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Please: Prayers and Good Thoughts for Spawn!

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
I took my precious Spawn to the vet this morning. She is quite sick with a 105 degree temperature. She's been lethargic for the past 24 hours or so and hasn't eaten or drank a thing. She's thrown up bile, but hasn't used her litter box except for once last night to pee just a little bit. (She's only 3 1/2 years old.)

The vet has decided to keep her and run some tests as well as do an x-ray to see if there's a blockage (suspected) or possible poisoning (possibility). I made sure to save some of the bile that she threw up last night and took it in with us just in case they can tell something from it.

I gave permission to rush her to surgery if need be.... In fact I gave them permission to do ANYTHING they thought would help her. I don't care if it takes every penny I have, and every bit of credit on top of that. If it makes my poor sweet kitty feel better, then so be it.

Please say a prayer or send a good thought this way. I am so worried about Spawn... and I won't know anything until late this afternoon.
post #2 of 38
sending all my spare prayers, try not and worry, if she is at the vet's she is in the best possible place.......
post #3 of 38
Poor Spawn Good thoughts coming her way from me, Socks and Boo.
post #4 of 38
Poor baby! And poor Mom, too! Lots of positive energy coming over the mountains for her from me.
post #5 of 38
Look for strong, healthy thoughts coming to you from Kentucky.
post #6 of 38
Thread Starter 
Thanks ~ You guys are great. I know you all know pretty much how I feel right now, and that makes me feel a little better.

No news yet... I want to call the vet, but I know I'll just be taking her away from doing her job, and she probably doesn't have anything new to tell me anyway.

I forgot to mention in my first post that they immediately put her on IV fluids to try to get her rehydrated a little... I don't know if they added any other meds, though. *sigh*
post #7 of 38
With that high temp it would be completely in-line to give her fluids as fast as possible. Try not to worry, I know how hard that is to do. But she is in good hands now.
post #8 of 38
Good thoughts coming your way!
post #9 of 38
With all the love and prayers flying Spawn's way she will get better! I hope you hear some news soon!
post #10 of 38
Positive thoughts going to Spawn.
post #11 of 38
Thread Starter 
Well, the vet just called. The IV really helped, and Spawn is now letting them know that she is NOT happy with the vet staff. They tried to get x-rays, but were only able to get one that turned out ~ it showed no blockages. That's the good news.

The bad news is that they aren't able to get any blood drawn due to Spawn being more active and less cooperative. Also, the x-ray shows she has an enlarged liver. The vet suspects this is due to whatever infection she's dealing with, and has put her on antibiotics. They've also given her a laxative because she is constipated, and although she has a full bladder she doesn't want to pee... could be due to urinary tract infection, however they think it's just because she's in a strange place.

They're going to keep her tonight and tomorrow... so they can give her more fluids, and make sure she's taken care of. I'm supposed to call right around 7:00 tonight (mountain time) when they close to get an update.

She is purring for the vet tech she is familiar with.... so I guess that's a good sign....Plus the vet said that she doesn't think she's critical, and that she'll be okay.

Thank you all for your support ~ I'll keep you posted on what the vet says tonight and tomorrow!
post #12 of 38
Hey Jin!

I was going to respond sooner, but got sidetracked. If spawn is being feisty that's a good sign!

I'll be praying for your little furball. Keep us updated!

(you have a message from me on your machine at home)
post #13 of 38
That is good news! Ornry kitties generally can't be too sick or they wouldn't be ornry. She (and you) will be in my thoughts.
post #14 of 38
Good thoughts are coming your way from the desert!

post #15 of 38
My thoughts and prayers are going to you guys right now. I am sorry you are having to go through this. I just went through this with Tinkerbell. I am glad you went to the vet right away, I am sure they are going to do everything they can.
post #16 of 38
Thread Starter 
Hey Colby, I just got home and heard your message. Thank you for being such a sweetheart!

Heidi, that's pretty much what my vet said: "She's not as sick as she would like for us to believe, she's fighting back!" That's my precious little Spawn for ya' ~ ornery as can be even when she's not feeling well.

Sandie, is Tinkerbell all right now??? Gosh I hope so. I know how worried I am (much better than I was this morning, but still upset I can't DO something!), I'm sure you're a lot like that too, even though you know so much more about cats than I do! My vet said that you'd be surprised how many people wait for a week before they bring their pets in, and by that time it's not good at all.

Thank you all for the support! I feel much better knowing you're all pulling for Spawn! I'll be talking to the vet again in an hour or so, and if there are any new developments I'll be sure to pass on the news.
post #17 of 38
I know how upset you must be. I am saying a prayer for Spawn. She'll be on our minds until we hear from you again. I just got on line so I'm rejoicing at the most recent news. I hope it's an indication that she'll be all right!
post #18 of 38
Prayers are being said. I know how hard it is. Kinda/sorta went through it with my Jingles. Actually, the vet told me that if I didn't realize something was wrong in the morning, by the time I got home, he probably would have been gone. He now is on a special diet for the rest of his life and I have to travel 2 hours (each way) to get his food. My old vet in Brooklyn is the only one that carries it. I don't care about the traveling as long as Jingles is ok.

post #19 of 38
Well, no I am afraid what Tinkerbell had was VERY sudden and she didn't show any signs at all. I lost her within 2 days. I am sure Spawn has something different, but anything that effects vital organs is very scary. Spawn is in the best place right now. If anything should happen, they are there to help. She sounds like a real fighter! Please make sure and give updates!!
post #20 of 38
Thread Starter 
Oh gosh, Sandie, I am SO sorry... I hadn't seen a post to that effect, and I didn't know! (I don't get to read all the threads I would like to most of the time and miss soooo many of them!)

