Saturday, September 26, 2015

My cat is very sick

My cat Luke is doing very poorly. He has been sick for a while. More recently, he's had several hospital visits this month. This week, he has been at the vet since Thursday. He has been declining fast and I was hopeful that the two day visit to the kitty hospital with fluids IV and meds to stimulate appetite would be what he needed to become stabilized. But sadly, no. Today the vet said she would like to keep Luke the rest of the weekend. He won't eat and he has lost a third of his body weight. Poor thing is skin and bones. I think I am about to lose my best friend.

Saddest of all though, is that not just Luke, but all 3 cats have been diagnosed. Bert is showing symptoms and not doing great, and though Murray is not showing any symptoms yet, he will. I fear the empty nest.


12 comments:

Grace to You said...

Oh, Elizabeth, I am so sorry! I was wondering why you had been missing lately but I never thought it was for such a sad reason. Praying that God will heal your friends if it's His will, and if not, that you will find in Him all that your heart needs.

Sandi

Jennifer Osborn said...

Do they know what it is? Contagious? Praying with Sandi's prayers, too! I am facing the downward decline of Zoie, my 17 yo Yorkie, so this is especially painful, I know :(

Anonymous said...

:(
Just :(

So sorry to hear this news, and am praying.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, Elizabeth. :( I know those kitties mean so much to you as I've read your posts through the years. I will be praying that your heart will be comforted.

Love,
Melissa

Grace to You said...

How are your cats doing?

Sandi

Elizabeth Prata said...

Hi Sandi,

Thanks for asking. Bert was given thyroid med since his reaction to the virus was to gain weight even though he is eating the same. He is not responding to the meds. Luke was given special food and I'm advised to carry on with it. He is hungry and *wants* to eat which is an improvement but then turns his nose up at whatever I put in front of him. I even gave him a scrambled egg the other day and...nope. He is active and perky though and not stressed so I'm hoping he will get used to the dental work of not having a canine on that side of his mouth and start to eat more soon. He's so skinny but at least he is not listless any more. Murray is the same old kitty, even though he has the virus he is not affected with symptoms. Thanks!

Grace to You said...

So they're going to be okay?

Elizabeth Prata said...

Yes and no. The nature of the coronavirus is that they will always have the virus. They may have periods of recovery and then they will have a bout of symptoms which they may or may not come out of. Or, given the fluctuating nature of their immune systems' ability to fight it off, I may come home one day and Luke or Bert will be dead. It's just something we have to live with. For the present, Luke is still too thin and won't eat much, but seems to be active so it appears he has retreated from death's door, so that is a praise.

Grace to You said...

How is Luke doing these days?

Elizabeth Prata said...

Thank you for asking. Luke is getting skinnier and skinnier. He eats fine. I've given up experimenting with all the different foods. That's not the issue. He eats his tried and true dry Purina. But the problem is he has diarrhea right away, and it's yellow indicating the nutrients he needs to thrive are not being absorbed. This week his eyes got a little more sunken and underneath them are hollows. If he was a person I'd say "gaunt" bordering on WWII concentration camp survivor. I'm heartened by his personality remaining the same and his energy level is still good. But as soon as he begins to waver physically or emotionally I'll have to bring him to a final visit to the vet (unless he turns around of course)

Grace to You said...

I'm so sorry. I know it's hard.

Elizabeth Prata said...

it is hard. thank you.