Welcome to February, my beloved sponsors!
My super fantastic vet team sprung into action immediately, of course! They checked me out, and found that I had lost a bunch of weight quickly. Then they discovered that I had developed a very nasty urinary tract infection (UTI) that was backing up to my kidneys. They knew that they had to take the strain off of my kidneys right away, so they began treating me with extra fluids to hydrate me and antibiotics to fight the infection.
The vets used a long medical word for what I have: pyelonephritis. Say that five times fast, I dare you! It’s basically a fancy technical term to describe a UTI that is damaging the kidneys. I have had UTIs over the years, but this one is extra nasty and mean. Of course, UTIs are never fun…but I have been feeling downright sick for the past week or so.
At one point, I even had to sleep in the hospital! I tried to be a big girl and snuggle up all by myself, but I missed all of my cuddle buddies.
A note from Tabby’s Place’s Senior Veterinary Technician, Denise: The reason you are receiving this update ahead of schedule is because Mary’s condition has continued to decline, and we want everyone who loves her to know what she is battling right now.
Unfortunately, despite three full days of IV fluids and antibiotics, Mary’s kidney values have not improved, but actually worsened. Our medical team tried to insert another IV catheter, but Mary’s veins will not hold it, and the treatment wasn’t improving her kidney function.
So instead of caging Mary and keeping her attached to needles, we are treating her with oral antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids to keep her hydrated. The UTI is gone, but the damage to her kidneys remains.
The medication that we started for Mary’s anemia is helping a bit, and she seems happy to be back in her room with her friends. We are gravely concerned, so we are giving Mary all the love we can, for however long she is with us.
These are the times when medically you feel defeated, but I know in my heart that Tabby’s Place does everything for these cats, while also respecting them by not going too far. Mary is just such a sweet girl, and it is hard to watch her fade. Please send her lots of love and good vibes. I wish I had better news.