Monday, February 26, 2007

LittleGirl is in the V.E.T. hospital :- (

Update: The V.E.T. released LittleGirl at 5 p.m. today, and she's so happy to be home - but a little wobbly from painkillers and sedatives. It was a severe urinary infection, so hopefully she'll be all fine again after the antibiotics and antispasmodics she has to take (very reluctantly!) for a week. She finally went to the litter pan, and after all those IV fluids, she REALLY went to the litter pan!

Thank you all so much for your wonderful purrs and purrayers.


At 12:30 a.m. today, Artsy Catsy's LittleGirl was rushed to the emergency V.E.T. after she suddenly began hissing and screeching in pain and trying desperately to urinate, to no avail. Not even a drop. It was a very traumatic v.e.t. visit, because he SQUEEZED her tummy to force urine out so he could test it -- no sedation, no catheter, just squeezing the poor little thing :-(

The tests showed lots of blood and an extremely high protein count and white count in her urine. He thinks it's a urinary tract infection, but since LittleGirl is 12 years old, we're worried it might be a more serious problem with her kidneys.

The v.e.t. had to literally PEEL our terrified LittleGirl off her meowmie Suzanne to start her immediately on intravenous fluids and antibiotics and keep her in the hospital.

LittleGirl could sure use your purrs and prayers -- and your advice. Have any kitties out there had similar problems? And does anyone know what can cause a kitty to have too much protein in its urine?

47 comments:

Karen Jo said...

Poor LittleGirl. That must have been a very traumatic vet visit. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers, but I'm afraid that I don't know anything about such problems.

Dragonheart said...

Poor LittleGirl. :( Me and my humans are keeping her in our purrayers. I hope LittleGirl will be okay.

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

I'm new to cats myself, but have posted this on the Cat Blogosphere and you should soon have lots of help.

Little Girl and her entire family are in our prayers here....
ML (Mary Lynn)

Daisy said...

Oh no, I am very sad to hear that LittleGirl is sick. When I had my bladder stones, it caused my urine to be bloody, and stones can also cause blockages, although it is more common in boy cats. Bladder stones can be readily treated with special food, or surgery, so I am hoping that is what she has, and not something more serious like kidney disease. Please let us know when you find out more. I am purring and purring for LittleGirl.

Riley & Tiki said...

We are sorry to hear about LittleGirl. Hopefully the antibiotics work and she feels better soon.

Faz the Cat said...

We hope she's better real soon. Christine and FAZ

sammawow-china cat-willow said...

We don't have any experience with that type of problem but we are sending lots & lots of purrs & prayers over to you,

Purrrrrs,
China Cat & Willow

momsbusy said...

oh no, we is gonaa purrayer extra fors little girl. she mus be fery scareds. we donts nos what its coods be. ans we is gonna purray fer you artsy catsy momma.

Anita said...

I hope that you recover soon.

Puurrrss, good sdessires and good vibrations from Spain.

Creatures said...

I am sorry to hear that Little Girl has an infection. I am sending all the purrs I have at the moment. :) Cato

Finnegan & Buddy said...

Oh no, this sounds terrible! We are hoping and praying that Little Girl will get better quickly. Sending lots of purrs & hugs, Finny & Buddy

From mom: Please check out the Feline diabetes message board "Community" - there are very knowledgeable cat moms & dads there who have dealt with many health problems in addition to diabetes. They may be able to give you some answers, links & advice.

Nora

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Poor LittleGirl!! I'm so sorry she's in so much pain. Whenever Meowmy has health questions she visits SICC. Sorry I can't be of much help but I'll send out meezer songs for her!!

Latte

The Meezers said...

oh we is purraying hard for LittleGirl - how horrible!!!

Finnegan & Buddy said...

Oooops, sorry we forgot to give you the link

www.felinediabetes.com - click on FDMB in the oval, then community forum.

Nora

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh my, our purrayers will go out for poor LittleGirl! I hope all there is to it is a bladder infection. Will she be getting more tests?

Cheysuli said...

We're not sure about cats but one thing that I'd wanted check in a human is their kidney function and also their hydration level. Dehydration can cause the protein to be concentrated relative to the amount of fluid. It can also be a sign of decreased kidney function--which is one thing they look for in human diabetics.

Diet can help if there's some decreased kidney function. If the blood work is poor (high BUN and Creatine) you can always try naturopathic medicine. There are some things those docs can do that are amazing.

First things first though--there is an infection and she'll feel a lot better if she gets rid of that.

Purrs

Junior said...

I was going to suggest something, but Latte beat me to it. There are all kinds of beans at SICC and they have had all kinds of issues...

Meowm and I will purray for Little Girl to be okay.

Radcliff, Allie, Luna & Ozzie said...

Luna here. I's had bladder problems most of my lif, so'z you can liv with it.

It is unusual for a girl kittie to totally block like that. Different plumbing. (ask your mother)

Hang in there LittleGirl. And be suur to bite that V*T next chance yoo get. That was just mean.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Oh poor Little Girl. I'm sending lotsa Purrs and prayers your way. Poor baby being so scared of the vet. I hope you hear good news soon. Let us know!

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

that's so furry scary! we'll be purrin' fur her. please let us know as soon as the vet tells you what's wrong with her.

William said...

