Saturday, November 17, 2007

Worried

Here is what has been occupying my thoughts and time lately. My precious kitty Phoebe is sick. We noticed about 3 weeks ago that she was getting pretty thin and at her annual physical one week ago today that was confirmed. She had lost 6 lbs in the last year and was 1 lb underweight. Lab tests and an ultrasound showed some low grade liver failure possibly caused by a gallbladder infection and anemia. We started a two week course of antibiotics which is almost halfway through now, as well as vitamins and a gallbladder medicine.

The trouble is that there is no noticeable improvement in Phoebe after a week of treatment. She still is eating very little and is not her usual self at all. As you may remember, Phoebe has always been the very social cat, generally following me around all day to be in the same room and watch what I'm doing. In the last week, she has been withdrawing, hiding much of the day. The more I try to get her to eat, the more she pulls away. It's been very sad. I have to force those vitamins down her twice a day and I give her one pill in the AM and the other in the PM. I've been trying to consolidate the bad stuff and not bug her too much the rest of the time so that she won't withdraw even more.

On the positive side, she does still want to cuddle with me at times, particularly at night. She still grooms herself from time to time and she's still interested in going outside. As long as there is hope that she will improve with this, than I'm willing to continue, but i don't want to distress her if it's not going to make her better. We'll know more next week when we repeat the blood work. We made an appt. to take her in today and see if another boost with subcuatneous fluids might help.

8 comments:

Rachel said...

Awww, poor Phoebe! I know exactly how you feel, it's such a helpless feeling.

gmj said...

:( ouch! First Jake, now Phoebe is sick. This hurts to much, it is why I don't have a pet anymore. I don't like to cry or have nightmares. Good thoughts and fingers crossed, prayers. And love to you.

joeks said...

Hopefully time and your TLC will bring improvement for Phoebe.

Heather said...

Sorry your kitty has been so sick. Hopefully with a little more time the treatment will be working!

Martha said...

Oh poor Phoebes. I hope she is feeling better soon. It's no fun to have our babies be sick.

Gudl said...

How old is she?
We lost our cat to a liver tumor last year. She ate less and less, too, and first we didn't even notice it.
It is sad to see the animals get old and sick....
I am sorry for you.

Priscilla said...

Hope she gets better soon!

Alison said...

Hi Tracy, it's so heartbreaking when pets get seriously ill. I hope Phoebe picks up soon.