It's been a weird week... 2 of our 3 cats have been sick. Ghost, due to her genetic kidney problem, has episodes where she doesn't feel well and goes off her food.
But Tux has never been sick in his life and he dearly loves his food.
So, for him to refuse food is very unusual. He hasn't eaten since Monday... although he took a small bite yesterday and immediately threw up.
So, we're off to the Vet's this afternoon. I really hate to take him as outside of the 'not eating' bit, he acts fine and looks fine. He's still drinking water and using his litter box. He's still purring and acting his usual self. But he's not eating! So we're worried and don't want it to go on too long... and didn't want it to go through the weekend.
I'm a little afraid that possibly he ate some of the Christmas tree needles or some of the potpourri that I had on the front room table. But he's never done that before... and he is almost 13.
OK, we are home from the Vet's. They were at first as perplexed as we are as he certainly isn't acting sick.. The Vet even asked me if I was sure that he wasn't eating and that he was the cat throwing up. Assured them that he was... and had thrown up yellow foam each time right in front of us.
So-oo they took bloodwork and x-rays thinking (as we did) that maybe he ate something he shouldn't have or had a hair-ball that was causing problems.
Well as it turns out, the blood-work shows kidney impairment (possibly the beginning of kidney failure). X-rays show enlarged spleen and small shrunken kidneys with possible tumors. No obstructions seen.
But the Vet was very concerned with what he did see. Told us to put him on KD diet, gave him a nausea injection, some appetite stimulus pills, and said that if he didn't start eating soon, we'd try force-feeding with some liquid nourishment and a syringe, and if that didn't work, we could try steroids.
We are in shock... knew something was wrong, but didn't really expect it to be bad. But the nausea injection seems to have worked as when we got home, he ate... and so far has not thrown up.
|Tux with his worried look|