UPDATE 6:22 pm
Oreo had his blood work done today and the tests revealed that he has a problem with his pancreas. His samples have been sent to a specialist for further testing. I will get the results tomorrow. Oreo had a really high fever this morning of 41.2 degrees. It's very high for a cat. Regardless of the fever, he was still eating... but that's Oreo. The vet said that he can remain at home as long as he keeps eating but if he stops eating or begins vomiting, he will need to be hospitalized. He got an antibiotic injection for his pancreas as well as some medication to bring down the fever. He seems to be feeling a bit better now. He's not washed himself for a few days or lied around belly up like he normally does. He's just been sitting in his box car. This evening he began washing himself and decided to hang out belly up in the kitchen. You have no idea how glad I was to see the belly fluff!
The vet forewarned me that the fever will go up and down so he may be groggy again tomorrow morning, at which point he will get another dose of the medicine for the fever. I purchased a digital ear thermometer to be able to take his temperature easily before giving him any medication.
After all that, when I got back home from the vet, Pudding was limping. When it rains, it pours. He doesn't want to run, chase the ball or climb the stairs. He's been doing that non-stop the past 3 days so obviously whatever it is, it's painful. I went back to the vet with pudding to get an ex-ray. He doesn't have any broken bones but his front right elbow is tender. He was given an anti-inflammatory and I will have to let the vet know hoe he is doing in a few days.
Today was crazy... I really don't know what I would do without all of Oreo's fans. I am so blessed, so lucky and so grateful for each and every one of you. I would have never been able to even think about how to get through all of this without you guys. It's been a VERY expensive week and I would have never been able to afford it without your help. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
I promise to keep doing my very best to make all of you laugh and smile.
Update 10:00 am
Yesterday was probably one of the most scariest days of my life. It's so hard to see your per suffering and not be able to do anything to comfort them. The vet checked in on Oreo last evening to see if he had any relapse, which he has not as of yet. Oreo ate normally last evening and this morning but he's just not himself. He's normally very feisty come breakfast time and pops into my bedroom at 5:30 am to start ringing the dinner bell. This morning he actually went over to the opposite side of the bed that he usually goes to, peeked onto the bed and then walked out of the room. Under normal circumstances, Oreo and Onyx usually have a zoomies session after breakfast and there was none of that this morning as well. He just seems, I don't know... not like Oreo. He did play with a whisker that fell onto the table while sitting in his box car. That's more like himself, but he's usually much more playful and energetic.
Needless to say I am pretty worried. Oreo will be going in for some blood work today. I hope he won't pull a fit like he usually does. He can make it very hard for the technicians to get a sample. From what I've learned about seizures so far, sometimes something as simple as blood sugar levels, thyroid, kidney or electrolyte issues can set them off. These are all things that can easily be found and remedies through a blood test. I should have the results today as well, so we will be able to start doing whatever needs to be done if something is found. If we don;t see anything in his blood tests, I will inquire about seeing a specialist to have an MRI done.
I want to thank all of you who've helped me out financially with this situation so far. I am very grateful to have such a wonderful online family that is always there in our time of need. I will continue to post updates for you all here on our blog as the situation progresses. I will also update all of the bills as we continue to look for the cause of the problem. I just really wish for Oreo to get back to his funny little self. I love him with all my heart and I just want to see him smile and bounce again.
The Oreo Cat calendars will be available until the New Year. Funds collected from these will go towards vet bills.
I would also like to sincerely thank all of you who have come forward with insight and experience in regards to this situation. It makes me feel a little more reassured to know that this can be controlled and that pets can still live long and happy lives regardless. Hopefully we'll find answers asap so that we can begin on that road.
Thank you for all of your continued support, love and prayers!
Tina, Oreo, Onyx and Pudding
Tina Modugno is a children’s illustrator from Canada. Tina loves all animals, kids books and cartoons! She currently resides in Quebec with her husband and four cats!