A few days prior to taking ill
You may notice that there's not an Anglophile Friday this week. I've been a little more than occupied with a sick cat. I wanted to update those of you who knew that Lionel had not been feeling well. So, here it is, Lionel's Listlessness.
'This week, our sweet 12 1/2 year old Lionel is not doing well. He had stopped eating and drinking, and wasn't lying in his usual spot on the bed; instead, he was lying under a bed in another room, refusing to come out. I was very worried. Yesterday, because the vet was not in the office, I took Lionel in to see the vet assistant. Even though I scheduled an appointment for today, when the vet will be in, I was eager to get some antibiotic in him just in case it is an infection. Lionel didn't have a fever, but had lost 2 1/2 pounds since his last vet visit, which I had thought was in the spring, but it turns out that was Tuppence who'd been there in the spring. Lionel had last been in for his regular shots in 2010. The vet doesn't think it could be a UT infection or a kidney stone because Lionel's been on UR (shredded money cat food, my husband calls it) special food for years.
Don't I look slimmer to you??
Anyway, to make this long story even longer, I was worried that Lionel was getting dehydrated. I had tried chicken broth to entice him to drink. Nothing. Then my daughter suggested opening a can of tuna. I did that and took the can into the other room and slid it under the bed. Lionel started lapping up the water! I've been doing that every few hours and he takes some laps of [tuna]water.
Before going to bed last night, I went in and got him from under the bed, prayed for him (why not? Of course the Creator loves his creatures), and brought him in bed beside me whether he liked it or not. I figured if he were going to die, I wanted to be there next to him (and I wouldn't fit under the bed. :-) I noticed a definite turnaround in his behavior in the middle of the night. He started purring and LICKING MY HAND!!
Lionel seemed a bit improved today, spending his time lying on the bed in our room, rather than hiding away in another room. Even so, I kept the vet appt. for him. The vet did a thorough exam, then a subcutaneous injection of fluids (360 cc!!), then gave him a shot of antibiotic. He's certain that the problem isn't a UT issue, about which I was so relieved. Lionel's temp was normal, but he's still not interested in eating or drinking, yet. The vet said that when cats are dehydrated, illness is a bigger hole to climb out of. I'm hoping that whatever caused this will go away, Lionel's energy will return, that I won't have to give him tuna the rest of his life, and that he will live to be at least twenty years old!
As you have probably guessed, since I've not been to your blogs, I'm very behind in blogging. Hopefully I will be getting caught up next week.
I hope everyone has a good weekend, and thanks so much for your concern for Lionel.
Tuppence & Lionel
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