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      Wednesday, October 27, 2010

06:18 PM - 10/27/2010

The topic: Vet tomorrow at 4:30


I could have brought him in and left him there first thing in the morning, but he’s upset enough right now, I don’t want to do that to him.  He would be awfully confused.

He’s not exhibiting symptoms that our other cats who were in kidney failure did. His fur is shiny, not at all dull.  The fluids are keeping him from becoming dehydrated, but they’re not giving him the boost that I’ve come to expect from experience.  He’s not sleeping much. His breath isn’t abnormally funky. 

Doing some research for cats who had a hard time balancing, though…I came up with vestibular disease. And it sure fits.  He’s had ongoing ear problems for years now, so I wouldn’t doubt this as a diagnosis one little bit.  And unlike the kidney cats (Rusty, DeeJay, Bart), what Mickey seems to like most right now is for me to just hold him. To walk around in my arms and be close to me. I think because it might feel more secure.  He’ll follow me down the hallway, looking up at me and staggering.  His eyes are bright, not dull at all. He’s talking to me, he’s not really acting sick. He’s just having a hard time walking straight or putting his head down. And the vestibular problem would cover that. He’s dizzy.

By this time tomorrow night, I should have a better idea of what we’re dealing with.

Still, I won’t really be surprised at kidney problems.  I actually expect some degree of loss of kidney function at this point in his life.  After all, he’ll be seventeen next month.

He’s a good kitty cat.  I told him I’d get off the interwebs early tonight and spend time with him on my lap. He likes that.

Sending warm, loving thoughts to Mickey.  I hope his vet visit turns out well.  He sure is a lucky little guy to have a home with you!

Posted by Trudy @ Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 7:56:31 PM

Diane, have you ever thought of using holistic medicine? It’s SO much cheaper!

Find .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). There are many well informed people and Irene runs the group. Although, she is over on the FIP site more often, there is a good chance they can help you.

Posted by BSC @ Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 9:55:44 PM

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I went to a holistic vet for Ciara and haven’t gone to one since.  I really didn’t like the man. He was very rude (not to me, but I heard him giving a client hell for questioning the bill and he said that it’s not his fault when things don’t go well for the pets when people come to him as a last resort; very unprofessional). He was the closest one to me and I just can’t see myself driving forty-five minutes on the freeway and overpasses (scare me since my accident earlier this year) to the next closest one.

As for cost?  I really can’t complain about my vet. He charges me $2.50 for a bag of lactated ringers. I get a discount on drugs.  I get a discount on vet visits.  He doesn’t charge me for much of what he does when I’m there. I know he trusts my judgement as far as the cats’ health and he’ll prescribe things without seeing the cat.  But when it’s a situation like this, I really think it’s time to call in the professionals.  If only for my peace of mind.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 8:07:49 AM

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