Hoping for palliative care for our kitten Barney
- So, we scheduled an appointment at Cornell University Vet hospital
for our 16 week old kitten. Soonest we could get in would be
tomorrow. But in the past 2 days he has gotten worse. At least that
is to say, he does not have breaks between episodes of open mouthed
panting and collapsing. He now mostly sits with his mouth partly
open. He tries to lie down but you can hear the fluid building up
so he gets right up again. He also stopped eating today. We can't
bring ourselves to pack him in the car and go to a new vet hospital
and go through the ultrasound which could really bring out more
anxiety and stress and kill him. He has gone to a samll country vet
a couple miles from our home. Cornell is 35 minutes away and more
well "hospital-like". He just can't handle change right now. So,
we're looking for vets who come to the home who are willing to offer
palliative care. This was a very hard decision for us. If he went
back to having breaks between episodes (being able to eat, drink,
sleep) we'd be more inclined. But having possible heart disease on
top of his exhaustion and hunger...it just seems cruel to put him
through more stress.
We bottle fed him from 2 days old and love him so incredibly much.
We took him in thinking we'd foster him but got too attached. I hope
a vet can come in and look, listen and feel his symptoms and offer
something just to make him more comfortable.
Glad to have found this group to share this with. Thanks. I
certainly feel for all of you who are going through this. We're so
lucky to have found these animals. I cherish every moment I have
with each one we have in our home.