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Sick kitty and a blow to the budget

June 14th, 2019 at 03:56 pm

Ten days ago, I noticed that my normally very hungry kitty, Buffy, was just picking at her food. I kept an eye on her for a couple of days since sometimes she has an upset stomach that resolves on its own, but this time, it didn't. I called for an appointment last Thursday and was able to get her in on Friday (since she was picking at her food and didn't otherwise show signs of illness, it didn't seem an emergency). The vet briefly examined her, showed me evidence on the whites of her eyeballs and the inside of her ears that she was jaundiced (which was just a little bit yellowish, not severe enough that I would have picked it up on my own, even if I had known where to look), told me that she was a very sick cat, and recommended hospitalization at one of the local 24 hour veterinary hospitals. I was told that I had 3 choices: hospitalize her and proceed with diagnostic tests, just give her a drug and see if she improved, or euthanize her.

So last Friday, I brought her in, had some initial diagnostics done, had more imaging tests run on Monday which revealed "nothing terrible" (i.e., no cancer), got a diagnosis of "cholangiohepatitis," which is more a description of symptions than an explanation of cause, decided not to have her biopsied at this point but to proceed with steroid treatment, and I finally brought her home yesterday. The steroids helped but started making her diabetic again (she is a diabetic who has been in remission for 4 years), so now she is off the steroids and fingers crossed that the liver improvment continues and the increased blood glucose resolves. One way or another I'll have her blood glucose tested tomorrow (at home if I can manage it and at the vet if I can't), she'll have another blood panel run on Monday, and with any luck the feeding tube that they inserted will be removed. She's lost at least 20% of her body weight but I'm hopeful that her condition can be managed. I'll have a better sense after Monday. In the meantime, I spent about $8,000 on this (some of which I was able to pay with available funds and about 5k currently added to the debt, putting me back financially to about where I was in February.

She's my "heart kitty" and whatever happens it was worth it to me to try and keep her around for another couple of years as long as she can be reasonably healthy.

Not the decision I would make for every pet, but this is my "heart kitty," the one I have been closest to of the four I have owned.

11 Responses to “Sick kitty and a blow to the budget”

  1. Wink Says:

    I'm so sorry your kitty is so sick. Hoping she feels better soon!

  2. Jenn Says:

    She is family to you so her health is an understandable priority. I hope she improves now!

  3. Jenn Says:

    So weird that my comment worked on your blog but not for lucky robin or Amber.

  4. Wink Says:

    {{hugs}} I hope kitty feels better soon.

  5. Wink Says:

    Something strange going on with these blogs! I posted the first response, but not the second one from Wink.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm so sorry about your kitty! There is a never a good time to have them ill. I love that you are at peace with the financial and medical decisions this has caused you to make. It can be a tough balance for some who cannot afford the costs.

  7. Turtle Lover Says:

    I understand about your "heart" kitty.
    Sending Purrrs and prayers!

  8. CB in the City Says:

    Oh my goodness. I hope she improves. I'm so sorry you have to go through this!

  9. fireandi Says:

    Pets often are like family, and it's understandable that you do for kitty what you'd do for a family member.

  10. rob62521 Says:

    So sorry about your kitty. Hope she gets better.

  11. kashi Says:

    I spent that much on my heart kitty last year. I totally understand. I hope everything is ok.

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