Kitties on the Mend
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Sigh. How come when you finally start getting back on track, something happens to throw you off kilter? And then when that crisis is over, you get hit with another one?
In late June my boy kitty, Shadow, had a bladder infection that wouldn't go away, and then he ended up requiring emergency surgery for a blocked urinary tract (ouch!). He spent a few days in the hospital and then required lots of meds at odd hours for the subsequent two weeks. He had a reaction to one of the meds, which required more vet visits. He lost several pounds in less than a week and wouldn't eat, which was scary because he's diabetic. After all that the bladder infection was still raging, but after two more courses of antibiotics we may have finally beat that (I'm awaiting those results still) and he's finally on the mend and back to his normal mischievous self.
The problem is, he got a bit too rambunctious last week with my girl kitty, Faith. I'm not sure exactly what happened - I didn't see it, I only heard the weird noises. But what I think happened was that he chased her or startled her on the basement stairs which caused her to lose her footing. I suddenly had a cat who was in major pain and couldn't move her back legs at all. So off to the emergency vet I went, but with a different cat.
They couldn't treat her and said she needed a specialist. So they gave her a shot for the pain and sent me to a place almost an hour from home. They in turn examined her and sent me to a neurologist, another thirty minutes further. Thankfully I have a GPS, or I would have never found these places in the dark in areas I was not familiar with. It was a really long night and I didn't get home until 3 a.m. I hope I never have to visit three emergency vets in one night again!
Faith had an MRI and they discovered a bruise on her spinal cord, so she must have hit the edge of the stairs. She spent four days at the neurologist's clinic and at first she couldn't even go potty on her own and could only drag her rear end, very slowly and awkwardly. It was really hard to see my sweet, bouncy kitty so hobbled.
She finally came home on Monday and is making slow progress. She has to be kept in a cage for a few weeks, and she seems content to just curl up and sleep. She's using the litter box and she's starting to move her back legs for extra leverage when she scoots around. Hopefully she'll be able to walk and run again in time. I have noticed her using her back foot to scratch her ear though, so that's a good sign that she is able to move her legs and has gotten some coordination back. She's making some progress every day, so I just need to be patient.
So my life has been dealing with one kitty emergency after another lately, and who knows how long Faith will require extra attention. Right now I feel like I need to be keeping her company when I am home, and also giving Shadow some attention too. He's been great so far, and spends a lot of time laying on the floor next to the cage to keep her company.
The one good thing in all of this is that I haven't had a chance to sit down much when I'm home or do any snacking, so I have lost some weight through this latest ordeal. This is just part of life and things will settle down in time and I'll be able to get back into a healthy routine again - just as long as these kitties behave! =^.^=