Re: Pele is in the hospital
- Not great, but not nearly as bad as I feared.
She's home now. They started her on Lasix which helped her to breathe
again, so we're going to give that a try and see how it goes. She
seems kind of wrung out, but she's breathing easier. She got her purr
I was really close to giving up, but a couple of people said "She'll
let you know when its time" so I shut up and listened. She still had
enough spunk to fight the vet techs when they attempted to tap the
fluid out of her chest cavity, and she had to be sedated so the
cardiologist could do an echo. To me that sounded an awful lot like
"I've still got life left in me," so on we go, one day at a time.
--- In email@example.com, "zanth_99" <sandra_scanlon@h...>
> I have been thinking about you and Pele all night. How are you and
> she doing?
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "kmyelshin" <kmyelshin@y...>
> > I had to take Pele in to the local emergency animal hospital this
> > She has moved into congestive heart failure. She is borderline
> > diabetic. Last week she lost all of the hair on her right ear for
> > some as yet undetermined cause (the vet is growing a culture). She
> > has a recurring infection of undetermined origin.
> > I think its time to say goodbye, but I feel horrible about doing
> > My husband is away -- he's on his way home now -- but I had to call
> > him and tell him I think she's dying. I didn't want to end it
> > he had a chance to say goodbye, so I let the vets work on her and
> > her on oxygen.
> > How do you know when you're doing the right thing and when you're
> > being selfish? This cat has been my friend and companion for
> > 10 years, and the last few months have been so hard. I hate that
> > comes to this. I hate it.
> > kathy
> Not great, but not nearly as bad as I feared.breathe
> She's home now. They started her on Lasix which helped her to
> again, so we're going to give that a try and see how it goes. Shepurr
> seems kind of wrung out, but she's breathing easier. She got her
> back too.That's great news! :-) And welcome to the sometimes wild ride
known as feline CHF. It may take some time to figure out the right
dose of lasix for Pele if she needs to stay on a maintenance dose,
so take it one day at a time and try not to get discouraged if
things are up and down for a bit.
- Does anyone have any experience with thromboembolization? How
treatable is it, and how likely is it to reappear soon if even
treated? Are there degrees (i.e., mild or severe). Is it always
painful? How can you tell if your cat is in pain, anyway?
- --- In email@example.com, Laurie Sekiguchi
> >Dear Larie,
> Well, anyway, it seems to be the end of the road.
> Laurie Sekiguchi
What's going on with your kitty? Can you tell us about him/her?
- At 12:06 AM +0000 12/4/03, peteycat9 wrote:
>Simba suddenly started panting the Monday before Thanksgiving. It was
> What's going on with your kitty? Can you tell us about him/her?
the first we knew he had a heart problem. The doctor treated him for
CHF, I was giving him a small amount of aspirin in addition to Lasix
and the other one for the heart (sorry, can't remember the name right
now). Yesterday he was at the vet, and the vet said he was doing
well. But today his hind legs gave out on him. He also started
breathing very rapidly. I could hospitalize him, but it's all been so
quick, I feel sure it's just a matter of time, and I'd rather he be
home with us. I called a vet to come euthanize him, and she'll coming
in an hour or so. I wish she could have come sooner.
I don't know about other cats, but Simba absolutely does not
understand the paralysis. He kept trying to jump up or jump down or
go upstairs or go downstairs without the use of his hind legs. It
just didn't register. I was staying close so that I could move him
when he wanted to move, but then I thought perhaps he wanted to be
alone, so I put him in a room with his food and water and litter and
closed the door to keep him from hurting himself. The time goes very
slowly. I wish I could have taken care of it more quickly.
- Simba has left us. The veterinarian who came to our house was
wonderful. (If any of you are in the Maryland suburbs, her name is
Deborah Weiss, and she's in the phone book. She just does house
calls.) She said she thought Simba might be part Maine Coon, which I
have always suspected, though I never realized what a liability it
I will sign off now. For anyone whose cat experiences this
(thromboembolism), I recommend prompt euthasia, because the cat
really is suffering--although that is of course up to the individual.
I wish all of you and your kitties well.
- Dear Laurie,
I am so sorry about Simba. It's a terrible shock to suddenly be
faced with this disease. We didn't know our cat had a heart problem
either until he crashed and we had to put him to sleep. I'm glad
your vet was able to make his passing a peaceful experience. Maine
Coon cats are just wonderful. Take care.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Laurie Sekiguchi
> Simba has left us. The veterinarian who came to our house wasI
> wonderful. (If any of you are in the Maryland suburbs, her name is
> Deborah Weiss, and she's in the phone book. She just does house
> calls.) She said she thought Simba might be part Maine Coon, which
> have always suspected, though I never realized what a liability itindividual.
> could be.
> I will sign off now. For anyone whose cat experiences this
> (thromboembolism), I recommend prompt euthasia, because the cat
> really is suffering--although that is of course up to the
> I wish all of you and your kitties well.
> Laurie Sekiguchi