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December 17th, 2016 at 05:58 pm

My youngest cat (9), her name is Riley, is ill again. She was sleepy, and vomiting yesterday. She definitely had not eaten since the day prior. And the final straw was when I checked on her this morning she hopped off the bed to use the litter box and there was a tinge of blood in her urine. We went to the urgent care vet this morning to make sure to be seen right away.

They did blood work which I'm very happy about. Overall it looks like an infection, probably urinary (bladder wasn't full enough to do a sample). There were some low numbers, but nothing that would be unusual or worrisome at this point. Although her weight is down about two pounds since September, so that isn't so great!

They gave an antibiotic injection, sub fluids, and an anti vomiting med in the office. We were sent home with instructions to get her to eat and give an oral antibiotic starting this evening. If she doesn't eat by morning she needs to go back in the morning.

Just now, about 2 hours after the return from the vet I was able to get her to eat 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of wet food. I find that very promising and will keep attempting to get her to eat more. I'm sure she will likely continue to feel better as the day goes on.

Riley is a cat that is gets very stressed. I think our last trip over Thanksgiving was probably not helpful to her health. Now I wish we didn't have another one coming up!

The cost was around $385. I told my husband that if it cost less than $500 I would be happy. I just want my cat to feel better! Our oldest daughter who is most bonded with this cat arrives home tonight from college. My worst fear this morning was that she wouldn't get to see the cat if it was something really bad. I haven't told her yet, as I don't want her to worry about it while she is flying.

Unfortunately someone brought a very lethargic cat that hadn't eaten for two days in while we were there. I believe that cat was euthanized before we even left ourselves. So sad!

Our plan going forward is to start feeding all wet food for our cats. My only issue is figuring out how much I should be feeding them. I asked the vet and she brought me a website to look at. This is my biggest frustrations with vets...they NEVER tell me now much to feed them. I've read instructions on bags of food that have helped some in recent years. So I have some research to do.

I know many of you have cats. If you feed wet food, please tell me what you do for your cat and how much your cat weighs. And if you have two cats do you feed separately?

Oh, and I was able to put the charge on my American Express card which I have 0% interest for the next 6 months. I'm going to pay that later from income rather than pulling from savings. At least that is the plan now. I may want to just get it paid. This looming tuition expense is messing with my planning!

11 Responses to “Ill Cat”

  1. AnotherReader Says:

    Cerenia is anti-nausea and anti-vomiting and it is also anti-inflammatory. It's very effective. With cats in this situation, eating is critical. Cats are highly susceptible to pancreatitis and hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver) which ate expensive and difficult to treat.

    Free feeding wet food is difficult, especially with multiple cats. See how much each cat eats at once and try serving that amount twice a day in separate dishes away from each other.

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    I hope Riley feels better soon. ((HUGS))

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I hope your cat is feeling better soon! We feed ours maybe half a cup of dried food morning and night, and either a Whiskas sachet or a tin of cat food in the evening. She is old now so only weights 4.17kg but before she lost weight (some changes have been happening to her recently due to old age) she was around 6kg, so was actually a little bit overweight.

  4. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Oh geez. I hope she feels better soon. No advice about cats but glad she's okay. I just assume you feed them till they stop?

  5. alice4now Says:

    I don't know much about cat care, but hope she is feeling better soon. And I know you are glad that you have your finances arranged so that you could get her seen right away.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks all! I have convinced her one more time to eat. I wish it was more, but some food is better than no food. I hope she will eat another time before we all go to bed.

    @AR, yes, they gave her Cerenia. Definitely no vomiting since the visit.

  7. AnotherReader Says:

    You can also syringe feed a small amount of pureed chicken baby food (no onions or veggies). A 3 or 5 ml syringe works. The baby food is very palatable for cats. Feed a little at a time and allow her to swallow. If she takes it, try to get half a jar in her. Do this every few hours to keep food in the stomach. Some cats will start lapping the baby food out of a spoon.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm sorry Riley is feeling ill. I have no words of wisdom on how to feed wet food - I can only manage that when DH is here to help ward off the cats - so 2x a week they each get a portion of a large can. (We have two bully cats when it comes to wet food - they scarf theirs down, and then try to eat the others.)

  9. scottish girl Says:

    I hope Riley is better soon.

  10. Liz Says:

    I've had cats my entire life. Right now, my mom has 5, one of whom is mine (I cannot have pets in my apartment and she is quite bonded with my mom's other cats anyway). 4 of the 5 eat wet and dry food, 1 only eats dry. There are 2 large bowls that always have dry food in them (unless feeding time is late or they're particularly hungry haha). Two more water bowls, and 4 little dishes used to dole out wet food. One for each cat although they tend to rotate, even during the course of one feeding session.

    Of the ones who eat wet food, approximate weights are around 6 pounds x3 (they're siblings who as kittens had some kind of parasite - vets weren't able to figure out - they're otherwise healthy just quite small. Eternal kittens!) and the other is around 15-16 pounds. They are fed twice a day, and one small can of Friskies is divided amongst the dishes. On rare occasions, there's a communication breakdown and they get a third can - if someone doesn't realize they've already been fed.

    Glad Riley is feeling better!!!

  11. CB in the City Says:

    My cats get 1/4 can (the small type) of wet food in the morning. I think it comes out to be about a heaping tablespoon. I can't give them more, because they don't finish that much! I give them the wet food in separate bowls, and they don't fight over it. I keep dry food out all the time.

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