Thursday, May 17, 2012
I took the little stray into the vet today, and the results were not good.
On the one hand, she did not have feline HIV or feline leukemia, so that was wonderful news! It means Miss Kitty isn't at risk for anything, and this little kitty DOES have a chance.
But the vet weighed her, and I was right...she does NOT weigh more than 5 pounds. In fact, she weighs EXACTLY five pounds, not a good sign at all! And she is not the 1-2 year old baby I thought she was. Based on her pupil shape (something about scalloping?) and her teeth, she is in her mid to (possibly) late teens. So she is much older than I expected, and the vet says she was definitely with a family at one point...she's spayed and de-clawed.
And she was not only starved but also dehydrated. Which means one of two things -- hyperthyroidism or renal failure. If it's hyperthyroidism, it's probably treatable with medication. If it's renal failure, a change in diet might give her a few good years, but if it's already in late stages then the most humane option will be putting her to sleep.
I will admit -- I've only had her since Saturday, but I cried when they told me. And I really wonder right now if she had one steady home and family, and they found out she was sick and dumped her. How anyone could do that, I don't know...I would cry even more if I had to put her to sleep, but I could never abandon her like that!
The vet sent out for some blood work, and I should be getting a call tomorrow morning. Kitty got fluids under her skin, and I was told to put her on a wet food diet to help, but I'm starting to wonder if I'll be able to give her a great couple of years or if I'll have to put her to sleep after keeping her for less than a week.
Okay, starting to tear up again! Time to pour a glass of wine, hug my kitties, and watch a sappy movie about animals that find good homes and live happily ever after.