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Hand hold needed. My baby girl is in the vets after collapsing

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cricketmum84 Sat 29-Jun-19 09:00:04

I have a beautiful baby girl cat, she's not quite 2 yet. She has single pawedly got me through the last year or so of MH issues just be being the best and most loving cat I've ever known. I love her more than most people.

She came in about 9pm last night and was a bit quiet and off her food. Came down this morning and she went to jump on the windowsill but couldn't get up, she then collapsed and couldn't walk and was trying to crawl away from me but couldn't get up.

I rushed her to the emergency vets, by which time she could walk again but seemed really dazed and confused. Normally at the vets she is constantly trying to climb up onto me and hide but she just laid on the table with her eyes half closed.

They have kept her in for observation and tests.

Please please keep everything crossed that she is going to be ok. I really don't think I could cope with losing her.

GRW Sat 29-Jun-19 09:34:26

I am so sorry to hear that she seems so poorly. I hope the emergency vet will be able to find out what's causing this and she will be ok. She sounds like a very loving cat.

mollpop Sat 29-Jun-19 09:44:16

I'm so sorry you're going through this. She sounds like a really special girl flowers

Minkies11 Sat 29-Jun-19 09:48:36

Everything crossed for you and your lovely girl. Thank god you got her to the vet quickly. Really hope it's nothing too serious. flowers

Peachesandcream14 Sat 29-Jun-19 09:53:50

Oh I'm so sorry OP, will be thinking of you and your cat with everything crossed. She sounds lovely, all you can do is be as good to her as she has been to you and make the best decisions for her care. I know how much pets can help with MH

Vinorosso74 Sat 29-Jun-19 09:54:58

Sending positive thoughts your way. I hope she's ok.

roobine Sat 29-Jun-19 09:55:12

Didn't want to read and run. It sounds like she's in the best place for her right now and is lucky to have such a swift acting mum. Sending lots of positive thoughts thanks

cricketmum84 Sat 29-Jun-19 09:58:46

Thanks everyone. She's a very special girl. She always seems to sense when my mood is low or anxiety is high and won't leave my side. The house just feels empty without her.

Sakura7 Sat 29-Jun-19 10:01:41

I will keep everything crossed for her, she's in the right place now. It must be so stressful for you but try not to panic, they will find out what causing this.

How is she with drinking water? Maybe she was dehydrated and the hot weather contributed to it.

Did the vet give some idea of when they'd call you?

cricketmum84 Sat 29-Jun-19 10:18:38

She has a water fountain and drinks quite a lot of water, it's not been overly warm here yet so don't think it's dehydration's.

They just said later this afternoon once they had run the blood tests.

Toddlerteaplease Sat 29-Jun-19 11:44:29

Fingers crossed, she's ok. It's awful when they aren't well. They are such an enormous part of our lives.

cricketmum84 Sat 29-Jun-19 12:28:57

Vets have phoned.

She has stage 3 kidney disease, it's affected her heart and blood pressure which is why she collapsed.

They are putting her on fluids for 48 hours and then scanning her on Monday to check for cysts and tumours.

Even with special food and medication the prognosis is a year at the most. She is 18 months old. How is this fair??? I can't stop crying x

mimibunz Sat 29-Jun-19 12:34:24

I’m so very sorry OP. It’s not fair at all. She’s just a baby still. All I can say is to choose quality of life over extension. flowers

Sakura7 Sat 29-Jun-19 13:41:48

Ah that is awful, I'm so sorry. It's very unfair when she's so young, it's something that normally happens to older cats. It must be a big shock.

The best thing you can do is keep her comfortable at home and feed her the renal foods. She may need fluids from time to time to give her a boost. As PP said, quality of life is the main thing. flowers

Toddlerteaplease Sat 29-Jun-19 14:10:09

So sorry. That's crap. As a PP said. Choose quality of life over everything.

PancakeAndKeith Sat 29-Jun-19 14:12:08

Oh no. That’s dreadful.
Poor baby. Is she insured?

ValleyoftheHorses Sat 29-Jun-19 14:13:48

She’s so beautiful flowers

Greyeye Sat 29-Jun-19 14:14:18

So sorry to hear this sad

Wolfiefan Sat 29-Jun-19 14:16:21

Oh that’s so not fair. Not at all. I’m so sorry op. Hoping the scans go well and they are able to send her home to you. flowers

JaimeBronde Sat 29-Jun-19 14:16:48

I'm so sorry.
A big unMNetty hug from one catmum to another flowers

aposterhasnoname Sat 29-Jun-19 14:16:51

Sorry to hear this OP

cricketmum84 Sat 29-Jun-19 14:32:33

Yes she's insured. I've just told them to do whatever tests they need to do. I still can't believe it.

