Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fiona and the Mystery Illness

Ms. Fiona has been back to the vet twice this week. Mom was concerned about her weight since it appears that she hasn't gained back that 1.5 lbs. she lost when she was sick. She was also starting the same behavior of trying upchuck something but only getting clear stuff out. Fiona saw our regular vet on Saturday. Her weight was still at 6.5 lbs. Mom figured that was o.k. news. At least she hadn't lost any more weight. Dr. R. suggest giving her canned stinky goodness to encourage her to eat a little more.

Saturday night and Sunday Fiona seemed to take a turn for the worse. She stopped eating again and was still going throw the yakking motions. Mom call the other vet on Monday morning. Dr. D. is who diagnosed Fiona's upper respiratory infection. She was able to get an appoint that evening. More blood was drawn for another cbc panel to be run. The good news was Fiona's blood work was normal, including her white cell count. Fiona's temperature was also normal. Dr. D. suggested that Fiona may have hyperthyroidism. She would send a blood sample to their other office where it could be tested the next day. In the meantime, she gave Fiona a vitamin B injection, an injection of anti-nausea medication, and some sub-q fluids. She sent Fiona home with another round of Baytril liquid antibiotic and told mom to keep Fiona on the appetite stimulant.

The thyroid test came back normal. Our next step is an abdominal ultrasound. That is scheduled for March 1 at 9:00am. Since we know that Fiona has a heart murmur, she is going to have a chest ultrasound done and an EKG at the same time. Hopefully that will tell us more.

Mom tried to syringe feed some A/D mush to Fiona last night. That was a total fail. So now mom is putting the food on her own finger and placing it on Fiona's tongue. She gets more of the food that way, although mom said her finger now smells like cat food even though she washes her hands. Fiona is feisty and complains and struggles, which is a good sign. Mom isn't home during the day, so it's unknown if Fiona is eating any of the dry kibble. She gave Fiona a little of the A/D food three different times last night and again this morning.

One thing mom has noticed is the Fiona has become very clingy/needy. The past two nights she has stuck to mom like a burr. She seems to have a hard time getting comfortable when she sleeps in mom's lap, but she is o.k. when she lays on the back of the chair or in the bed.

We have 12 days to go before the ultrasound. But we will keep you posted.

Clarissa & Co.


  1. Loud purrs for Fiona, and mom!

    It's not constipation, right? Annie just went through all that, and symptoms can include vomiting and nausea, as well as diarrhea.

    Our mom is sending your mom special hugs for strength and calm...Having just gone through the wringer with Annie, she knows what it's like, the worry and stress.

  2. My sisters and I are all sending lots and lots of purrs to you sweet Fiona!

  3. We are sending HUGE purrs to Fiona. Gosh, we hope it's just a hairball and it passes, one way or the other. Paws crossed.

  4. I'm sad to hear that Fiona is not feeling well. Me and my kitties will purr that everything is ok and she gets better soon!

  5. sending you many, many prayers and purrs. I know how hard it must be to wait like that (((((hugs)))))

  6. I am so sorry about Fiona and I hope that PLEASE she gets all better soon.
    Lots of purrs and love to sweet Fiona. ♥♥♥♥

  7. Did they check to see that nothing was ledged in her throat or the back of her mouth? Sometimes a piece of hard food will lodge in there and be difficult to find. Either way, I send her healing purrz.