Today I am taking a break from my photography tips and tutorials to update you all on how Harvey is doing for Pet Parade 314. We also want to thank the Swiss Cats as we won their birthday giveaway! Thank you Pixie and Zorro.
Harvey’s Cat Health Back Story
Regular readers will know that Harvey is a white senior boy. He came to us as a foster and when he fit into the family as if he had always been here, the decision was made to adopt him.
Harvey has had his share of trauma before he arrived. Hoarder victim and bullied stray he coped with these challenges and moved on always hoping for a good break.
I know he viewed these as challenges because when I spoke to Coryelle Kramer wonderful animal communicator at BlogPaws®. She confirmed this was how he viewed the events of his life. They were challenges and he overcame them. Her session at Blogpaws was one of my favourites at the c
Cat Dental Drama
Harvey is a senior (approx 15) and as advised by Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, gets a six-monthly check-up.
This turned up two black teeth. When I saw the teeth, he looked like something out of a pirate movie and the vet immediately said he was in pain. I was horrified. His recent subdued behaviour was suddenly explained. Toothache. He had to have a daily dose of Meloxicam until surg
We had no choice but to agree to a dental. No cat at Dash Kitten was going to live with pain.
Harvey needed the dental and quickly
Of course, anyone with a senior cat (or dog) will immediately know that I was worried about the effects of anaesthesia on him as a senior. Not every cat comes out the other side of surgery at that age
Harvey went into the local vets on Wednesday, and they asked if we wanted to do the ‘extra’ blood test that was an up to date check on his general health and functions. It cost more money but when you hear what happened you will think twice about turning such a test down yourself.
I got a phone call from the vets. Harvey needed fluids and they would have to postpone surgery until the following day – Thursday. He would be put on a fluid drip until the following day. He would be at risk if they operated that day.
The moment this was agreed and surgery postponed, Harvey was given something to eat by the nurses at the vets and we had another day’s wait while Harvey spent the night away from home.
Surgery Success and Update
Harvey is on soft food for a while but still refused to eat anything that can be called ‘healthy kidney food’. So he is receiving soft food and chicken cut into very small pieces as well as chicken stock/juice.
The ‘phone rang at home and the vet let us know that the surgery had been a success and Harvey was recovering well. He had four teeth removed and could be collected later that day after recovery and monitoring by the nursing staff.
If you think we should insist on giving him kidney food to help prolong his senior life I can promise you (because I have tried) he would starve himself first. My nerve gives in before his does.