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My cat is ill

I woke up this morning and Leila wasn't in her usual place, on the pillow to the left of me. Stranger still, there were some cat droppings next to the bed, which I couldn't explain as I'd cleaned the litter box only the night before. She didn't answer or come running when I called, and when I went looking for her, I found her huddled on the kitchen floor, hiding away in the space between the cooker and the kitchen cabinets. I knew something was wrong the minute I picked her up; she was floppy and unresponsive, and most worryingly of all, her eyes were darting all over the place. So I put her back down and made her walk...and she couldn't. She couldn't seem to coordinate her movements and her hind quarters kept giving out on her. I rang Jobsworth to let him know I wouldn't be coming in today, and I rang the vet to tell her I thought my cat had suffered a brain haemorrhage during the night. I have just returned from the consultation.

The good news is, it needn't be that cerebral haemorrhage I'd feared. I'd reached that conclusion on the basis of one of my previous cats, Dickie, displaying the same symptoms 13 years ago, and I had to have her put to sleep; but veterinary science appears to have come on since then and Leila's condition has now been diagnosed as vestibular ataxia. The bad news is that in this early stage, it's impossible to tell whether we're dealing with central or peripheral vestibular ataxia. If it should be the first, then the prognosis is bleak; if the latter, she ought to improve with treatment over the next 3-4 days. She's been given a steroid injection, and another one to combat the nausea she's experiencing (as evidenced by her throwing up just before we left to see the vet), and I have been given strict instructions to keep her warm, safe and to make sure she gets enough food and water down her, for which purpose I have been given a special kind of formula food and a syringe. If despite my best efforts to force feed her, she still refuses to take nourishment, I am to go back to the vet's to have her put on a drip tomorrow.

There's a slight chance the ataxia may be caused by a brain tumour, and to show it, there's the option of a CT scan being performed, but it's priced at 700 euros and the vet didn't recommend it at this stage. I can always push for it if Leila doesn't improve in the next few days.

Poor little puss. I've put her in a cardboard box lined with old towels, as the vet's explained that it's best to keep her in a small and confined space for now: it should help keep the nausea to a minimum. I've also called work to let them know I'm taking the rest of the week off to care for my cat.



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Apr. 15th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Oh the poor wee thing. I hope she's better soon!
Apr. 15th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Have you ever tried getting liquid food down your cat's throat? Even with a syringe and an enfeebled kitty, it's not an easy task!

Plus the looks she's giving me right now...Her eyes do seem a little more steady though, or maybe that's just my imagination.
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Apr. 15th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Leila.

::Sends her big hugs::
Apr. 15th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
It's early days yet, but she seems to be perking up a little. In the last few minutes, she's started purring again!
Apr. 15th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
oh, the poor sweetie! I do hope all goes well. Sending her a chin tickle and a hug for you ::hugs::
Apr. 15th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, for the hug and the chin tickle!
Apr. 15th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry the little one isn't feeling well.

My kitten and I hope she gets better.
Apr. 15th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
When a pet is poorly, it makes one feel so helpless. Luckily, Leila appears to be a model patient, in that she seems to be conserving her energy and stays put. Although she definitely doesn't like to be force-fed, she's not putting up too fierce a fight to avoid it...or maybe that's just because she can't.

Thank you to you and your kitten for the well-wishes. They mean a lot.
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Apr. 15th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, the poor little puddin'. I hope she gets better soon.

::hugs you both::
Apr. 15th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, from both Leila and me.
Apr. 15th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Bless her heart. I hope she is feeling better soon.
Apr. 15th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and I hope so, too.

Aww, Dennis...There's still no news regarding his disappearance, I take it?
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Apr. 15th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty. Here's hoping that she improves. It's heartwrenching to see the little creatures in distress. *hug*
Apr. 15th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. With all these kind thoughts being sent her way, she can't help but improve!
Apr. 15th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ohhh poor kitty!

I hope that she recovers soon ((hugs)) cos it's horrid to have a sick animal,
Apr. 15th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)

This morning I thought I was going to have to have her put to sleep, but now I'm optimistic as to her chances of recovery. If only I could get her to eat/drink something!
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Apr. 15th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Oh Poor Leila! I hope she starts to feel a bit better soon.
Apr. 15th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
From your lips to God's ear, I hope! Thank you.
Apr. 15th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! I'm so sorry. I hope she gets better soon.
Apr. 15th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
My Leila has a bit of a history, medically speaking, of coming round when least expected, so I'm fairly confident that if there is the slightest chance, she'll get better this time, too.

But it's good to know everyone's rooting for her. ;-)
Apr. 15th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
{{{{hugs}}}} Oh poor Leila (and you)! I'm praying for you both. When our kids are sick it is terrifying. So glad vets are better prepared these days though.

*hugs and gentle pets*
Apr. 15th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you. At the moment, Leila seems to have settled down and looks a lot more comfortable than she did this morning; but now it's her brother that worries me. He's taking Leila's inactivity quite hard, and seems to blame me for it somehow. He's just attacked me! And he's never done that before. I'm quite shocked.
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Apr. 15th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Saw this site today and thought of you.


Apr. 15th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that's great! I've bookmarked it immediately. Thanks!
Apr. 15th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Leila. I'm sending good thoughts and cyber-pets for her.
Apr. 15th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you, she & I both appreciate it.
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Apr. 17th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about Leila. Please keep us updated. ::hugs::
Apr. 17th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
We're going back to the vet's for a check-up this morning. There will be an update later. Thanks for thinking of us.
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