Our poor critters can’t seem to catch a break lately. Bodhi’s second eye looks bad, and the vet kindly scheduled him for surgery tomorrow morning (this morning by the time you see this), on New Year’s Eve because it really can’t wait. We’re sorting out how he will get the meds he has been getting in the form of eye drops, and he may be able to use the human pill form temporarily, but we will probably need to go with daily sub-Q injections of the compounded medication as the long-term solution. We have his belly band ready until we get the poor boy sorted out. My poor husband kindly went to the store and bought sanitary napkins for the belly band….he’s a good sport.
I noticed that one of our cats, Gilda, was looking a little thin and finally got my hands on her to weigh her this morning and she’s lost a significant amount of weight since her last vet appointment six months ago, when all her lab work was excellent. I would put some good money on her being hyperthyroid since she eats very well, isn’t drinking to excess, and is losing weight.
And one of our elderly cats, Hiro, has been struggling for a while now. He had lost some weight, but blood work was all fine. He is 15 and there’s only so much I will put him through at this point. We’re treating him symptomatically, working on trying to get him to eat as well as possible. He was doing well for a good while, but is doing less well now. They vet felt it was likely to be IBD or Lymphoma. Nothing showed up on x-ray. We’re doing what we would do for IBD, and for Lymphoma even, short of chemo and such which I’m not going to do at this advanced age. After the holiday it is probably time for another check to see if we know anything more, or we just do all that we can to keep him comfortable.
So out of our six pets, three are not doing so well. Gracie is fine, happily, and Leelu is managing as usual. She’s quite happy to be in our home and little by little her behavioral challenges move along in baby steps. Minh, our third cat is fine so far as I know, though he’s getting to be an old man too. And happily, the two foster kittens are fine, knock on wood.
The crazy end to the crazy year…let’s hope for some improvement in 2021!