Post # 1
Oh geez, never really expected this to happen. My cat, Raja, is just shy of 10 years old and has always been healthy – except for one short lived upper repistory and the fact that she’s overweight and has been since a kitten. Nothing major has ever gone wrong. I moved about 3 weeks ago and within the last week or so I noticed she had a bit of a limp. I chalked that up to jumping down off of bathroom counters onto tile rather than carpet like my old place. That’s a whole lot of weight for those little legs and very high impact on that flooring. So, when I noticed her up on bathroom counters, I picked her up and put her down rather than letting her jump.
Well, Superbowl sunday I noticed she was MIA. I initially thought it was due to all the noise in the house but later when it had all calmed down, I found her under the nightstand in my bedroom on a blanket I had put under it for the more skittery cat just after the move.
The limp is much more prominent and now she lists to the right. To the point of turning in circles sometimes. She’s not eating, not drinking. Just lays there. And this is a cat that is generally very aggressive with other people – she’s the definition of “Alpha.” My mom had today off and was kind enough to take her to the vet for me since without drinking water, I didn’t want to wait until the weekend. Even the vet is astounded by the change in attitude. Her chart is marked up with neon Caution tags and notes to “touch at your own risk.” But she’s letting all the techs touch her with zero reaction. No purring, just nothing.
They’re running lab work for the next hour to try to rule out some other issues, but the vet is leaning towards a neurological issue and possibly, brain tumor, given the circles she moves in and the fact that she has a slight head twitch.
It all came on so fast for an otherwise healthy animal, that I’m just in shock. She’s an indoor cat and I’ve always had it in my mind that she’d be around for 20 years. So upsetting.
Post # 3
@Soon2BeMrsS: I am so very sorry! We are dealing with a potential tumor for my baby girl pup too, it is such a horrible thing. Here’s hoping the best for your precious one.
Post # 4
I hope it’s not that… And I hope it’s something easy to treat!
Post # 5
I’m so sorry to hear your kitty is ill. What a horrible thing for any pet owner to go through. Keep us updated with the results of her tests!
Post # 6
@Soon2BeMrsS: Oh no! I hope they find out what’s happening. Any updates yet?
Post # 7
thanks, ladies, for your messages and kind words. She got significantly worse as the day went on yesterday and wouldn’t walk this morning. I actually found her during the night sleeping in the litter box and got her moved back to the blanket under the nightstand. 🙁
i just got home from having her put down. Very sad day in this house. My other cat who has grown up with Raja is searching the house for her and crying.
ETA: her official diagnosis was Primary Hypodipsia which is very rare and most often caused by a brain tumor. We were referred to a specialist but they said given her age and the severity of her symptoms and the speed in which they were occurring, treatment would most likely cause seizures and ultimately kill her. Putting her down before things progressed even further was the best option I could think of.
Post # 8
@Soon2BeMrsS: Oh no, I’m so sorry 🙁
I’ve lost pets, and this poem has always brought me comfort. I hope the same for you.
Post # 9
@Soon2BeMrsS: I am so sorry about your kitty! 🙁 Thats so very very sad.
Post # 10
@DaneLady: thank You. That is a lovely poem.
Post # 11
@Soon2BeMrsS: Oh I am so very sorry! Precious girl. You are in my thoughts and prayers. It is such a difficult and yet incredibly unselfish decision to make. Just because it is the right decision doesn’t make it any less painful. My heart goes out to you.