My kitty is a part Maine Coon, part something else furry, & I've had her for about a year. She's almost 4 though....with the sweetest disposition and a cuddle-bunny (my nickname for her). She's always had hairballs, being a realllllllly long-haired cat (and beautiful, I might add), but about 4 days ago she was hacking & coughing, but no hairball. I was expecting it to show up beside my bed, like they usually do when I'm half asleep and barefoot, but nothing except the foamy spit and no appetite at all...no water, no food. So I assumed that she had a hairball stuck, and proceeded to buy hairball medication (sticky darn goop that it is) and tried feeding her butter, still nothing. The past day or two, she's been hiding under the bed and really not herself....won't come out for cuddles or anything. So tonight I brought her to the vet, thinking nothing serious, just an extra-huge hairball that had nowhere to go. She's still there tonight, on IV for dehydration and the vet thinks it's her liver shutting down...I checked her eyes yesterday, they're still white today, but the inside of her ears are yellowed a bit. She's the first cat I've had, so I'm not all that familiar with cat diseases, and I need help with this one, if anybody can, please. What are her chances of having her normal life...is it painful for them, will she still be a happy cat, what do I expect? I can't bear the thought of ever putting her down, but I also can't bear it if she's not going to enjoy life the way she always has. And she's only 4....what happens next? I want to help her any way I can, she depends on me for that, and I feel to blame for not bringing her in sooner than I did. If anyone has been through this, I would greatly appreciate any thoughts or suggestions, good or bad...I need to know what will happen to us. The blood tests come back tomorrow, she's coming home with me tomorrow night for a night of cuddles like she has never had before.
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4/28/03 at 11:02pm