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He's back!

The Magnifikitten is back home. He has a bandage (which has since come off) but he's determined to show me he takes priority over the computer:



His numbers finally went down after about seven days in the hospital.  I believe they're still higher than they were when he was released from his first IV fluid treatment, but at least they're better than they were.  And, even though he's a bit groggy right now (which is common after coming off IV fluids), he's acting like himself again -- basking in being petted, rubbing against my hand, purring mightily.  He was an unhappy, unreactive kitty for the two weeks prior to hospitalization. 

If I'd known two weeks ago what I know now (that they have a lab on-site and can quickly get crude numbers for BUN and creatinine) I would have insisted that he be taken in to the vet the day after Thanksgiving and a blood test done.  I was already beginning to think something was going wrong.  But instead I called the Monday after the holiday, was given an appointment on Thursday, and didn't get results from the (outside lab) blood tests until the following Tuesday, at which time we hospitalized him again.  That's a week and a half that he had to go without treatment, and I know he was uncomfortable, if not in pain.  From now on I will always insist on the in-house lab doing the bloodwork right away to get an idea of the magnitude of the situation, so we don't have to waste time if he needs immediate treatment. 

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kalleah
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
He looks bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I'm surprised that the vet didn't mention the in-house testing.
np_complete
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
I'm surprised that the vet didn't mention the in-house testing

I gather that it's less accurate than if the outside lab does the bloodwork. If you're expecting small but meaningful shifts in values, it makes sense to send the work to the outside lab. But he was distressed enough that I was not at all surprised to find out the numbers had leapt dramatically. The in-house test would have told us that. If I'd known they could do the test on-site and get an answer immediately, I would have insisted on it happening as soon as he could be fitted in.
kalleah
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
That makes sense -- basically they can do quick checks. Well, now you know, and I'm glad he's back home!
jlrpuck
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
*scritches kitty* Welcome home!
np_complete
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
He's happy to be here, believe me! As am I to have him home. :)
pixystixy99
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
I'm so happy to hear he's home and doing better! My vet has a wide range of in-house testing available as well, so most of my dog's bloodwork can be done on the spot and I can get results in minutes. If an outside lab can do a more accurate job, what they'll do is run it in-house and if the numbers look funny, send it out for more extensive testing. But now you know they can at least check it quickly, so if you get a bad feeling again (and trust your gut, you know your cat better than anybody else) you can get him looked at right away. Happy holidays to the both of you! (And he leaves the bandage on? My guys eat them, I swear, in minutes, drives me crazy!)
np_complete
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
But now you know they can at least check it quickly, so if you get a bad feeling again (and trust your gut, you know your cat better than anybody else) you can get him looked at right away.

Yes, that's very good to know. He gets his next test in two weeks, so I suppose depending on how he's doing at that time we'll decide what kind of test makes the most sense.

Happy holidays to the both of you!

Thank you! Happy holidays to you and yours as well!
glory_jean
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Poor kitty. At least he's home and feeling better now.

Why do cats love to sit on mouse pads? Is it the sense of irony? They sure aren't telling.
np_complete
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Why do cats love to sit on mouse pads? Is it the sense of irony? They sure aren't telling.

I think it's partly that they like platforms. My cat likes to sit on the scale when he comes into the bathroom. He also likes the mousepad, but before he sits down he sometimes likes to kick the mouse off the desk. As a kitten it was part of his daily routine: hop on lap, jump to desk, dispose of mouse, present self for petting.
glory_jean
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
Aha, so that's it. They are eliminating the competition. "No pay attention to me." ;)
irishaithne
Dec. 19th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Hooray :) I'm so glad he's back home and doing better. He even looks triumphant, and not just because he trounced the computer!
np_complete
Dec. 20th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
He climbed up on the desk, settled in on the keyboard, and began to purr. He doesn't mind the computer beeping at him. Yesterday he curled up right in the middle of the keyboard and took a nap. Definitely a dominance display. I'm sure the computer is intimidated.
irishaithne
Dec. 20th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Clearly it is, as the beeping is part of it's self-defense mechanism ;)
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