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January 12th, 2009, 12:14 PM
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My cat Justin is really sick right now. He threw up Sat night/Sun morning and wouldn't eat on Sunday. In the 6 years I've had Justin he has never lost his appetite, he is ALWAYS hungry, even when sick.

This morning when I got up he looked like he was having a hard time breathing so I rushed him into the vet. The vet did an x-ray, he has fluid in his lungs and his temp is only 95-96 when it should be 101. They were having to give him oxygen because he was having such a hard time breathing. She can't tell exactly what is wrong, but she suspects cardiomyopathy (heart failure) but we will have to get an ultrasound of his heart to really know because she couldn't visualize the heart on the x-ray from all the fluid. It could also be pneumonia, but she didn't think so because his temp was low and not high. Right now they are keeping him stablized and we are transferring him at 5:30 to an overnight emergency place where they can give him oxygen if needed. He is on antibiotics and a drug to help him pee, so he can hopefully get rid of the extra fluid.

This is killing me. I love this cat so much. My husband joined me at the vet's office to hear the results of the x-ray and even he started crying after we left. I have only seen him cry/tear up twice in the almost 10 years we've been together.

I just don't know what I'll do if I lose him. I feel so guilty for all the times I lost my temper with him or didn't spend enough time with him. I also gave him a couple mLs of water last night force feeding so he wouldn't dehydrate, but now I think that was a very bad thing since he has too much fluid. I also gave some new treats yesterday and my husband is worried that maybe they had some of that stuff from China that causes kidney failure. I don't know.

He just really looks bad. I'm so scared. I've had him for 6 years and I just want him to be okay. I can't stop crying, it just can't be time for him to go yet. Please pray that is he will be okay.

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January 12th, 2009, 12:36 PM
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Aww, Shannon I hope he gets well soon!
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January 12th, 2009, 04:51 PM
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aw Shannon... I hope he gets better soon! HUGS
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January 12th, 2009, 10:04 PM
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update (x-posted)

Thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers. He is now in the care of the emergency overnight vet until tomorrow morning. They did another x-ray and an ultrasound; it does show that he has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This has caused fluid in his lungs and in the space around the lungs. The vet seemed fairly positive towards us and did say it cannot be cured but it can be treated with medication. The vet recommended that we see a cardiologist to determine what meds and what dosage will be best for him.I am still very scared of the things I have read online, it does sound like that the BEST case scenario is that he will have a few more years if the meds help him. Which at this point, I am really praying for. I just want more time to love him.
His breathing is much better, he is peeing, but his temperature was still too low when we came in. He did look better when we left him tonight and I just hope he continues to improve. He is getting heat and oxygen and all sorts of meds right now.
I don't know what we'll be doing from here...we are a little worried about having to transfer him back to our family vet tomorrow morning, because we're afraid it is stressful for him there. (He can't stay at the emergency place.)
Please keep praying and also for my husband and I to make the best decisions for our little guy.
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January 13th, 2009, 01:36 AM
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January 13th, 2009, 11:20 AM
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He is gone. Update is here http://www.justmommies.com/boards/index.ph...owtopic=1423700
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January 13th, 2009, 12:46 PM
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Oh Shannon I'm so sorry. I don't have any words of wisdom, I have the same fears and concerns myself over TJ.. because he is my first real pet that can't be replaced with a trip to the petstore (we had birds and fish growing up).

HUGS sweetie... I wish he could have pulled through, but know you made the right decision so he's not in pain anymore.
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January 14th, 2009, 06:24 PM
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Oh hun I am so sorry - I already posted in the post that is linked - so there isn't much more I cna say except that I am sure he knows how loved he was hun. I hope you know how much we love you & want to help you through this too.
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January 16th, 2009, 11:24 AM
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I am so sorry!!!
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January 16th, 2009, 10:36 PM
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January 17th, 2009, 12:10 AM
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Oh no sweetie, I am so so so sorry... I am a huge cat lover and I know well the devastation of losing a beloved kitty. They are not just pets they are our children. I know there are no words but you were such a loving mommy to him and he knows it. I love the cat eulogy you posted, it's beautiful.

By the way, he was a very beautiful kitty.
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