is found and fixed soon. And it's not your fault!

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    1. Thank you for these words, Samantha. It's so difficult to convince myself...

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  5. Ooh, Danielle... I'm so sorry. That must be heartbreaking and very difficult to witness. I have a bit of an idea of what that's like, as my dog, but only in her elderly years, started to snap at us (she even bit my lip and ear once) unexpectedly. This was a dog who would let you stick your hand IN her mouth and she would remain unprovoked and would NEVER bite. It was upsetting to see this change in her and to not be able to cuddle with her anymore. Again, she was much older. Rebus is much younger and it sounds like you are providing him with abundant support. None of this is your fault; you're a stellar cat-momma and you're providing an excellent life to Rebus. Take care of him, but take care of yourself, too. Thanks for sharing this with us. *hugs*

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    1. Thank you, Kris. Yes, I think it's the complete opposition between what he's always been and what he is right now that makes it even worse. He's not himself, and I just want my big ball of purrs back.

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  6. Ouf, ça doit être terriblement difficile d'être aux prises avec une telle situation... Je te souhaite qu'elle soit résolue rapidement, aisément et positivement, que tu puisses retrouver une belle relation avec ce cher matou que tu aimes tant. Et j'abonde dans le même sens que ceux qui t'ont laissé un mot avant moi: ce n'est pas de ta faute. S'il y a quoi que ce soit que je puisse faire, n'hésite surtout pas à me faire signe. Tu n'es pas toute seule. {{{love and hugs}}}

    Quant au malentendu avec ton client, blaaaargh... C'est tellement frustrant, ce genre de truc, et avec ce qui te préoccupe en ce moment en plus, quel mauvais timing! Bien contente que ça, ça ait été résolu assez rapidement. Mais quand même. Blargh!

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    1. Un grand merci pour ces gentils mots!

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  7. This is awful to read about, and so much worse for you. I do hope that you have a diagnosis quickly. Much sympathy to you and your unhappy Rebus.

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