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28 December 2007 @ 10:25 am
Merry &%!#@ing Xmas  
A brief timeline of events:

Dec. 25, late at night- Rochester eats something he shouldn't have. We think it's a toy mouse he got for Xmas, which he ripped into pieces to nosh on.
Dec. 26, 3 AM- Start of marathon puke-fest that continues for three days. Two vet visits, two sets of inconclusive x-rays, whole lots of drugs and subcutaneous fluids. He acts more like himself each day, but he can't keep food down and isn't using his litter box. Looks like the only recourse is to open him up and make sure nothing is blocking his digestive tract.
Dec. 28- I drop the poor unsuspecting kitten off for surgery, and cry like a baby. Return home to sign on to work and cry more. Less than an hour later, Sephie pokes around under my work desk and retrieves the toy we thought Rochester had eaten, very much intact.

So, we don't know what Rochester ate that has caused him to puke at least three times a day since Xmas night. We don't have plants anywhere in the apartment, and the stuff that came up with his first stint of vomiting looked green and spongy/fibrous, which is why we thought he ate the little green mouse toy. I'll poke around under the bathroom and kitchen sinks to see if anything under there matches the description (I'm doubting it). I already notified the vet, and we agreed that Rochester should have surgery anyway. If he doesn't go under the knife today, he won't get another opportunity with his vet until Wednesday (everyone's off for New Year's), and if his health declined and he needed emergency surgery over the weekend, it'd be loads more expensive.

My little boy is sitting in a cage in the vet's office, awaiting surgery. I wish I was there cuddling him.
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policyt3knomanser on December 28th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
This makes me wish I was more conscious and saved the bits that he hurked up. No one is at their best when awoken by hurking at 3AM, but it'd have been nice if my wits were more about me.
Miusheri: bluescreenmiusheri on December 28th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't think of it either- being even less conscious than you were at the time- and we really thought we knew what he had eaten, anyway. *kiss*

I poked around under the sinks and in the storage closet. I didn't see anything that looks like what he might have eaten instead. There is still a can of cat food under the bed from I-don't-know-when, which I can't reach and I'm sure has long since been stripped of any and all cat food molecules, but under the bed is pretty much just Sephie's domain. I don't remember Rochester ducking under there for anything.
steelerbabe777steelerbabe777 on December 28th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Holy schnikes. *hugs*

I am sorry, my office doesn't have good reception, this place is like a dungeon, so on my lunch break I will check my message to see if you left any more details than on the journal.

The poor baby...I am sure it was a Christmas toy, you guys probably just weren't sure of which one. It just seems obvious because the same night he gets new toys, he's hacking up Christmas-colored fuzz. I just hope they find whatever it is that is upsetting his tummy and fix it right away. I am so sorry sweetheart...I hope you are feeling better. But I know what you're going through. I cried when I dropped Precious off for her spaying, and that was routine.

Keep me posted...I hope the little guy is OK... :'(
Miusherimiusheri on December 28th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
Nah, the post is more updated than your phone message will be. And if/when we hear further, I'll definitely let you know.

If it is a toy, then I really can't remember which one. We only took a couple of them out for them to play with, and we'd accounted for all but the mouse earlier. Now the mouse has turned up, so we have no idea. Toy seems like the most likely suspect, but if so, it is a toy that mysteriously eluded my radar.

Yesterday and today, he was much improved in temperament, even though he had his puking stints. He was meowing for food, shoving his face in our food, cuddling and purring his head off, being an attention whore- y'know, the usual. ;) Even rolled on his back to let us pet his belly. At no point has he run a fever or been real unresponsive or anything. We're hoping that'll allow him to recover quickly.
steelerbabe777steelerbabe777 on December 28th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...this is definitely confusing. If all toys are accounted for, what the hell did he eat?? Poor baby... I wonder if maybe he got into the toys you didn't give them yet...?? I don't know, whatever it is, I just hope he's OK...and soon. It's funny that he was his usual self (attention whore, LOL) last night and then pukey again... Did they mention the possibility of it being just a bug or something? I guess they're going to operate regardless which is the safest route, but still... :'( I will be awaiting the update...did they say what time exactly they were going to operate, or is it still a waiting game for now?

Miusherimiusheri on December 28th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have no clue either. There is the possibility that nothing is stuck in his gut, and he just has gastritis (basically, bowels that are very annoyed with him). If they don't find any obstructions during surgery, they will perform a biopsy, but I doubt that's going to come back with anything.

I don't know exactly what time they're going to operate, but it'll be before 5:00, that I know. They'll call me with updates and stuff.

*many hugs back!*
steelerbabe777steelerbabe777 on December 28th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Owie....poor little man. :( I feel so bad for him, I hope it's not as painful as it sounds like it might be. I feel so freaking bad I am about to start sympathy-puking like Sephie. :'(
Miusherimiusheri on December 28th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
He will be drugged out of his mind, I imagine. No reason to feel bad, it is ultimately what's best for him.
Miusherimiusheri on December 28th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
I got a call from the vet- they finished with surgery. They didn't find anything in his digestive tract, but they think he might have pancreatitis, which means he has to keep getting IV fluids/food/drugs for a while longer. They want him back tomorrow for more observation. We can either take him home for the night, or put him up at a 24-hour care center. I'd rather do the former, but I'll wait and hear what the vet recommends when he calls back with more information.
steelerbabe777steelerbabe777 on December 28th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness there wasn't anything in his digestive tract--I can't believe that. It just seemed so obvious that the same night he got new toys he started puking...WOW. I am shocked. Is pancreatitis a serious issue, or is he going to be ok???

I think it would be a good idea to let him stay the night, just so he's forced to rest and he's got a knowledgeable watchful eye on him around the clock, just in case...

*HUGS* I hope you're ok sweetie, I will call you when I leave here.
Who am I?canissum on December 28th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
(hugs) I get teary every time I think Pandora might be getting worse. I hope the vet can help.
Miusheri: Morriganmiusheri on December 28th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Worse with the trembly/uncoordinated-ness? If it is due to cerebellar hypoplasia, then it shouldn't get worse, and she should have a normal life expectancy. Granted, we think Sephie has declined since she was younger, but the vet did not find cause for concern with her. I hope Pandora's the same way!

*hugs* Rochester is home from the vet now, understandably not thrilled about the cone he has to wear. The vet didn't find any obstructions in his digestive tract, but he thinks the pancreatic tissue was a bit inflamed. So, this might be pancreatitis. Rochester's going back to the vet tomorrow for more IV treatment and observation.
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on December 28th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Miusheri: Morriganmiusheri on December 28th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*

He's home now, woozy and yet not woozy enough to prevent him from thrashing around to get rid of the degrading cone he's being forced to wear. Silly us, trying to keep him from biting at his stitches... ^_^* He's going back tomorrow for more IV treatment and observation.
sageblessing on December 29th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Oy vey... I'm so sorry about that mess! I know how rough it can be to leave a cat at the vet. Here's hoping Rochester will be better and home soon! >^..^
sageblessing on December 29th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
Oh, well I guess he's back! LOL Well, keep us posted on what happens later...
Miusherimiusheri on December 29th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
Many thanks, will do!

Happening number one is that we have to sleep in shifts to make certain he doesn't pull out his IV catheter. My turn on. Hooray!
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basket cat thinks this sucksamethyst_hunter on December 29th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Poor baby kitty! :(( Neko and Sam send lots of hugs. *HUGS*
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on December 29th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
*hugs back!*

Things continue to improve, fortunately, to which my latest post attests. Rochester hasn't barfed since 8 AM yesterday, woot!

Please give your kitties many cuddles for me! =)