Merry Christmas to Kass, Rob and Nakita!
Just wondering how that beautiful girl is doing?
Just an update and to thank everyone again for sticking with us on this journey.
It's been touch and go over the holidays. I force fed her last Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. We ran out and got some Innova Evo which she loves and she's been eating it. She hasn't eaten 1/4 cup a day yet (her regular amount) but she's getting there. She's so small right now, but has gained 0.25 lbs since last check. It's going to take a while to get the weight back on since I'm sure the bad teeth also decreased her eating over the last month or so.
She *hated* being fed by syringe and between last Monday's dental, force feeding and giving her the Prednisone I think she now hates me. She basically stays in a box we have for her in the living room because she knows it's hard for me to get her out from there.
We took her to the vets in order to get another blood sample to verify her red blood levels. Last Monday they were at 14.9%, last Thursday they were at 21% and we're not sure what today's tests will show. For a regular cat they should be between 25%-45%. Since we haven't had annual blood test for Nakita, we're not sure at this point what is 'normal' for her or when these values changes. Here's another good reason to get annual blood tests - so you have a baseline from earlier tests.
It's so hard right now seeing Nakita avoiding me. She's never held a grudge before and always looks for pets and snuggles throughout the day. Now, she has stopped sleeping with me at nights and just looks at me with fear in her eyes. It's literally breaking my heart since Nakita has always been my shadow and followed me or wanted to be near me all the time. My poor girl - don't you know I'm just trying to get you better?
I don't blame her at all, I would be a recluse too if I had blood drawn on 3 different occasions and had two teeth extracted and had post-op pain.
Tomorrow morning we should have the test results back from the lab. If the values have fallen, we will need to start more testing and medication trials. Please keep those 'healthy vibes' going for Nakita.
If anyone wants more info about anemia in cats here is a good overview:
Anemia in Cats
One nice thing that did happen at the vet is that they placed Nakita's Christmas card right at the front desk (the others are located at the back of the office). They said it was such a pretty Christmas card they wanted to display it right at the front of the office. The front desk staff said they are getting comments on it all the time. It made me smile, which hasn't happened often over the last few emotional days.