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|
Sad, sad for poor tux.Can't get his kidneys back, of course, but to feel a little better would be nice in the life of a middle aged cat.ReplyDelete
13 isn't that old really. But he is eating again... not a lot, but that's OK... as long as he eats a little.Delete
I sure hate to hear that. He looks so very sweet. Hope he continues to feel better. Hope he gets well.ReplyDelete
He is holding his own... eating a little. Hopefully if we can keep the nausea away, his appetite will return.Delete
Poor Tux! I sure hope that the meds and new diet will have him feeling better soon.ReplyDelete
Poor you too, as I know how worrisome it is when our fur babies aren't well.
It is worrisome, Eileen. All he wants to do is sit on my lap.Delete
I hope he recoversReplyDelete
Poor baby! It's so hard when our furry babies get sick. Hope he improves!ReplyDelete
He seems to be a little better in that he's eating small amounts today.Delete
Oh, no, poor kitty. It is so hard to watch them suffer. SO hope the new diet helps.ReplyDelete
Well, he refuses the KD, but for now, we're giving him anything he wants to get him to eat.Delete
Poor Tux. :-(ReplyDelete
Our purrs and purrayers to him, we hope for the very best for him -- good quality of life for a long time yet.
Hugs to you both too!
Thanks, Kim. We are a little stunned since he has never been sick. But you can be sure he will get pretty much anything he wants these days... but mostly he wants to just sit on our laps. I think he's scared.Delete
I hope he gets better soon. He's such an adorable little kitty. I didn't know he was that old, though. So sorry to hear about all your recent worries. :-(ReplyDelete
13 really isn't that old. Most of our cats live to be 20+. Guess we still consider him fairly young. BTW, Ghost seems to have bounced back to her normal self (thank goodness for small favors).Delete
Sorry to hear that. We had one of ours sick just recently and not eating. It turns out he had a bite that had become infected and caused his glands along his neck to swell up. As soon as he was on antibiotics, he started eating again. I really hope your kitty improves and seems more like his old self soon! -JennReplyDelete
Thanks, Jenn. He is eating a little now. The anti-nausea injection the Vet gave him seems to have worked for the moment.Delete
We had the yellow foam thing with Willow recently and the no eating but of course as soon as she was home she started to eat again, after we had paid out goodness knows how much, lolReplyDelete
I hope all goes well with Tux its such a worry when one of our furry children are not well.
Yes, Briony, I don't think the yellow foam thing was an indication of kidney failure. It just forced us to do the bloodwork and x-rays to try to determine the cause. Instead, we found another existing condition that would have reared it's ugly head up... eventually.Delete