The day started with taking Nahum to the vet. His sneezing kept going, diarrhea was getting worse, and he was open mouth breathing in the car, a sign of stress. I was able to schedule an appointment at a nearby Banfield (located in Petsmart). They confirmed the stress was causing him to develop an upper respiratory infection, so we started an antibiotic and something for his colitis. We also changed up his sedative medication.
We took him back to the car and he immediately ran to the litter box with diarrhea. He has very long furs, so you can imagine the mess. Trying to attend to that mess in the car was not much fun! Poor guy. The new sedative medication seemed to work, he was out for most of the day. I think the other meds are working too, I'm glad we stopped and got ahead of the URI instead of waiting for it to worsen.
We kept hearing about a big winter storm that was coming the the northeast and we wanted to avoid the heavy snows, so we pushed on to try to get away from most of it. We drove through pouring rain all day, it was stressful driving, but not as bad as snow and ice. The kitties slept through it all.
Marvin found himself a new favorite place to spend the journey. He's selected the passenger floor space. He curls up into the tiniest little ball and zonks. I think he likes the heater blowing warm air on him. It's sad though, I've really liked having a lap kitty!
We got into the hotel late. The kitties enjoyed exploring the space as they have grown accustom to doing. Marvin has been doing great being part of the general population. That is very awesome.
The map says we are only about 3 hours away from our new home. The weather might stretch that out (forecast is for mix of rain and snow and high winds). The end of the trip is near! It's gone very smooth and I'm ready to start settling into the new apartment. I'm eager to get Oliver, Pierre, and Rose out of their cages, where they've lived for the past week.
There has been a lot of little things that have really added up to help make this a positive experience. I'll try to highlight some of those things in the next post.