Today was a long day for mom and dad. They had to take Tia to the kitty hospital. They had to take her blood and admit her for some extra care for the next 5 days. I am gonna pass my blog over to mom so she can share the details with you all. I miss my big sis and hope she gets better soon and comes home a healthy kitty. Tomorrow is her 15th birthday and I really wanted to spend the day with her.
Hugs and Kisses - Sitka
Hi everyone, Shelli here. Here is what is going on. It feels like today has lasted for several days. We have gotten home and settled in. Sitka has been through the house looking for Tia. All she knows is we left with her and came back smelling like her, but did not bring her home with us.
Here is what happened. She ate her dinner last night and seemed fine. She gets dry Innova (when she wants it) and wet Innova in the am and pm. We fed her the wet last night, she ate it all. She threw up somewhere after Midnight. It was just clear, mucus stuff. She threw up two more times before 8am, and again at 9 this morning. She was looking very mopey. I put her on her blanket downstairs and she just slept, yet reacted when I called her name. We (husband and Sitka) left at 10 and went to Petsmart (to get Tia some birthday pressies) and ran a few other errands. We returned home around 12. I had tried to give her a piece of ham and she turned her nose up at it. Umm… This cat never turns her nose up at ham. She threw up again around 12:40. I told Jeremy something was wrong and we needed to find a vet to take her to since hers closed at 12:30. I did not want to take her to the emergency vet (since it is 300 bucks to walk in the door) if I could help it. So, we found one who closed at 1:30 and said they would see us. So, we literally raced over there. He was finishing up with a patient, so we had to wait, but that gave Tia some time to calm down (since this cat never leaves the house).
Anyways, we really liked him. He explained everything before he did it. He told us what he thought the issue was given what we told him, then he the only way to figure out what it is was to blood work, and asked if we consented. Oh course! These animals are my kids and I am going to do anything and everything in my power to give them the care they rightfully deserve. So, he did a full blood work up and electrolytes as well (since we know Tia has a potassium deficiency). He also did a urinalysis. Here are the results from that:
Spec. Grav. 1.005
Nirtite – Neg
Ketones – Neg
Blood – Neg
Hemoglobin - 1
The blood work came back to what he figured our issue would be. It shows that she has Pancreatitis. Everything was in the normal range except her Lipacyte (sp?) was 1865 U/L (normal range is 100-1400). Her Glucose was also up – 196 mg/dl (normal is 71-159). He said he is not really worried about the Glucose as it may just be elevated because she was dehydrated. There were some other things that came up in the high range (These are the different parts of what was out of wack, I think):
HCT – 49.7% (preferred 24-45)
HGB – 15.2 g/dl (preferred 8-15)
GRANS – 15.8 x10(9)/L (preferred 2.5 – 12.5)
So, basically she will be there through Wednesday. She is hooked up to an IV. All we had to leave with her was a sheet we keep in the car for Sitka. At least it smelled like her and us from being in the car. The vet will be there tomorrow morning and evening. He said we could just call, and if he is there, we can come over and see her. I feel so helpless, but I know she is somewhere where she can get the help she needs. She will be on Science Diet i/d (I think is what he said) when she comes home. Good thing I did not go to the store today to get her more Innova. I just hate that my baby won’t be home tomorrow to celebrate her 15th birthday.
Anyways, that is where we are at the moment. I kissed her and gave her all kinds of loving. I miss my baby and I hope she gets better soon so she can come back home with me. Here is a photo of her right before we left her at the vet this evening.
Please send your thoughts and prayers that my baby (and Sitka's big sister) gets better soon!!!
Hugs - Shelli
Saturday, January 26, 2008