Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Domino has been feeling quite ill since late last week.  While she has always been a regular regurgitator, this was quite different.  Daddy noticed that she was bringing up pure bile.  By Saturday, Domino was obviously feeling quite punk, and was off of her food and water.  Mommy offered a little butter which Domino licked up, and then some tuna water which seemed to revive her a little.

Mommy was ready to take Domino to the emergency pet hospital on Sunday, but first she decided to mix up some wet food and try to tempt her.  Domino has never eaten wet cat food in her entire life.  By the time Mommy got Domino she was already one year of age and had only eaten dry food.  She refused anything else.

Mommy read something on the internet about "Bilious Vomiting Syndrome" and it said that wet food was more easily digestible and would help 'stomach motility'.  So Mommy blended up some wet food, adding a little water, until it was the consistency of baby food.

Since Domino was not going to co-operate, Mommy decided to do a little force-feeding.  She wrapped up Domino in a large towel to keep claws from interfering in the process.  And with a little spoon, Mommy tapped on Domino's front teeth, which caused her jaws to open.  Then quick as lightening Mommy dumped the contents of the spoon into her mouth.  Miraculously she chewed most of it, with only a little dribbling out the side of her mouth.

Oddly enough, Domino began to enjoy the taste of the food, and by the end of the day was voluntarily licking it out of the spoon.  After the first feeding, Domino perked up visibly.  She had been so weak and had obviously lost weight even in a couple of days.  She is so small that she can't afford to lose any.

By the way, Domino didn't throw up at all after any of her feedings on Sunday.  The wet food was staying down.

When Monday came around, Mommy called the vet right away, because she read there was medication for this bile vomiting thing.

Daddy takes Domino to reception, but there was nobody there to receive her.

 So Domino -- ever curious -- took a good look around.

She wanted to jump down and inspect the rest of the joint. 

Daddy had to keep her on a short leash -- which is a brand new one he bought for her, by the way -- with matching collar.   Mommy noticed, after he brought it home, that it was meant for dogs.  Not that it's important really, because it does the same job.  However, it has the letters "DOG" spelled on it amidst little renderings of bones and paws. 

Mommy decided that "DOG" stands for "Domino On the Go"!

 Finally, we were shown into an examination room and Domino made herself right at home.

 She is very curious and quite relaxed, as you can see.

It took a while for the vet to come, so Domino decided to take a tour around the room and ended up splayed out on the floor.  The floor was nice and cool.

Mommy stopped taking pictures when the vet came in, because this was serious business, and she needed to pay attention and give the vet all the information she needed.

Mommy, Daddy and the vet decided to treat the symptoms, so Domino was prescribed Zantac which is a people drug.  It is supposed to reduce the acid in the stomach.  Daddy will have to cut the pills into eighths because Domino is so tiny.  She is to have one-eighth twice a day before meals.  The vet also prescribed a steriod to reduce the swelling in her belly.

The vet's name was Carmen and she was a very nice lady.  Domino was nuzzling her and seemed to like her very much.  Carmen was quite surprised at how relaxed and friendly Domino was.  She said most cats are very stressed when she sees them.

The exam was over, but Carmen had to go and fill the prescriptions, so Daddy and Domino sat in the waiting room.  Mommy put on Domino's dress because it was actually pretty cold in the office.  The A/C was turned up quite high.

 So Domino, while still curious, did a little posing.  She can't help it -- it just comes naturally.

 How's this one?  Quite edgy, I think.  It really shows off the dress and Domino's pretty face (as well as a little butty).

Domino just couldn't stay still for long.

There was a lady passing through reception with a doggie all wrapped up in her arms.  The lady smiled at Domino as she passed.  The woofie didn't say a word.

Domino is 'busting' out all over!  The neckline on this dress is rather low.

 Finally, the prescriptions are ready and Daddy has to pay the bill.

 Domino is focused on what's going on outside the plate glass windows of the vet's office.

 Ooooooh!  Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting!

Time to go home, Domino.  You've been such a good girl.

So Mommy is happy to report that Domino took her first Zantac later that day, and had another feeding -- this one Domino lapped up on her own from the spoon.  And this morning, Mommy put the dish of wet food in front of her, and Domino gladly licked half of it up on her own.  Look Ma!  No spoon!

Domino has not thrown up any of the wet food at all, and is feeling like her old self.  The vet told Mommy she had done the right thing with the food and to keep it up and that made Mommy feel very good.

Mommy is now thinking that the dry food may have been the problem all along.  I guess only time will tell.  We're looking forward to seeing Domino gain back some weight.  Maybe then her blue dress won't fall off her shoulders anymore.

