I called the vet on Saturday morning because Oliver was weaker than before we started treatments. I told him about how Oliver is barely walking, and I am really concerned. I brought him to the vet that day to check him out. The tech escorted me into the room while we waited for the vet. She put him on the scale, and he now weighs about nine and half pounds.
I asked her to weigh him again. She did and said yeah he that’s his weight. One of our biggest problems while on chemotherapy has been getting his weight back up. Before the lymphoma started taking a toll on his cute little body, he weighed about 16lbs. He was a really big boy.
I am not expecting him to get back to that weight, but we have been maintaining about 11lbs for the majority of the time. By researching about feline chemotherapy, I remember one blog where someone said their cat was back to their normal weight after a month. That gave me a lot of hope for Oliver.
Okay, so back to where I was saying about waiting in the vet’s office. Oliver was walking around and talking. This was a lot of energy on his part that he doesn’t have at home. His adrenalin was probably pumping. Finally, the vet comes in the room to check on Oliver.
The vet sits on the floor, and just watches Oliver walk around. He said he can see the hind legs are weak. I mentioned how I researched all the reasons this could happen. We talked about diabetes, hip dysplasia etc. We both agreed those two illnesses were not the reason for weakness.
He said one reason this could happen is weakness of the heart. He took Oliver’s file and laid out all his blood from beginning until that day. Oliver’s red blood count started around 30-ish, and it’s now at 18. He told me if it drops to 12 that he would need a blood transfusion. He explained how the oxygen level in his blood is low because of the count.
The low red blood count is most likely the reason for the weakness, and losing so much weight didn’t help. The low count is a known side effect from chemotherapy that I learned about when researching it. He told me that there isn’t much we can do right now about this. I have to make sure he is eating, so his body can reproduce these cells. The vet gave him a shot of vitamins, iron and prednisone.
For a few days, Oliver has been eating much better. Well, I’ve been bringing him food every 30 minutes, and he’s been eating a little bit each time. I have been feeding him Lucy’s food because he has not wanted to eat his food again. We put an extra liter box in the living room near where he is. He apparently got a belly ache, but he did use the liter box.
I have kitty pepto in liquid form, so I gave him some when I got home from work and some before I went to bed. I hope it helps his little belly. Yesterday, I noticed he has started to slow down on the eating. I went grocery shopping, and I bought him new treats and food. Basically, the vet told me if he is going to bounce back from this, he needs to eat.
I know from when I did all the animal rescues, this one vet told me it’s good to feed a pregnant cat kitten food. Since it’s full of so many nutrients, it helps their body during the pregnancy. I bought him some cheap kitten food that I know he would be more attracted to. At this point, I want him to eat and try to build up his body. If someone has feedback that I am doing the wrong thing, please tell.
So at this point, Oliver isn’t really doing much but lying on the couch. He is eating the majority of the time I put food in front of him. I feel stressed out, and I am not sure if he is going to get past this. I am not going to give up on him at this point. We have to just make it until Saturday his next vet appointment.
One of the difficult things about this is my sister questioning me repeatedly asking if I am doing the right thing keeping him alive. I told her I had a talk with the vet about this. I asked him to tell me at some point if I am being selfish keeping him around. I mean he was up to almost two cans a day of food and energy through the roof. I am just so sad, and her questioning everything I am doing is making it worse.
I don’t want to let him go. The vet told me that he is not in any type of pain. That is my biggest concern. I would never make him continue a life in pain and suffering. Am I making the right decision? Am I being selfish? I am going to try and feed him more and then lay down.
Does anyone know how long it takes for a cat to rebuild their red blood cells?