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#31 Lissy Loo

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 09:22 PM

Drom that is great news. I guess all you can do is look at how well Fidel is and go from there. I think many Cats from Breeders are exposed to the Corona Virus but very very few turn into FIP. I really hope he makes a full recovery and also that Moni is all clear aswell.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:04 AM

Thanks girls, your wishes are so very much appreciated! smile.gif

We went to visit our little man again last night. He looked bright, happy and really enjoyed his cuddles and play with us. The vet who was on last night (who last saw him on Monday) couldn't believe how much better he was. She also showed us how his jaundiced colour is fading away, he's getting more of his normal colour back which is also great.

As she told us, we still aren't out of the woods with Fidel. We still don't have an answer as to why he was sick yet. His blood cell count last night was at 20, so they told us he is holding his own in this area. Though they'd like to see his blood cell levels rise a bit more.

He is not happy about having his blood taken, the poor little possum. He's had so many needles for blood since Sat it isn't funny and I don't blame him for cracking it when it comes to this. The vets said he'd been such a trooper though.

They also told us that Fidel was very very interested in a big Rottie that came into the centre the other night. He was watching it very closely with big wide open eyes. tongue.gif

So we'll go to visit him again tonight. We are waiting for Moni (our other cat) test results. If she also tests positive for the Corona virus, then Fidel might be able to come home over the weekend or Monday. But, again, it will also depend on some of his blood test results that the specialist took the other day and their results.

So overall, we are still feeling very positive and hanging out to find out what is wrong with him and when he can come home.

Thanks again for all your wishes, I will keep you posted as we get more news. smile.gif

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:57 AM

UPDATE

We were able to collect Fidel on Saturday and he was soooo pleased to be home. He ran around the loungeroom skidding on the floorboards and in/out the cat door. You could just tell that he was so glad to be home. biggrin.gif

The vet had told us when we collected him that he still wasn't out of the woods. But, he seemed to be holding his own over what ever it was/is that is making him ill. So we were very positive and glad to be able to bring him home.

On Monday afternoon, the vet rang to tell us that Fidel's blood test results (blood that they took on Sat morning before we collected him) had come back and were not good. His blood cell count had dropped to 15 (from 22) and his liver enzymes are through the roof. sad.gif

We have had so many conversations with the vets over the past few days it's not funny. We are waiting to speak with the specialist who is back today to find out a bit more info as well.

But, it's my understanding that if we do nothing, he will probably not survive. The only sure fire way we will know what is wrong with him is if they do a liver biopsy which is a major operation for a little kitten like him. Especially one that is not well. So it is quite risky to do it. The other problem is that he would need a blood transfusion before the biopsy to get his cell count up and this is also risky. sad.gif

We feel like we are playing russion roulette with his life. Having a make a decision with no real idea of what is wrong with him and a very real chance that we could loose him if we do nothing and also loose him if we do do something...... sad.gif

He was running around like a normal kitten on Monday - playing and being mischiefvous. BUt, yesterday you could see that he'd started to slow down again.

We are so worried about him it's not funny. We adore him so much and we just want to know what is wrong with our poor little man and get him fixed. But, we still have no answers and without answers there is no treatment .....

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:04 AM

Oh Drom, first Im glad he is home, he will be happier and alot more comfortable being home and Im sure your much happier as well.
I wish you knew what was wrong, there is nothing worse than not knowing. i guess all I can say is just remember your doing everything possible for the little guy.

Good Luck, sending lots of hugs and well wishes from our end!!!!
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:15 AM

Drom, i'm so sorry that his bloods don't look good. The only advice i can give at the moment is until you have a better idea of what is wrong and then a potential treatment, all you can do is go by the way he is acting and if he seems happy enough for now then thats a good thing. Watch his appetite closely. This is what told us that Gus had started to get really ill when he stopped eating and doing things he would normally do. He became very withdrawn and just wasn't normal. It is such a stressul time and I feel for you so much as you know. You know where my PM is so please please feel free to use it if you need to.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 03:09 PM

Like Chrissy said, it is wonderful Fidel was able to come home. I bet he run himself tired catching up with his surroundings and love from you and DH.

Perhaps a liver biopsy can be done later when he is a stronger healthier kitten? If by doing nothing now and his chances of survival are good...well there are positives but knowing for certain would give you direction and a clear picture.

From me and my furbabes, we send you all warm furry hugs. I hope you get some answers or a breakthrough soon.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:38 PM

Thanks girls, you are so sweet with all your support. It is very much appreciated, I mean that. smile.gif

Chrissy, yes Fidel is definately much happier at home. That is for sure. It was fantastic to see him scooting around after spending a week locked up in a cage at the specialists. Even if they did look after him so very well, taking him out regularly for cuddles and plays (if he was up to it). But, as they say there's no place like home. smile.gif

I hate the thought of Fidel spending what time he has left locked in a cage in a vet centre. That's no way to live a life. sad.gif

Lissy, we have been watching his eating and drinking habits like hawks. Today is the first day both hubby and I are both at work. So he'd been home alone (well with Moni downstairs locked away from him). So we are a bit worried about leaving him for 12 hours by himself.... but what can we do?