So, lets all think some happy thoughts for Domino, though you can save your heavy duty purrs for those who are more in need.  Heaven knows there are plenty of them.


The Monkeys said...

We are sending big purrs to Domino! We hope the Zantac and wet food continues to work so perfectly. Bella was prescribed Pepcid AC when she had tummy problems recently and it seemed to work wonders.

The Florida Furkids said...

We're sorry that Domino was feeling so bad but we're happy to hear she is perking up. We know how scary it can be for Moms and Dads when we aren't up to our usual selves!

The Florida Furkids

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Oh we are so sad that Dommy hasn't been well. Milo is on his way over straight away to stay with Dommy. Sending love and purrs.

Mom-Jan, Milo and Alfie xxx

Cat said...

Domino is such an amazing cat!!! I can't believe how social she is at the vet, my boys don't like it there very much except of course for Casper who is just so easygoing :-)

We are very glad that Dommie got some meds that will help her tum feel better. She definitely is a dainty girl so fingers crossed she can put a little weight on.

We love you Domino!!!!

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Happy thoughts coming your way, Domino! Glad this was not serious!

cwcwccw said...

Take Care Domino!!!!

jay boy
danny boy from Singapore

Fuzzy Tales said...

Well, we're sending purrs to Domino anyway, that she keeps eating the wet food all on her own. It's better for her anyway, since it's got so much water in it. :-)

She certainly WAS relaxed at the dreaded v-e-t office! You won't see that from us!!!

Brian's Home Blog said...

Oh sweet Domino, I am sure gald you are doing some better and we are all sending purrs your way.

Marg said...

Oh Domino, we never realized how cute looking you are. What a good girl you were at the vet and we are so glad Mom figured out the food for ya and made you eat it. We also love the dress you had on at the vets. That is just so pretty.We sure are sending you tons of purrs to get all better. You are just as important as all the others getting purrs. Keep us posted.

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

Oh, Domino, we are so glad to hear you are feeling better and keeping your food down! Beautiful clothes always make a girl feel better!

Jenna and Sissy said...

We is happy Domino doin much better! We don't like to barf up bile--foodz is ok occasionally.

Amazin at da vet--I yowl when I hit the vet's front door. They know when I'm there, but I calm down in the exam room :)

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Oh Domino, we hope that has you feeling better quickly. I sometimes vomit my dry food but I love it so much the Woman has a hard time thinking about taking it away from me.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

That's a happy report from the vet! So glad you're doing so much better now, Domino. Enjoy your snuggles with Milo!

Tama-Chan, Benny, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Heloise, Momo, Ryu said...

Sending lots of purrs and good wishes from all the Chans.

Sparkle said...

I am amazed at how poised and calm Domino was at the vet's! I tremble like a leaf when I have to go. I am sending her purrs to completely get her over her bout of illness.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

We hope you are soon feeling better Domino, and keep eating the wet food.

Daisy said...

Domino, you are such a brave kitty! I curl up in a little ball at the vet's and try to be invisible. I sure do hope you feel better soon! If the "cure" is that you get to eat wet food, that sounds like good medicine!

Unknown said...

it is sad that Domino was sick, but it is good that the wet foods helps her! Me eats wet foods now - me did not used tos. We really like it when Mommy puts warm water on the wet foods because me does not drink enough water! MMMMmmmmmMMMMM Good!

Sweet Purrfections said...

We're so glad that Domino is doing better.

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

on the

I absolutely LOVE it!! and the dress.. Domino you are going to steal my heart away from Dante if you keep it up.

i have to force feed all too often with foster kittens. Getting a medication syringe is pretty helpful. You can get them either from the pharmacy (small charge or possibly free) or often from the baby section of most major mega marts. 1cc is good for starting things out, but is very small and time consuming. For adult cats the 10cc would be easier.

So glad things worked out and the wet food is helping and things are 'staying put' if you will.

ibcmeir said...

Hoping ALL of you feel better, stronger and well.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Big purrs out to Dommy! We hope you will be feeling much better very soon! You were such a good girlie over at the vet, well done!

Cindy said...

Wow! What an ordeal. I hope everything stays on track and keeps working well. Love the pictures!

Gigi said...

Darling darling darling!! OMC! You were SUCH a verry good girl and I was the Cat from Hell!! I'll bet MY v-e-t would rather have had YOU for her patient!!! I bet you didn't have to be GASSED or nuffing!

I am so happeez to hear you is eating well again. I think I am almost recovered also, though I feel a little light in the nether regions....

Felisha and her Mama said...

Glad you is feeling better!! You sure were a model patient at da vet...I always throw a big fat fit!

Felisha ;-3