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Scare with Casey last night

Post by KevinW » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:36 am

Had a scare with Casey last night, but things are getting better.

Got home from work last night, and both Casey and Smokey were happy and active. While I ate dinner, they took their naps like they normally do.

After dinner, I was doing dishes (about 11:30PM) when I heard Casey throwing up in the living room. I went in to check on him and clean up the mess and noticed that rather than trying to cover up the vomit, he was curled up right next to it, which seemed unusual. He was also a little lethargic, which I initially attributed to his just throwing up. He then got up and went over to the middle of the living room while I cleaned up the mess.

I then checked on him again. He wasn't panting, but he was breathing somewhat rapidly and laying on his side with his head up. There was also a pile of stool that had just come out of him. That really got me concerned since the only other time any of my cats has released stool while laying down was the day Chessie collapsed and had to be put to sleep three years ago. However, Casey had movement in all four legs and tail. He then got up to get away from my fussing with him, heading towards the kitchen. As he walked, he had a bit of a stagger to him like he was having trouble with balance.

I then called my vet's emergency number and got the doctor on call. At that point, Casey was trying to eat out of the feeder, but he was laying flat on his stomach rather than sitting like he normally does. The doctor agreed that he needed to be checked out right away.

Normally I have to give Casey his sedative to take him to the vet, but other than a couple hisses, he didn't put up a fight getting into the carrier. At the vet's office, he let the doctor give him a full exam rather than give his usual fight with anybody trying to touch him.

Everything has come back normal. He was slightly dehydrated, but they didn't think it was anything that would cause his behavior. They thought he might have a blockage somewhere, but the X-rays showed that everything was fine. They thought he could also have eaten something to make him sick, but he and Smokey eat the same food. All cleaners and stuff like that are locked in closets or in cupboards with safety latches. I searched all over last night when I got home about 2AM for any signs of anything he could have gotten into, but nothing was amiss.

They kept him overnight to get some fluids in him and monitor him. They called this morning, and he's alert, got an attitude, and is starting to fight with them. They were going to try to give him some food and make sure he keeps it down, and then he'll be coming home this afternoon. I've had the Feliway diffusers going since I got home last night so hopefully there won't be any fighting with Smokey when I get him home.

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Re: Scare with Casey last night

Post by Dan the Damned » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:52 am

Glad he's okay.

Ratty seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to impending vet visits. Always ends with me chasing him all around and him trying to hide in places where I can't reach. I think I'm going to leave his pet carrier out in the open from now on. Maybe it will get him used to it (and not always associate it with vet visits) but more importantly, I think me getting it out of the closet is what tips him off in the first place...

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Post by kathyM » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:02 am

Good to hear that he is ok after all that. Any new pics of your cats?

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Post by KevinW » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:08 pm

I've got new pics but haven't had a chance to upload them online. Been quite busy with work and getting my business going.

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Post by KevinW » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:13 pm

Well, Casey is back home and fully alert and back to 100%. We still don't know what caused it, but he appears to have made a full recovery. One thing I did this afternoon while waiting to go get him was to e-mail his regular vet to let her know what happened so that she's aware and in case she wants to follow up with him. The feliway seems to be helping. Casey only hissed a little at Smokey when we first came in the door. Smokey has been the one who has been doing the hissing and growling, but it's slowly been tapering off with no actual cat fights this time. In fact, when I gave them their teaspoon of pumpkin in the kitchen, they ate about three feet apart. Last month after they both went to the vet, they wouldn't even eat in the same room together. Casey does have a couple bald spots on his neck where blood was drawn and on his front leg where the IV had been in. He's been affectionate before, but tonight while I was eating dinner on the couch, he stayed curled up right next to me. :)

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Post by Dan the Damned » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:19 pm

Good to hear. Isn't it nice when they become uber-affectionate? Ratty never lays on my lap, but recently there's been a couple of times where he snuggled up atop my belly. The most recent time he napped there for about an hour. :love:

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Post by kathyM » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:25 am

Any new pics of your cats Dan?

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Post by Dan the Damned » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:33 am

Sure. Here's Ratty trying to convince me that playing with the kitty is more fun than playing on the internet:

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And here is Shadow doing the same thing:

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And for Halloween, here is Ratty's impersonation of Jack from The Shining:

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Post by Dan the Damned » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:08 am

And here's a 12-second video showing how well they get along ;)


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Post by kathyM » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:41 am

That is so cute! I love how they stand up like people when they are fighting/playing with each other.

Ok, now I know why you have not been on here a whole lot lately, because the cats wont let you! :)

Thanks for posting! 8-)

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Post by Rokiisun » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:14 pm

My cat still lives with my parents in another town. I bring my rabbit
round whenever I'm planning to stay more than one day with them.
The pair of them are little terrors when they are together, crazy pair.
It is better to return a borrowed pot with a little something you last cooked in it.

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Re: Scare with Casey last night

Post by kathyM » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:59 pm

Wow, that is cool! I would like to see a picture of that!

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Re: Scare with Casey last night

Post by KevinW » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:02 pm

Casey's still doing OK. He greeted me at the door when I got home this evening. Smokey is still having his little hissing and growling fits, but he's allowing Casey to get a little closer than last night.

Kevin
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