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The stray kitty is officially sick

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.
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    Oh, I'm sorry Stray Kitty is unwell!

    I hope the results come back with good news i.e. a perfectly treatable "illness."

    Candy the cat started getting epileptic fits a couple of years ago. I didn't want to put her under treatement as it is difficult to dose and can damage their kidneys and liver. However a change in diet and daily herbal medecine (that soothes the nervous system) have worked a treat. I hope you find the right solution for Stray Kitty and that she gets to spend many happy years with you xxx
    1975 days ago
    Oh no! Poor little kitty.
    1978 days ago
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    I have two senior kitties (18 & 19 yrs old) with the Chronic Renal Failure, the initial diagnosis was so hard to hear....but we live each day the best that we can. They are both spoiled rotten, scream at mom constantly, but know how much they are loved. I am emailing you a link with some very informative information (it can be very overwhelming at first) but may help you alot in the long run.


    Good luck and know that I will be here for you! Kelly

    1978 days ago
    It is officially a decrease in kidney function -- might be due to an infection, and we're giving her antibiotics, but it might be cancer or some other chronic, degenerative issue.

    Vet will be giving her subdural(?) fluids over the weekend (kitty got them yesterday and today too) and then next week we'll see if she's improving. If she's got something we can't treat -- and suffering -- we'll be making a decision on the most humane course.

    Thanks so much everyone. I'm emotionally wrung out, and crossing my fingers that it's an infection, because otherwise I probably won't have any other option but having her put to sleep.
    1979 days ago

    Let us know how it turns out.

    1979 days ago
    Yours has kidney problems (maybe) and mine has liver damage. He is on a feeding tube right now. Hopefully with care he can be cured. I hope for your sake that your little Rescue turns out to be able to mend. HUGS to you both! emoticon emoticon
    1979 days ago
    The good news is she does have a chance..she is so lucky that you found her! I hope she gets better and heals with TLC. emoticon
    1979 days ago
    Thank you so much, it's definitely hard news to hear!

    This is the third kitty I've of them my roommate's family took home to keep safe and feed and love, and Miss Kitty we kept. We got lucky with the other two, they were perfectly safe and healthy, so it's really heartbreaking to know this little kitty must have memories of a family and know they abandoned her! I'll do my best to make her happy and comfortable and loved for whatever time she has left...and at least the vet said she wasn't in pain or suffering (aside from lethargy from dehydration) -- they told me bluntly they wouldn't let her leave if she was suffering. So I know that even if she's sick she's not in pain!
    1979 days ago
    Oh so bummer. Like Rescues only better you've found one that needs you and the best you can do is make the rest of kittys life comfortable with love in a happy home. A week or years, it's all love for all.
    1979 days ago
    I'm so sorry. A similar thing happened to me several years ago. A beautiful seal point Siamese was crying outside our house for a couple of different days, and this was not your typical stray cat but she was clearly afraid and alone. We took her in, and at a vet visit found out she did have feline leukemia and not long to live. We always wondered if her family found out this bad news and abandoned her. She lived with us for only about a year before going to cat heaven, but we really enjoyed her company for that short time. You have a heart-wrenching decision to make and I sure don't envy you. Hopefully the vet's discoveries from the blood test will help you decide what's best for kitty. In the meantime, I'm glad she has you to at least keep her safe and fed -- so much better than a risky life on the streets. You have such a good heart.
    1979 days ago
    God Bless you for trying everything you can to save her. All our "furry" friends deserve a good home. One of my cats that I adopted in 2000 developed diabetes, but we were able to control it with food. Now he has some type of intestinal problem, the Vet said could be a cancer, but that he is to old to operate on. He now has RX food & pills that I give him. He has gained weight, and seems to be doing well. I would NEVER have thought of dumping him just because he got sick !! We have 2 dogs & 2 cats & they get the best of care. Again, GOD BLESS you, and my prayers go out to your little stray.
    1979 days ago
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