Tuesday, 19 December 2017

My poor Daisy

UPDATE: Wed., Dec. 20

Daisy is home. She's on Metacam for pain. She is eating, as well. Phew!

Tuesday, Dec. 12th

Our little tree is looking pretty sad. Looking back in time, I heard
Daisy loves the tree
a strange noise in the living room. I presumed there was a cat in the presents. When I put the tree on, I noticed it was missing some more lights. The top portion had gone.

Wednesday, Dec. 

Poor Daisy. Hubby noticed Daisy didn't eat during the morning ritual. There was a throw up the day before. She always jumps up on her table, and then he gives her a bit of cream after breakfast. She's not even drinking that. She did try to eat some wet food, which is highly unusual for her. She religiously tries to cover up wet food as if it was poo.
She is drooling excessively, and has very bad breath, which is really unlike her.

Saturday, 5 p.m.

I phoned the vet, the emergency service passed on the message. We had her into the ER at the vet's 8 p.m. Saturday night. The vet on call had just done a cow c-section to remove a dead calf. What a night for her.

It looks like there are some lesions in her mouth, giving her pain. They've been noted on her chart awhile back. She didn't want any food. There is a reddened circle on the end of her tongue. (Sadie had this when she licked some ice on the window, and her tongue stuck many years ago.)

The vet weighed her. Last year she was 9 lbs., Saturday, only 7 1/2 lbs.

We tried her on two different kinds of wet cat food. No attempt to eat. No temperature. Her heart rate is good.
The vet gave her three large tubes of subcutaneous saline. By the third, I had to sit down and have JB hold Daisy. I was feeling flushed and light-headed. I'm not good with needles at the best of times.
Then, I thought I could add water to her kibble to make it soft. She didn't touch it all night.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Daisy slept on my feet all night. She still won't eat. I put her wetted kibble beside her and she started drooling, but wouldn't eat. I found a 2 oz. syringe in my bathroom equipment. I managed to give her a half oz. of water twice Saturday.
She looked way too quiet. She slept all day. My heart breaks.

Then there is little Hooper, who has his rabies shot Monday, we'll take Daisy in as well. You can see leakage under his eye, both have issues. Everyone has settled into their own sleeping spots.

Monday, Dec. 18

Hubby put her on his lap blanket,
where she slept all day Sunday.
I woke at 3 a.m., stoked the fire, where Daisy slept in the basement. I had nightmares. I let her sleep. She came upstairs after dawn, couldn't eat. Hubby put her back on his blanket, but she moved to the caterpillar. Hooper came up on my lap. She growled. He didn't budge and ignored her. Then, he saw a deer on the front lawn. He jumped away, onto the far arm of the chair. There are 8 deer in the yard.

Daisy is in hospital, with an IV drip for fluids, meds and food supplement.
I think the scenario we've gone with is she burned her tongue chewing on the Christmas tree, such as it is.

Hooper's eyes are still watering, they are very red underneath his eyelids. He's sneezing a lot, all over my laptop, too! The vet tested him for chlamydiosis. First, she put a drop of red stuff on his eye ball, then poured a liquid in his eye and used an infrared spectrum light, but it did show the bacteria. This is good. He's on Tobrex ointment, twice a day.
Chylamydiosis refers to a bacteria based chronic respiratory infection, caused by the Chlamydiapsittaci bacteriumCats that have developed this infection will often exhibit traditional signs of an upper respiratory infection, such as watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.
He's also on cat chew, Optixcare Lysine, twice a day. He's not a cheap rescue kitten! We paid $190 for him. The two vet appointments, including Daisy's emergency trip 8 p.m. Saturday, are up at $431.  It does point to the fact that there are many stray, rescue animals who simply need to be put down. To keep them comfortable, there is a price.
Hooper visits Annabelle

Anyway, Hooper roared home, and ran downstairs to greet Annabelle. "I'M BACK ANNIE!" and sat with her on her bed! Annie didn't budge. This is a good thing. Hooper enters a room like Kramer.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Daisy is still at the vet's, on IV. Hooper is having a blast. He wants to know where the water goes.
He's not great with the eye goop, it stings, but it is necessary. He eats the pill willingly.

Hubby got up early, used the snowblower on the driveway. We had 3 cm yesterday, but the thermometer has gone up to zero. We anticipate freezing rain.

I have to do the walks later. In the meantime, hubby has gone to deliver Meals on Wheels in his Christmas outfit.


Olga Hebert said...

I connected lights and Daisy right away, although who knows. I hope she will be okay.

DUTA said...

I felt great sadness reading your post. How painful for Daisy! Wishing she gets well soon.

Jenn Jilks said...

Thank you!
Duta, we've been feeling pretty sick about it, too. She's on pain killers now, that's the important thing.

Nancy J said...

Oh Boy!!! What a start to the season of Joy!! At least the vet clinic came out on top, and left a huge hole in your wallet. So glad Daisy will be Ok after it all heals. Hang in there, both of you, the MOW will delight in your get up JB, and will be so glad to see you one more time this week. Down here, after weeks of sweltering, yesterday was cool, I had on a fleece jacket and last night we had RAIN, glorious heavy rain.

Red said...

You're having a rough time with your cats recently. Cats can do some dumb things.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Aw heck Daisy-darlin', you gotta get over your tree fetish!!! Sending POTP to you and Hooper - and huggies to the pawrents!!! YAM-aunty xxx

William Kendall said...

Poor Daisy. I hope she feels better soon.

Powell River Books said...

Near the end of our Sticktails life and during an ear infection he was having trouble staying hydrated. We had to give him subcutaneous saline injections daily. It was so hard for me to insert the needle while Wayne held him down. It got to a point where he knew what was coming and ran and hid all the time. So I know how difficult home care can be. It may be hard to believe, but Meals on Wheels in Powell River was discontinued last year. Not because there weren't enough volunteers, but because there weren't enough clients. They were down to a total of 14 and it wasn't enough to keep the organization funded and going. There is now a caterer in town who will make and deliver meals, but it isn't the same. - Margy

Anvilcloud said...

Seems like she will make it. When you told me that you were at the vert and saw the kids, I was wondering at first if it was their cat, who is also having his troubles.