Please Send Good Thoughts for a Sick Cat

    a.250w sometimes loveOthers say I have a strong personality, am an intense force, and come across as tough. I don’t know because I don’t see myself as others do. However, I do know in certain areas I am a total and complete woos.

    I never took having a sick child in stride. Maybe on a good day I could come across as accepting it happens, but inside? Well, I was a complete and utter wreck, worrying, fussing, and mind-tripping. (Thank you darlin’ for almost always throwing up when in your grandparents’ care.) I still wig out when my twenty-something tells me she’s sick. (Though not as intensely as before.) I feel sad when someone suffers, and when it’s someone I love, I simply hate it. I hate there’s nothing I can do to make it better. Grrr!!!!

    Turns out that same woosieness applies to animals. (Ironic since I am not a natural animal person.) It was through my short tenure with Einstein I discovered that while I don’t have a lot to offer, I can offer the basics: food, water, a clean litter box, regular brushing, a bit of play, cuddle time and lots of love. Unlike Checkers‘ demise which was drawn out and required euthanasia to put him out of his misery , Einstein went to sleep one November day last year and didn’t wake up. Still, I was unnerved enough to hesitate about taking on another cat. Finally, on Valentine’s Day (this year) I went to the local rescue shelter and asked for their most difficult to place cat.

    Hello Amara. (She didn’t come with that name, but that’s another story. Amara means beloved.)

    While Einstein was hard to place because he’d been traumatized and didn’t show well for adoption, Amara was hard to place because on top of not showing well, she was (and is) high maintenance. She doesn’t handle being around other cats well (which can’t be avoided when multiple cats are being shown for adoption), she’s HIGHLY allergic to fleas, can’t handle stress (and stresses easily), she gets lumpy bumpies all over her body, she has a gastro-intestinal system which should be patented for chemical warfare, and she bites.

    I brought Amara home. After she settled into her new environment, her love of people rose to the surface. Any human who crosses the threshold is a friend. She’s a cuddler. She’s affectionate. And she is oh so pretty. Now something is wrong with this affectionate being. Sometime beyond lumpy bumpies. Something beyond the other things.s.01w Amara cuddledAmara is listless, so I stroke her gently.

    She’s sad, so I murmur words of comfort.

    She clings to me, so I hold her even more than usual.

    She doesn’t seem able to go to her food, so I bring her food to her, holding the dish while she cuddles in my lap. (Ditto her water.)

    All the while, hoping for the best.

    My request to all you cat lovers, animal lovers, and woosie non-natural animal persons is that you please send loving, healing thoughts for this delightful, special, loving animal. Thank you.

    ~Amara is scheduled to see a  veterinarian later this morning. Updates will be posted.

    ^Update#1: 27aug2014 11:00 a.m. Have minimum two-day wait for lab results. In the interim Amara will receive the kitty version of an i.v. of fluids every other day.

    ^Update#2: 29aug2014 The good news is there is nothing wonky in the lab results. The bad news is there is something still seriously wrong with Amara. Until her early morning appointment this coming Tuesday (it being a holiday weekend), I am to continue hand feeding her  (ditto water), place her in her little box regularly so she’ll use it, and take her for her kitty i.v. fluids. On Tuesday the vet wants to explore the possibility of Amara having some sort of autoimmune disorder/disease.

    ^Update#3: 02sep2014. Well, it’s official. Amara has a “no name.” The vet has no idea what’s wrong with her, though obviously something is. In response to my hypothesis that it is the result of the chemical flea repellent the vet said with time, any toxin(s) in Amara’s system should work its way out. (The kitty i.v.’s helping keep Amara hydrated in the interim as well as flushing out her system.) So continued good thoughts and well wishes are appreciated.

    ^Update#4: 03sep2014. *She takes a very deep breath and lets it out slowly* I believe Amara has put the worst behind her. As of yesterday afternoon she no longer needed to be carried to the litter box, and as of last night she ate and drank on her own!!! She is on a stronger more intense prednisone regime for her “lumpy-bumpies.” (Amara breaks out in scabs all over her body when she’s stressed.) I am hopeful whatever odd thing going on with her paws will disappear with the lumpy-bumpies. (Neither of those are life-threatening, so I’m chill.) Only time will tell if she’s had permanent neurological damage. (While she used to move gracefully, since she was “poisoned” her movements have been jerky and she’s very twitchy.)  I am relieved to see life returning to her. Thank you one and all for your good thoughts and wishes!

