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I went from a cat that ate too much (that would be Marta aka The Sofa Cushion That Ate Sheboygan) to a cat that ate too little (Thalia, the anorexic teenager cat 8/ ).  After near two weeks (is that all?! Great Scot it seems like a year) in the vet's tender care, Tally has apparently decided that Food is Good.  We may even have a cat again by the weekend (crosses all 8 fingers so hard they lose circulation).  I still fear pill applications, and a future with a fragile cat because I have a hard time believing you ever fully recover from this sort of thing, but those are questions for the vet to answer tomorrow when blood work comes back and we find out just where it all stands.  I *will not* borrow trouble, not right now anyway. I will merely take this moment to bask in a Good Thing happening, and hope that it continues to improve. 

Not totally out of the woods, but ... *Whew!* I can maybe start breathing again :)
 

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metyldapryde
Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
If you have to give Thalia pills, ask for one of the "pill injector" thingies. It basically puts the pill at the back of the throat where the are much, much more likely to swallow it. (I can't say 100% of the time, because this is a cat we are talking about.)

I'm glad to know she's doing better. Keep us posted?
jesslin
Oct. 23rd, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I've considered that. Part of the original problem was, since she wasn't interested in eating, I couldn't even attempt to hide pills in food. There was also one pill (the appetite stimulant, amazingly enough) that she *hated*. She literally stiff-armed me to try to get away from the taste, which was extremely cute in an oh-my-god-torturing-my-cat sort of way.

The other thing I found was a little syringe of water after the pill. The liquid forces them to swallow, and helps lubricate the pill down the throat. I'll definitely keep the injector thingie in mind, depending on how things go.
tamarinne
Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
*hug* I hope all goes well! Yay kitty coming home from vet!
jesslin
Oct. 23rd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
{{{{{{{{{{}}}}}}}}} Thanks darlin'. It is *much* appreciated :)
ferlonda
Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Whew, I just took a breath, too. I'm REALLY glad to hear that your kitty may be making a comeback from the brink of whatever it was that she was teetering on.

Thalia is a great name. I knew a lovely horse named Thalia when I was growing up and always thought it was a great name.
jesslin
Oct. 23rd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I'm sure all the well-wishes have helped. They've certainly helped me.

Thalia *is* a great name, and it's all Flechyr's doing. We wanted a nice classical name, and Thalia just seemed to fit. Although she still gets 'Stir Fry' as a nick name for when she's been bad ;) I look forward to using that name as many years as possible. ::still crossing fingers::
rowanspeak
Oct. 23rd, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Pill Pockets are really awesome for some cats, too. They're a treat you can couch the pill in. If the kitty has an excellent sense of smell/taste, they might eat around it or not touch it. Others just wolf them down.

Yay for Thalia the Miracle Cat!
jesslin
Oct. 23rd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thought there was something like that. I will definitely take a look - I expect, even once she's back with us, that I will be feeding her liver health boosters for a while. And if I can get her to eat stuff at the same time? :D
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