Friday, April 5, 2013

Morphine and the Litter Box

A Kali- cat update: 

Kali, in her bed, this afternoon

After struggling with having to force feed her again last night, and noting that she hadn't touched her water dish in 24 hours, and that she had become less rather than more mobile, this morning I called the vet again, and had her in for an afternoon appointment.

When she went in for her first visit last week, just a few days before her cancer surgery, she had already reduced her food and water intake to almost nothing.  But she had cancer, and we assumed that like many animals with this kind of cancer, once the amputation was done, she'd bounce back and be her old, normal self in two, maybe three days.

Instead it's all gotten worse.

The hope I had earlier this week has been crushed.  She's now having even more difficulty eating.  She settles in a spot and doesn't move for hours... like 18 hours... and I actually go in and turn her over because I'm afraid of a kitty version of bedsores.  She has cushions all over the house now, but no longer moves from one to the other.  She only gets up to go to the litter box, maybe once a day.  I bring her food in her bed, and if she won't eat it off the spoon, I have to use a little soft syringe to squirt it gently into the back of her mouth.

She doesn't climb up on the couch, if she comes to the couch after using the litter box, she sits at my feet and cries until I pick her up and put her on the couch.

The doctor found a new large lump on the leg the surgery had been done on, but much higher up on the leg.  It wasn't there before, and it's not showing up on x-ray, so we're thinking soft tissue damage.  She also has a lump on her head.  The doctor thinks she might have bumped her head, but we're going to keep an eye on her.

She's also running a fever now, so she's on different antibiotics, as well as a kitty version of a synthetic  morphine-like medication for pain.

She goes back to the vet on Tuesday.

I'm really worried about her.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


  1. Perhaps soft boiled egg yolk (warm not cold) or salmon mashed up really fine or a jar of pureed meat baby food?

  2. This doesn't sound good at all, I am sorry to say.

  3. Lori, she hasn't ever liked egg or fish... but what I have for her is some prescription canned food that I thin out, warm up, and she'll lap it out of my hand or a spoon. After she had her pain meds, she ate almost a 1/4 cup of food, which was great :D Of course, she ate it out of the spoon at first, then when she refused, I let her lick it out of my hand (gross, but if she eats that way, I'll do it).

    A lot of people are saying baby food, but right now I'm worried about the content and flavor. She turns her nose up at just about everything, and only likes the prescription food and the Iams Lamb, so I'm feeding her those.

    Zusi, I know... but the vet seems to think that if we can just get the infection cleared up, she'll be fine (well, except for the arthritis). I'm just worried we missed something important when we focused on the cancer in her toe.

  4. She is able to make it to her kitty box & ate a 1/4 cup of food which is encouraging.

  5. A finicky eater, huh? I'm happy to hear she ate almost a 1/4 cup of her food :) I think its cute that she would only eat it off your hand :)