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My Dori is sick

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Dori is sick. At first I thought maybe she just had a slight cold. There was no sneezing or anything, the only symptom she has is that her breathing doesn't sound normal. I noticed it a week or so ago and have just been watching her close. It wasn't even all the time it sounded funny, just sometimes I would notice it in her purring or when we were playing. (please don't think I was neglecting her by not taking her in, I called the vet and they suggested I watch her because she wasn't showing any real signs of being sick.)She is eating, playing, drinking, using litter box and everything normally still but yesterday when I came home from lunch I was holding her and listened to her breathing it sounded congested everytime she took a breath. Then this morning I went for my morning walk and came home and she was practically panting. I called my vet and she is going in this afternoon. I feel horrible I didn't take her in last week when I noticed it because ovbiously there is something wrong because it got worse. I really hope she is ok. She had a slight URI when she was a kitten, maybe that's all it is. They gave her antibiotics for a week and then she was all better. I just pray I haven't made it worse by waiting this week. She's my little girl I would hate if anything bad happened to her
post #2 of 19
Poor Dori. And {{{{{hugs}}}}} to you! You were following doctor's orders last week so don't beat yourself up.

Sending healing vibes from Pip and Frantic!!!
post #3 of 19
Oh Hon!

It is not your fault! You will get her to the vets and they will fix her right up!

Do not feel bad!

You were following what they told you!
post #4 of 19
Awww Squirtle you poor thing. The main thing is you followed your vets instructions by keeping an eye on her.
I'm sure she'll be fine, but know you won't be happy until you've been to the vets.

Let us know what happens.
post #5 of 19
You did what your vet recommended, so even tho I know it's hard not to, don't beat yourself up.

Here's hoping that it's something simple & treatable, & Dori's better soon.
post #6 of 19
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I am stuck at work but am leaving early to take her to the vet. I left my house key with my friend who lives downstairs to check on her. She just went up there and she said Dori didn't even really get up to see her when she walked in I am worried sick.

What's worse is that the lady I work with doesn't understand the attachment people have to cats. We got into an argument this morning because she said there's no way that the attachment to cats is any where near the attachment people have to dogs. She was saying that dogs come over and give you kisses when you get home and you can take them places, blah blah blah. Dori runs to greet me at the door, and she is there for me no matter what. She's better than any dog, or even most friends I have ever had. (I love dog's too, I don't mean she is better than any dog, I mean just as good...but I am sure you get my point)I was soooo mad at her taking light of my cat being sick like it shouldn't be any big deal.
post #7 of 19
I know how hard this is, but try and not to stress out. Dori stands a better chance of getting well if her owner isn't all wigged out over her condition. Cats pick those vibes up pretty quick. Her reluctance to get up could be based on so many things that it would be hard to speculate why. It could just be the medication, the treatment she had to go through, her time in a cage, away from you so many things. Please let us know what the vet found out and I hope she rebounds soon. And as far as the woman you work with, she will never understand the bond a cat and an owner has, and will be all that poorer in life because of it.
post #8 of 19
First of all, I would have done the exact same thing you did regarding Dori, so please dont feel bad or blame yourself. Its obvious you love your cat very much.

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Originally posted by squirtle
I am stuck at work but am leaving early to take her to the vet. I left my house key with my friend who lives downstairs to check on her. She just went up there and she said Dori didn't even really get up to see her when she walked in I am worried sick.

What's worse is that the lady I work with doesn't understand the attachment people have to cats. We got into an argument this morning because she said there's no way that the attachment to cats is any where near the attachment people have to dogs. She was saying that dogs come over and give you kisses when you get home and you can take them places, blah blah blah. Dori runs to greet me at the door, and she is there for me no matter what. She's better than any dog, or even most friends I have ever had. (I love dog's too, I don't mean she is better than any dog, I mean just as good...but I am sure you get my point)I was soooo mad at her taking light of my cat being sick like it shouldn't be any big deal.
This makes me mad as well. I could get into why cats make so much better pets than dogs but I dont want to offend any dog owners here. Just ignore her.. or sock her in the mouth (I might lol).

