Quick Update: I think miracle # 3 just happened. After I posted this last night, Radish struggled to breathe and he lost all mobility in his hind legs. I spent much of the night with him in soul to soul communion. This morning he responded well to the nebulizer, wanted desperately to have his nature healing time and I spent all day in the garden with him, doing his syringe feeding outdoors where he drank spring water for the first time in two days and responded to the crinkle sound of treats. It was the first time he’d eaten anything on his own in days and then, wonder of wonders he ate a bit of raw Primal again on his own. Best of all, he regained full use of his hind legs. Your purrs and prayers are working! Thank-you. The next step is introducing a compounded prescription for thyroid. I posted a bunch of new #Saving Radish photos of the past few days on Instagram That’s where you’ll find the most recent udates.
Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does. After two HBO word weeks, a shelter cat rescue gone awry miscommunication from friends, clients and a series of bizarre incidents I don’t have the energy to write about, the tech gods say, “Oh, let’s give this over-extended cat lover a break!”. My desktop computer and favorite place to write and photo edit dies and not just dies but my computer guy is so flummoxed I don’t even have an estimate yet. Then my laptop fizzles and my cell, well don’t ask. And never mind the poison ivy. It was worth going barefoot for.
Why I’m not able to work or blog as usual
My life changed last week when I signed a waiver for legal responsibility for Radish a shelter cat who had was on a bite hold and kill-list of a no kill shelter where I volunteer. He remained caged without being vetted for three months. My sense was this cat was not inherently aggressive but needed veterinary attention. The shelter claimed he was too aggressive to be vetted without sedation and didn’t have the funds. I raised $1000 for my mobile vet to do a thorough vetting and determined Radish was much older than originally thought (about 14+) with multiple health issues from dental, thyroid, liver and heart conditons. I was out of town at the time of the vetting and when I returned to pick up Radish, he was in poor condition. How poor, I didn’t realize until I got him and he could hardly walk.
I never expected to become the guardian of a critical care cat. My plan was to get him vetted, nurse him back to health and find the ideal forever home and a real second chance at life. The treatment plan was to treat the thyroid first with diet once I picked him up as his guardian, but in the interim, he’d lost his appetite and his liver condition worsened. He’d been seen by two vets since and is on a new protocol of sub-q fuids and nebulizer twice daily, high calorie critical care cat food via syringe every three hours, homeopathy and supplements plus Reiki several times a day. It’s all consuming while juggling the needs of our other four special needs cats and we need all the help we can get for Radish to have a fighting chance. No shelter cat should have to suffer like Radish for what could have been easily avoided with proper veterinary care.
The Radish Report
Radish, the scawny 5.3 lb ginger and cream rescue cat with a giant will to live developed a nasty URI a few days ago. He’d been doing well, eating raw, supplemented with syringe feeding, his jaundiced-yellow mouth and ears fading to normal when he snuffled all stuffy nose and runny eyes. It changed everything. His meager appetite vanished as did any hope of normal sleep or work for me. Everything business or personal was cancelled, delayed or forgotten about.
Syringe feedings increased to every two to three hours, with mega coaxing, spillage of food (his) and tears (mine). Extra supplements added, homeopathic remedies ordered and prayers offered to the cat gods to please, please not let the contagion impact the other cats. Radish has a complicated hyperthyroid condition coupled with liver failure and an enlarged heart ( I like to think it as full of love). Hubby has taken twice daily sub-Q duty and fallen deeply in love with him. I’m writing this with with Radish snorfling in the background dragging his failing hind legs just to be close to me. We have some crazy kind of karma. An animal communicator friend said he was my familiar from ancient Egypt days. Whatever it is, all I know is I feel duty bound to help him fullfill his destiny. Euthansia became an option again. Radish firmly made his choice, again. No, not now.
For a nailbiting few days we waited and debated going to yet another vet but decided not to stress Radish out anymore after the other vet debacle. Our mobile vet, Dr. G. couldn’t visit until Thursday and I’m grateful for all the support by email and landline this week. Dr. G. first examined him at the shelter two weeks ago and was happy to see him in a more relaxed setting. A mobile clinic on wheels is a true gift. Hubby carried Radish in his arms as if he were his newborn baby. I opened the door prepared for anything, exhausted as any mom with a newborn or sick child. The former “monster” biter cat hasn’t taken so much as a nip. Hubby loves nuzzling and kissing his neck while I prefer gently stroking his bony body. Syringe feeding is messy and he lets me wipe his mouth and even extends a white paw to help me clean him. Dr. G. was just as gentle examining him. The prognosis isn’t great but Dr. G. says, “There’s hope but it’s good to be prepared for the worst.” So were adding a nebulizer, Clavamox, switching from a thyroid diet to Hill prescription Critical Care food and mixing in a whole lot of love and hope at our kitty sanitorium.
I’m not sure when I’ll post next but I’m doing a daily #savingradish photo or two on Instagram. Follow us or just stop by www.instagram/catwisdom101. There’s also a photo link in our footer. I’m doing a little tweeting at www.twitter.com/catwisdom101 and minimal Facebook. My other blog is on hiatus, kind of like my life for now. Re-posting this pic feels appropriate. If you’re inclined to make a donation, please do. Radish is my full time avocation right now.