My worst “regular” sick … so far

I hope with every fibre of my being that I never have a cat as sick as Leah was. But poor Oprah is pretty sick. She had a cold when she arrived and, despite medications, she’s been getting steadily worse. She stopped eating on Saturday and I spent the day trying to come up with more tempting (= smelly) things. No luck. I also steamed her regularly. Sunday morning she was worse with horrifying pink snot bubbles. Those’ll freak you out, let me tell you! (They’re not necessarily serious; just evidence of irritation of her nasal passages.) But a couple of good steamings and she seemed to relax a bit, though her breathing was more laboured. And her poor little (black) nose was quite red and raw. 😦  I did manage to force feed her (via syringe) some baby food chicken.

Sunday I continued to steam her and though it stressed her out (running water) it did seem to help. After a flurry of emails with senior TCR people I got permission to start her on new antibiotics. And to use vapo rub in her steaming sessions. She was better if I held her during the sessions, but then humidity affects MY breathing (asthma). So I’d leave her by herself for a while, but come in towards the end of the time and hold her. Quite the balancing act, all things considered! (Not to mention trying to hang-dry laundry with the shower running for 20 minutes every two-three hours!!!!)

By the end of the day, I couldn’t see any improvement. In fact, just as I was giving an update, she had the most violent sneezing attack I’ve ever seen. Lot of pink snot again. And I could no longer force feed her; she’d gag and spit it out. So I asked to get her in to the vet. She’ll spend the day there and hopefully they can help her feel better.



About Adventures in Cat Fostering

I am a cat fosterer for Toronto Cat Rescue. I also have two cats of my own, Jonesy, the black and white, and Murphy, the brown tabby, in the photo. Both were adopted from Toronto Cat Rescue.
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5 Responses to My worst “regular” sick … so far

  1. Best wishes to Oprah!

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  2. niasunset says:

    My best wishes too. Love, nia

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  3. Katie says:

    I hope Oprah is doing better soon. So heart breaking when you are doing your best but it feels like nothing seems to be working. Hopefully the sneezing fit helped to loosen things up.

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