Pinga, my 8 or 9-month old kitten, has been unwell since Tuesday. I won’t go into gory details, but I called the vet immediately, and we decided to put her back on antibiotics (we thought it was a recurrence of the sore throat she had last month). This morning, I gave her her usual shot (not as easy as it sounds…), then left for work. I called home during a break to see how she was doing, and my mother told me that she hadn’t moved from the couch all morning. My heart almost stopped. To make a long story short, I rushed home, and my Mom and I rushed Pinga over to the vet clinic…
Based on an ultrasound, her diagnosis is: cholangitis and cholangiohepatitis. I found a website (http://tinyurl.com/388va8x) that explains what it is: cholangitis is an inflammation of the bile ducts, and cholangiohepatitis is an inflammation of the bile ducts AND the liver. These apparently are common problems in cats.
Pinga is the worst patient in town. She hates to be held down. She was so fierce and squirmy at the clinic that she had to be sedated for her blood tests and ultrasound. She remained calm only when I was holding her (this was before sedation, of course). She wrapped her little paws around my neck and plastered her body against mine…broke my heart…
I cannot tell you how difficult this was both for me and my Mom. The most difficult part, of course, was leaving her at the clinic overnight. The vets told me that she will have to stay there for 2-3 days at least. Of course, we will go visit her and speak with the vets tomorrow morning…
This is a bloody nightmare. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what was happening and point out the obvious–that I won’t be blogging for a few days…
Sorry to hear about Pinga. I am glad your Mom is there to help you with the worry. Pinga will be OK. It sounds like you have an understanding and capable veterinarian.
Your Godson Spanky is well, full of mischief and gophers.
Pinga is having such a hard time with the inflammation. I hope he is soon back on all fours.
It’s purrr-fect that your mother can be there for a few days to take the edge of it all for you… I have no problem intending healthy and wellness cells for precious furr-balls…. here’s hoping we hear good news on the feline front next week.
To use one of my expressions, your cats are ‘in the wars’ at the moment. I’d offer to send the mother in law over to… well, just be out of the country, but I’ve already promised her to Lorna’s Mike. ;D
Our best wishes to you for the speedy recovery of your little one.
Thanks for letting us know how your kitties are doing.
Our best get well wishes.
Sorry you are having these problems with your feline friend. It can be difficult to leave them at the vets. Perhaps you can visit every day. That can perk up their spirits.