Monday, February 6, 2012

Losing

Our Jelly cat is sick.  She started not feeling well early last week-decreased appetite and lethargy.  She quit eating entirely in the middle of the week and baseline bloodwork and urine tests looked ok.  She responded initially to anti-emetics and appetite stimulants but then progressively got worse.  She has lost a few pounds over an unknown period of time as well.  With her age and lack of other symptoms we are worried about cancer or maybe IBD.  Sunday we decided to do surgery to look for a cause of illness and collect biopsies.  There are other possible diagnostics we could have done first but but when looking for intestinal disease you typically need a biopsy anyway we we just skipped to that.  Plus I can do the surgery cheaper than I can send out special tests or take her to a specialty center for ultrasound. 
The surgery was very boring.  Everything looked normal, which doesn't mean there isn't anything hiding.  That's the point of a biopsy I guess. So, I sampled the intestines in several places.
We are waiting on the results but it will be several days.  Meanwhile she is not doing well.  Very lethargic, refuses to eat and drink at all, drools and gags when syringe fed and is on a pharmacy of meds.  If the meds don't make a difference soon, it may not matter what the biopsies show.  Keep her in your thoughts.  She is a pain but we love her anyway.

7 comments:

Diana said...

Oh poor Jelly. I hope you find some answers.

Nicole said...

we'll keep her in our thoughts.
I hope things turn around

Karissa said...

Poor Jelly cat. I hope she feels better soon.

Kathy said...

We will definatly keep Jelly in our thoughts and prayers, it is so hard to see our friends going through things like this (((HUGS)))

chezsmom said...

Poor Jelly. I'm saying prayers for her and for you and Jerry. I hope she starts feeling better soon.

ErinShanendoah said...

Poor baby. Keeping her in my thoughts and hope she's back to being a PITA very soon.

Chris and Ricky said...

Oh no. So sorry to hear about Jelly! I hope you can help her to feel better!