Post # 1
Hey Gals, 2010 is off to a rough start for me. a Year ago we adopted a tiny orange kitten named Leo. He had it rough as he was living under a dumpster, so when we got him he had an upper respiratory infection and mange. We’ve had him about 10 months and he’s turned into a beautiful, sweet cat, always purring and full of life. This month has been stressful for a lot of reasons – we recently moved, and had to live with the cats in a hotel for a weekend because our house was being tented for termites. We went out of town for new year’s eve and when we came back our poor little guy had his left eye crusted shut and just seemed… ill. We took him to the vet and they tested his blood, and it turns out he has jaundice. The vet said it is very likely that he has what’s called Fatty Liver disease, which can happen when a cat is stressed out and doesn’t eat for a few days. It can be cured but is sometimes fatal. I’m so bummed out and worried. A vet is coming by in an hour to see about placing a feeding tube in him, but I just hate to see my little fur baby like this. The worst part is that he’s my fiance’s cat and my fiance is kind of in denial about how sick he is, he keeps saying, “it’s just his eye, it’s just his eye” when he himself heard the doctor tell us how serious this is. Ok.. I just needed to get this off my chest. If you believe in prayers please say a few for our sweet little Leo.. he had such a hard life and is so happy at home with us. It is so unfair for a 1-year-old kitty to have to go through something like this. I appreciate any advice anyone can give us. Thank you.
Post # 3
oh he’s so cute!! ((HUGS))
Post # 4
Aww good luck to you and your adorable kitty!
If it helps, my gorgeous kitty wound up in intensive care at an emergency hospital when she was about 9 months old for a condition they told me would either go away, or kill her within a few weeks. Knock on wood, but that was 3 years ago and with regular checkups she’s been fine ever since! Good luck to you both, and I highly recommend pet insurance! It helped me feel much better about knowing that if anything ever happened again I’d have some help with the bills.
Post # 5
Very cute cat. So sorry to hear about all his troubles, hope he gets better soon!
Post # 6
Good luck and I hope it all turns out well. We’ll keep him in our thoughts and prayers!
Post # 7
What a cutie pie. I’ll be keeping you and your kitty in my thoughts. Let us know how things turn out.
Post # 8
I don’t have advice…but I hope that everything turns out okay 🙂
HUGS! and if you need anything…the hive is always always here!!
Post # 9
((HUGS)) Keep good thoughts going.
I couldn’t imagine what I would do if anything happened to my two babies 🙁
Post # 10
He’s a cutie. As you noted, hepatic lipidosis (AKA fatty liver) can go either way, but the most important thing is to get him eating again. I like that your vet is going straight for a feeding tube – too many places will fool around forever with force feeding, but that’s often just not enough. I’m not sure what type of feeding tube your vet is comfortable using, but if Leo were my cat, I would prefer that he have an esophageal tube to a nasoesophageal – the former is tolerated a lot better and you can use it to feed gruel (watered down food) rather than just a liquid diet (as with the nasoesophageal). Plus, the esophageal tube can be left in for a longer period of time, just in case it takes a while to get Leo eating again.
Good luck – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your little dude.
Post # 11
Aww, I really hope your little orange guy pulls through. I recently had to put my 2 yr old orange boy to sleep (don’t worry, he had something completely different), so I know how it feels to have a really sick cat.
I’ll keep Leo in my thoughts; and keep us updated!
edit: I was hoping RedHerring would chime in 🙂
Post # 12
Okay, he is adorable and I have *FAITH* that your vet (who is amazing BTW for coming to you!) is going to do exactly what Leo needs to heal. Vets are amazing.
Just a year ago our sweet orange tabby, Bailey, was SOOo sick and we took him to the vet. He ended up having to have surgery and stayed at the vets office for almost 5 days. It was so sad…DH is SOOO attached to our pets, he would make me drive by to visit him at all hours of the night! Bailey is now completely fine, all healed and better than ever!
I just believe that your vet can do the same for Leo. Stress is a huge factor in cats’ health and once you guys get him stable, he is going to be fine! **Hugs** – keep us updated, I will be waiting for results!
Post # 13
He is absolutely precious! Please know he will be in our thoughts and prayers. Much love is headed your way from us in Florida. Always know, you’ve turned Leo’s life around in magnificent ways!
Post # 14
Awwww, I’m sitting here tearing up at how awesome all of you are and am so touched that all of these replies came in so soon! Thank you SO MUCH… it really helps to hear that other people know what’s going on and how it feels.
Crebre: Thank you so much!
AprilBride: I’m so glad your kitty was okay! Yay for success stories.
Chacha: Thank you so much 🙂
Shushu – thank you thank you thank you!
MstoMrs – thank you!!
Sulli: Thank you for your thoughts
FloridaBeach: Thank you 🙂
Redherring, I will keep your advice in mind!! Thanks for chiming in. I’ve done a lot of research and also think the tube is the best way to go.
Neuxs: I’m sorry to hear about your little guy. It’s so hard 🙁
MrsK2Be, We are very lucky that the organization we adopted him from can help us out. The lady coming to us tonight is a retired vet who does house calls for the organization. Likely he’ll be going into a new vet tomorrow for a tube but we are so grateful they can come help us out.
Madilove: Thank you!! Send some sunshine too, it’s been chilly here!
Post # 15
It’s so tough when one of your fur babies gets sick! His story reminds me of my first kitty. We found him under a dumpster too!
He’ll be in prayers anf thoughts. Please kep us updates! *HUGS*
Post # 16
i hope your kitty is okay!! he’s so lucky to have such loving “parents”