I am no expert but I would advise that if your kitty has not eaten
by Monday morning you probably should see a vet ASAP. Things can go
quickly wrong with kitties when they don't eat and hiding etc, while
possibly just sulking, could also be indiacting something worse.
Your kitty may be dehydrated and may need some fluids, bu tthis is
tricky with CHF....you have to give small amounts and not overload the
heart, IF ...BIG IF, the vet says it's OK....
But I would really think about seeing your vet...before things get
worse...not saying they will, but why not check just to be sure.
--- In feline-heart@y..., "Jenny Krieg" <pucaru@s...> wrote:
> Hi Everyone - I need your help again. Please forgive the long post.
> My 5 yr old boy, Pucaru, has (severe) mitral valve stenosis and
> dysplasia. He's on diltiazem, lotensin, lasix, digoxin,
> aspirin. The theophylline because he was having breathing problems.
> because of the breathing problems he was switched from atenolol to
> Repeat ECHO on 5/21 was essentially stable, with the left atrium
> larger than the last exam.
> I had been giving him wet food as a treat after the twice weekly
> but lately he was refusing it, so I'd put a little in his mouth to
> he had something on his stomach, as I feed the cats free choice.
> had decreased slightly, but does fluctuate sometimes.
> On 5/24 I left on vacation & a friend came over twice a day to feed
> medicate Pucaru. She said he was fine in the beginning, although he
> hide from her. She didn't observe him eating while she was there,
> that's not unusual. The last 2 days, though, she said he was
> wouldn't play after being medicated.
> I came home late on 5/31 and something was obviously wrong. He had
> weight, wasn't his normal clean self and looked at me strangely.
> scratch on the couch a bit (normal). I tried to give him some wet
food & he
> refused it, but did wash his paw after I put some in his mouth. He
> seemed dehydrated, so I got worried. Called the cardiologist's
office & the
> intern on call didn't think it was heart related but suggested I
take him to
> an emergency clinic.
> I did & they did a chest x-ray & bloodwork. Said he was a bit
> &his potassium was low, white blood slightly elevated and kidney
> slightly elevated (I think they had been a bit high already).
> either leave him there for iv fluids - didn't want to do
> because of his heart - or take him home & give diluted (50%)
> took him home.
> Also followed up with my regular vet's partner the next morning who
> a potassium supplement & suggested either subcu fluids with B
> said I could continue the pedialyte. I was hesitant about the subcu
> the emer. vet's caution, so decided on home therapy. This vet
> Pucaru's main problem was the trauma of me being gone. He is a
> kitty, and I had one cat who didn't eat on his own for a week after
> left at the vet's for a day once, but I just don't know.
> What's happening now:
> Pucaru is very withdrawn and is hiding under a blanket on the couch.
> been giving him pedialyte which he hates and his medications, but
> the aspirin he was due this morning in case his stomach is hurting.
> gave him some cat food mixed with water by syringe, which he hated,
> is listless and has the 3rd eyelid showing. I got him to purr a bit
> yesterday early pm, but he hasn't since. He doesn't seem to want my
> (very unusual). I don't know if he's withdrawing to try & heal
> doesn't care. Last night went to the litterbox and urinated and did
> pretty large & normal looking stool, so he had to have been eating,
> He still seems to respond to being scratched under his chin.
> I'm just terrified. If anyone has had experience with a similar
> I'd really appreciate your input.
> Thank you so much,