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Please send the good vibes [Sep. 29th, 2007|03:10 pm]
Lanette
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We had a horrible night. On Wednesday when I got home from work there was cat pee outside of the litter box (right outside the front). I looked in there and assumed it was because the litter level was too low, so I filled it and cleaned up and promptly ordered the Cat Genie, thinking, now that both cats are here, we need help to make sure the litter is always up to feline standards. That night Midnight didn't howl, so I thought, good, he's behaving. On Thursday morning there was some vomit in the livingroom and Craig cleaned it up. We both thought nothing much of it because Ashley has always puked up hairballs every so often as she is really old.

Then he was doing weird things like sucking on my hair, but way harder than he normally does, and he was acting agitated. I thought he was lonely, so I petted him more and he seemed to mellow out. Yesterday he was sleeping all day, and I thought that was alright because normally he does, but then in the afternoon I IMed Craig because of Midnight throwing up and acting strange. He didn't just throw up, he threw up right on the blanket he was laying on and didn't even move! I had to pick him up, put him on the couch, and wash his blanket. I started freaking out because he just wasn't acting like himself. He proceeded to throw up 5 more times and get so ill he could barely move during the night last night. We put him on a soft blanket right by our bed and kept getting up to check on him. He was so sick he couldn't even make it to his water, so we got him a bowl really close. He even started purring during the night. Honestly, I was terrified that he might not make it through the night. We got him into the vet this morning as early as possible and they took tests. They said either it's gastritis or kidney failure. Please please please gastritis. I can't even imagine how crush Craig and I will be if it's the other and we've been near tears all day and had a restless night, even just getting up to make sure he was still breathing.

He is doing better now and even made it to the litter box, but he is nowhere near out of the woods. I don't know what we would do if anything happened to him. We both love that little guy so much. The mood in our house is very somber, but we are trying to stay positive. It's encouraging that he is feeling better.
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[User Picture]From: theda
2007-09-29 11:30 pm (UTC)
I can only wish you the very best of luck.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 02:26 am (UTC)
Thank you. We are terrified because he isn't eating or drinking now. We have directions to the animal hospital in case.
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[User Picture]From: random_girl
2007-09-29 11:54 pm (UTC)
My thoughts are with you.

Even with kidney failure, cats can last a very long time with only a slight modification to their owners' quality of life (extra attention brushing, scooping of the box, maybe medication).
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 02:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for the hope! We will certainly ask the Vet about any options. We want him to get better so much. One blessing is that he IS insured, so if he needs surgery it won't be a choice between us surviving and him getting the right care.
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[User Picture]From: puppie
2007-09-30 12:24 am (UTC)
Oh no!!! Healthy kitty vibes! *~*~*~*vibes*~*~*~*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 02:27 am (UTC)
thanks. After all of my complaining about his night howling, I hope to hear him feeling well enough to be up to his bad antics tonight.
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[User Picture]From: prairieflower
2007-09-30 01:14 am (UTC)
Poor Midnight! I hope he'll be okay!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 02:28 am (UTC)
Thanks. He doesn't have a fever, and he's young and healthy, so hopefully those things will work in his favor. I'm really afraid because he's SO ill and has so many symptoms of kidney failure.
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[User Picture]From: prairieflower
2007-09-30 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Three of our kitties got hit by the bad food in the spring, during that recall? They all got pretty sick for a while, and we feared the worst then. Lots of kidney failure signs there, too. :( But everyone's doing great, now. Even cantankerous old Boo.

I hope Midnight feels better soon. Poor kitty cat.
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[User Picture]From: kanderson321
2007-09-30 02:03 am (UTC)

You caught it in time, it sounds like....

Good vibes to you, Craig and Midnight. Poor kitty!

Cats are pretty resilliant, and if the vet sent him home it should be ok. They generally don't send home the bad cases. But still, having just gone through the cancer scare with Emma, I know what you're going through.

Emma and Murphy send their best.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 02:30 am (UTC)

Re: You caught it in time, it sounds like....

Thanks. I'm hoping the fact that he's younger and has been healthy up to this point will pull him through. Craig and I are getting him the best care out there, so let's hope our bad kitty is back to his crazy antics soon.
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[User Picture]From: kanderson321
2007-09-30 02:51 am (UTC)

Re: You caught it in time, it sounds like....

He will be.

He may have to go on special food for a while, but he'll be good as new, and feeling his old kitty self in a few weeks.
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[User Picture]From: shonao
2007-09-30 02:03 am (UTC)
Been in the boat you're in, just with a pooch.
Sucks-ass!!

LOADS of GOOD VIBES for you guys and especially Midnight!!!!

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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 02:30 am (UTC)
Thanks. On the plus-side, although he's obviously very ill, he doesn't seem to really be in pain.
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[User Picture]From: shonao
2007-09-30 07:16 pm (UTC)
How is he today???
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 08:54 pm (UTC)
He's getting way better! He drank and ate some soft food and is walking around much more.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 04:09 am (UTC)
Awww. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: dove
2007-09-30 02:38 am (UTC)
Oh sweetie... *sniffs* I am so sorry.

I'm definitely sending out the healing vibes. I really hope it's gastritis. There's no way for them to know? I mean, they just sent him home? You just have to wait and see what happens? How horrible! *hugs you tight*

Please give Craig my love as well. I am so sorry.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 04:10 am (UTC)
I will. He is so stressed. I made him some shepard's pie. Comfort food. Not sure what else to do for my boys but extra cuddling. *hugs* They won't tell us anything because they can't get results until Monday. My fingers are crossed that he just starts getting better tomorrow. He is at least hydrated and not throwing up anymore, so there is a chance.
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[User Picture]From: dove
2007-09-30 07:34 am (UTC)
*crosses her fingers too*

:(
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[User Picture]From: the_tatyana
2007-09-30 03:25 am (UTC)
Honey, I know what you and Midnight are going through. I went through it with one of my kitties a couple years ago. I hope he gets better fast.

BTW, some kitties, when they don't feel well and throw up, will stop eating and drinking because it makes them feel sick, and it becomes a vicious circle of not getting better because of not eating or drinking. Dehydration is very serious for kitties. If he feels at all dehydrated, he can get his liquids via IV under the skin of his scruff - and you can even do it at home once the vet gives you the supplies and if you have the stomach for it. Getting rehydrated makes a kitty feel WAAAY better, and he may start eating, and if it is gastritis, as it passes, you'll get him on the road to recovery much quicker than relying on him to start drinking on his own.

HUGS TO YOU and Midnight!!!!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 04:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! He did get IV fluids and we are watching him. He still is hydrated and we are checking him every hour. He won't eat any food. We tried to get him some wet food, but he had no interest. I'm just hoping after some sleep he is better tomorrow. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: the_tatyana
2007-09-30 05:03 am (UTC)
If he is no longer getting sick from the food, you can make a watery paste from the soft food and spoon (force) feed it. Or at least use a plastic syringe to get some water down his throat. I wouldn't do this right away, but definitely after a couple days. Let me know if you want more details on how - email me your number even, and I'll call you. (With fostering, I've done this to dozens of kittens).
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 05:06 am (UTC)
He is throwing up again :( I'm not sure what to do. We keep checking him every hour. If he gets dehydrated (they showed us what to look for at the vet), I'm taking him with Craig to the animal hospital.
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[User Picture]From: the_tatyana
2007-09-30 05:09 am (UTC)
poor little guy
I'm so sorry
:>(
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-30 04:12 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm so hoping that the little guy will just start eating and drinking tomorrow. It would be a huge relief. So far, at least he isn't dehydrated and seems to not be in pain (although he IS tired and obviously not feeling well).
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