kitty crisis

it was a heck of a start to my monday morning.  our littlest kitty, dutch, still isn’t feeling well and he hadn’t eaten anything for two days.  i call the vet and they say they can get him in first thing.  as i’m sitting in the waiting room the dr. is in the lobby with another family and their large lab.  he is very dispassionately telling them that, “… oh, only hundreds not thousands.  but it is too late; he’s in heart failure already.”  i’m immediately water works.  their saga continues and it’s very hard for me to watch this whole thing happening in front of me.  the vet disappears to the back with the dog and the owner says good-bye.  right there.  it was terrible.

so then the vet finally calls me back and asks what the problem is (he had forgotten that he saw dutch a week ago for this same problem).  he pokes and prods while appearing to only half listen to me and then takes his temp.  the doc then says flatly, “hhhmph.  he’s still running a fever.  i guess i should check for feline lukemia.  just stay here, the test will take 5-6 minutes.”  holy momma!  i was a wreck for those 6 minutes!  in hindsight i should have known that the humane society would have never let us adopt dutch w/o checking for that.  but good grief… a little sensitivity please!  well the test was of course negative but he still doesn’t know what’s wrong with our little kitty-bear that has lots of green pooh.  he’s lost a significant amount of weight and the antibiotics he was on for a week clearly didn’t work.  so dutch received a new stronger antibiotic and a steroid shot.  if there are no signs of improvement by wednesday we’re supposed to go back.  but if he’s still not better, i’m going to a different vet.  i know bedside manner doesn’t have anything to do with your ability to practice medicine, but it sure makes me think you do.  we’re hoping this stuff works though…

he’s just got to get better…

****it is of note that the real crisis is of course in haiti and here are two places that can help.  here & here

4 comments

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that. Finding a good vet is hard. I still haven’t found one I like (it took me multiple pediatricians until I found a good one for Chloe). Best of luck little kitty!

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