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Strange Week

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 4:21 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I almost titled this post “Rough week”, but really, when I think about it, way worse things could have happened and many people are dealing with worse than Jill and I went through this week.  Yes, I had some panicky moments, but all in all, she is still doing great, it was just rough on her little body.

Last Thursday, I woke up to find Jill asleep in a pool of her own urine.  I’m talking tons of it.  She was soaking wet.  This was extremely odd.  She has never had an accident outside of her little box and I thought maybe she was angry that I had my sister’s cat over and she was being spiteful, but I really didn’t think she would do that and, if she would, she really wouldn’t sleep in it all night.  So I emailed the oncologist, who suggested I take her to the regular vet for a urinalysis and culture as animals who are on chemo are prone to infections such as UTI’s.  I really didn’t even think of this as she’s already 6 weeks off the chemo, but her oncologist explained to me that the chemo can still cause side effects for months.

I’m going to make this long story as short as possible…..urinalysis came back positive for bacteria and white blood cells, so we put Jill on an antibiotic (clavamox) and wait for the culture to come back.  On Saturday night, I’m laying in bed when she starts to smack her lips, next thing I know, theres vomit everywhere!  Poor thing.  Knowing it must be from the clavamox, I don’t panic though, just wait to call the vet in the morning.  Vet calls me back, tells me the culture so far is coming back negative, but lets wait for the final results and for now keep her off the meds.  Final results came back yesterday (Tuesday), culture is negative.  Yes there is some blood in her urine, but the way her urine was obtained, a needle inserted in her bladder (a Cystocentesis), can cause some blood to get into the sample.  Anyway long story short, shes off the antibiotic for now and if she starts to show any signs of a UTI again, I’m to bring her in.

So.  That’s where we are now.  She goes tonight for  a blood test to see if her WBC’s are good enough to start metronomics, although now I’m a little hesitant about that.  Obviously her body reacts strongly to chemo and now she has a “maybe UTI”.  As of last night though she was feeling back to her normal self, running around like a lunatic.

The only bad news is………….THE LAST PRE-CHEMO WHISKER HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh well, I see this as a sign of a fresh, brand new start 🙂





May 22, 2013 @ 4:35 pm   Reply

You are right. Brand new start. Kicking Cancer’s butt. Being a Pioneer in the Metronomic field for kitties. You are so awesome Jill. (pst we won’t tell your mom you peeing the bed is just getting even for all the cab rides in that NY traffic). Keep going Jill. You are doing so awesome. Your chemo buddy & I are so proud of you.

Michelle & Sassy



May 22, 2013 @ 4:37 pm   Reply

Jilly!!! Bald is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
Hope everything works out ok… !! crossing my fingers for you.. and a few other things thanks to gravity and old age!!


   virginia and dixie

May 22, 2013 @ 4:41 pm   Reply

jill is so cute in those 2 pics. and I really like the idea of a new beginning with the loss of the last whisker! So happy to hear she was running around like a lunatic too! hugs, kisses and best wishes, virginia and dixie



May 22, 2013 @ 7:06 pm   Reply

So glad Jill is doing better, but hate the mystery of it all. As long as she is back to her beautiful self that is all that counts!



May 22, 2013 @ 9:02 pm   Reply

We still love you’re lovely whittle face, JillyBean!



May 22, 2013 @ 10:05 pm   Reply

Okay, I got my magnifying glass out……honest,,,true…..and don’t I see a few small remnants of little fine soft whiskers?? I know the great big one is gone…not there…..(have you checked brudda’ bed?).

And……was it just the way the photo came out or have her ears gotten bigger?? This is ALL good sign stuff:-) 🙂 🙂

Perhaps….just perhaps…new little whiskers coming in and her ears are growing stronger and stronger:-) 🙂

Always, always, always wishing them best for you two!!

Salt and Halt Hannah



May 23, 2013 @ 12:05 am   Reply

The problem was the whisker…it had left over chemo in it and now that it is gone Jill has it completely out of her system. That is my diagnosis…I am not a doctor…I just play one in my brain…or Dr. Mom to the pet children.

Keep staying positive! Licks from Harley and hugs from me!



May 25, 2013 @ 10:54 pm   Reply

Erica, a lesser person would have FLIPPED. You did great, you are getting stronger by the day. Congrats!

Whatever this was, Jill is just as strong and determined as ever, so I’m confident this was just a fluke.

I also vote for Ilene’s diagnosis.

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