Please keep us posted on your baby.. I will send some get well vibes your way *hug*
post #9 of 19
About the whole dog thing, I have never been attatched to any of my dogs the same way I am with cats. I dunno, it just seems like my cats are smarter then our dogs.... If I am crying Neko will come rub on me. Cats can purr, what can dogs do? Maybe I am not that attatched to our dogs because I can't just pick them up and hold them (100 lbs, and 90 lbs) But it is cute that Chance doesn't have much of a brain, he laid on the top of a hill and got to comfortable and ended up rolling all the way down into a gutter! I guess it just depends on the person!

I hope Dori starts feeling better soon! Let us know what happens at the vet!
(right now I have Doku sleeping on my legs, and Taylor on my arm!)
post #10 of 19
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I took her to the vet and was so worried because she started making these wheezing sounds in the car. They checked her out and said all that is wrong (I say all because I was expecting worse) is basically allergies. Now that I left the vet and had time to think about it I am confused because she talked about asthma and emphysema..... hmmmmm maybe I should call back. What I did understand is that her bronchial tubes were blocking up causing the trouble. Her left lung sounded the worst. Raspy as the vet described. She did explain that cats can get allergies just like humans, especially common now with all the pollen in the air. Our patio is covered in pollen and I have been letting Dori sit out there recently. (She is indoors 100% of the time other than those couple of times). I think that must be what caused it. Anyway, they gave her an allergy shot called Depomedrol. She seems better all ready. They said some cats come in every 3 months for the shot. I hope this was a one time thing with Dori though. Also, I have been having trouble cleaning her ears and they gave me some stuff called Epi-Otic. You just squeeze it in, let her shake and then clean the outer ear with a cotton ball.... Thing is, I wonder if she could get the solution trapped in her ear and then end up with too much fluid caught inside. Has anyone ever heard of that stuff?
I am just sooo glad it wasn't anything worse. Whew!
post #11 of 19
Glad to hear it! I didn't realize cats did get allergies.

And yeah that whole Dog's are companions but not cats annoys me too. I even have a friend who thought I was crazy to adopt a cat. Maybe these people haven't spent time with friendly cats.
post #12 of 19
I'm so glad she's going to be okay! We had to do ear drops for our guys when they had earmites. Never had any problems with them getting liquid stuck in their ears. Just let her give it a good shake!
post #13 of 19
I'm glad Dori is feeling better! I would definately keep her inside 100% of the time though, at least until pollen season is over.
post #14 of 19
Glad Dori's feeling better.

Yes cats do get allergies (Both of mine do). Kuce has had a similiar problem to Dori's recently and the vet did a complete check-up on her (including ultrasounds, x-rays and bloodwork) and the vet hinks its plain allergies and Feline Asthma. SHe's know on meds to keep the Asthma under control.

Hope all goes well with Dori. *Hugs*
post #15 of 19
Whew! You must feel so relieved! I'm so happy Dori is OK! Hope this shot is effective in treating her allergies!
post #16 of 19
Glad to hear Dori's doing better. Yup, cats do indeed get allergies & asthma. It's not something I've dealt with myself.

Re: the dog lady. It's not worth it getting into an argument. You're better off just smiling & saying thanks for your advice, and knowing that you know better.

Not that I dislike dogs at all, I would really love to get one & when my oldest cat is gone I hope to have one. But that doesn't mean you can't love cats too! They're all individuals.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks you all for wishing Dori well. This morning it was like nothing was ever wrong with her

About the dog lady I don't know why I let her bother me yesterday. She is a pain about every single thing and always has to butt her nose into every thing. I usually ignore her and could care less about what she says, but yesterday I was all ready upset Dori was sick and she just got to me. I hated her making light of the fact my baby was sick. Oh well, some people just don't know what they are missing!
post #18 of 19
Awww Squirtle i'm so pleased Dori is ok!.

Ignore what that woman said, and your right, she does'nt know what she's missing. From what you say about her putting her nose in everywhere, she sounds a right old busy body!!!.

Give Dori a furry face kiss from me!
post #19 of 19
YAY! ki ki is alright!

I was worried.

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