Friday, March 24, 2006

Poor kitty

Our nearly 16 year old cat seemed to be getting skinnier and skinnier and sleeping more and more. So, I finally took her to the vet who checked her over very carefully and found nothing wrong...until he looked in her mouth and found a couple of broken teeth and a very swollen gum area with only tooth fragments remaining. But she still had teeth enough to draw blood from his examining finger, though!

They ran some (very expensive!) blood tests and proclaimed her in good enough health to undergo anesthesia so we took her in the next day and the vet removed the offending teeth.

Poor thing came home sooooo wobbley that she could barely stand, yet she made it down to the litter box before collapsing to sleep off the anesthesia.

Unfortunately, the antibiotic they put her on upset her stomach too much for her to eat and left her vomiting the occasional glob of bloody mucous. After three days of that, we said "enough is enough" and stopped forcing it down her poor protesting throat.

It's been a week now and I'm happy to report that our poor kitty is starting to feel more like her normal (elderly, creaky, and lazy) self. At least she's finally eating again! With so many teeth missing, she'll be happy to continue to eat only soft canned food and let us turn that nearly-full bag of dry food over to our "grandkitties" who live across town.


Blogger Sunny said...

Poor dear kittie. I remember when Kathy's cat wen't down while she was away at school. By the end she was able to tolerate nothing but tuna fish and fresh cream. Not quite hand fed, but, you know mom and dad, they probably would have it it came to that.

9:40 PM  
Blogger SBH said...

Poor Kitty.. Glad to hear that she is getting back to her normal kitty-self

11:15 PM  
Blogger mamadulce said...

Thankfully I came home the afternoon before she passed that night (in my bed)

9:40 PM  

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