Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cody update

I hate hairballs!

Hi, I'm back with a Cody update. He has two big, nasty hairballs blocking his intestinal tract! Out VET took x-rays and did bloodwork. His kidneys are great, his liver function is just a bit off and his white cell count is up, indicating infection or inflamation in the body. So, he is now on, let me see, Vedalax, which the vet says is like Liquid plumber for kitties and the bubblegum flavored Amoxicillan. She says 90% of the cats she sees with hairball blockages pass them within a couple of days on this stuff. The rest need surgury to remove it.
I am praying that Cody can just poo all of this out of him. He was dehydrated too, so she gave him sub q's before she sent him home with us, along with a booster shot of antibiotics and a big finger full of the Vedalax. He has to have that 3 times a day for 5 days.
The Vet said, that for 15 Cody has very good organ function. If he bounces back from this and puts on the weight he lost over the past week, he should be in great shape for a senoir cat.
It's hard to believe just this past Monday he was in the garden with me helping me plant spring bulbs and last night he started getting so sick.

I am sitting with him in my little craft room keeping him company. He has his water, mushy wet cat food and a litter box with only a little pee in it yet. I just want him to go potty and get rid of this! Oh, his tummy is full of gas too, so you can imagine how uncomfortable he has been. My poor, sweet boy!
He has always been so good and loving and gentle. Just a little fuzzy teddy bear of a kittyboy.
Please continue to purray that he can get through this.
I hope I didn't sound too frantic. I am just not ready to watch him go yet. He needs to see those flowers we planted next spring...

Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement. They and You mean more than you can ever know. I feel a bit alone in my love and worry. The teenagers have their own lives and my husband is very irritated about how much this is costing. He likes Cody and even helped give him his medicine tonight, but he wants me to be ready to let go if he can't pull through.
I would gladly give up all of my RA meds and doctor appointments to help my kitties, but he gets upset when I say that.

So, here it is almost 12:30 am and Cody and me are listening to the rain. The other kitties are sleeping. He seems a bit restless, but hopefully he can settle into a good nap.
I just hope by morning I see that nasty hairball in the litterbox.
Not a fun thing to see before coffee, but oh well...

Big Hugs and Gentle Purrs from me and Cody


Sweet Praline said...

Usually when Praline has those blockages, the vet gives her an enema and keeps her there for the day. She is usually a mess and has to have a bath when I get her home, but it works.

Praline and I hope everything comes out soon and Cody is feeling better.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Well it is not the best situation but it could be a lot worse - hopefully he will pass it on his own and not need surgery. We haven't had any hairball problems (at least not yet - who knows, that could be part of Floyds problem since he is a longer haired cat), but have gone through blockages (hair scrunchy) and gas (Lola last year basically blew up like a balloon - two vets who examined the xrays said they had never seen anything like it because there were no blockages). Hopefully everything just comes out on its own and no surgery is needed. We are keeping our fingers and paws crossed for that, and sending purrs and prayers that he is better soon.

As far as skipping your own meds and appointments, I totally understand because I feel the same way - I would give up anything to help the kitties out. But you need to be healthy to take care of them all so keep that in mind too. Hopefully it won't matter because everything will pass on its own. We hope that is the case. I am sure you sitting with him helps him to relax a bit, and maybe that will help too. I wish I had some suggestions but other than what you are doing - being there and letting him know you love him, I don't know what else you could do - you are a good mom and it sounds like you are doing everything you can!

Anonymous said...

We are sending LOUD, TURBO purrayers to Cody!!! We know his meds will make him all better!!! We hope they pass furry soon!!!

Daisy said...

Poor Cody! That must feel very uncomfortable. I am glad that the blood tests looked so good!

I am rooting for Cody to poop real good and get rid of those yucky hairballs!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're glad Cody should get better. Come on, Cody, poop!

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Cody honey we are cheering for you to poop out those hairballs! Go Cody Go! (Literally!)

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

OMC! We have missed so much! Poo problems and hairball problems are very important and need to be looked after. Maybe you could let one of your siblings start washing you so you don't get hairball blockages again?
Purrs that you will stay well.