I could not get in touch with my mobile vet, and as you know I was worried about Gracie’s behavior and the oddness of her movements. Yesterday I found out that the vet is on vacation.
Gracie’s odd behavior did not improve. Around noon yesterday, I began calling pet ERs. There were no walk-in places that I could take her to, I learned, and the only appointment at a pet ER I could get was at 4 p.m.
I figured I was going to need help if I could find it.
Kendra was moving all her yard and garage stuff to the new house, which she is moving into fully on Friday. She said to call Kasi. So I did.
Kasi came and helped me get Gracie out of where she was hiding. I had closed the door to my bedroom because she tends to hide under the bed between the bed storage boxes.
But I couldn’t close the door to the other bedroom because their litter boxes are in that closet. Also in that closet is the stackable washer/dryer, and Gracie had wedged herself behind that.
Trip To The Pet ER:
Lucky for us the pet ER was just a few miles away. Gracie was seen by the kindest male veterinarian. You could tell he loved cats. He said he was a cat and horse person. He gave her lots of attention and examined her thoroughly.
And he determined that she had chemical poisoning at some level. They pumped her full of fluids because she was dehydrated and he gave her some sort of shot.
He said he had to be cautious about giving her anything else because he didn’t know what she’d been exposed to.
So you’re now wondering: How on earth did Gracie get exposed to chemicals?
Remember last week when I said I didn’t think I could do it all and that I might need help?
House Cleaning Services:
I began the process of calling house cleaning services, and finally found one that wasn’t booked through April.
The business was Google guaranteed and that gave me some measure of trust.
The woman was Hispanic and said there would be two women who would clean my apartment.
I figured one of them would be her. But I was wrong.
I stressed to her that I have two cats and they are my priority. Thus, there were to be no chemicals in cleaning my home.
I asked what cleaning products she used and she said Dawn and something else I couldn’t understand, even though I asked her to repeat it three times.
I was too embarrassed to keep asking her what she said, and that is my own fault.
I’m pretty sure I saw a can of Lysol in one of the women’s hands at one point through the glass.
The price was $149.00. I thought that was kind of high, but I haven’t had house cleaning services in many years. I called around to other house cleaning businesses and was told that was actually pretty cheap. So I booked them.
They came on Thursday afternoon. The woman talked to the other two women in Spanish, and then she left.
I didn’t know this was going to be the way it worked. That left me with no way to communicate with them.
They were here for a total of 45 minutes. I had already given the boss lady the check because she wasn’t coming back.
After My Apartment Was Cleaned:
But there was no way I could have known what was going to happen in the next 24-36 hours.
I handed the cleaning lady boss who could speak English $149.00 a check for what turned out to be 45 minutes of house cleaning.
Then I paid a whole lot more to get Gracie taken care of at the ER vet. The bill there came to $225.45.
We brought Gracie home and she ran and hid again. She still, as far as I can tell, isn’t drinking or eating. But I can’t be sure because their food and water are in the kitchen and the couch blocks my view from my chair.
The vet said the fluids he administered would just have to work whatever it was out of her system.
Being a cat mama, I felt absolutely terrible. Whatever it was didn’t seem to bother Ivy, but she weighs over 14 pounds. They weighed Gracie and she weighs 7 pounds.
I knew once the house cleaners left (I sat and waited on my patio) that my eyes began to itch. I figured that was just from dust, as I’m pretty allergic to dust. The itching went on through the night.
Gracie was not wanting to be petted when I was reading Thursday evening, which was odd. Usually, she’s all over me. But sometimes she prefers to nap under the bed, so I let that go.
It was Friday before I began to figure out that something could be wrong. I began trying to get in touch with my vet. I wasn’t getting any reply from her and by Saturday her assistant told me that she is on vacation.
Gracie did not come out all evening yesterday after we brought her home. I left her alone. Just peeked under the bed from time to time to make sure she was all right.
During the night I reached out my hand from time to time and realized that she was sleeping on my bed. But she did not come up to me to be petted and rub her head against me as she normally does during the night.
Gracie has been wandering around the apartment a bit this morning, but she is skittish. It took me quite a while to get her to trust me and I hope now that she won’t regress.
She is no longer exhibiting the symptoms I mentioned yesterday.
This Is My Message To You:
Be very careful with chemicals or toxic plants around pets. If someone is cleaning your home, be absolutely sure what cleaning products they are using.
Or purchase the safe-for-pets cleaning products yourself.
I will now be using my next-door neighbor’s housekeeper who comes twice a month. Her price is $60, which is significantly lower than $149.00. I wish I’d known about her before all this happened, but obviously, I didn’t.
She will be coming to clean my apartment after she cleans my neighbor’s apartment.
Google Guaranteed Businesses:
After we got home yesterday, I Googled Tulsa house cleaning businesses. I wanted to figure out just where I had found out about this business because at that point I’d forgotten.
I thought I had glimpsed a mention that this business was a Google guaranteed business, and I was right.
Once I made sure of this and read the Google policy, I called the business owner and told her not to cash my check. Or I’d let Google know what happened.
She began to ask me questions, as though attempting to blame what happened on something else. I cut her off because I was tired and just didn’t want to go there, and said I’d notify Google.
She quickly agreed not to cash the check. I knew it hadn’t gone through my bank yet because I check transactions online several times a day.
If she hadn’t agreed, Google would have been involved in this. I don’t know how you become a Google-guaranteed business, but I’m sure she doesn’t want any problem with them.
The business had five stars and I read their reviews before calling them. So I thought that was being fairly thorough.
I too have learned from this experience and will be even more cautious when purchasing cleaning products or making my own.
What Is A Google Guaranteed Business (I Checked):
Google Guarantee is a verification service designed to support local businesses and prevent fraudulent services. The Google Guaranteed badge is given to businesses that pass Google’s screening and qualification process.
If You Have A Pet, You Might Want To Read:
- 5 Common Household Cleaners That Are Dangerous To Pets
- How To Keep Your Pet Safe Around Cleaning Products
- Best Pet-Safe Household Cleaning Products
- Contact Poisin Control
- Symptoms Of Cat Poisoning
How Long Before A Cat Show Symptoms Of Poisoning?
Once a cat ingests or comes in contact with a toxin, symptoms may not show up right away. Some toxins may take 3 to 4 days to show any effects.