Poor Little Girl! That sounds like a terrible terrible thing that the vet did, but maybe he had a reason. I hope she is OK and that the antibotics clear everything up very soon. It is never fun being sick!

Derby said...

Lots of purrs for LittleGirl. We hopes the VEt can help her feel better.

Dazey, Jesse & Conner Cloud said...

Purrs and prurryers going up for LittleGirl!!

The Meezers said...

we is just checking back to see if there is any update on LittleGirl. We is purraying hard.

Dazey, Jesse & Conner Cloud said...

We are so happy to hear that LittleGirl is back at home! It's scary being away from home overnight! We are glad to hear she is feeling better!!!

D
J
CC

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Yay, we'z so happy she's home! Der's no place like home.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Thank goodness. I just checked in to see if there was any news. I'm so glad she is home! I'm crossing my paws for her to have all the antibiotics work very fast for her. Poor Little Girl. Gentle purrs and headbutts to her!

Mia and Ghost said...

We just saw the news & said our purrayers for LittleGirl that the medicine will make her better. Glad to see she is home now.

Purrs....

The Meezers said...

::clapping paws and dancing:: YAY!!!!!! We is so happy LittleGirl is back and is gonna be OK!

Mu shue Pooh King Cat said...

oh we just heard about little girl we sure glad she home !!!!! We pray she will be okay dokie I one time ad to go to the vet for a UTI and had to be sadated to have my blatter exsiezed those UTi can be painful


mu shue

Tiger Lily said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that LittleGirl has such an awful infection. I'm sending you lots of purrs and headbutts and so is my big sister Jemima.

Bonnie Underfoot said...

I's glad she's home now! That's where a cat belongs. You'll know the meds are werkin when it gets harder an harder to force them into her :-) Just as well I've nefur had pills, cuz I would NOT be good about it. An my woman claims she popped pills down the first cat's throat efurry day. Ha! Um, anyway, healing purrs an purrayers for LittleGirl.

momsbusy said...

there's no place like home. s-pesh-u-ally fer sick kitties. we is fery glad little girl gots to come home. we wills be purrayin fer yurs hole clan. s-pesh-u-ally yurs mommee. beans has a reary hards time wif whens thars kittys is sick.

yuki & kimiko

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

we're so purry happy to hear that she's home and recovering! purrrrrrrrrrrrrs!

Tara said...

Oh I just caught the news, and I'm SOOO glad she is home, I'm still purring for her.
Tara

Dragonheart said...

Glad to hear LittleGirl is home! I hope she recovers quickly. Sending lots of healing purrs her way.

Gattina said...

Old cats often get kidney problems. My old Max (20) had it too, before he died. It started when he was 17 yrs old. I don't know if she eats already diet or not, but usually the infection goes away with antibiotics. But they usually drink a lot. I just discovered your blog and admired your sidebar which is so cute and then I read your problems with little girl. My godness this vet must be a monster to squeeze her without any other help ! I remember that my Max had got an injection which made him empty his bladder but he didn't suffer at all! Is this a good vet or is he specialized for cows and other big animals, his methods seems very cruel to me !

sammawow-china cat-willow said...

We're so glad that we came back & saw that LittleGirl is home! Every cat feels better at home - hope the meds make her all better.

Lots more purrrrrrrrs,
China Cat & Willow

Forty Paws said...

We're glad to hear she is back home now. We've had many male cats with crystals and bladder infections and Obi even had to have a penile urethrostomy (penis amputation) for his problems. Many times these conditions can be controlled through prescription diets and getting the cat to drink more water. Fountains, more water bowls, sinks full of water, tuna juice, clam juice, etc.

Luf, Us

Pamela said...

I had exactly the same problem with one of mine a couple of weeks ago and, coincidentally, I had asked the vet the very same question when she said there was protein in his urine. She said this was also an indication of an infection.

The important thing, she said was that mine didn't have any crystals in it. Those, she said, might indicate more serious problems. That might be something you can ask about. Sorry, I can't be more precice, because I am also translating from our conversations in Spanish.

As for causes, we also discussed this. Some cats are just suseptible, but age, diet, weight and diabetes are all factors that can influence. I have all four of mine on special urinary formula food for 2-3 months, then we're going to review the situation.

Please give LittleGirl an extra hug from me, when she feels up to it.

Munchkin, Missy and Monte said...

Glad to hear that she is doing better, it's no fun being sic. Headbutts and purrayers your way.

Eric and Flynn said...

We just heard about Little Girl, and we are glad she is back home. The old lady cat called Kitty Yumbum got cystitis when we furrst knew her, and owr mum had to give her injeckshuns efurry day furr a week, and after that she wuz rite as rain.She wuz only a little girl too. The V E T sed dat sumtimes stress can cawse urinary infeckshuns in cats.

Faz the Cat said...

Glad to hear she's home safe and sound. FAZ

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

Poor LIttleGirl. We are so happy she is home safe and sound and on the mend. We are sending purrs and headbutts from the Big Piney Woods

Emma's Kat said...

I've had LittleGirl in my thoughts and prayers and am so glad she is home and hopefully doing much better now that her meds have had a chance to kick in! Poor girl! I know how ya feel!

Karen Jo said...

I am so glad to read that LittleGirl is home. I hope that she will be feeling better really soon. Really going to the litter pan looks like a good sign to me.

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