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      Tuesday, October 16, 2007

07:59 AM - 10/16/2007

The topic: It’s TUMMY TUESDAY #64!


Sorry for the lack of TT last week, I was on vacation.  We went to Disneyland.  We had a petsitter, the same we’ve had for years.  And this was her last year.  Because when we got home on Saturday, the house was cold, all of the doors and windows open and it stank.  The floors had been vacuumed, the litter boxes cleaned out, but there were a couple of places where the cats had peed and nothing was done. 

But the worst thing was Wally was sick.  I noticed he was uncomfortable Saturday night and Sunday morning I was very alarmed to see how very yellow he was.  We rushed him to emergency (where he still is) and after blood tests and an ultrasound, it was determined that he has hepatic lipodosis, or fatty liver disease.  Yesterday afternoon, they placed a feeding tube in his belly.  We were warned that there could be some repercussions from anesthesia, because the liver, being in such bad shape, would have a difficult time processing the anesthetic through the system.  They were right.

Last night, at nine, I took a couple of AdvilPMs, hoping to sleep through the night.  At 10:10, the phone rang.  It was the hospital, Wally wasn’t doing well, he’d fainted and was in and out of “it”.  I asked should we come down, the doctor said “yes”. 

We dressed in silence, drove down in silence, neither one of us knowing what to say. We were stunned, we were in shock.  We got to the building, rushed inside and were shown to a waiting room.  The doctor finally came in, after a very long period of waiting, it seemed like an eternity but was most likely five or ten minutes.  She said that they’d put Wally in an oxygen tank and that he was doing better.  Earlier, he’d stood up and started howling.  His eyes were fully dilated and he’d fallen over.  But the oxygen seemed to be helping and if we’d like, we could go back and see him. 

We did.  What a sad little cat he was, all huddled and hunched over in the tank.  His eyes squeezed shut, his ears down.  We spoke to him.  He opened his eyes and let out a couple of little meows, more just moving his lips than making any sound.  I started to cry.

The good thing is his eyes were no longer dilated, they were back to normal.  The doctor told us she’d taken an x-ray of him and although there was a small amount of fluid in his belly, everything else looked good.  And that he was keeping the food down he was getting, he hadn’t vomited recently. She said they’d be keeping him in the tank for at least twenty-four hours.

Obviously, I’m very upset with our sitter.  We hired her because she is a vet tech and would be able to catch something early.  We were wrong.  She told me last night that she rarely even sees any of the cats.  Because she brings her kids over.  It wasn’t a big problem when she brought her older children over, but she now has a two year old (adopted) who’s mother was a drug addict when he was born, so he has issues. He’s very active and his presence most likely scared the cats into hiding.  Well, that’s just fine, but now we have a cat who’s very, very sick and with a lot of luck and prayers and healing thoughts, just might make it.  She said last night when I spoke with her “my kid made your cat sick!”  To which I replied, “let’s just hope your kid didn’t kill my cat”.  Cold, yes, I know, but I’m very, very upset and disappointed.  If I’d known she wasn’t seeing all of the cats, at least trying to find them, she wouldn’t have been here.  We pay her a hundred dollars a day for special work.  And now, we find out, too late, that it wasn’t being done.  Of course I’m upset.

Anyway, in honor of Wally, the king of Tummy Tuesday, here’s a picture from earlier this year, of his wonderful belly.

click for a larger pic

Get well, Wally.  I miss you.  News that you’re on the road to recovery would be the best birthday present ever. 


If you’ve got a Tummy Tuesday blog entry, feel free to post the link in the comment section or trackback to this entry. And if you put a link back to this page, then more kitties will get to show off their tummies!

Oh were soo sorry Wally is sick.As a Vet Tech youd think shed be better about the cats. Its soo sad.

Posted by The Zoo @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 8:45:08 AM

We are praying hard for Wally to recover soon.

It’s a very grown up looking Sawyer today at our place

Posted by PJ @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 9:13:25 AM

Sending prayers and good thoughts for Wally’s recovery.  Ya know, maybe I’m too hot-tempered, but if Wally were my kitty, I’d haul that sitter into small claims court so fast she wouldn’t know what hit her.  She owes you for her pay (which she didn’t earn) and for Wally’s vet bill.

Posted by Trudy @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 9:39:25 AM

I’m so sorry Wally is sick, and I’m very mad at your sitter too.
She should have left the kid at home.  She knew better.

