Thursday, April 16, 2009

More Pancreatitis

I hesitate to post this on my blog, since people will generally be up-in-arms at me. "Your cat", they will say. "You dared to take care of your cat, instead of do work?!"

But seriously, people? Deal.

I have slept very little this entire week. Zoe has been very ill this whole week. As my husband has the job that takes him outside of the house, it therefore falls to me to be largely the primary caretaker, day and night.

So please, I'm going to very politely say that I am just not going to get much more work done this week, and I am very, very sorry about that. Please hang on for an answer to an e-mail until Monday. If it is pressing, please call.

At this point, Zoe won't eat or drink voluntarily. We just had to force-feed 5mL of wet cat food to her, which she was not pleased about. I have washed my bedding more times than I can imagine, since all sorts of lovely feline bodily fluids have graced it.

I just want my little cat to get better, since the vet says she should (we saw them again today).

And personally, I want a good night's sleep.

24 comments:

lynnrush said...

OH man. I know how you feel. I've got two dogs, no kids.... Sick animals are draining. Hang in there.

MeganRebekah said...

I understand your choice. I love my dog like she's one of the family and would do whatever I needed to if she was sick.
Don't let the naysayers make you question your decision!

Jenna said...

Hey, cats are people, too. Do whatcha need to do to keep your kitty healthy. Hope everything turns out okay! :)

Gina Black said...

We had to force feed our overly large orange cat last year. It was like stuffing a sausage (which I say with all love and respect for him). He didn't appreciate the procedure, but he did tolerate it (we wrapped him in a towel and pinned him down) and he did start eating on his own again (well wouldn't you?). In his case, the naughty gland behind it all was the thyroid.

P. Dorsey said...

Cats are very much worth it. The haters just don't understand.

David said...

Poor Zoe!

Good luck to the kitty. (And to you.)

Miss Lily said...

I really hope your cat feels better. We went through a similar thing with my cat Jack where he was in the emergency hospital and throwing up so much...I was a wreck. If people don't understand the need for personal time, then they really aren't worth the work time. ;)Hang in there!

aimee said...

Poor Zoe Kitten!! (And poor you, too.) I hope she's feeling better soon...

barbarienne said...

Oh! I hope she recovers quickly! Poor little thing.

Nonny said...

My husband had to call out of work a few years ago when my cat nearly died and needed emergency surgery. Pets are a part of the family, too!

JKB said...

Oh Jenny, take care of teh kitteh...I'm sending good thoughts your way.

green_knight said...

I hope your cat gets better soon. And anyone who thinks you should neglect your cat in order to attend to _them_ is not someone you want to have as a client.

Cory said...

Cats are family, and it's terrifying when one gets ill. Best of luck!

BuffySquirrel said...

Hope Zoe gets better soon. I remember having a sick cat who had to be given rehydration fluids and medication four times a day (fun with syringes). My husband and I both worked, so we had to formulate a very careful plan to ensure the cat got what she needed.

She made a full recovery and I'm sure Zoe will too :).

Maria Zannini said...

Take care of your baby, first. If anyone complains that simply labels them as selfish. No one is required to be "on" 24/7.

I hope Zoe gets better soon. You need to spend time with her--as much for your health as hers.

Take care.

Kim said...

Oh, poor little Zoe... I've been there, done that and know how draining it can be. Hopefully, this too shall pass and she'll be back to her usual kitteh self.

JSB said...

Aww...I'm very sorry to hear Zoe is struggling so much. That's never fun. Don't worry about everything else, just take care of her and you!

Jana

ciarcullen said...

My thoughts for your cat. And yes, I even pray for cats I haven't met. Hope you both feel better soon.

E. Hartshorn said...

Oh, dear! We lost our 14-year-old cat this year. He hadn't been much for eating or drinking, either, but our vet didn't hold out much hope. Well, the cat lasted 6 months longer than the vet thought, but in the end, he gave up.

I hope yours pulls through!

Lisa Iriarte said...

I totally understand that pets come before partials. My two dogs mean the world to me. My eldest (15), I've had since before husband and kids. She's blind and mostly deaf, and still comes to greet me with a wagging tail if I clap my hands really loudly. The other is 10. She wakes me up each morning by pawing me and licking my hand. Take care of your kitty. I'm happy to wait.

Lisa Iriarte

Kristine Overbrook said...

When our dog get pancreatitis the vet gives her an antibiotic as well as doing the chicken rice thing.

They say not too much even if they are hungry and withhold fluids for the first 24 hours.

I got this of a site (which I'm sure you goggled on your own)http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/pancreatitis.html

The successful management of pancreatitis will depend on early diagnosis and prompt medical therapy. The mild form of the disease is best treated by resting the pancreas from its role in digestion. The only way to "turn off" the pancreas is to withhold all oral fluids and food. This approach is accompanied by intravenous fluids to maintain normal fluid and electrolyte balance. In addition, anti-inflammatory drugs are sometimes administered. The presence of shock necessitates the immediate and intense use of intravenous fluids and systemic antibiotics.

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I hope Zoe feels better soon for both your sakes.

Don't worry about taking time to care for your baby. Anyone who has an issue with isn't someone you want to represent anyway.

CJ said...

hi there

my cat had pancreatitis and is FINE now!

it was four years ago -- and serious enough she went into hospital for a week and was on a drip for feeding at one time!

she soon recovered -- was on special food for AGES -- but now is on normal food and is doing well at 14!!!

so keep your spirits up and do what the vet says -- here in the UK I had some really good vet approved tinned food I could give her which she LOVED...so ask if there is any other food you can give her!

huge hugs

CJ

Jeanne Tomlin said...

You have to take care of yourself and those you care about--and that includes pets. Anyone who can't understand that needs to get their priorities in order. As important as queries, partials, etc. are, there are things that are MORE important.

Rachel said...

Tommy, Gershwin and MIssy (and their humans) hope Zoe feels better soon!