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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 06:00 PM
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Hi everyone! I'm new here, hoping that I can benefit from talking to other pet lovers! My kitty (Toby) is sick, and yesterday he had a feeding tube put into his esophagus. I feed him ground up cat food mixed with water, and give him meds via the tube. He needed the tube because he stopped eating. Prior to this, he was vomiting, and he began to have bloody diarrhea. The vet ran all sorts of tests, and blood work was normal, with the exception of elevated white blood cells. X-ray, largely unremarkable....slight shadow behind his liver....hope it's nothing! He is now (knock on wood) not throwing up, and he's had a couple of formed stools without blood. I'm sooo worried! Toby has been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel previously. To top it all off, I'm scheduled to depart to Thailand for 3 weeks...I can't postpone this trip either. Toby is in the loving hands of my friend while I'm away. I'm just beside myself with the guilt about
"what if?!?". What if he dies while I'm away, or needs to be put down? I love him so much, and would hate him to be without me, when he needs me most.

Any replies would help! I look forward to talking to you all.
 
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 07:23 PM
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Hi Laura and welcome to Paw-Talk!

It sounds like you're doing the very best that you can for Toby and that's about all you can do!

One thing I wanted to mention is that your vet may look at a referral to a specialist if they are at the end of their capabilities as far as diagnostic testing. A specialist (and some family vets) can do an ultrasound or even ultrasound guided biopsies which can help determine underlying causes of illness.

I'm so glad to hear he seems to be improving (not vomiting, formed stool). I know how heartwrenching it is to have a sick pet and completely sympathize! There are a lot of us here who know what you're going through and will be here to support you should you need it!

In the meantime, hang in there and try not to dwell too much on the 'what ifs' - it's no way to live your life.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 07:53 PM
 
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Hi Laura, and welcome!

I agree with Jade, it does sound like you have done the best of what you can do for Toby. My heart goes out to you having been in the same situation with my Main Coon Kitty some years ago. She fell ill suddenly, lost half her body weight, and ended up with a feeding tube....nothing in her bloodwork or X rays showed anything wrong. If it helps at all, my kitty ended up recovering and back to a healthy cat after about 3 weeks of force feeding and medicating. Still have no idea what happened.

Anyway, just out of curiosity, what bloodwork was run besides a CBC?

Try to think positive.....cats are tough little creatures...why do you think they say they have 9 lives !?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 08:00 PM
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Thank you both for your replies! It's nice to have stumbled across a site where I can speak to others!

So far, the blood tests have looked at his cell counts, sugar levels, and liver, kidney, pancreatic, misc enzymes.

He is on the waiting list for an ultrasound, however, I'm going to be away. I'm so guilt ridden that I have to leave on this vacation....it's been in the works for a long time now, and it was already postponed once! If Toby does pass away, I will have such a hard time forgiving myself for not being there for him. He has always been there for me during my hard times. The vet seems to think that (barring something unforeseen), with a little TLC from my friend, that he should be okay...but I'm worried sick! It will be so hard for me to say goodbye to him on Friday. Please hope for the best for us! It's amazing how much you can grow to love and bond with your pets, I only wish that they had longer life spans!

Thanks again, so much!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 08:46 PM
 
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Hi Laura! Welcome to PT. Glad to have another cat lover in the forum. Jade and Angel gave good advice. I will say some special kitty prayers for Toby.

Can your friend take Toby in to the specialist to get the ultrasound done while you are away?
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