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Update on my cat Maya

July 21st, 2005, 08:14 PM
Some of you kind folks may remember my cat, Maya, and how she lost her appetite at the beginning of June right after having her rabies shot. Various brief rounds of Prednisone didn't seem to help, and after eating for a short period, she stopped and began to go downhill again. When I took her to the vet on June 28, she had lost 2 lbs...20% of her body weight...and her liver enzymes were up over 200. Needless to say, I was terrified. I started syringe feeding her to get something into her, and after the 4th of July weekend, I took the week off work to find out what the heck was wrong and see if we could get her turned around.

I took her to my old vet for a second opinion, then off we went to the abdominal specialist for an ultrasound and a quick needle biopsy of her liver. The good news was that they found no obvious signs of cancer (I was so relieved), and he thought she probably had some irritable bowel disease that had been kicked off by the rabies shot. He also said that she was on the verge of fatty liver disease but wasn't quite there. I told him that I was syringe feeding her and she seemed to be perking up a little; we both agreed to forego the feeding tube for the time being if she would take enough calories by mouth.

I'm happy to report that after 20 days and countless cans of high-calorie cat food, Maya has gone from just under 8 lbs. to 8 lbs. 13 oz. :D

Her liver enzymes were still around 200 last Monday, but had gone down slightly from the week before. We're both exhausted--her from having a constantly full belly and me from getting up at 5:30 to feed her before I go to work and then running home to do it at lunch. Sometimes I feel like that guy in the Dunkin' Donuts commercial who kept staggering out of bed saying, "It's time to make the donuts," only my refrain is, "It's time to feed the kitty." But it has been so worth it. My hometown vet said she's surprised she's gaining weight on oral feeding, but I can't imagine she'd be able to take any more in her tummy with a feeding tube. She's so sweet tempered that she cooperates most of the time and only spits a little out.

Once her liver enzymes are back to normal (or at least a lot closer), I'll start weaning her off the syringe feedings. I'll be very grateful when that day comes, but for now, I'm just glad she's on the right track.


July 21st, 2005, 09:48 PM
So things are looking up? I hope she gets better and better. :fingerscr You're a great person for helping this kitty get healthier. :grouphug:

July 22nd, 2005, 03:38 PM
Thank you so much, Prin. I know folks here understand what I mean when I say the thought of losing her, of not having her be a part of my life anymore, was absolutely devastating. I was willing to do whatever it took...even if it meant boarding her somewhere while I was at work so they could feed her every hour, on the hour. Hopefully, she'll take the next step to start eating on her own.

Keep your fingers crossed and thanks for your good wishes...I'm not the most religious person in the world and hope I don't offend anyone by saying this, but I said lots of prayers for her recovery and have done some serious thanksgiving when the news was good.


July 22nd, 2005, 04:43 PM
WHKnight,I remember Maya and I am really happy she's doing better,much thanks to you :thumbs up
Don't feel bad for praying,I am definetly not religous,but there has been times when I prayed as a last resort,every little bit helps,right!!
I hope Maya will continue on the mend,she's a lucky girl to have such a loving owner :love:

July 26th, 2005, 07:18 PM
Vet visits: $600
Prescription cat food and syringes: $80
Canned cat food, baby food, tuna: $30
Number of days off work: 6
Number of trips home at lunch to hand-feed: 15 and counting

Weight gain of 1 lb. 6 oz. in 19 days and liver enzymes back to normal in 2 weeks:


Maya's weight is up to 9 lbs. 4 oz. (HOORAY!), and her liver enzymes, which were 207 two weeks ago, were down to 50 at the vet yesterday. There are no words to describe my relief and happiness.


Now just one last hurdle, getting her back to her regular food...but I know she'll get there!

Just had to share the glad tidings, thank you everyone!


July 27th, 2005, 05:54 AM
I hope all goes uphill for Maya :)
I know about the kitty not eating been there & lost my little guy cat. He was so young 3 1/2 I did everything in my power to help him but he passed away 3 weeks ago last nite.
I know about the vet bills I havent totalled up but in 2 months our vet bills (just talleyed it up now) $4100.00 for just 2 months of all his injections/ultrasound/medicine/emergency care you name it & in the end we couldnt save him. I told my husband if we had to get a loan to help save CJ we would. But CJ's body just couldnt take it anymore & we had to put him down. He was slowly wasting away & i couldnt see him suffer so I had to put him down he had lost just over 10% of his body weight & the vet it would be better for him this way. Im very happy Maya has pulled through maybe CJ is Maya's guardian angel :)
:angel: :ca:

Keep me updated on if she takes solid food :)
Good job i know it can be very tiring but in the end the rewards on so great! :angel: :grouphug: :thumbs up
Angerona (Kellie)

July 27th, 2005, 07:18 AM
Yippie! That's just great news. Maya is one lucky little lady to have you!

July 27th, 2005, 08:21 AM
WHKnight,just the kind of news I needed this morning :highfive:
Way to go Maya :fingerscr

July 28th, 2005, 08:14 PM
I hope all goes uphill for Maya :)
CJ's body just couldnt take it anymore & we had to put him down. He was slowly wasting away & i couldnt see him suffer so I had to put him down he had lost just over 10% of his body weight & the vet it would be better for him this way. Im very happy Maya has pulled through maybe CJ is Maya's guardian angel :)

Angerona (Kellie)

Kellie, I am so sorry to hear about your is just devastating to do everything you can and lose your baby anyway. I like that thought that CJ is her guardian angel; that just made me tear up. I feel so lucky to have had so much support while she was sick...even my boss was 100% okay with my taking time off to take her to the vet and take care of her.

Thanks again for the good wishes, and :grouphug: to you for CJ.