Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Friday, November 25, 2005

A difficult Thanksgiving

Today was a discouraging day. Although Cleo was still very alert ‐ she watched birds out the window, jumped up to sit on Michael's desk, and purred frequently — she also threw up the anti-vomit pill in the morning, and threw up an entire meal in the evening. I think I may have gotten almost two-thirds a can into her today, not counting what she threw up. Also in the evening, her water injection went badly — apparently I stuck the needle in a sensitive spot, as Cleo just about jumped out of my arms. I didn't give her the usual amount of fluid because it seemed to hurt her so badly. I don’t think she's in any danger of dehydrating, as she pees quite a bit, so I'm not too worried about that; however, the vomiting combined with accidentally hurting her has left me feeling rather upset.

I guess I have to be thankful that Cleo is alive and has a good chance of recovering. With any luck, tomorrow will be a better day.



  • At January 30, 2009 at 10:07 AM , Blogger gmvogel4 said...

    Hi! I have been reading your blog and it's the only place that I have found hope. I have been force feeding my cat with HL for the past week. I take her to the vet for fluids every 3 days. My goal is to get her to eat 250-270 calories/day. She has kept all of it down. She is still very jaundice. How long did it take your cat to return to her normal color? I try to take it day to day, but it's really hard. I am not sure why my cat stopped eating. We think it was due to a previous liver condition, which we are treating. How will I know if she is getting better? She seems weak sometimes, but still purrs and snuggles. I am trying to be posistive, but I also do not want her to suffer. Again, I am not sure what caused the HL to begin with. Please give me any words of encouragement.

  • At January 31, 2009 at 12:33 AM , Blogger Katharine Swan said...

    Hi GM,

    It sounds like your cat is doing pretty well. Keeping all the food down is a rarity. I had to force feed Cleo for about 4 weeks before she started eating on her own, so I would say you probably have a few more weeks to go.

    The jaundice was last thing to go away on Cleo, and it took several weeks after she started eating on her own before it went away completely. Judge her progress by her energy levels and attitude, and by when she starts eating on her own, not by the jaundice!

    If you don't figure out why she stopped eating, be sure to keep close tabs on her once she starts again. It is important that if she stops eating again, you catch it before her liver bogs down again!

    Honestly, it sounds like you have the right attitude and are doing fine. Your cat is very lucky to have you... And it sounds like she is enjoying her time with you even though she doesn't feel very well. That is a good sign!

    Take good care of her and please let me know how it is going, or if you have any other questions.


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