Monday, May 14, 2012
You may remember pictures of Graybee from past posts. He is a 6 yr old outside cat who has been very special to us since birth. He is full of personality and is beautiful to look at!
Last week we noticed that his skin (which is normally white) had a definite yellow cast. His tongue and gums were also yellow. When we thought about it, he hadn't been eating with his usual gusto and he seemed more inactive than usual.
Last Thursday, after Googling his symptoms, we decided to make the difficult step of taking him to the vet...difficult because he is a large cat who runs from strangers and is deathly afraid of being enclosed in anything (not to mention being inside a vehicle.)
He was very ill the day we got him to the vet (it all happened suddenly) and a blood test showed no feline leukemia. He was very dehydrated, but would not drink, so the vet sedated him and gave him fluids and an antibiotic via IV.
It sounded like feline hepatic lipidosis or "fatty liver" disease. We spent two days force feeding him everything we could think of that would be nutritious for a cat, including feline vitamins. Every few hours we used an eyedropper and forced as much water and liquid food as we could get in...not an easy chore. He resisted every drop and it became frustrating for him and for us.
He seemed better the day after the IV and by the second day, he started eating and drinking on his own again. We kept an eye on how much he ate and drank for a couple of days and he seemed to feel much better. He acted like his old self - even chasing a few birds in the backyard.
Now this morning he won't eat again. We just spent what seemed like hours getting some more nutrition and liquids into his mouth via eye dropper...he slowly walked across the yard and lay down in his favorite napping place under a Juniper bush.
Has anyone else had experience with these symptoms? He is still jaundiced, and we are beginning to wonder if he has an underlying liver problem causing him to feel ill and therefore preventing eating and drinking. I would appreciate any advice on dealing with this.
Anyway, I've not been spending much time hooking. I have a rug on my frame that I drew up to take with me to the Bishop Hill hook-in. I will post a picture soon...just started the background.
Have a great week.
Posted by The Wool Cupboard at 9:19 AM