My poor cat

April 26, 2008 at 12:52 pm | Posted in cats, life | 3 Comments

Bailey “threw a clot” last night or early this morning. He lost control of his back legs and his bladder and sphincter control. He made quite a mess on our sofa last night. We didn’t discover it until he didn’t come around for breakfast. I searched and found him sitting in a spot he doesn’t usually sit in. He looked sleepy. I didn’t realize at first, and I just picked him up and brought him to the food. Then I noticed he dragged himself to his water dish with his front legs. We shortly discovered the mess, and 5 or 10 minutes later he was on his way to the vet.

They say it probably happened early this morning. They are giving him anticoagulants, and are rehydrating him. Best case scenario, the clot gets moved/dissolved very soon, and he regains control of his back half. Worst case, he doesn’t regain control by Monday, by which time organs that aren’t getting enough blood will start shutting down, and we’ll have to “make a decision.” He’s staying there overnight so they can continue giving him the meds and cleaning up after him. We’re under instructions to call tomorrow morning (there won’t likely be any change today) to see how he’s doing. In the meantime, we clean up the house, try to sooth the other cats a bit, and try not to dwell on it too much.

We knew he had a heart condition, and he was prescriped Atenolol. We haven’t been giving it to him since things got crazy with Jenny’s surgery a year and a half ago. According to what the doctor at the time said, he may live a year or two longer with the medication, but this condition was probably going to do him in before he lives a “full” lifespan for cats.

The poor guy. He didn’t look like he was in pain, and he still recognized us. But he clearly wasn’t happy about what was happening. I’m sad.



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  1. Poor kitty.

  2. We checked back this morning. He’s not dehydrated any more, but he’s still got no use of his back legs. He wouldn’t eat yesterday, and he’s moving around more today (using only his front legs), so they’re going to try to feed him. (*heavy sigh*)

  3. I’m so sorry that you both are going through this. I know how hard it is. Any decisions that have to be made (even deciding to not make a decision) involve so much emotion and second guessing of yourself. Stay strong!

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