our girl cleo, is not well. she has been not herself for a few days. sunday it all got serious.
first clue? she didn’t come running down the stairs for the first of several feedings…even when i called her, shook her packet of food… she didn’t come. eventually i went up and carried her down, gathered up a few prawns and took her out to the greenhouse…she didn’t eat her prawns…
that alone is an ominous sign in a cat that usually takes up a permanent position next to the fridge when she knows prawns are about…she wouldn’t lay down and after i carried her back in she pretty much just collapsed flat on her tummy right where i placed her. she was obviously breathing heavy…increasingly noisy…
being a critical care nurse i started looking at her more as a patient than a big lovable ball of fur. i looked up the normal respiratory rate for a cat…20-40…and using the stopwatch on my phone counted hers at about 40. what else can you do to assess a cat?? at least a baby cries, tugs at their ear, turns red or warm….
about 10pm she really started coughing and struggling, i called the vet and got the numbers for the vet ER, got the cat carrier out of the loft and pretty much made an urgent plan B. she settled for awhile until about 2am, she started coughing again and her breathing got very shallow…i know all to well that people and cats, i assume, tire out after many hours of laboured breathing.
so i took her by taxi to the all night vet, where the vet nurse sally was the perkiest nightshift person i have ever seen. the vet thinks she has a chest infection not asthma…she got 5 shots…antibiotics, two for her breathing, a diuretic (in case its fluid overload due an undiagnosed heart condition) and something to help her relax.
the vet couldn’t be sure until they do an xray, which she thought would be cheaper if i waited and took her in to the regular vet during office hours…so we came home,
she was definitely better but still just laid there with her eyes wide open and still not eating, even when i brought her a small dish of food to her favorite warm spot at the top of the stairs. i called the vet in the morning and brought her in, by taxi…i was surprised that they planned to keep her all day….
i called for an update at 2pm, she had blood work done and they said she was able to lie still for the xray…no sedation. i’m going to pick her up shortly and they will give me the diagnosis.
i miss her and teared up when i had to leave her at the vet…i wonder if she thinks i abandoned her.