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Dinah is not in a good way - Elf M. Sternberg
Dinah is not in a good way
Omaha and I know that we're dealing now with a cat that's in rapid decline. The neurological incident she had recently, the one that caused the weakness on the left side of her face, is now spreading, and she can no longer control her mouth on that side. She drools constantly, has a terrible time eating anything at all, and often has wheezing breathing incidents whenever she purrs. She's desperate for warmth; she sleeps on one of the heat vent registers whenever she can, dares the stairs only if she absolutely has to.

We've gone back to using an oral injector to get her food into her, and she protests it in a way she never did before. The only way to get food into her is blend it with chicken, beef, or fish stock (depending on the pouch we're giving her) using a stick blender, and pour it into her dish like soup. She still doesn't eat much, she's dropped from eight pounds to five, and I really don't think she's going to last much longer.

She still purrs, and she still loves us, but it's hard watching her slowly fall apart like this. Poor kitty.

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fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 2nd, 2009 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)
From: anthologie Date: January 2nd, 2009 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww. :(
acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 2nd, 2009 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I hate to be the one to have to say it, but I'm afraid you're going to have to make a very hard decision soon...

marketeer From: marketeer Date: January 2nd, 2009 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear it. With our Mabel, at the end, she could eat baby food (all-meat flavors) and actually she seemed to enjoy them a lot. Maybe that would help get some nutrients into her.
mikstera From: mikstera Date: January 2nd, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I went through this with one of our cats last year. I second the baby food suggestion... and yeah, :(.
halloranelder From: halloranelder Date: January 2nd, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
solarbird From: solarbird Date: January 2nd, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh jeez, I'm sorry. ;_;
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: January 2nd, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* to all of you.

I third the baby food suggestion--make sure there are no onions in it. Don't want to cause additional stress to her system.

Edited at 2009-01-02 04:29 pm (UTC)
kistha From: kistha Date: January 2nd, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry - it's very hard to do. You have my sympathy, thoughts and prayers.
norincraft From: norincraft Date: January 2nd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm. That's tough.

What is best for Dinah and/or the girls?
_candide_ From: _candide_ Date: January 3rd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

I Really Hate to Say This...

...but losing over 1/3 of her weight doesn't bode well for Dinah. ;_;

I'm so sorry. It sounds like it's time, unless your vet has anything else to say.

epinoid and I haven't lost any of our cats yet. But we need to give Ian laxative twice daily; he's had more than one incident where he's gotten blocked and stopped eating. The first time it happened, he lost a lot of weight and we thought we were going to lose him. He's still with us, but it's only a matter of time before he declines and we have to make that decision you're now facing. :(
From: dsgood Date: January 3rd, 2009 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
My sympathies.
lisakit From: lisakit Date: January 3rd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Listen to her. She'll tell you when it's time.

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