I didn’t know there would be a part 2 but there is. Last week Hazel was at the vet. She’s overweight (no surprise), has arthritis in her hips and back legs (no surprise again) and she got her rabies shot.
She came home and had a nice dinner. Since she was good for the vet, she got tuna with a niptini and some soft music. (Who am I kidding? She would have gotten that anyway.)
Starting the next day, she stopped eating normally, only taking a bite or two. I wasn’t initially worried because she needs to lose weight but it dragged on for three days. She was eating less and then not at all. I knew we had to take another trip.
I am not good when my cats are ill. I can’t focus or think. I have one mission and that’s to make sure they are ok.
Capturing Hazel for a midday appointment was no picnic. It involved the beloved husband and a broom handle. She was under the king-sized bed. She had some hissy words for us and they weren’t nice. (I couldn’t include in my G-rated blog.)
After a look-see, the vet said it was a reaction to the shot. She had never had a reaction before. This was a first.
Hazel was given a steroid shot and some appetite stimulant. (I asked them to go easy on the appetite drug. Weight loss would be a good outcome of this whole episode.)
She was eating a little after a few hours. Within a day she seemed better. She lost a half pound during this ordeal. It’s like using a colonoscopy to jump-start a diet.
Then she slumped again. Stopped eating. Dragging around. This time she didn’t have to go to the vet. We picked up meds for nausea. It’s been a week and she’s still not her chipper self but is eating somewhat.
The vet noted everything on her chart. Next year she will get a steroid shot with her rabies vaccine (and I am wondering if she really needs a rabies shot. She’s an indoor only cat and never comes in contact with any cats except the ones here). I noted it on my chart so I am stocked with chocolate and margaritas.
Total weight loss for this ordeal — Hazel 1.3 lbs., Kate 2 lbs. I win!