Sakura7 Sat 29-Jun-19 14:50:11

For what it's worth, my cat was diagnosed with kidney failure at 15 and I was told she had 12-18 months tops. Of course I was devastated but I knew she was old and had a good life, so I just tried to look after her as best I could. More than 3 years later she's still with us and doing really well, her bloodwork is showing that the disease has progressed much more slowly than expected. We have her on the renal food and give fluids at home twice a week.

Obviously I'm not suggesting the vets are wrong and of course they have to prepare you, but some cats do really well once they start getting treatment. All you can do is take each day as it comes.

Thecatisboss Sat 29-Jun-19 21:56:51

Another positive story our dcat collapsed with kidney failure at 12. She's still with us 6 years later on daily pills but doing well. Will keep my fingers crossed for you and hip your little cat is ok.

TransFannyUltrasound Sun 30-Jun-19 00:50:08

What a little sweetie. I’m so sorry she’s become so unwell. What a shock for you. Hugs.

InglouriousBasterd Sun 30-Jun-19 00:53:56

Oh that’s heartbreaking, I’m so sorry. She’s so young flowers

Vinorosso74 Sun 30-Jun-19 08:27:29

Very unfair. I'm sorry flowers. She is a beautiful cat.

gwhizz75 Sun 30-Jun-19 10:06:14

Another positive story OP - our girl cat was diagnosed with very advanced kidney disease and had to stay in hospital for a couple of nights on fluids. She had lost lots of weight and we didn’t think she would survive for long at all. Here we are two and a half years later and she’s doing great. She has put on a kg in weight and shows no signs that she is poorly. We know this could change, but it goes to show that it’s really hard to predict how individual cats will cope with kidney disease.

Unfortunately she’s a very fussy eater and won’t eat any of the renal foods (we’ve tried god knows how many types). She won’t take pills and a liquid kidney medication she used to take made her sick all the time, meaning she never gained weight. So she’s basically unmedicated and eats whatever we can get her to eat and has still survived so much longer than we expected. There is definitely hope that your beautiful girl could have a much longer, happier and healthier life than the vets think flowers

madcatladyforever Sun 30-Jun-19 10:10:08

Oh poor little precious, I am so sorry OP. We love them and they love us unconditionally and it is so heartbreaking when this happens.
It isn't fair, so sad for you. Give your baby lots of hugs when she comes home flowers xxxxxx

cricketmum84 Sun 30-Jun-19 10:23:26

Thank you for the positive stories. They are bringing a little light into what feels like a very grim weekend.

Hoping to go and visit her today, just waiting on an update from the vets x

cricketmum84 Sun 30-Jun-19 12:57:15

We've been for cuddles this morning. She has eaten a little bit and used her tray again. We had a lovely half hour with a lot of head bumps and kisses and she really seem a lot better than yesterday. Her blood pressure has come back up to normal too.

It's now a waiting game on tomorrow mornings blood tests, if there is an improvement then she can come home and we would be looking at medication, renal food and regular blood tests, the prognosis of a year still stands.

If no improvement they are recommending we PTS. But after how she was today this doesn't seem right to me??

viccat Sun 30-Jun-19 13:09:04

Is it chronic renal disease she has, or acute kidney failure (such as from poisoning)?

cricketmum84 Sun 30-Jun-19 13:20:38

They don't think it's from poisoning. They think at the moment, because of her age, it must be a congenital thing.

Mumsymumphy Sun 30-Jun-19 13:22:51

After reading the success stories on here and after your description of your visit, I too am confused as to why they are saying PTS if no improvement?? You've seen the improvement with her eating, using tray and head bumps etc.

Bring her home and start on meds & special diet and then YOU decide if no improvement/quality of life.

LazyDaisey Sun 30-Jun-19 13:22:59

flowers thinking of your special girl.

viccat Sun 30-Jun-19 13:25:34

I would persevere with treatment too, renal cats can be very ill and bounce back to live happy, healthy lives for many months/years with the right treatment. Google Tanya's CRF website, there's lots and lots of advice.

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 30-Jun-19 13:26:15

Oh I'm so sorry, hope she pulls through and you have her a lot longer flowers

gwhizz75 Sun 30-Jun-19 13:39:11

I agree with what others have said - I would go off her behaviour/presentation rather than numbers from a blood test. Molly has had some very scary blood test results over the last couple of years but has never presented as unwell as she should according to her numbers. The vet said that some cats can just do very well with very little kidney function.