I just talked to the vet tech and they've been waiting a good part of the afternoon for a urine sample. Of course, the second I called, Spawn finally decided to let loose and they had to put me on hold so they could go get it. It's really dark... that coupled with the fact she held it in for sooo long makes me think that maybe it is a UTI. But far be it from me to diagnose a cat! I do much, much better with guinea pigs! They're going to see what they can figure out with the sample tonight, and let me know in the morning when I call. Another bit of good news: her fever is down. Not gone, but down. And I'm thankful for that!

She hadn't eaten anything, but they were trying to feed her canned food. She is a VERY picky cat and the only thing she'd eat up until recently is Purina One... we just put her on Purina's prescription diet cat food (OM) a few weeks ago, and I've SLOWLY switched her over, so now she'll eat that too... but this cat won't even eat 'people food'. They hadn't even THOUGHT about giving her the diet food until I mentioned it... while I was on the phone with them they gave her some and she started eating a bit! YAY! The girl I talked to said she felt like an idiot because she KNEW Spawn was on the diet food and didn't THINK to give it to her! (Of course, who would think a cat would refuse canned food?)

One correction ~ They never did get an IV into her, so they gave her hydration subcue's. (Saline under the skin.) 6 of one half a dozen of the other, I suppose. They'll be keeping her most of tomorrow if not tomorrow night also so they can give her at least 3 more subcue treatments.

Thank you all for your concern, prayers and thoughts. I know all the positive energy directed towards her has GOT to be helping.
post #21 of 38
I just saw this.

I'm so, so sorry you have to go through this. It's so hard when our babies don't feel tip-top and we just can't help them.

But I'm so glad Spawn is doing better. Being feisty IS a good sign, and so is eating and peeing (even though she waited until she just couldn't hold it in any longer). I hope they are able to make a good diagnosis from the information in the sample, and that it is treated quickly and easily.
post #22 of 38
Thread Starter 
Okay... I talked to the vet tech. There's really no new news, other than Spawn seems to be feeling better today and her fever is down even lower. At this point the speculation is that it's something to do with her liver, whether it's an infection or salmonella or who knows what.

I'm supposed to call back when I get to work (after my dentist appointment) to see if there's any news on last night's urine sample, and to find out if they were actually able to get a blood sample this morning. (She has NOT been cooperative!)

It sounds like she's going to be fine, although we're not sure what it is just yet. She's been eating and peeing... no poop yet... she's still on laxatives to try to get everything moving again. Hopefully I'll get to bring her home tonight, but I'd rather she stay there if she needs to... as much as I missed her warm furry little body next to my pillow last night.

I'll keep you all posted. The support from all of you is overwhelming. Thank you, each and every one of you...
post #23 of 38
If they can't find anything conclusive Jin, perhaps you should for awhile anyway start giving kitty bottled water. Sometimes bacteria leaks into water systems and could account for why her system suddenly went awry? Just a thought......
post #24 of 38
I understand the whole pooping thing, but how much is she eating? I mean, if she's picky and doesn't like the food, and she felt bad for a few days at home probably before you noticed the problem, she might not have much in there to get out. Just a though.

I'm glad she's doing better, and I hope they are able to determine the cause pretty soon.
post #25 of 38
My very special Blacky, who was 15 years old at the time, had been hospitalized for convulsions. The vet rehydrated him. He told me a few days later that if Blacky would only eat, he'd be able to go home. I asked permission to visit. I took Tender Vittles, which he loved as a treat. They had been offering chicken and other delicacies. Blacky staggered out of his cage and stumbled into me. When he realized who I was he started purring. A few minutes later he ate 1 and 1/2 packages of Tender Vittles. I left more with the vet and was able to take him home the next day. The vet, of course, told me to limit the Tender Vittles, but on that occasion he and I were both happy I fed him his favorite! (He was suffering from the beginnings of renal failure, but lived another year.)
post #26 of 38
Thread Starter 
Guess who's sitting on my lap and purring right this moment??? Yes, they released Spawn! Yay!

She's still got a bit of a temperature, (102 at the last check), but she's acting SO much better. She's eating more now and drinking. The cause, we're pretty sure, was from something she ate. She is quite the hunter, and anything that gets into the house is pretty much commiting suicide. Unfortunately, this time, whatever it was, was carrying something.

She's on a laxative because she's still constipated. She's also now on some vitamins, and antibiotics. She goes back to see the vet on Wednesday morning (unless something else comes up and she takes a turn for the worse).

Hissy ~ we drink the water straight out of the faucet, also... so you would think it would effect us way before it would her... but giving her bottled water might not be a bad idea anyway. Especially since her immune system is obviously compromised at the moment. Thank you for the suggestion.

So, it looks like we're almost out of the woods, and I should have my healthy, happy, ornery kitty back any day now!
post #27 of 38
Oh I feel so bad that I didn't see this thread earlier...I haven't been online for two days.....I am so sorry Spawn was sick, but I am so glad to hear he is doing so much better and is home with you now!!! Please forgive me for not being able to give you my support, I would have if I had known. My thoughts are with Spawn and you now. I hope he continues to get better.

Sandie....I didn't know about Tinkerbell either....I am SO sorry!!!! Please accept my late condolences. My prayers are with you.
post #28 of 38
I'm so glad to hear that Spawn is home. I didn't know about Tinkerbell either, but I know how painful it is to lose a pet. Some people just can't take it. My mother babied her animals so much that when I was a little girl she refused to have another cat because it hurt so much to lose one. So I had to wait until I was married to get a cat. I got two, of course, to make up for lost time! Anyhow, Yea, Spawn!!
post #29 of 38
It's so good to know that Spawn is back at home and feeling better.
post #30 of 38
Oh, yay that Spawn is home!

It makes so much difference for cats to recover at home in a familiar place. (People too)
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