His appetite is still ravenous, which is a good sign, he isn't drinking a lot of water which means he isn't dehydrated (one of the symptoms he had before). So lets hope he is still ravenous when we get home tonight. Thanks again for the PM offer, I'll try not to bombard you. wink.gif

Rogue, he is definately enjoying being home and snuggling up at night on our big bed. He is so cute, he grabs hubbys hand in his mouth and drags it so he is cuddling him and then goes straight to sleep jammed right next to the pillows and hubby. He absolutely adores hubby. wub.gif Me, I'm just ok. laugh.gif I wish I could say that we could leave him till he got stronger. But, from what we've been told, he won't get any stronger without a blood transfusion or some form of treatment to stop his cell count lowering and his enzymes skyrocketing. So we have to make a decision in the next day or so if his levels drop lower etc....

Time is not on our side. The vets are recommending a blood transfusion to increase his cell levels and he will also feel like he is fantastic. Then a biopsy to find out what is wrong. Both of these procedures are risky. Although, they say they are not too worried about doing the transfusion. But, there is still a risk we could loose him during this procedure. They have typed blood for him and he is tentatively booked in for Sat night for the transfusion. If it works, he will feel much better and it will give us more time to try to find out what is wrong with him and also make a decision on the biopsy.





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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:59 PM

Sending BIG HUGS for the blood transfusion. Fingers and paws crossed here your strong little man regains health soon. wub.gif

It breaks my heart...

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 06:27 AM

Drom - Talk to your vet about using DENOSYL - it's a powerful antioxidant that helps to detoxify the liver. It helps with their general well being, as well as helping to lower the liver enzymes.
If your vet is asking about studies, just let me know. I have had a lot to do with this product and the results and feedback that I've been getting from it has been amazing.

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 10:27 AM

Drom, good luck with the Blood Transfusion. Hopefully it will make Fidel feel well enough to be able to have more tests. It is great that he is still eating, sound like he has some fight in him yet. He is young and i'm sure that helps. His bond with DH sounds gorgeous. he sounds like such a beautiful Boy smile.gif Fidel that is haha
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Posted 08 May 2009 - 12:29 PM

Oh Drom I just read through all of this and I'm wishing you all the best of luck. You've been so strong through all of this <3



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Posted 08 May 2009 - 01:05 PM

Thanks Girls,

I'm working at home today due to yet another (the third in a few months) nail in our tyre. So had to wait till 10:30am to get the tyre place to fix it.

So I've had Fidel with me all day. He's gave me a heart attack this morning. I went off to have my shower and came back upstairs and couldn't find him. I looked everywhere! Under the couches, behind the curtains, inside his play tunnel/box, under everything and he was nowhere to be seen! So I ran out to the small deck (we have a cat door out to the small deck where he sometimes goes). He wasn't out there either. It was then that I really panicked and thought he must have fallen off the balastrade on the deck (which he loves to sit on). So I ran inside just about to go downstairs to try to find him and then looked up....... there he was calmly sitting on top of the fridge curled up in the corner near the wall! Thought he was very clever didn't he! tongue.gif

He appears to be having a good day. We've played, we've cuddled, he's had a big brekkie and lunch and even some of my creamed honey spread on toast. He's sleeping now.

So fingers crossed that his transfusion goes really well tomorrow night. He's booked in for it at 7pm tomorrow night. Hubby is taking him in and going to stay with him all night (he'll book a hotel near by in case he needs it). I'll stay home with Moni. Not sure I'm happy to not go with them. But, hubby wants to take him in and for me to stay and spend some quality time with Moni. Moni has been very patient during this time, we've tried to spread ourselves between the two of them, but Fidel has taken priority over these past weeks. Which is understandable.

Lilacgirl I will definately speak to the vet about the product you mentioned. Thanks for that.

Lissy Fidel really does have this amazing bond with hubby it is so gorgeous to watch. wub.gif

Rogue and Radar thanks again for your wishes. They are very much appreciated. smile.gif

So girls, keep you fingers and furbaby paws crossed for our little man. Tomorrow is going to be a huge day for him. wub.gif

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 03:12 PM

Best of luck tomorrow drom with everything.

If you need support or someone to talk to with hubby being away tomorrow night I will be around, as will other i-do ladies no doubt smile.gif

Moni will certainly appreciate a little girl time with you.

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:46 PM

QUOTE(Rogue @ May 8 2009, 03:12 PM) View Post

Best of luck tomorrow drom with everything.

If you need support or someone to talk to with hubby being away tomorrow night I will be around, as will other i-do ladies no doubt smile.gif

Moni will certainly appreciate a little girl time with you.


Thanks Rogue, that is so sweet. smile.gif

I think I'll need something to keep my mind occupied that's for sure.

I'm looking forward to spending some time with Moni too. It will help to keep me occupied. smile.gif

In the meantime, here's a couple of pics that I took of Fidel today. I couldn't resist pulling out the camera and taking some snaps of our little guy. smile.gif You can see where they had to shave part of his lions mane (as hubby calls it wub.gif ) under his neck and his leg for his bloods and also right under his belly for his ultrasound. wub.gif

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This is one of my faves from the day he got home from the emergency centre (last Saturday). We had no idea he could even jump onto the rangehood! tongue.gif
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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:48 PM

laugh.gif nice haircut Fidel! He has such a friendly looking face. I hope it all goes well tomorrow.




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