It will be hard to get a feel for how your girl will do longer term at the minute. She has been acutely unwell the past few days so I would think you’d need to give her some time to recover from that to see how she will be moving forwards.

I should also say that Molly’s blood results have fluctuated a lot, so sometimes the numbers would put her in stage 4, other times in stage 2 or 3. It doesn’t seem to be a straightforward downhill progression.

Iwouldratherbemuckingout Sun 30-Jun-19 13:43:20

We are all keeping our paws crossed for you here. So pleased she's shown some improvement. Wishing you both lots of luck xx

Icantreachthepretzels Sun 30-Jun-19 13:49:11

flowers cling to those good news stories and just treasure every moment with her. Remember it's YOUR decision whether to PTS or not - so if you think she can have quality of life then at least give her a chance, she could have a wonderful year left with you, she could have longer. Don't give up that opportunity for you and her if it doesn't feel right.
Fingers crossed her tests show improvement and you won't have to make the decision.

Sakura7 Sun 30-Jun-19 14:55:09

I should also say that Molly’s blood results have fluctuated a lot, so sometimes the numbers would put her in stage 4, other times in stage 2 or 3. It doesn’t seem to be a straightforward downhill progression.

This happened with my cat too (who also happens to be called Molly!). Certain things can elevate their readings, like when Molly had a UTI it caused her kidney results to look worse than they actually were. Next test they went back to normal.

If the vet recommends PTS, I really would go to a different vet for a second opinion. It doesnt sound right at all.

cricketmum84 Sun 30-Jun-19 20:39:40

We've been recommended to a different vet in the local area who specialises in kidney disease in cats so right now the plan is to discharge her from the original vets tomorrow regardless of blood results and then speak to specialist vets and ask them to review her notes and take her on as a patient.

Sakura7 Sun 30-Jun-19 20:59:43

That's good news OP. Bet you can't wait to get her home.

cricketmum84 Mon 01-Jul-19 10:54:16

Really not good news.

Creatinine levels should be under 140. Saturday Ivy's were 359, today they are 960.

Looks like we are losing herbtofayZ
My heart is breaking into pieces. I really can't cope with losing her,

cricketmum84 Mon 01-Jul-19 10:59:14

They think she might have been poisoned.

Jocasta2018 Mon 01-Jul-19 11:01:36

That's awful news. Big hug from here. Xx

Porridgeprincess Mon 01-Jul-19 11:02:04

My heart is breaking for you reading this. She is a beautiful cat

notapizzaeater Mon 01-Jul-19 11:04:37

Aww so sorry, are you still going to see the specialist?

Whathappenedtooursummer Mon 01-Jul-19 11:07:16

So sorry for the news op.

Thisizit Mon 01-Jul-19 11:12:19

Heartbreaking sad

I'm so sorry

Oliversmumsarmy Mon 01-Jul-19 11:15:08

That is terrible if she has been poisoned

I was going to come on and give my dcats experience when they gave him a year because of kidney disease.

He had to go for injections and blood tests weekly then things improved and it was fortnightly, as time passed he would go every 6 months and eventually they said he was cured. He lived to the grand old age of 23

Please don’t give up hope. We are all thinking of her.

Sakura7 Mon 01-Jul-19 11:49:57

I'm so sorry OP, this is just awful. flowers

viccat Mon 01-Jul-19 12:05:45

Oh no, so sorry to read your news. sad

Poisoning does sound likely for such a sudden onset of kidney damage. I've heard of similar with lily poisoning for example.

Sakura7 Mon 01-Jul-19 12:06:35

I wonder why the vet ruled out poisoning initially and focused on kidney disease (which is incredibly rare for such a young cat), only to change their mind today. Maybe I'm being unreasonable but I still think I'd try for a second opinion if at all possible. flowers

cricketmum84 Mon 01-Jul-19 12:12:53

The specialist vet doesn't work Monday mornings so he is going to review her notes this afternoon and give me a call for his opinion. I don't think it's worthwhile hauling her about as she is so so nervous in the vets anyway. I don't want to make her (potentially) last few days any more stressful than they already are x

cricketmum84 Mon 01-Jul-19 12:15:10

Worth mentioning as well that the new specialist vet doesn't have an overnight service so it would be a case of shipping her off to a different vets if she needed overnight IV so not ideal.

Sakura7 Mon 01-Jul-19 12:17:47

Ok that's good that the specialist vet will review. Fingers crossed for her.

PancakeAndKeith Mon 01-Jul-19 12:36:18

Oh my love. I’m so sorry.

