The vet called Tuesday to see how she was doing and I said she hadn't improved. It appeared that her mouth was still a bit red and sore from all the constant vomiting on Sunday and that eating hurt and that was why I thought she didn't want to eat. She was of course, still sleeping a lot. The vet suggested that, instead of introducing another medicine (an antibiotic-to cure the inflammation) that could upset her stomach even more, that I give her .25 of Buprenex which I have on hand since I'm giving it to some of the others for their idiopathic cystisis and to Myrna Loy, the HCM cat. The vet also said that if she does not begin eating by Wednesday, that on Wednesday she will need to have a barium test done. Barium is a radioactive liquid that she would swallow and it would allow the xrays to see if the liquid is able to pass through her system or if there is a blockage.
So, Katharine began receiving on Tuesday the Buprenex, the stomach meds, lysine, laxatone (because she's not passed a BM yet), and some food via syringe into her mouth. By 7 p.m. she perked up and began eating only small bites of dry food. But she was also out of bed and wanting attention.
Today, Wednesday, she received more of the same by mouth and she came downstairs to eat with the others. And she wants more time and attention and she's sleeping much less. She's not eating a lot but that is slowly picking up. She is keeping it all down.
|Sleeping Katharine Hepburn|