Poor Jellybean is not doing well. After his vet visit last week and his three small tuna meals in one morning, he stopped eating. At all. I would force bits into him, but he wouldn’t voluntarily eat. I tried everything and started feeding him Nutri-cal (though mine is from the vet) while forcing regular food as well. I tried to make sure he was getting affection visits as well as medical visits but, between force feeding and two different meds, I became quite unpopular.
Yesterday I took him back to the vet. His blood work has changed in the two weeks since they took it before. Not seriously, but enough for concern. I’m pretty sure it’s because he hasn’t eaten but they are — fortunately — being cautious. He’s still very congested and so they cleaned out his nose. Once again, the glamour of being a vet tech raises its unusually coiffed head. What did you do at work today? I picked a cat’s nose. 🙂
I went to visit him on the way home and they’d given him fluids and pain meds (his nose is very raw). He still wouldn’t eat but he was sooooooooo haaaaaaapppppy. Pain meds are good. He was writhing and purring and loving being petted. Seriously high. More animation than I’ve seen in a couple of weeks.
They are going to discontinue his allergy meds for now. They have a lot of side effects and can be responsible for some of the blood results they’re seeing. I am relieved. I’ve wanted to do that for ages and see if his allergies can be controlled with food alone. If his skin breaks out they’ll give him steroids instead.
I am going to be travelling for work (mostly) next week. I’m not comfortable leaving him with the sitter. NOT because of the sitter — who the resident cats ADORE — but because we don’t know what’s going on and my sitter doesn’t have a lot of experience with medical issues. He’s learning but this one’s a biggie. So sweet Jellybean will go back to the Volunteer Centre while I’m gone. He can be closely monitored and get lots of loving.