Um, did I remember to mention here that Perrine has been sick?
Vomiting, losing weight and muscle strength. Down to six pounds.
Anyhow, here's an update (crossposted from FB):
Perrine had a week of anti-nausea pills (supposed to be eight
days, but the first dose did not wind up inside the cat), and
those worked. She was okay for another day after the last dose,
but has started throwing up again. :-( I called Dr. T.'s office
and they said he'd ring me back in the morning.
On the drug, she ate very enthusiastically ... but
not very much. Now she's eating even less. On a
positive note, she's gone back to eating Fancy Feast instead of
tuna (she's even turned down tuna in favour of proper cat food),
and seems more energetic than she was a week and a half ago.
She'll eat kibble, but only a few pieces at a time and only from
my hand. Slow way to get calories in.
Last time I talked to the vet he suggested a wait-and-see
approach after treating the nausea, but did offer a plan-B: take
her to the emergency room in Catonsville where they can do an
ultrasound to look for tumours and a 24-hour observation ... for
probably $500-$1000. Ouch. (He also said that in theory the
best way to look for cancer would be a PET scan, but at $20,000
that winds up not being used on cats.) He seemed to think that,
at the time at least, wait-and-see made more sense. Not sure
what he'll tell me tomorrow. Basically, blood tests ruled out
everything easy, what's left is harder to diagnose and may be
harder to treat, and cancer is still a possibility.
She's thrown up in the litter box four times now. That seems
unlikely to be a coincidence -- not sure whether it's more likely
that her nausea is at its worst while she's pooping, or that she
figured out that was easier for me to clean up than the floor or
the bed. (She's no genius -- about average for a cat AFAICT --
but she's watched me deal with her mess.) But today she threw up
on the stairs, then stepped in it and left one icky pawprint on
each step down the rest of the flight. Bleah.
She's still scarily underweight and missing half her fur.
(She looks okay from a distance -- she started with a LOT of fur
-- but up close I can see bits of skin where it goes over a sharp
curve and the fur parts. Basically it looks like she's missing
So ... no worse than before, maybe a little bit better, still
a mystery, and I'm still scared enough about her health to get
really babbly once I get started.
Before I forget to mention this: Mom's dog, Pepper, died about
a week ago. :-( Not a well-behaved dog, but a cute dog
and devoted to Mom.