We have a sick kitty.
Junior, our resident Wonder Cat is sick and I spend a lot of my day trying to make him feel better and get better. Junior, who is a gray long haired mixed ancestry cat, is our sweet cat. We also have Squeally, a calico with an opinion. And an attitude.
Junior tore his ACL (or the cat equivalent) about six weeks ago. We don’t know how, other than we went to bed on a Thursday night and everything was fine, but Friday morning he was hobbling on three legs. We guess that he either jumped up or down from someplace high, and being slightly overweight and not going to the gym and working out, (wait, that’s me) he tore his ACL.
So, we promptly got him into the vet, who gave us pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds and he basically slept on a pillow for the next week or so. We didn’t realize that he wasn’t eating and that cats who don’t eat can go into Hepatic Lipidosis (a/k/a Fatty Liver). When cats go into a malnourished state, their bodies move fat to the liver to create energy. Quite often they turn jaundiced and if not caught quickly, suffer organ damage and death.
We caught Junior’s jaundice but we are fighting a long war not a short battle. He is going in for IV fluids a few times a week (trying to keep him hydrated and flush the toxins out) and we are feeding him whatever and whenever he will eat. We have to convince his body that he isn’t starving any more and to stop sending fat to the liver. He is ahead of the game because he is still eating, but not eating as much as the vet would like.
So, if you like cats, send good thoughts toward Junior and his liver.We’ll keep up the trips to the vet, opening little cans of stinky cat food, and generally babying our big tomcat.