UPDATE: MAY 21
The big boy is a lot better. He’s had three IVs to hydrate him. Three antibiotic shots (long lasting) and I give him (or try to give him) antibiotic every day. The diagnosis was a severe kidney infection. It really kept me hopping all week. A bunch of stuff I was supposed to do I put off to take care of him. Now he’s really improving quickly. The vets were very smart – not taking him to the hospital because the last time he was there he was so freaked out that they had to tranquilize him fairly often. And last night was a good sign. The vets’ assistant finished giving him the IV (I think that’s the last one) and Buddy absolutely hissed at him and tried to take him out. That’s the Buddy I’ve come to know and love. Later, he was able to hop up on my bed and curl up in the corner while I slept.
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I don’t know how it is with dogs, but with cats, it really is hard to know what’s wrong with them. I’ve seen Buddy like this before, a few years back. He had the strength to climb into the empty bathtub, curl up and pretty much just lie there all day. That time, I gave him water with an eye-dropper, and nursed him through it.
This looks like the same thing. Is it a virus? I don’t know. But this time (it began yesterday morning) he didn’t have the strength to climb into the bathtub, and went into the closet and for a long time I couldn’t even get him to drink with the eyedropper. The vet was called immediately. She is great because she comes to the house. And of course most of the time, if it is a virus the cat seems to know what to do, which is to conserve his energy. And what worried me yesterday was that he actually felt a little bit warm to the touch, as if he had a fever. And he was just lying there with his eyes open, in a sort of delirium.
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