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Leila and Me

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Leila and Me

Not good, but ok

September 19th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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No news was not good news. 

We thought Leila was doing really well. She seems happy and back to her old self, but the blood test she had last week showed that one of her 2 clotting factors is still quite low – below the normal range. Her red blood count is a bit low as well but she is making new red blood cells so they are less concerned about that.

This basically means that they are still not sure what is wrong with her.    The next course of action is steroid treatment twice a day in case her body is attacking itself.  Both the local vet and the city vet agreed on this treatment.  Because this will lower her immune system she also has antibiotics in the evening.  Both are in liquid form.  8ml of the steroids has to be put in her food.  Luckily a bit of undrained tuna mixed in and she’s happy. My consolation is that this time she doesn’t know she is sick. She seems to be feeling fine and is enjoying doing all the cat things she did before.  Except going outside. That is off limits again in case of infection. 

I have also had to stop volunteering at the cat rescue centre in case of infections, but I have an update on the angry cat I mentioned in my last post.  Thanks to a lot of hard work and patience by the regular staff, he overcame his fears and became quite sweet and affectionate. He has already found a new home at the local radio station! Good news all round there.  

In leg-related news, Leila is doing really well. She is using her bad leg most of the time and movement is increasing.  She can extend it most of the way but flexing still has more to work on.  Usually she tucks it back and under her when she lies down it today I saw her as she is in the photo below.  It looks a bit awkward but it was progress enough for me to photograph.

[Seems like I can’t get the photo right now.  Stupid Internet.  I’ll add it when I can]

So in summary, we are hopeful that the steroids will cure whatever is wrong with her, and her leg is still doing well.

I hope everyone else is doing well. 

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • benny55

    Lelia, you are soooo lucky to have picked this human for your forever home so you could know what love feels like!!

    Overall, it sounds like you are really doing well and that’s great news! Glad those massages are helping. Hope you can get the picture posted. Computers and I don’t get along very well so I understand your frustration.

    And “Angry Cat” got a home! GREAT job everyone!

    Thanks for the update.

    Sending love and healing energy..

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  • jerry

    Hey guys well it sounds like one of those good news / bad news situations. With two vets putting their heads together they’ll figure it out, it’s only a matter of time. Hang in there.

    Really glad to hear about Angry Cat. It’s just amazing what can happen with dedication and good people. YAY!

    P.S. if you want any help with the photos just holler OK? We’d love to see some.

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