If it was poisoning then I would be responsible for my actions.

Vinorosso74 Mon 01-Jul-19 12:52:34

That is heartbreaking. So sorry flowers

cricketmum84 Tue 02-Jul-19 11:55:23

cautiously good news from the vets!
The kidney marker has dropped overnight from 960 to 770 which while a massive improvement is still a long way from where it needs to be. Still pushing on with fluids for another 48 hours and retest. They said some cats need up to a week in hospital on fluids for their kidneys to start working better again and it has only been 4 days here.

They are cautiously optimistic that she could be home at the weekend if the levels get down to an acceptable amount.

She will still have a level of kidney injury and will need supportive food and medication and the prognosis still isn't much more than a year though. Although some of your stories about cats going on for longer is giving me extra hope.

Keep keeping those paws crossed for further reductions! And thanks for all the love and support.

I'm off for visiting hours and cuddles with my Ivy cat 😍

PinkSparklyPussyCat Tue 02-Jul-19 11:57:47

Keeping fingers and paw crossed for you and Ivy flowers

MrsHardbroom Tue 02-Jul-19 12:01:57

Everything crossed for her ❤️

bluebluezoo Tue 02-Jul-19 12:02:52

Poisoning could be accidental. Lillies in a garden or growing wild, or in a house she may have snuck in to. They’re the usual suspect as the pollen sticks and is ingested easily.

If it was poisoning treatment isn’t much different anyway. Lots of fluids to increase output, pain relief and ab’s.

Good news is that if it is poisoning and she’s improving, then hopefully she should continue to do so. If it’s congenital then the original cause is still there and will continue to cause damage...

SoupDragon Tue 02-Jul-19 12:04:50

Paws crossed here!

Mia184 Tue 02-Jul-19 12:31:02

Fingers and paws crossed for Ivy! 💖

namechangedforthis1980 Tue 02-Jul-19 13:35:18

Aww paws crossed for little Ivy ❤️

cricketmum84 Tue 02-Jul-19 14:24:11

It was so lovely to see her!! Although I'm now covered in fluff from the eleventy billion head bumps!

TransFannyUltrasound Tue 02-Jul-19 14:27:47

So glad that it’s cautiously good news!

Cuddles to her from me, she’s gorgeous!

Sakura7 Tue 02-Jul-19 15:26:59

That's great news, she's a little fighter.

MrsRussell Tue 02-Jul-19 15:40:17

My Cattymole was poisoned many years ago and they thought we were going to lose him to kidney damage.
Stubborn little bugger, he pulled through and was with us for a good 10 years after that.
The only long-term impact on him was that because the poison had ulcerated his throat he point-blank refused to wash even after it had healed, and consequently looked like Stig of the Dump. He looked a lot like your baby girl and I still miss him.

Vinorosso74 Tue 02-Jul-19 16:14:37

Bless her. Am pleased it's cautiously better news today. She is gorgeous.

Wolfiefan Tue 02-Jul-19 18:05:53

She’s gorgeous. Hope she’s home and giving you another eleventy billion head bumps soon.

Mumsymumphy Tue 02-Jul-19 18:46:33

Aw that's good news. Please keep us updated. 😻

lonelyinacrowd39 Tue 02-Jul-19 18:57:19

keeping everything crossed for you and Ivy.

Sakura7 Wed 03-Jul-19 11:19:48

Hope Ivy is doing well today.

cricketmum84 Wed 03-Jul-19 18:29:09

Not much of an update today. She is much the same, very bright and happy, eating and drinking well and still tolerating the drip.

Repeat bloods tomorrow so will update once we have the results.

Thanks again for all the love and support. I could honestly start to believe in the power of prayer after how many people are thinking of her and how much better she seems!

TransFannyUltrasound Wed 03-Jul-19 20:03:39

That’s reasonably meowvellous news.

Wolfiefan Wed 03-Jul-19 21:17:51

We shall all keep thinking of her then and sending get well thoughts.

cricketmum84 Thu 04-Jul-19 17:33:29

Some good and some not so good news.

Creatinine and Urea levels have come down slightly but still at a critical level. Creatinine is now at 746. However she has developed high blood pressure which is very common with kidney disease.

Going for another couple of days fluids and they are starting with some kidney and BP medication from tomorrow morning. More blood tests Saturday to see if there is any more improvement.

caffeineaddictx Thu 04-Jul-19 17:40:31

This is so sad. How can people be so bloody cruel to poison beautiful animals. She's a beautiful cat! I hope she gets better soon😞❤️

Wolfiefan Thu 04-Jul-19 18:57:59

Really hoping for good news on Saturday. flowers

JaimeBronde Thu 04-Jul-19 18:59:04

Fingers & paws crossed for Ivy. She's so pretty.

