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Mistress Marilyn's POV
No shit, Tempus Fugit!
Poor Sick Henry~ 
17th-Sep-2010 01:38 pm
We all know Henry's a little 'defective.' He's got spindly limbs and weird bone spurs. We knew he started off life with a birth defect; he had surgery as a kitten on a hernia. He snuffs and snorts all the time, has black crap that crusts in his eyes and nose, and he often is a little 'under the weather.'

But overall he's healthy and happy, almost every day. He's the most loving cat we've ever had, and he's wide awake most days, moving around the house from perch to perch.

The past week or so he's definitely been a little punk. And then a few days ago we couldn't find him, and when we did, it was clear he was hiding because he was sick. When he hadn't improved by the next afternoon, we decided to take him to the vet. $350 dollars later we don't really know much more, except that he might have pancreatitis, or he might have something far worse, infectious peritonitis (which is fatal). We have until Monday to add another screening to the expensive blood test to find out the former. And in the meantime, we're trying to keep him eating, drinking and using the cat box.

Unfortunately we made things worse by treating his ear mites the other night. Evidently the medicine had a bad reaction on his super-sensitve skin, and he burned the pads of his back feet digging in his ears. So he doesn't much want to walk around, and we have no idea if it's because he's sick or because his feet hurt . . .

Well, we certainly pray he'll be okay. But we've always known he might not be with us forever, because of his original defects. The hardest thing for me will be to know when it's time to stop throwing money at it . . . because there's definitely a limit to that. I guess I'll have to trust myself to do the right thing.

In the meantime, I'm thrilled that at this very moment, he's on the couch next to me under a 'tent,' as opposed to under a chair or the bed. That's progress.

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18th-Sep-2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Marilyn, I know you will make the right choice about Henry. I remember so well you being with me at the same vets with Saxon and helping me get through those tough times. Henry has such great people and he loves his home. I am glad you brought him home. He is a lover and such a sweet boy.
18th-Sep-2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Our poor boy. We didn't mean to make things worse with the mite meds, but I do wish we could go back an undo that. (sigh)

Anyway, you've been WONDERFUL about all this. About being there to care for him, about the $$$ (no small thing) and about making sure we're on top of everything. You're a good cat parent.

And I love him and worry about him, too -- but we know we'll have many other cats one day, too...

(big hug)
18th-Sep-2010 11:41 am (UTC)
Pancreatitis is tough to treat but it can be treated if it's that.

Knowing when to stop throwing money at tests and treatments is a hard one, though. Balancing our own economy with an iffy outcome...making the decision to spend the $$$ or not...it's just too hard sometimes. I usually go with my heart even though it means a sacrifice. When I see the trust in their eyes I can't do otherwise.

I wish you peace and wisdom.


Edited at 2010-09-18 11:41 am (UTC)
18th-Sep-2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
God bless the sweet heart Henry Tudor cat.

It's so hard knowing what to do for them. I hope at least the vet can say what the problem is so you can deal with it.

Debbie and I will pray for him.

I know you girls love your cat babies as much as we love ours.

So very sorry.

19th-Sep-2010 05:37 am (UTC)
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