Words from the Mama: This is our little Domino last Friday when she was still feeling well enough to PURRuse the neighPURRhood. She is wordless, but I am not.
For the whole weekend following she didn't eat or drink and was generally lethargic. So I took her to the V.E.T. on Monday, and she was in pretty bad shape. Of course she was dehydrated so they gave her subcutaneous fluids. And she got a shot of antihistamine which is supposed to increase appetite.
They also stole her blood to do an array of tests to determine the cause. Thankfully, the hydration and antihistamine worked and she was almost her old self by Tuesday. We returned to the vet to get the results of the blood tests and get some more treatments.
It seems that Domino has hyPURRthyroidism which causes many things to happen in her little body, not least of which is to lose weight (which she can ill afford). At least we are happy that this problem is so treatable, because she will be able to get back to business as usual once the medication kicks in. We chose a gel treatment which is administered daily to the inside of her ear. It's like a felt-tipped pen that issues just the right amount and you rub it in gently.
Until the medication gets to an acceptable level, we still have to boost her appetite artificially. I have taken to handfeeding her when she won't eat on her own. It's actually kind of cute because when I spoonfeed her, she will growl gently and chew at the same time, so it comes out sounding like: "Mmmm Mom Mom Mom"! She actually allows me to continue, though, so I think she knows I'm trying to help her.
There are so many beloved pets in the CB who have passed just recently. We are just so happy that Domino's problem isn't so devastating. She will be just fine. Please save your purrs for those who need them most.
So, we are taking a break until next week because there are many things going on which require our attention right now, not least of which is sweet Domino. Please do not feel obligated to comment.