Update 5pm Tuesday
The vet felt that Chica would benefit from another night getting IV fluids so we can pick her up on Wed. Her kidney values have come down but they want more of a decrease. She is alert, loving the attention from the staff and being very feisty. I would prefer her to be more stable when she came home so I am OK with this - I just don't want to bring her home too soon and then have to bring her back. I miss her soo much. It doesn't seem like home without this cat. We will have a special post tomorrow when she comes home!
I visited Chica today and she is doing better - they will check her kidney values later to day to see if she can come home this afternoon. She was alert early this AM and let the vet pet her. Chica even swatted at her when she tried to touch her belly. The vet also thinks she may also have pancreatitis - her belly is still tender. I may just let them treat it as that and let her come home to regain her strength before going in for an x-ray or ultra sound. I think it would be too much for her now. Has anybody had any experience with pancreatitis?
UPDATE - Tues AMThe vet called this morning and it looks like Chica has a very bad bladder infection - her urine tested positive for bacteria so they have her on antibiotics. Poor baby - I was so worried about her but this would explain the tenderness in her belly area. I will go visit her later this morning but she may stay the day at the vets. Keep the purrs coming!
Thank you all for your kind words, purrs and prayers for Chica. I stopped to visit her late today at the vets and she is doing a bit better - her temp has come up and she was alert and grumpy but has not eaten. Her tummy is still tender - has anyone had experience with acute gastritis with chronic renal failure? I hated to leave her there but obviously the IV fluids were doing her good. I don't know how this happened so fast - she had fluids three days ago and was herself on Sunday. We will see how she is in the morning and if her tummy is still hurting. The next step would be an x-ray or ultra sound but the vet does not want to put her thru this if they don't need to. I just hope this is related to the CRF and will turn around with fluids. At her age (20) I need to be prepared for any outcome.
I guess I spoke too soon when I said a few days ago that Chica was doing well. She crashed this morning and I took her to the vet - she was vomiting foam and her belly hurt.
Her temp was low and she was dehydrated. They did blood work which is normally very hard to do with her but she was feeling so bad it was easy today. Her BUN and Creatine are high along with amylase.
She will stay at the vet's so they can give her IV fluids and keep an eye on her. Her temp has already come back up. They gave her Pepcid for her tummy. We will see how she is later today but most likely she will stay overnight at the vets.
If she does not respond to this (which I think she will) they will have to do an x-ray to see if there is something in her tummy causing her pain.
We could use lots of purrs and prayers. I do want her to be around and feeling well for some time to come. I will keep you posted.