Heidi’s one-day scare for us

Yesterday morning, I found vomit consisting of digested food and hairball in the living room. It was Heidi’s.

Heidi occasionally has hairball regurgitation. This has been happening for a long time. Her stools are also occasionally a little “wet”, not as dry as the rest of the cats’. I know she has a bit of stomach issues so when she has this vomiting problem, I give her Omeprazole and it always does the trick.

So, yesterday, I gave her Omeprazole again. For breakfast, she had no appetite, but she ate a wee bit of Recovery.

Normally, whenever this happens, Heidi would recover by the next meal and all would be well again.

But yesterday, that was not so.

By lunch time, Heidi did not come to the kitchen at all. She hid in the Blue House (this is our old carrier, which is…blue in colour). From the Blue House, she went to hide behind the trolley at the patio.

She was clearly not feeling too well.

I called the vet but she was not working yesterday.

So I continued to monitor her. By dinner time, she still had no appetite. This raises it to an alert.

We build a few box-houses for her at her rack so that she could move into the kitchen to hide.

I offered all kinds of foods that she normally likes: Cubgrub, the beef cubes (which she absolutely loved – but I wonder if the beef cubes caused this as she ate them on Saturday), Recovery (did not want it anymore), Greenies (which she also loves), cut up raw chicken (which she also loves). Nothing worked.

By late night, I decided to forcefeed some Recovery. I had also given her Vetri DMG and Nutrigel Plus earlier on. I also forcefeed some water using a syringe. She seemed a wee bit dehydrated, probably had not drunk water the whole day. That is why I syringed water into her mouth. Of course she did not like it, so I did not overdo it.

We let her rest for the night.

However, Heidi did not appear “sickly” or weak. She simply did not want to eat. She stayed in her new box-house all night.

By this morning, I was glad to see Heidi was at the staircase to greet me when I came downstairs.

She did not seem to be hungry, but when I offered some Cubgrub along with everyone else, she did not want it. She did not want Recovery as well.

I then offered some raw cut-up chicken and this, she wanted.

What a relief!

She ate some of it, but did not finish all.

Still, eating something is better than not eating at all. Slowly does it…

Later, she had some egg yolk, her favourite, but she also did not finish it.

She did, however, lick up a lot of Nutrigel Plus, which she loved….today. That is good.

This, however, gave me some hope. Heidi goes crazy whenever I syringe out the Pronefra (yes, it’s highly palatable) for Pole and Cleo. I let her lick the syringe (very, very small traces only – it’s a daily thing for us. Yesterday, Heidi did not even want to lick the syringe but this morning, she did – licked it all clean, as before. It’s a game for us.

That is probably a good sign. Back to usual habits….slowly, hopefully surely.

Here she is. She is alert and reasonably active.

These are all the box-houses we prepared for her yesterday. She chose the biggest box, the one whose entrance faces the back (the safest).

Now, she’s not in hiding, so that’s also a good sign. I will continue to monitor her condition.

Just now, she sneezed. The vet had told me previously that it’s “reverse sneezing” where she is probably trying to expel something from her system. It is harmless.

We don’t know how old Heidi is because she came to us 8 years ago as “an old cat”. But in her last check-up, her readings were all considered “good”. No teeth or gum issues (because she came with practically no more teeth!). Kidney and liver readings were all normal (which is fantastic for “an old cat”).  I have been monitoring her urine colour and odour on a daily basis – it’s yellow and it smells (which are both GOOD).

Taking her to the vet’s is a stressful process as she does not take kindly to “strangers”. The last time, the vet had a hard time dealing with her as she got all defensive and was literally attacking the vet with her infamous “swipes”.

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