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Thread: Chaplin - not improving as I'd hoped

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Methuen, MA; USA

    Chaplin - not improving as I'd hoped

    Chaplin, age 6, has lost 3.5 pounds in 10 months. He saw the vet 2 weeks ago, we did a full blood work up, as that is the easy thing - no anesthesia or anything needed to draw blood. He also had a fever and was slightly dehydrated. Gave him subq fluids and a Convenia shot - antibiotic - to deal with the fever.

    We returned to the vet after 48 hours. Fever gone, temp was normal. He had gained half a pound, though the vet cautioned this could be from the fluids we gave him. His lab results were in, only 2 things were not normal: elevated white blood cell count, which is a sign of infection, and elevated liver enzyme, the ALT.

    So we decided to wait till the end of the 2 weeks (Convenia is a 2 week antibiotic) as this did bring down his fever, I was to feed him soft wet food, and we return to the vet tomorrow, Monday. At that time, we will again check his temperature, his weight, and a smaller blood test which will check both white blood cells and ALT.

    My worry is, he has NOT gained any weight that I can tell this entire time. He is still skin and bones. I've kept him in the bedroom with Cuddles and Mandy this entire time, with the door closed. I've been adding milk thistle and samE to the food to work on getting the liver enzyme down.

    I guess I need to decide what we do next: our thought was that he was going to gain some weight and we could do a dental. Chaplin has poor genes for dental, he had a major dental a year back with quite a few teeth removed. We 'thought' that was going to solve everything for him. As he is still semi feral, I didn't realize he was losing weight until it was significant. (Feel awful about that). The vet was not sure he can survive anesthesia at the lower weight, which is why we went with this additional 12 days of trying to feed him and put some weight on him.

    Do the dental and x rays to see what shows up? - and pray he survives?

    He seems alert and bright eyed, but I fear I have to yet again 'make the decision' to prevent him from suffering.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
    Sandie, please let us know what the vet has to say tomorrow. If Chaplin really hasn't been gaining weight, maybe he/she has some further ideas on what to do at this point. It may take longer than two weeks for him to start gaining back a significant amount towards the weight he lost.

    Prayers and best wishes and loving energies for Chaplin and you.

    from Pat and cats
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

    -- Terry Pratchett (1948—2015), Sourcery

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Methuen, MA; USA
    Thank you, Pat.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Illinois, USA
    Big prayers for handsome Chaplin
    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
    Brrrr, I've been Frosted! Thank you, Asiel and Pomtzu!

    "That's the power of kittens (and puppies too, of course): They can reduce us to quivering masses of Jell-O in about two seconds flat and make us like it. Good thing they don't have opposable thumbs or they'd surely have taken over the world by now." -- Paul Lukas

    "We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays." -- Persius, first century Roman poet

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  5. #5
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    Jan 2013
    Zurich, Switzerland
    PURRAYERS on the way to Chaplin.

  6. #6
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    Aug 2002
    Keeping Chaplin and you in my prayers.

    All things work together for good to them that love God.
    (Romans 8:28)

    I've been defrosted-- Thanks, Sana

  7. #7
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    Sep 2007
    Delaware, USA - The First State/Diamond State - home of The Blue Hens
    Prayers for Chaplin - and for you too, Sandie. Be thankful that at least for now, he is alert and bright-eyed - that's a good sign. Hoping he bounces back - don't give up on him yet.
    Wolfy ~ Fuzzbutt #3
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    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
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    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

  8. #8
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    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Sad to report, Chaplin now has a thread over in Cat Memorial: Chaplin 2009-to-2014
    I've Been Frosted


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