Dec 10, 2013

Three Cats Tuesday: Moo's #PeaWatch and Pea's Vet Report

Happy Three Cats Tuesday, Cuteheads! Today we have some new shenanigans and a bit of a report from Pea's trip to the vet on Saturday.

Moo has a new job around here and he takes it very seriously. He doesn't let up on his duties, ever. His new job is Pea Watch.

I'm telling you, all he does is stare at Sweet Pea. No matter where she's at, if he's in the room with her, he's got his eyes on her.

#peawatch



And now for Pea's vet update. It's not great news. I took her to the vet because she is so round (she's always been!), but her belly is kind of hard.It reminds me of kittens with worms when we get them from the shelter. So I wanted to make sure she didn't have worms and if there was anything I should be doing for her... or if she was just fat!

The vet squished up her belly and listened to everything in there with a stethoscope and declared her to be fat. No news there! I was relieved and he seemed pretty sure that was it, but he suggested he do a stomach tap since she was the to be sure there wasn't any fluids or anything in there. So, of course, I said go ahead.

He took her in the back and did, and came back with a syringe full of fluid to show me. :(

So, a couple things this could mean and none of them are great. The most likely thing is a liver tumor of some sort. Most of the other parking lot kitties have ended up with abdominal tumors or something, I guess from licking oil and grease and fertilizer and eating off the ground, so this wouldn't surprise me, but it would be super sad.

Or worst case scenario, he said fluid in the belly could also mean FIP, which would really not be good. We don't really think this is it though.

We did an x-ray to see if he could see any masses and it was hard to see because of the fluids. He did think her liver was a odd shape and didn't have clear, hard lines like it should, so that could mean a tumor, but he can't say for certain from the x-ray alone.

That squiggly shape on the bottom of her liver should really be a pretty hard, straight line, he said. Click to biggify. 
So he said he was going to talk to an ultrasound specialist, and that will be our next step. They'll have to shave her belly and do an ultrasound, and that will tell us for sure if that's what it is.

I will keep everyone posted. In the meantime, Pea is ABSOLUTELY FINE. She is not sick, there's nothing wrong with her and I had no reason to take her in other than being an overprotective and overly cautiously reluctant-to-admit-I'm-her-cat-mom mother. She's eating fine, drinking fine and acting normal. Although I do think she could poop more often. (That's not TMI, is it? Hehe.)

Please keep Sweet Pea in your thoughts and let's hope for the best possible outcome -- which is NEITHER, of course, and something we can fix.

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20 comments:

  1. Positive thoughts, prayers and love to Sweet Pea that all will be well. And Moo, you're doing a wonderful job keeping an eye on Sweet Pea!!!! Way to go!!! Pimp, I missed seeing your handsome self this morning. All, have a wonderful day. Dorian, you're such a good "mom" to these precious furbabies!! <3

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  2. Prayers for Sweet Pea and you. I'm pretty sure you are her mom now, BTW.

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  3. This is freaky,my cat has the same problem.I noticed the other day how big his stomach has gotten.He eats like a horse and it looks like he swallowed a watermelon.HE also acts fine,eating,playing,social with my other cats.I haven't noticed any problem in his poops..anyway.Of course Sweet Pea will be in my thoughts,lets not jump the gun..yeah,yeah,i know,hard to do...


    So now that you finally admit that you are the "relucant-to-admit-I'm-her-cat-mom-mother" wecan just say like pimp's What Not Box,you are ...


    Sweet Pea's NOT MOM! ;)

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  4. Oh I'm sorry that it was NOT great news, but hopefully it is something not too bad. The important thing is she is happy, safe, loved, and well watched (thanks to Moo). I love the NOT MOM comment from laura3341. PURRFECT! Take care of all of those kitties and yourself. By the way, my one eyed Siamese Winky watches her sisters CONSTANTLY (with one eye). Sometimes this leads to chasing. Oh well. No harm I guess.

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  5. All hooves and paws crossed here. You did know that once she moved in.....

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  6. AHA! I *knew* you were her Mom, even if you wouldn't admit it! Now we'll pray that Sweet Pea doesn't have anything in her belly but gas and fat.

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  7. Oh I am so sorry to read about Pea's health issues. It seems like so many kitties are not well these days, this is sad.

    Hope she doesn't have any of the two issues you cited. I am sending plenty of purrs.

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  8. Praying for sweet pea! Moo stop tormenting sweet pea!!!!

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  9. gosh dorian, good thing you took our girl to the vet! you KNOW I'm hoping & praying it's nothing serious & I am forever grateful that you are becoming, albeit reluctantly:), that you are her cat mom mother:). keep me posted. thanks again for everything you're doing for miss sweet pea. I think moo is in love (?) lol. ~marsha

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  10. I'm glad she is acting normally. I always see that as a huge plus. Crossing my fingers everything turns out well for her.

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  11. I'm so glad you took her in & will be praying she is okay. Moo you are so funny and a good watcher too.

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  12. Haha, #peawatch cracks me up! Hmm, maybe its time for Three cat Thursday? :)

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  13. Andrea &amp; the Celestial KittiesDecember 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Aw, poor Sweet Pea, we hope, purr and pray for things to turn out good. We wouldn't want Moo to lose that great new job!

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  14. Prayers it is something treatable.

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  15. Dorian, you became her mom at exactly the right time for her well being. That's just how it works with these sweet little guys. Maybe Moo is watching her closely to be sure she is all right! Prayers for tiny Pea.

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  16. Kerry Palmer VistisenDecember 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Keeping Pea in my thoughts. You know, amongst us cat people, poop, pee, and puke discussions are not TMI. These things are very important.

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  17. Purrs and hugs to little Pea from all of us.

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  18. so hope she will be ok;yall love each other alot

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  19. So, what does Pimp think about Sweet Pea?? Does he watch her too, or just lets Moo do the surveillance and report his findings to him later? I'm so amazed at the strength you have to not panic until you have all the facts. The very first second that any of my kids act at all sick, and I take them to the vet, I usually almost literally start crying the very second I walk in the door. There's just so many, many memories of all the precious ones I've lost over the years there, and needless to say, you certainly have even more sad memories at your vet's office. I just need to remember that me loosing it doesn't help them at all, and instead makes everything so much worse. Sweet Pea has kind of become all of our Peas, so we'll be anxious to hear the vet report. I'm so happy and glad that you've finally been able to admit that shes your baby to stay. Don't you feel releaved now?? We sure do.+

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  20. Perhaps Mooisin love with Sweet Pea? Hope with all my heart that she'll be fine after more tests.Now, dear Dorian, you have 3 kitties, accept it, because it was meant to be !!! Love all of you dearly and wishing Sweet Pea a fast recovery.

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