I am mentally exhausted after the turn of events involving one of our cats this evening. Patches is actually Greta’s cat that she got as a kitten for her birthday last year. Instead of presents for herself we told her that if she asked for donations to the animal shelter she could have a kitten. That was a no brainer for Greta!
Any way… Patches was curled up behind me on my computer chair at about 6:30 this evening. I was attempting to answer some long overdue correspondences when suddenly Patches started jerking around behind me. For a second I thought she got one of her claws stuck in the chair fabric. When she fell to the floor, I quickly realized she was having a seizure. I was completely terrified and screamed for William, who does so much better than I do in these emergency situations. After it was over, Patches began running around the house with a puffed tail, loudly meowing… behavior I recognized the other day as well. This obviously wasn’t the first time this had happened. I wonder how long this could have been going on – how easy it could happen while she was hidden away under a bed. The meowing and puffy tail was simply attributed to typical crazy cat behavior. I didn’t think too much of it.
Of course this stuff ALWAYS happens after hours and/or on the weekend, be it with kids or pets. We had to bring her in to the emergency vet clinic where she’ll be overnight. I called around 10 this evening to check on her. Based on blood work, any metabolic disorders have been ruled out. Calcium and red blood cell counts were slightly elevated, but no cause for alarm. They were waiting on tests to rule out any type of cancer or seizure disorders. We’ll find that out in the morning when we go to pick her up at 7 am.
Never a dull moment around here!! I didn’t mean to turn this into Cat Blog, but that’s what has me in a fat funk.
Nora had a good day! She had a record day of feeding and seems to be getting over her cold. She took good naps and had only a few interludes of crabbiness that she unleashed on us. She’s been a little bit of a tyrant for her friends that come to stay with her at night. I’m beginning to wonder if she’s entering into that clingy stage. She definitely knows who her Mommy and Daddy are!
Please pray that Nora gets some good sleep tonight, which in turn will allow us to get good sleep too! Please also pray for poor Patchy. 😦
Poor Patches:( One of my dogs has epilepsy. The first time we witnessed one of his seizures, we thought he was going to die –it was terrifying, especially because he already had a heart defect. Once he was diagnosed and put on medication, he was fine:) he is now about 10 and is as gorgeous as ever.
I’m so glad Nora is getting better! She is so beautiful and has definitely had an impact on my life:) If I didn’t live in Australia, I would love to meet her someday:)
Wow, definitely who can get bored at your home??. Prayers on the way for Patches and Nora. Hehe, Nora knows what she wants: bathies, milkies and Mommy&Daddy’s arms. 🙂
If it helps, my sister’s dog lived a long and happy life with epilepsy. It wasn’t a big deal – we just had to give the dog a small pill each day, hidden in food or a hot dog 🙂 It was not a big stressor to any of us, and it didn’t decrease the length or quality of life of Phoebe the dog. Your blog is such an inspiration 🙂
So sorry to hear this about Patches! Our dog has epilepsy, and the final seizure she had before she was put on medicine about did me in. The actual seizure lasted almost 10 minutes, and then she continued to have tremors for hours afterwards and the vet had to give her Valium via IV to get those to stop. It’s very scary! Hopefully Patches has something like that can be controlled with medication, and hopefully she will do as well as Mia has (they have her on Phenobarb) if they give her medication. Glad Miss Nora is feeling better! Praying for y’all always…
Aww poor kitty. You definitely are given lots of surprises! Its good news Nora is feeling better and hopefully the kitty does too. Hope you are having a good day. 🙂
PETS BECOME PART OF OUR FAMILY, FOR SURE. ONE NIGHT GOLDIE. OUR CAT, STARTED THIS TERRIBLE SCREAMING, AND ALL THREE OF US WENT RUNNING TO THE KITCHEN TO SEE WHAT WAS WRONG. ONCE WE GOT THERE, ALL OF US STARTED LAUGHING AT HER. SHE HAD A REAL TINY PIECE OF PAPER, AND WAS TOSSING IT THE AIR, THEN GRABBING IT AND CHEWING ON IT. SHE STILL DOES THAT, AND SOMETIMES SHE EVEN WAKES US UP, THAT IS HOW LOUD SHE IS. SO GLAD LITTLE NORA IS DOING BETTER, AND I HOPE YOU ALL GOT A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. HOPE YOU FIND OUT GOOD NEWS ABOUT GRETA’S KITTY. I KNOW GRETA HAS TO BE WORRIED. LOVE THE PICTURE OF YOU AND NORA ROSE. SHE SURE LOOKS COMPHY IN THAT PICTURE. I BET SHE MELTS YOURS AND WILLIAM’S HEART TO KNOW THAT SHE KNOWS NOW WHO ALL HER FAMILY IS. GOD KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WHEN HE DECIDED THAT NORA NEEDED TO BE IN YOUR FAMILY. YOU ALL HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR THAT LITTLE GIRL, AND SHE LOVES ALL OF YOU BACK SO MUCH. GOD IS GOOD!!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR FAMILY WITH ALL OF US OUT HERE. I HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED EACH AND EVERY DAY THAT I READ YOUR BLOG. SOMETIMES I GET A LITTLE BEHIND, BUT I GO BACK AND READ EACH DAY AS IT HAD BEEN SENT. SOMETIMES I WANT TO JUMP AHEAD, BUT I DON’T. TRY TO GET SOME GOOD SLEEP TONIGHT, SO TOMORROW WILL BE A REAL GOOD DAY. LOVE YOU ALL. GOD BLESS.
Praying for all your request!
Our dog has seizures and when they started getting worse, they put her on a small dose of phenobarbital (a human medicine for seizures). It costs around 20 a month, and she rarely has seizures now. When she does, it takes a few minutes for her to get back to normal. Hope you all get some sleep!
Many prayers for Nora and Patches!
Praying for everyone in the household to get better and life to calm down…and yes.. Babies at 4-5 months do get clingy.. I called Erica my Velcro baby…ahhh Motherhood.