Caring for an ailing kitty

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I’m going to be uncharacteristically brief today.  Our 19 year old cat Jane is doing very poorly.  She had a seizure on Tuesday night, which we didn’t think much about, since she’s been having them occasionally for almost a year now.  On Wednesday, though, I discovered she was too weak to jump up to her bed and food on the bathroom counter.  She couldn’t walk very well, and continued to grow weaker until she slipped in what appeared to be a coma.  I stayed up with her on Wednesday night, and Thursday, yesterday, I stayed home, convinced she was about to die and not wanting her to die alone.

When my husband came home that afternoon, we decided to try giving her some water with sugar.  She woke up, obviously aware of her surroundings, yet still unable to do much besides weakly and slowly move her paws.  We’ve been giving her sugar water periodically, and she drinks it from the syringe now instead of us having to trigger her swallow reflex.  She seems to be getting a little stronger, obviously trying to get up from her position on her side, even if she doesn’t have the strength to do so.

When I was convinced she would not regain consciousness, I figured there was nothing a vet could do. It would just be wasted time and money.  Now, though…I wonder if she could recover.  So I’m going to call the vet’s office at 2pm…the end of their surgery time…to see if we can bring her in sometime today.  Until then, I’m here at home with her, giving her sugar water and petting her, wishing I could somehow do more.

 

UPDATE: Took Jane to the vet.  She’s dehydrated and malnourished, which makes sense considering she hasn’t been eating or drinking.  The vet gave her some subcutaneous fluids and vitamins, and handed me a tube of Nutri-Cal and instructions on when to give her water and how much.  She already looks much better…she’s holding up her head, which she wasn’t able to do before.  God willing, she might be able to get through this.  We’ll have to be much more careful about her drinking and eating enough from now on.

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2 thoughts on “Caring for an ailing kitty

    1. Thank you. I just got back from the vet. She was dehydrated and malnourished, since she hasn’t been eating or drinking. They gave her some fluids and vitamins, and gave instructions and a high calorie/vitamin gel to put on her gums. I hope it works!

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