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I went to lunch with Lisa today, but bailed on our usual Saturday hours and hours of hanging out, because I wanted to spend time at home with Cobweb (who has been increasingly withdrawn -- doesn't even react to catnip -- and continues with her not eating) and with Shannon (who continues to seem stressed and upset about the situation, as well as some work stuff that has unexpectedly arisen).

So I planned to spend the day just hanging out with Shannon and Cobweb, and we did that ... kind of ... including a couple hours at the vet. I spoke to them on the phone in the early afternoon about the fact that Cobweb had now gone about 4 days with basically no food, and we haven't seen her drink, either. She gets some hydration, of course, from the subcutaneous fluids we give her every day, but she used to drink water in addition.

The vet we saw today (not our usual vet) commented that the current symptoms might actually be due to complications arising from Cobweb's old intestinal problems, rather than the more recent kidney issues, as we'd been assuming. She's been taking medication for the intestinal stuff for the last 2 1/2 years, but the vet told us that sometimes one med stops working and you have to switch to another.

So our new plan is this:

- The vet gave Cobweb some kind of whammo of an anti-nausea shot, in hopes that this would jump start her eating in the short term, but she said this kind of improvement can take a couple days.

- We're supposed to try feeding her some boiled chicken breast, which we'll do tomorrow. Neither Shannon nor I have much hope that she will eat this, when she's been rejecting her favorite foods (which are much tastier and more odoriferous), but there's no harm in trying it.

- If Cobweb is not eating better (i.e., eating something) by Monday afternoon, we're supposed to bring her in for an ultrasound (expensive) to check whether there's something funky with her innards.

The vet today gave me more hope, because this afternoon I was figuring that Cobweb only had a couple days. I mean, what can you do if the animal just stops eating? Not much. If you can't figure out why it's happening, then all you can do is watch. This vet had a few more ideas about trying to find out why it's happening, so I'm feeling less resigned. She may still only have a couple days, but at least we have a few more things to try before we just give up.

This evening I mostly vegetated, recovering from the stress of the afternoon. Tomorrow, among the housework and hair-washing and other such mundane tasks, I plan to CHILL.

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babysquid
Feb. 12th, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
my love, Pudgey, started 2012 by scaring me to death. he is 18- so i promised myself years ago that i wouldn't go overboard with treatments if he got sick. he got sick. we returned from xmas at my mothers and he went 48 hrs without eating or drinking. i took him in and the doc did a non-invasive xray after bloodwork (i don't take him in unless he's ill now, so no idea how his bloodwork was). he was constipated (clearly showed on the xrays) but his xrays and his bloodwork all came back so well that the vets didn't want to believe he is as old as he is. took him home after a little clean-out and had 24 hrs of normal Pudgey. then he took a turn for the worse. and continued to not eat, drink, poop, or pee. long story short- i truly believed i was going to half to put him down because there was nothing i could do- two options when all the symptoms were put together cancer or a nasty tooth infection. thankfully, it was the tooth and after pulling it we found the infection and he has vastly improved. everytime i read of poor Cobweb, i snuggle my boy and hope for the best. bless you and Shannon for taking such great care of her. i had a point in this post- has your vet considered her teeth? i understand that she has a long history with the kidneys and digestive issues... but its amazing how much the mouth effects everything else.
kimberly_a
Feb. 17th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
Our vet is really good, and she always checks their teeth when we bring a cat in to see her. I think our problem has been completely stemming from the kidney problems. Anti-nausea meds seem to be making a real difference.
babysquid
Feb. 17th, 2012 09:00 am (UTC)
yes, I saw on more recent posts that she is doing better. very excited to read that. hugs to the kitties!
wesleysgirl
Feb. 12th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
One thing the shelter recommends for cats who aren't eating is hotdogs, so maybe try that, too? We also try to tempt cats with what we call "junk food," which is usually a fish variety of the cheapest grocery store canned food. Another thing I've had success with is making a "cat food smoothie" with hot water and a blender. It smells HORRIFIC and cats seem to like that.
kimberly_a
Feb. 17th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, we've been almost exclusively relying on Friskies canned food for the last few months, despite the poor nutritional quality, because it's the only thing Cobweb would eat. Now that she's doing a bit better, we're going to try some Trader Joe's and Iams again.
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