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« on: September 22, 2015, 08:23:07 AM »

As some of you have read, I found a kitty at my new apartment building, hiding behind a trashcan.  It took very little encouragement for her to come to me and she immediately started loving on my feet and begging for pets.  She was completely filthy, matted, and rail thin.  She did have a collar mark around her neck.

I put her in my pet playpen on the balcony.  It was pretty warm still, so no worries there, and over the past 10 days, she has been to the vets office 3 times. 

The first time was that night, she was scanned for a microchip.  She had none.

The second time was back to the same vet office for a health check and FIV/FELV test.  She tested negative (yay!), got a capstar pill for fleas, and I took home a frontline dose to kill any remaining fleas (to be given after 24 hours of the capstar).  The vet there said she was at least 2 years old and apparently in good health except for how thin she was.  She weighed just a hair over 4 lbs at that time.

Yesterday I took her to a feline vet.  This is the vet office I chose based on reviews and the feline friendly vet page.

The man we saw yesterday was very nice, and I liked him very much (despite that, I can't remember his name).  Lily is not a good traveler, so we had a small amount of poop for a fecal test and the vet tech got to see her try to urinate.  She pees in dribbles, making me think she was possibly blocking.

Lily is 12 or older.  She is mostly, if not completely, blind.  Her kidneys are "microscopic".  She appears to be dehydrated, but possibly its just from loosing weight.  Her bladder is most likely inflamed.  Her heart rate was so fast, he couldn't give me a good idea of what was going on.

So, he said there are 2 possibles or more.  Hyperthyroid is probably number one, hypertension, CRF (all could be from hyperthyroid), and maybe heart disease, but her heart was going so fast, he couldn't tell.  I didn't have a lot of money to spend, as I had already paid for the previous vet visit and again this vet visit.  He said I can come back and get blood test and UA done when I was ready for it, he would leave open orders for it.

I also got a reply from a rescue.  They will post her on their adoption page if I can verify she is spayed.  She will need her stomach shaved for that.

She still hasn't got a rabies shot yet, but I don't think she is in any state to worry about vaccines.  She has bit me at each vet exam, but only a nip, didn't break skin.

He said it was safe to bring her inside without risk to my kitties, so she is now inside, still in the play pen, with sheets covering her from the other kitties.
And he prescribed amoxycillin to treat what he feels is probably a UTI (bladder pain).  If the anti-biotic doesn't work, we will go to the next step. 

From what he said, it didn't sound like he expected her to be with me terribly long, and given her condition, I don't know that I could in all faith adopt her out to someone, unless they were prepared for a hospice cat.  And yet, my space is much too small for 5 adult cats.  Even temporarily, it's just too small without enough vertical spaces for them to escape each other.  (I'm working on it!)
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2015, 09:16:33 AM »

Miss Lilly at the vet last night

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2015, 11:49:45 AM »

Aw, what a sweet, sweet face! I hope her medical issues can be helped and she can be kept comfortable.
Please Miss Lily,no bites! Be a lady!  Kiss
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2015, 06:57:38 PM »

Aww, she's beautiful.  I can tell from her eyes she's an elderly little lady.  It's great she found you & is off the street.  I agree she isn't really adoptable at this point in her life with all her health issues.  I hope you can find a way to either incorporate her into your space, or maybe find a old cat home type of sanctuary for her.  With her age, health & vision problems she would probably be fine in a restricted space with a a little exercise time for an hour or so a day.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2015, 08:42:55 PM »

Don't give up hope of adopting her out.  Kitties adjust very well to vision problems, and I wonder about the accuracy of that if she was wandering around as a stray without difficulty.  Also, she appears to be looking directly at you in the picture you posted.  Perhaps she can see at least partially.  Hyperthyroidism is treatable and kitties can live out a normal lifespan if treated properly.  A UTI is curable if she has one.  There are some no-kill shelters that may take her and treat her health issues.  Sometimes there are fosters who like to take on the challenge of a special needs kitty.  Blood tests are needed to sort out her problems for sure.  I hope you can find the right placement for her.  She deserves a chance to live.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2015, 04:49:46 AM »

Poor baby ! Hypertension can cause vision problems , her face also has that hyperthyroid look . I agree you may be able to find her a home  , there are rescues with fosters for elderly and sick cats . Maybe try contacting rescues local to you and they may know of 1 .
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2015, 02:53:34 PM »

What a beautiful older kitty she is! I do hope there is a rescue or an individual who can take care of her.
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2015, 05:58:45 PM »

She is a beautiful little kitty Merrihart! I'm so glad you rescued her and I hope you will be able to get her the help she needs. You are an awesome person for taking her in!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2015, 04:16:02 AM »

Thank you all for your kind words.

Miss Lilly is feeling better, and getting vocal, but not terribly so.  She is growling at the covered sides of her playpen.  I don't know if she is seeing movement or smelling the other cats, but I'm pretty sure it's her growling.  Beau sits by her a lot, that is his typical behavior for new kitty intros.  The others are trying to keep their distance, but that is not really possible in this apartment.

And I forgot to give her the medicine this morning.   Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2015, 05:11:49 PM »

She is just darling, Merrihart.  Bless you for taking her in off the street.
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2015, 11:35:02 AM »

A couple rescues from out of state have offered to help me with medical costs for testing and medicine.  Both are full up of cats, but now they are aware of her, help may be coming.

Miss Lily is doing well, but I do want to spend more time with her.  If she is going to stay with me, she needs more contact with me other than a few pets and the sound of my voice.
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2015, 11:20:33 PM »

Glad she is doing good and you are getting help with her care. She has such a sweet face.
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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2015, 05:35:32 AM »

Very glad you are getting some help ! I hope a place opens for her before you get too attached or there is too much disruption with the others .
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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2015, 09:35:53 AM »

Hope it works out for her soon
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« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2015, 07:56:03 AM »

Miss Lily spent the day at the vet's office yesterday so they could get a urine sample.  They had it fairly quickly, called me by 9:30 am.  I also asked them to recheck her heart.

When I brought her home, I put her in the new "cat cage" I purchased a couple weeks ago and finally put together on Saturday.  Carol, from the Kevin Memorial Foundation had told me it would not be ideal for her, as she would not use the ramps to go up to the shelves, and Miss Lily did stick to the ground floor.  She also managed to kick litter out of the cage (not hard to do, really), so there was a bit of litter on the floor this morning, as well as all over the cage.  She hissed at everyone, but Beau kept her company anyway, safely away from her lightening paw, which got Sir on the head as he wanted to investigate. 

I took the opportunity to take the playpen into the back yard and hose it out.  I don't know how she does it, but she very quickly reduces the litter to a powder and it gets all over.  She must pace throughout the day.  When I am there, she sits on the scratcher and watches, or meows for food.  She escaped the playpen briefly on Sunday when I was cleaning it, and got a bit of freedom.  She is getting frustrated with being penned up, but she is still peeing inappropriately.

I am waiting to hear from the vet about her UA and her heart.
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