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    Patricia - August 27, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Prayer for Amara that she be well and happy.

    Tana Bevan - August 27, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Thank you Patricia.

    Sheila Bergquist - August 28, 2014 - 2:01 am

    I am sending lots of prayers and good feelings your way for Amara (love that name). I am so thrilled you took her in and you just got a huge gold star from me…haha. Keep us posted. Give her a hug and kiss from me.

    Tana Bevan - August 28, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Thank you Sheila. Amara no longer has me worried she is dead. (She was literally so listless and her breathing so shallow I had to shake her to make sure she was still alive.) However, she has a ways to go before she is well. The good news is the kitty version of i.v. fluids helps. In the meantime, while waiting for the lab results I do what I can to make her comfortable and let her know she’s loved.

    Sheila Bergquist - August 29, 2014 - 12:34 am

    It could be kidney related or diabetes…let me know what happens. And love will get them a long way, believe me. Big hugs to both you and Amara.

    Tana Bevan - August 29, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Sheila~If you go to the end of the post, you’ll see there’s an update. The lab results were a good news/bad news situation. The good news being nothing wonky appeared. That bad news being the hunt is still on for what is causing the poor darlin’ such distress. I really appreciate your care and concern. Thank you so much! I laugh at all this drama because I am not a natural cat person, I don’t believe in bending over backwards for a cat and yet, not only am I hand feeding this cat, but I went out to purchase chicken (something that grosses me out), and cooked it (something that grosses me out even more) because the vet instructed me to do so. lol I will continue updating the post as developments evolve.

    Star Hunter - August 30, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    Poor Amara. She really is a beauty. The biggest, best wishes for her recovery.

    As for you, dear Tana, I think you found Amara, and she found you, because you care so much and are there for her. The biggest, best wishes for your strength to hold up.

    Star Hunter - August 30, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Hugs…..

    Sheila Bergquist - August 30, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    An even bigger gold star for you! They have a way of getting into your heart, don’t they? Big hugs and prayers for you both.

    Tana Bevan - August 30, 2014 - 9:59 pm

    I really appreciate your good wishes Star. Amara is a sweetie, but she is sooooooooooo high maintenance. I am laughing at the lengths I am going through while she goes through whatever it is she’s going through. IMHO the most pressing issue is a reaction to/being poisoned from the anti-flea medication. Whether the vet confirms my assumption or not I don’t care. This was the last month she’s getting the chemical version put on her. (Yay for me because I was also getting EXTREMELY sick from the smell when I dosed her.) The other issues she has, well I think those can be dealt with as well, but later. Right now my focus is on getting her well enough to stop hand feeding her, cooking her chicken, and carrying her to the litter box.

    Tana Bevan - August 30, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    Sheila~Appreciate all your hugs & prayers. As I wrote in my comment to Star, I really think the crux of all this stems from the anti-flea medicine. Already have alternate, non-toxic methods of dealing with fleas in the works. I’ve ordered diatomaceous earth, a nit comb, and am scheduled to chat with some cat owners who work at the local health food store. This is one high-maintenance cat. *sighs & smiles in relief as she watches Amara breathing*

    Star Hunter - September 1, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    I absolutely agree with you about the nasty chemical flea stuff. Let me know if you find an effective alternative.

    Tana Bevan - September 1, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    Star~Working on it. Have some ideas I want to try, but nothing until Amara is stabilized.

    Sheila Bergquist - September 3, 2014 - 1:43 am

    Hang in there…my prayers and love are sent your way!

    Tana Bevan - September 3, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Sheila~Thank you so much for all your good thoughts and wishes for Amara. I posted an update going into a little more detail as to what’s going on with her. Bottom line, I believe the worst is behind us. YIPPEE!!!! Again, thank you for caring. :-)

    Sheila Bergquist - September 5, 2014 - 1:44 am

    YAY!!!! Glad to hear the new update.

    Tana Bevan - September 5, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Sheila~Relieved to say it. :-)