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Adventures with Kittens - Pharaoh

Sunday morning, around 11am, Pharaoh vomited bile. I though, "Hmm. Kitten might have a hairball." So, I gave him petrimalt. And I thought all was well. Around 3pm, he threw up again... and again around 5:30pm. This last time, it had bits of plastic that looked suspiciously like the innards of a toy mouse. At 8pm, he refused to eat. Cue worried glances. Around 11pm, we saw him drinking and that was a good sign. I told Jeff, "If he's not eating and not playing tomorrow, off to the vet he goes."

11:30pmish, Pharaoh made that distressed yarking meow announcement of "I AM NOT HAPPY" that we have not heard since the first week we had him. Up came all the water he drunk 30 minutes before.


I'm on the computer looking for a 24 hour emergency vet. There is only one in the Seattle area and they are close by. I called them and they told me to bring him in. So, off we come with cat in carrier, books in tow for a midnight visit.

The result of that is that Pharaoh has a suspicious mass/gas/bubble/THING in his intestines that cannot be easily identified and in the second set of x-rays, it seems to be moving. So, fluid under the skin and some cat pepicide to calm his tummy with orders of no food or water for at least 4-6 hours. Then little water at a time, etc. Call in the morning for results of x-rays.

Bed at 2am. Cue that distressed yarking bark/meow and vomiting all over the bedroom floor at 5am. I'm up at 9am to call about the x-rays. He is listless, not wanting to play and generally unhappy. I call the emergency vet, tell them the situation and discover they haven't had time to get the results from the x-rays from the East coast. They tell me to bring Pharaoh back in.

And, here I am, in a cold room with an unhappy kitten who looks tired and uncomfortable.

I know how he feels.

20 minutes later...

Pharaoh is purring and trembling. I've never seen him do that. The doctor just came in and said that it does appear to be something in his intestines. She says the trembling is a sign of pain and the licking of the lips was a sign of nausea. So, what they're going to do is IV fluids to try to "float" it out. I should know if this will work by 5pm. If not, surgery. Jeff and I have authorized this. We've spent $1000 on Pharaoh in the last two days and it will be more. Guess it's a good thing I paid off the carpet. That 'extra' money now goes to my sick kitty.

20 minutes later...

Home now. Isis is calling and calling and calling for her brother. Her wails hurt me. I want him home, too. I'm a lot messed up over this. Pharaoh is my baby.


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Jul. 14th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
OY! I feel for you! I've been there too many times to count. It never gets easy.

He'll be fine. I'm sure the vets are doing all they can right now to make sure he's well.

Also, I know my emergency vet clinic allows visitation with their patients. We took advantage of it (coming to see Kayo 1-2x a day when he was there), plus, I saw others bringing in their other pets to help calm their ill one who was at the vet.

Just a thought.

Good healing thoughts to Pharaoh, you, Jeff, and Isis.
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Jul. 14th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
They know where it is, and he's under medical care. He'll be alright, just keep remembering that.
Jul. 14th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Poor little guy. I'm praying for him and that he gets through this with a minimum of fuss, no complications and as expeditiously as possible. Please keep updating, okay?

Jul. 14th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
My heart is with you and your little furball.
Jul. 14th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Get well little kitty. He's up in Lynnwood?
Jul. 14th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Seattle, Lake City Way
Jul. 14th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)


*more hugs*

Poor baby kitty! I trust he's getting the best possible care, and I will also trust that he will be okay.
Jul. 14th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
oh, poor baby kitty! :( I send you *all* healing thoughts (and I'm glad you have your new hubby there to be a shoulder to cry on). There is nothing scarier about being a pet-mom than having your pet left at the vet...

i look forward to hearing about his recovery, and eventually meeting, the furball.
Jul. 14th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Poor little one. Good thoughts sent for him, and you.
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Jul. 14th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
They have digital ones that they can read but if there is a question, there is a professional they email them to on the East coast. Which is not normally done unless there is too much of a question. Which, in this case, there was because the "mass" really looks like a large gas air bubble but isn't.
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Jul. 14th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
I hope your cat is ok. 8(
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
poor kitten wow i hope he gets better soon ,at least you were there to help him out .

get well mr kitten
you take care to...
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! I'm sending good thoughts for your kitten. (Why do kittehs alwayz eatz da rong stuff!!??) ::hugs::
Jul. 14th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
*sends another round of hugs and prayers*

I'm sorry you're having to go through this, but hopefully it will be over soon and Isis can have her brother back.
Jul. 14th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
You have given him his best chance at a positive outcome. You moved quickly and remained vigilant when he needed you most and that can make all the difference in the world. I hope the news is good soon. Isis needs her partner in crime back.
Jul. 15th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
((((big hugs))))
Jul. 15th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about this, I hope the poor guy'll recover quickly..*hugs*
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