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05:01 pm: Shiva and the Vet
He hadn't eaten in 24 hours and his face looked smaller, so I called the vet a bit before 8am and left a message. Then I went back to sleep and when I got up, he still wasn't eating. I had used the last of a box of kitty litter last night and so used it as a container for the papers I shredded and was on the way out with that to the mixed paper recycling when the vet called back. She said that it sounded like nausea and usually that's from renal failure. My heart sank. She said she'd be here about 3:30-4:00.

I went on and took the paper to recycling and when I came back got the carrier (and the little piece I glued last night) out of the storeroom and put a towel in the bottom. It's really hot today -- I got up partway through last night to turn the AC on and when I went out, I had the windows down and was thinking that the people with their windows up and AC on in their cars were overdoing it, but on the way back, I had the AC on, too. But the condo was cool enough when I got back that I turned the AC off and opened the windows. Shiva loves open windows.

I did online things until I saw the vet coming and I put Shiva in the carrier (and got a couple of scratches in the process). She took him out and I not only heard him making his "why am I here" noise over the engine, he screamed twice. She brought him back in and said that normally she wouldn't say a cat wouldn't eat because of their mouth, but that was until she saw his mouth. One of the screams was when she gently touched an ulcer and she said he tried to turn himself inside out. His mouth is full of ulcers and she gave him a shot of a mild steroid and the first dose of an antibiotic drop, both of which he took well. I had her go ahead and draw blood, just in case. She's leaving for a continuing education class tomorrow, but changes planes in Charlottesville and will check the blood results there and call me.

I paid and she went out to the mobile clinic and as soon as she left, he came out and ate. A few bites, but he ate! I called her rather than dashing out, and told her and she said that was an excellent sign. I hope it really is just his mouth. I mean, it's awful that he has ulcers all over his mouth, but that's treatable.

I may not install the new DVD/VCR tonight -- I'll be home tomorrow, too, without screaming cats and a vet. And I should eat now.

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From:pameladean
Date:April 11th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
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Fingers crossed that it's just his mouth.

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From:mjlayman
Date:April 11th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! She hasn't called and that could be for a lot of reasons, but I'd really like to know what the blood showed.

Shiva continued to graze until about 10pm, which is when I think the steroid wore off. I got doses of antibiotic into him last night and this morning, but he's back to hurting too much to eat. He's drinking, though, and he should feel better enough to eat by Sunday at the latest.
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From:pameladean
Date:April 11th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Poor baby. I'm glad he got a day of eating in, anyway.

My vet isn't calling me back either. Meh.

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From:mjlayman
Date:April 12th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
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I napped for five hours (woke up by a thunderboomer) and he was very insistant about dry food. The dish held the other Science Diet and the Meow Mix, so I threw those out, washed the dish, and then put the regular stuff in and he started into eating it. Maybe the antibiotic works faster on cats than humans.

Which of your kitties is sick? I'm thinking of calling her tomorrow -- if she has any sense, she'll have her phone turned off and taking messages, and if she doesn't have sense, well, she'll deserve having to answer it in class.
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From:pameladean
Date:April 12th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
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Oh, that's good news.

It's my Aristophanes. He doesn't act sick at all, but he's lost weight in the last month. I'm hoping it's thyroid. That's not to hard to deal with. He has an appetite and is eating, so although he does have mild kidney disease, I don't think it can be that.

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From:mjlayman
Date:April 12th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
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Oh, I hope you find out what's wrong soon, and that it's something that can be managed!
From:dsgood
Date:April 11th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
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Fingers crossed!
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 11th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Haven't heard from the vet yet.
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From:firecat
Date:April 11th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
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Aww poor Shiva and Shiva-mommy. I hope this is treatable.
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 11th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! If it's his mouth, it is, and from his behavior, I think it's his mouth. I hope it's his mouth.
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