Veterinari Thu 04-Jul-19 19:14:38

OP my only advice is to make decisions according to her clinical condition not her blood results. Yes those values are very high and it does fit with toxin exposure - something like Lily pollen as a PP mentioned. But the important think is to treat her as a cat, not a set of blood results.

What’s her urine specific gravity? This tells you if the kidneys are doing their job of concentrating urine. Is she passing protein in her urine?

The fact that she's Eating and active is good- well done on getting her to the vet so quickly

Sakura7 Thu 04-Jul-19 19:27:05

Poor little girl, I bet she can't wait to get home. The positive is that she's hanging in there and doing pretty well considering. The medication should help her. Fingers crossed for Saturday.

BurntSausage Fri 05-Jul-19 09:35:18

Oh my god, you poor thing. She’s a beauty. We’re going through a similar thing with our old lady cat at the moment - she’s had chronic kidney disease for a year now and isn’t doing too well at the moment. It’s so awful when they’re ill. Sending you and Ivy lots of love.

cricketmum84 Sat 06-Jul-19 17:29:45

Ivy cat update and really good news.

Repeat blood tests have shown her creatinine levels drop to 505!! And phosphorus from 60 to 36!

Now while this does look like a huge jump it's still way way over normal levels but the vet was optimistic that they could keep dropping!

We are booked in to visit tomorrow morning, I've missed her so much and can't wait for some snuggles! there is a chance that if things keep progressing this way they have been we could have her home in 4 days!!!! The vets are amazed at her fight and her improvement.

A huge thank you to each and everyone of you that's been sending positive thoughts.

ValleyoftheHorses Sat 06-Jul-19 17:30:40

Get better soon puss

Wolfiefan Sat 06-Jul-19 17:40:52

Oh I do hope those levels keep falling. Keeping fingers and toes and paws crossed too.

SheSnapsThenSheFarts Sat 06-Jul-19 17:49:34

I have everything crossed for you both xx

PenguinsRabbits Sun 07-Jul-19 10:34:30

Wishing Ivy a continued recovery and glad she has you. bear

Vinorosso74 Sun 07-Jul-19 10:40:33

I hope you enjoy visiting her today. Great news she's doing so well too.

cricketmum84 Sun 07-Jul-19 11:50:36

Ah it was lovely. She seemed to have more fight in her today, wanting to jump off the table and having a wriggle when I picked her up! Still go lots of kisses and cuddles though.

Just waiting on an update from the vet later this afternoon and then more bloods tomorrow.

PenguinsRabbits Sun 07-Jul-19 11:58:36

That's great she's trying to escape, sounds like she wants to be back home with you. She looks so small though that might be as my 14 year old cat has been stuffing herself silly this past year smile

cricketmum84 Sun 07-Jul-19 12:57:35

@PenguinsRabbits she's a very small cat. We call her Lady dainty paws! Even at her health check in April she was still less than 3kg.

She seemed to had lost a little today, her spine was more pronounced than usual and found her neck seemed skinny. Fingers crossed she will be home soon and we can start to feed her up!!

Wolfiefan Sun 07-Jul-19 13:59:05

Good luck with the bloods. She sounds feisty and determined. A great sign!

Mia184 Sun 07-Jul-19 21:28:23

She is gorgeous! I hope the tests turn out alright and you will be able to take her home soon!

Sakura7 Sun 07-Jul-19 21:51:51

That's great news, she is a fighter! I'm sure you'll have her home soon.

gwhizz75 Mon 08-Jul-19 13:55:23

Thinking of you and Ivy OP, great to hear she is making steps in the right direction. I hope she gets to come home with you soon.

cricketmum84 Mon 08-Jul-19 22:38:04

Ivy cat update:

Kidney blood tests have reduced a little again today.

She’s been a naughty and pulled her drip out this afternoon. Unfortunately cos they have been in and out of her veins for the last 9 days they can’t now get another drip in.

The plan is to try her without IV fluids for 48 hours and see how she copes.

Repeat bloods on Wednesday will tell us whether she can cope and survive without the IV or whether we need to say enough is enough now. She’s been on the IV for well over a week and if she deteriorated it basically mean she can’t survive without it.

Please keep keeping those fingers and paws crossed for Wednesday.

Wolfiefan Mon 08-Jul-19 22:40:04

They are sooooo crossed. Hoping for good results and her naughtiness to be a good sign! Feeling better?

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