I’m back, sort-of

I've been a bit scarce around here this week, and it's all Motley's fault.
Motley, seen here helping Sair study, threw us a scare this week.

He does these weird things every few years.

To being with, he forced us to adopt him by arriving on the doorstep with a mystery disease.
I was resisting taking him on, thinking he was merely misplaced and not abandoned, when he came in a window and started dying in our bathroom.
We took him to the vet, who pointed out he was highly anemic, so I'm thinking, great, my six-year old gets to watch him die of feline leukemia.
But no, the vet and the pathologist never did decide what it was, but all he needed was some cortisone and a home.
Oh, and not to be fixed immediately, so he could do the morph into a tom cat first.

Then there was the cat fight where the other guy tore his third eyelid (ouch).
Or the foxtail (burr) he got caught up under his eyelid.
Or the cat fight (all with the same cat) where Java (his evil nemesis) literally took out a hunk of him — leaving him with a bald spot the size of a quarter.
Or he'd come home with the other cat's claw stuck in his forehead.

And the time he had liver disease and his gums turned orange.
How did he get this?
Who knows.
A bunch of antibiotics and he was all better.

So Monday we looked at him and thought he just didn't look right, sort of mopey, so we took him to the vet.
A good thing, because one of his kidneys was all swollen, and his blood panel was a mess.
Now my old boy cat Oliver died of kidney cancer, and Zelda the perfect kitty died of kidney disease, so I've been down this street before.
So I have been pretty much a wreck all week.
But we had them do the ultrasound, and aspirate some tissue for a biopsy, and all the rest of it.
(Listen to the sound a flock of $$$$ makes flying away).

And to the almost visible surprise of the vet, he doesn't have cancer; he doesn't have chronic kidney insufficiency.

He has some kind of a kidny infection, though nothing shows up on the cultures, and his white cell count isn't up.
They've kept him there, hooked up to fluids, pumped up on antibiotics, since Wednesday.
Today the important kidney function thing they look at, that's normally around 3 whatevers — that he came in at 12 — is down to 9.
They hope to send him home Monday.
Fingers crossed, he may make a real recovery.

He's got to stop doing this.

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23 responses to this post.

  1. Oh dear, sorry about Motley. Hope he gets well soon …

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  2. omg. how awful. Annie has only been really sick once. I still don't know what was wrong with her But she got better. My wallet got hit hard. I would give this dog a kidney if she needed one. Don't think they can do that.I can not imagine a life without Annie. Nope not acceptable. lolI hope Motley is better soon(as in Motley Crew.) lol((((((((((((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))))))))))))

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  3. Hi, Lauowolf and Sair and Motley. I sure hope Motley gets better fast!! It's SO tough when they are sick. :(He sounds like a resilient guy, though.C'mon Motley…I'll be thinking about him today….cheering him on.

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  4. Foxtails are not good. My female cat had one in her pineapple once. No, NOT kidding. Her brother had a dislocated hip, broken tibia, and leg broken in 3 places. I empathize.

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  5. Oh, I so sorry Lauo! I sure hopes he get to come home Monday. Things will crazy for me for the next few weeks. It's already started! I'm going to be back and forth to my mom's for a while, but hope my laptop works from down in the "sticks". I'll try to catch up with all you! Get-well kisses to Motley!

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  6. So glad it's only an infection and nothing terminal, but what a draining ordeal it is to have a pet at the vets all week, and the not knowing. Good thoughts he comes home ASAP.
    I don't understand a vet telling you he couldn't be fixed until he morphed into a tom cat. There's no harm in fixing cats at 5-6 months old, and it spares them all those tomcat fights Motley got into.

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  7. Oh, Lauo! What a time you're having. All kinds of positive thoughts are winging your way for Motley (who is a gorgeous kitteh, by the way).

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  8. (((hugs))) for Motley and family!!

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  9. It wasn't the age thing, but that he was so sick.I was sort of joking about it, but he was really dying when we took him to the vet that first time, and they held off on everything — shots too — for about a month.And he went, zap, straight from androgynous kitten to guy cat.I think it's some kind of weird fate, because Wolfie kitten arrived from the animal shelter supposedly fixed, about five months old.And after a while I was looking under there and thinking, hmmmmm, for a fixed boy those sure look substantial.Then he tried to mount the Hencat (14 at the time, and not amused at all).So we took him to the vet, and sure enough, he was still intact.They figured out at the Shelter how this had managed to happen, and apologized mightily.But at least Wolfie didn't turn into a fighter.A good thing since he's something of a bonsai kitty.

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  10. OUCH.Poor lady.There are a few areas in which you don't want your cats to get creative, and fox tails are one of them.Had a cat get one in her lung.It involved leaving her at UC Davis for about ten days.Nasty things.Oh, and smashing up bones is another nasty one — sounds like a car encounter?(Oh, and yes, I'm over near the university — howdy.Meant to PM back, but, well, you see what we've been up to.)

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  11. Oh, poor kitty. 😦 He's been through a lot! He should bounce back in no time.

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  12. Glad Motley seems a little better – here's hoping he continues to mend over the weekend and is running around again in no time!

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  13. Poor Motley, and poor you! That boy just needs a boatload of antibiotics every now and then, eh?The cortisone probably helped him become insta-tom. Or maybe it just happens. It nearly happened to TK — one day his face suddenly widened out and he got even more bitey and I said, off to the vet and off with the balls NOW. Else he'd have ended up like his big Daddy Moo, who cannot put his tail all the way down b/c of the giant cat-balls.

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  14. Poor Motley! I hope he's better soon!

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  15. Aw, I hope poor Motley gets well soon. 😦 Hugs to all of you.

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  16. Lauo—Is did Motley make it back home alright? Suppose to be back today, rite?

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  17. Yes, the Mot is back!He's a little shaky sitll, and hasn't yet checked out the entire house and yard, but he's working on it.And it was so sweet — Wolfie ran up to him, and Motley chirped at him, like a mamacat, and they sniffed noses for about two minutes.He still has recovering to do, but his blood work is good, so maybe he didn't do permanent damage.

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  18. Awwww, I'm so glad to hear that. That's so sweet! They do feel so much like part of the family. Mittens is in Va with Tony at my mom's. It's just me and Domino and Ladybug. They gave me the *sniff test* when i got home.

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  19. That is one cute kitteh who does not deserve all the hurts he's had. He's lucky to have a caring mum like you, YGRS.
    And BEWARE OF CATS NAMED JAVA. A co-worker has a calico named Java – he's convinced she's evil, she's convinced she owns his house and family, I'm convinced she was the guiding light behind the creation of http://www.mycathatesyou.com

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  20. Lord.
    It's after 1AM and I get confused easily. I believe you're known as lauowolf.
    You're free to call me Audrey, Andy, or Ashley.

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  21. Glad to hear Motley is doing better! I'm back to make some more tomato sauce!! This is the craziest tomato year I have EVER seen!!!! *pokes arm out of tomato avalanche to click on recipes*

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  22. It's okay — I'm the youngest of five sisters.I answer to any name used in direct address.(My mother gave up trying to keep things straight and mostly called all of us Susie, which was the middle kid's name.)Java was indeed a monster, but I think it was because his lady was a scary lunatic.She wouldn't fix him, and he just was fighting all the time.Other cats, raccoons, people.

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  23. I hope all is finally well and you are all back together. I see we get our pets the same way. Hang in there kid. It's tough because they can't tell us whe they aren't feeling well.

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