My Cat Stopped Eating!

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Bast's Story

This is Bast.  Bast started having symptoms of a urinary tract infection in September of 2008 at the age of 11.  She had never been sick a day in her life before this episode.  Her infection was causing her a great deal of discomfort so she was taken to an emergency vet due to the fact that it was a holiday.  While she was there, her blood was taken but they could not get any urine.  She was brought back the next day to have urine collected.  The veterinarian stated that it was not a sterile sample because it was taken from the table that she had accidentally urinated on.  She was sent home with antibiotics and pain reliever.  Each time she was given the antibiotics, she vomited the pill and/or liquid. 

She began to hide from us so she wouldn't have to get medicine.  It turned out that she didn't have an infection at all, she had bladder stones.  Days and weeks passed when suddenly Bast emerged from hiding as a skeleton.  She was lethargic and very weak.  She was taken back to the vet in October of 2008 where she was diagnosed with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis after blood tests, x-rays and an ultrasound were administered.  We were given the option to insert a feeding tube.  After paying more than $1000 for tests, we couldn't afford the feeding tube that would cost $400 to insert (this figure did not include future office visits to monitor progress, special food, medication and/or supplements).  We chose to forcefeed her instead.

The veterinarian stated that anything could have caused that Feline Hepatic Lipidosis.  It was unclear to him but her family thought that it was due to the stress of being given medication or the nausea that might have been caused by the medication.  It only takes 48 hours of not eating for a cat to never want to eat again.  We forcefed Bast "Hill's AD" from October 2008 to January 2009 when she finally started eating on her own.  Now she is a big, beautiful, healthy, black cat again with a voracious appetite.  She was lucky because 90% of cats will die of Feline Hepatic Lipidosis because forcefeeding usually doesn't work.

Unfortunately, her best friend Solomon *click on Solomon's story to the right  to read his story* came down with the same thing and died from it in January of 2009.  This has lead us to believe that Bast caught some kind of virus (that caused nausea or a lack of appetite) while at the vet for the bladder stones and transmitted it to Solomon.  It seems too coincidental for two cats within the same family to come down with this...therefore her family has moved away from the notion that Bast's Feline Hepatic Lipidosis was caused by the medication. 

Bast misses Solomon very much and so do we.