Saturday, December 15, 2012

$400 tummy ache

We're still not entirely sure what she ate, but I suspect that lessons have now been learned. The timing of the beginning of days of copious vomiting (tmi?) would point toward Christmas tree preservative, which I have certainly now learned to keep covered with a feline-impenetrable barrier.

A trip to the vet for an examination, X-rays, fluids and five days of anti-nausea medication was the Slightly Retarded Kitty's early Christmas present.  It was tough to see her go from a loud, sprightly, perpetually ravenous (and not afraid to tell you about it) kitty to a listless, anorexic, sad little thing.  My nights were spent sleeping only very lightly, waiting in dread for the sounds of middle of the night retching.  Being the obsessive documenter and recovering science nerd that I am, I even kept notes.  

If you've ever nursed a sick pet, you will appreciate the joy that I felt when she took her first tentative nibbles after days of not eating. 

Today we celebrated the SRK being off the anti-nausea meds and resuming her hearty appetite (complete with food flying all over the kitchen) and her general exuberance for life, by taking the cat grass down from its hiding place.  Vigorous chomping ensued, along with much burying of kitty noses deep into the greenery, followed by a major nap.  We appear to be back to regular programming.

9 comments:

~Jen~ said...

WHEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW....glad kitty is ok...having nursed a sick/dying cat before I know how horrible it is...anxiety!!

ReBelle said...

Oh, joy! Glad SRK is on the upswing!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's even worse when you have done it before, isn't it, Jen? Because you know how bad it can get.

Happily, she is completely back to her normal self, ReBelle.

Lesley said...

It's so tough when they're sick, especially cats as they tend to hide it for a while before we know what's going on. I'm glad she's okay!

umbrellalady said...

Glad to hear that kitty is well recovered. It is so hard when they can't tell us what is wrong. Give her a hug for me.

mellowlee said...

So happy she's feeling better and back to being herself! :D

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Go kitty go!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's true, Lesley, cats are pretty stealthy about being sick. Until they start barfing.

You really have to be a medical detective sometimes, Kathy. So glad she is back to her normal goofy self.

I never thought I would be so happy to hear those 5:30am demands for food and door, Mel!

There's no stopping this one, Dr M!

John Mutford said...

Cats and Christmas don't mix that well, do they? We've forever banned tinsel after an unfortunate... tug-of-war... shall we call it. (And we weren't face to face.)