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Agatha has a bad evening

Agatha-cat had a rather unpleasant evening yesterday, though all eventually turned out OK. She'd been throwing up part of her dinner the last few days, usually a sign of hairballs, but I'd been a bad cat mommy and hadn't started force-feeding the hairball goop. So when she threw up yesterday evening, I didn't really worry. And then it happened again, and again, and again--just fluid, of course, but it didn't stop. And then she started straining out of the litter box, and started to cry at me. Brushing her calmed her for a while, but she'd cry when I stopped, which is not at all typical for her. The throwing up was most worrisome, as she has kidney disease and can't be allowed to get dehydrated.

So I put her in the carrier and off we went to the emergency vet clinic around 9 PM. Lots of people there, so we had quite a wait, first for a room, then for a vet tech to take a history and vitals, then for the vet herself. Actually the wait was reassuring--the woman whose dog was taken straight back after she spoke to the receptionist clearly had an emergency, but Agatha's condition wasn't so critical. After the tech had come and gone, I picked up Agatha off the cold examining table and we sat together on a seat for 30 minutes or so waiting for the vet. The Clie with the scroll wheel for one-handed reading (Curse of Chalion), the other hand for petting the cat, and the wait wasn't bad.

Anyway, the upshot was bad constipation, apparently not uncommon with kidney disease where the cat is prone to get dehydrated. They did a lab test to be sure the kidneys were indeed functioning OK, then they gave her a stool softener, an enema, and expressed her anal glands while they were at it. We got home with an antibiotic for the next week (the anal glands showed some signs of infection) a little before midnight. She's finally starting to eat a little and seem more like herself, so I'm feeling that we got through this one.

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hornedhopper
Aug. 21st, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
Oh, poor, poor kitty. Insult to injury back to insult!

Glad it turned out not to be something *nasty.* {{{ear scritchies from Inca and Fidel}}}
jfsnyder
Aug. 21st, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty! Poor Nancy! tummy rubs and kitty treats all around.

Yes, it is reassuring when you have to wait a bit, compared to those who are spirited away. When most recent Bassett went to The Bridge, she was taken away on a stretcher at a sprint. I knew things were Not Good then.
allyra
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Poor kitten! I hope she's feeling much better now! I clearly missed this when you posted it, sorry. :( I started poking through your old entries looking for info about your Cat Room, which I guess I must have also missed. I'm thinking about having a Cat Room myself, if/when I can afford it, so I'd love to know more about yours!

Glad that your remodel is almost all done!
nlbarber
Sep. 19th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
She's much better, though it's one of those "recognizing mortality" things. She's 14, has kidney disease, and just won't be around all that much longer. I treasure the time we have...

The basics of the Cat Room are here: http://homepage.mac.com/nlbarber/kitchen-remodel/cabinet-elevations/catroom.html

It's working well--Agatha loves the boxes to help her jump to the counter, and I love the fact that she walks down the counter after using the litter box, leaving most of the litter bits up there and not on the floor. Fish is not so helpful. I need to get some photos up now that I've moved the litter box and feeding bowls in there.
nlbarber
Sep. 28th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
I added a few photos to the Cat Room elevation page. It's hard to get photos that show the layout very well, because the room's so small. But maybe these will give you the feel...

allyra
Oct. 2nd, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! I will keep this link for my future reference. I hope your kitties are enjoying their special room!
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