Posted by Naf @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 10:33:15 AM

All of us are praying for Wallys recovery, and for comfort for you
and your family….
Please let us know if there is anything we can do…

Posted by The Bengal Brats @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 10:45:50 AM

I hope it is good news for Wally.  I had a similar issue happen a few years ago with my Ruthie.  Nowhere near as serious as Wally, but the worry and their discomfort.  It can be so overwhelming.  I hope you and Brian get to bring him home soon.

Posted by May Ellen @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 1:09:51 PM

Cold?  I would have said plenty more than that.  At the very least she should have returned the money you gave her since it’s so obvious she didn’t do what she was paid to do.  And to bring a kid like that into a house that isn’t hers, to take care of cats who are not used to kids at all was so very wrong. For all intents and purposes she was working.

I hope Wally recovers and gets to come home soon. We will send purrs and prayers from the right coast ASAP.

Posted by Lia @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 1:57:17 PM

I am SO sorry to hear about Wally, and am sending healing prayers and purrs.  I agree with all the comments about that pet sitter - being a vet tech she should have known better.  She should not keep the money you paid her, and she should contribute towards your vet bills.

Posted by Sue @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 4:13:06 PM

Had that happened to me, I would be livid. Little kids should not be along when petsitting. She being a vet tech should have known better. Sorry to hear about Wally, sending our purrayers for a speedy recovery. I did do Tummy Tuesday. http://mindofmog.net/archives/2007/10/09/tummy-tuesday-63/ and Meowza’s tummy http://imeowza.com/2007/10/09/tummy-tuesday-63/

Posted by Mog @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 5:47:32 PM

Crap, crapcrapcrap! Purrs and purrayers for Wally and you. Does someone need to remind your pet sitter that when she is there she is working, as in doing a job for payment. Children aren’t allowed in the workplace. I’m mad, and he’s not even my cat! You should get your money back, she didn’t provide services as expected and quite possibly (God we hope not) killed Wally.

Posted by Donna @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 10:17:17 PM

In honor of Wally who I pray will get better and be back home with you guys soon, I put up my first Tummy Tuesday post in quite a while.  It’s extra special smile

Posted by Lisa @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 10:30:39 PM

Sending prayers for Wally and you and Brain . Hugs bcats

Posted by Bcatsrmine8 @ Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 11:19:22 PM

We send you our heartfelt purrayurs for poor Wally ! It is a shock to see trust betrayed and your kitty suffers for it. We hope he will feel better soon and be his own old fluffy self again.
Bean Sidhe is trying to show off his fluffy self: http://thehouseofchaos.wordpress.com/2007/10/16/tummy-tuesday-16/ and Hrimnir had his *ahem*-ectomy yesterday (full report on Thursday) but he’s doing fine.

Give our purrs to Wally !!

Loup-Garou, Zorro, Bean Sidhe and Hrimnir the Glockenspiel-less.

Posted by Babeth @ Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 1:53:23 AM

Omg. I only have 3 cats and my sitter does a head count (as far as I know), she’ll look under the beds and behind furniture so when I call she can say she has seen them and all is well. My DD has known from an early age that my cats are off limits, no running and chasing, no screming these are important things to teach even a 2 year old. Now at the age of 6, the cats come to her on their terms for scritches on the neck.
I’m so sorry you are going through this. Hugs to you, Brian and Wally. Be strong Wally and come home soon.

Posted by Melanee @ Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 6:52:10 AM

Positive thoughts and many purrs and hugs to Wally for a quick recovery.  How irresponsible of the cat sitter.

Posted by Peggy @ Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 11:23:04 AM

We are going through hepatic lipidosis with one of our kitties. We didn’t catch it until his nose was all yellow either. We didn’t do the ultrasound or the tube, we have just been hand-feeding and med-ing him for *weeks*. Our vet said this thing was a really tough go for everyone involved, and it has been a lot of work. We honestly thought we were going to lose him at one point, but he turned this miraculous corner and is now slowly getting better. I wish you lots of luck and hope, and just know that kitties can get through this.

Posted by Jennifer @ Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 3:08:08 PM

I am so outraged at what has happened to the most gorgeous Wally.  What on earth was the sitter thinking?  But I am going to let the anger go so I can just concentrate on clear, healing thoughts and prayers for your boy….and for you both too!
May everything turn out well in the end.
Take care,

Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 3:49:20 PM

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