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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mewdy Blue is challenging me again!

Just a short note to let you all know that Mewdy Blue is fighting liver failure once again. He has been to Iowa State twice today but is home for the night. Believe me, if I sound like I'm doing okay, I'm not. I'm a total wreck!

Mewdy Blue decided against food on Wednesday and has been fighting me ever since when it comes to eating. Early Friday morning he actually ate 1/2 can of his D/D but then while I was out he "expelled" it all over the kitchen floor. (At least he did it on the tile floor rather than the wood floor and since the dog can't get into the kitchen I was able to see that it happened)

This morning he was turning a little yellow again so I figured maybe another night of IV fluids might bring him out of it like it did in January. Well, the doctors didn't think that would be necessary. You see, while he was in the clinic Mewdy Blue ate another 1/2 can of food!!! They decided to send him home with me though I was a little leery of the car ride. Mewdy Blue has always been one to get car sick so putting food in his belly before a ride........well, you can see what I mean.

However, he made it home just fine. All the time in the clinic he was bright and alert entertaining all the staff and even walked out on his own on leash. At home, though, he basically collapsed. He found his hiding place in the hottest part of the house and fell asleep. Every couple of hours I offered him some more food that he only nibbled. Then at 6 pm he "expelled" it all again. This time in the living room, on the wood floor, in front of the dog. But at least I was there to see it even if I couldn't get to it before it disappeared into the white fluff-ball that is Blizzard.

By this time Mewdy Blue was so depressed/lethargic that he was limp when I picked him up. He couldn't even walk across the living room without stopping to rest halfway. So I rushed him back to Iowa State. This time he saw a different clinician. After a thorough exam and a lot of paperwork (all a repeat of just this morning!) we agreed that they would give him an anti-emetic (something to keep him from vomiting) and I'd take him home again.

Now at home, he's gotten his subcutaneous fluids, antacid, something to calm his stomach, something to stimulate his appetite and he's back upstairs in his hot spot. I've offered him food several times but all he would eat for me is a little baby food. And he's extremely weak and depressed again.

I think, and it is all just conjecture on my part, that perhaps he has cholangiohepatitis and receiving his vaccination 1 1/2 weeks ago set off his immune system. He then stopped eating setting of his liver and this whole cycle of problems. Then of course I let him eat too much at once when he did want to eat causing him to vomit. And they did the same thing today in the clinic so he vomited again.

Please pray with me that I am right, at least partially, and that this anti-emetic will settle his stomach enough for him to recover and get back to his normal appetite. At least for tonight I doubt I'll be getting any sleep!

Hopefully my next post will be lighter. I'm working on one about Rabbit Hopping. I promised to write about this way back in May so it's about time I got it on the blogosphere. Stay tuned - I have pictures and video!

23 comments:

  1. Sending love, purrs & prayers from all of us at The Cat Blogosphere and from Purrchance To Dream.

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    1. Thank-you so much. I really hope that I can get him to eat something tonight but so far he has just started drinking. Will keep everyone posted.

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  2. We are sending healing purrs to Mewdy Blue. ~Socks, Scylla, Fenris, Tuiren & Mom Alasandra

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    1. Thanks, he needs all the support he can get.

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  3. I'm purring like crazy and M has you and him in her thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

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    1. Thank-you, I appreciate your thoughts!

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  4. Lots of purrrs and prayers for Mewdy Blue~~
    From Your TX furiends,
    Samantha, Clementine & Maverick

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    1. Thanks. I appreciate it - he expects it :)

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  5. This is the first time we've met Mewdy Blue. Very sorry he's sick. Purrs and pawtaps for you. Hoping he will feel better soon.

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  6. Thanks for the purrs and pawtaps.

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  7. Hang in there, Mewdy Blue. Eat something, kittie, but not too much or too fast, so it stays down. purrrrrrsss

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    1. Mewdy Blue thanks you and I hope listens to you. GOOD NEWS: twice now he has eaten a small amount of baby food off of my finger! I'm not forcing it on him just offering it and withdrawing if he doesn't immediately lick it. I've found that that's the best way to work with anorexic cats.

      I've seen some people flash the food right in their faces hoping they'll eat but if they don't want it, they don't want it. If/when they are ready they will reach for the food if it is just an inch or so away from their face and sometimes even to the side a bit. Make sense?

      Anyway, keep praying as you head to bed tonight. I'll be holding vigil through the night.

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    2. I wondered when I saw your handle if you were from Lee County Iowa now I see that you are! So glad to know another local here in blogosphere!

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    3. There's a few of us out there hiding in the nooks and crannies.

      FWIW, one time we had a kittie that just refused to eat. Dad finally got desperate enough he started stuffing chunks of deli chicken breast down her throat like he was pilling her. She didn't think much of the process, but after a few days she started eating again.

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  8. Healing purrs and warm energy for Mewdy Blue.

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  9. Sending rumbly purrs and love to Mewdy, we hope he feels much better very soon.

    Gerry & Mungo

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  10. Mewdy we are sending purrs to you and will keep you in our prayers.

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  11. I just read about Mewdy Blue's condition on the Cat Blogosphere site. I hope things are improving now and that the poor fellow is doing much better.

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  13. Sending lots of purrs and gentle headbumps, Mewdy Blue, toward helping you feel better. Purrs...

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  14. To Everycat, The Zoo, Bellen and colehauscats: thanks greatly for your thoughts. Things haven't changed a lot but at least Mewdy Blue is eating a little baby food and is able to walk around just a little. He's resting in his "cave" right now. Please see the latest update for more info.

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  15. I am so sorry to hear this. It sounds like Mewdy Blue is getting a lot of the same treatments Jewel is (who has CRF). I really hope he comes out of this soon. It is just hear-wrenching when our furry friends are ill.

    *hugs* Please keep us all posted.

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