July 9th 2012 2:49 pm
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Just after midnight I had to take Gump the emergency vet hospital. He was breathing rapidly and panting, and I was pretty scared. He had been doing some open mouth breathing over the last week or so, which I thought was mostly related to the horrible heat we’ve been having (90s to 100+ degrees for the last two weeks), and also maybe stress from moving and those stoopid fireworks....But it’s more than just the heat.
We are fortunate to have a 24-hour emergency vet hospital only minutes from where we live now. They took x-rays, and Gumpy has fluid in his abdomen and his heart is also showing some enlargement. This is why he was having difficulty breathing. The emergency vet (who was wonderful, by the way) couldn’t determine what is causing the fluid build-up. It could be related to his heart (he’s always had a murmur) or something else could be causing it. Cancer is a possibility. I’ve been giving him a small amount of sub-q fluids almost everyday for his kidneys and there can be issues with giving cats fluids when they have murmurs or other heart problems. However, he didn’t have any excess fluid build-up in his lungs which is typically seen with a cat whose heart can’t process excess fluids. The ER vet said this is unusual and we’re going to have to get an abdominal ultrasound and also probably see the cardiologist again and get another echocardiogram to find out more of what it is going on. I’m stopping the fluids until we find out more of what’s happening. We’re seeing the regular vet tomorrow.
The good thing is that by the time I had gotten him in the carrier he had stopped the panting and his breathing slowed down. He’s also still eating well. I brought some treats with me and he wanted them every time I gave him one while we were there. The ER vet said the fact that he was eating was very good and she said, “I like that he’s giving me some lip.” (LOL, lip = growling, which he wouldn’t be doing he if he was doing horribly). He does seem better today and I only saw him pant once and it was over quickly.
I had wanted to write a little more about Gumpy’s gotcha day and how it’s really nice to be COTW at this time. It’s nice because I know my little boy is dealing with a lot healthwise. Even though he’s has been resilient with other illnesses and health crises’ over the last 5 years, I know there’s a limit to how much his little body can handle. So I'm grateful to have this Cat of the Week experience now while he still has some quality of life.
I wasn’t sure if I should write a diary about this, but I decided to let his friends know what’s going on in case things deteriorate. Maybe we can get this figured out and he can bounce back again, but I just don’t know. Plus he still has serious kidney disease and we’ll see how much his numbers have changed and likely increased. He’s always been a little trooper, but there is a limit.
Thank you again for everything. I appreciate all the goodness and catster love this week. We're still getting our thank you's out.
P.S. By the way, all my captions on my photos keep disappearing. Anyone else having problems? This is the second time this has happened. Sigh.
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Poor Gump--is no fun when youse feelin' yucky & a trip to the vet. Sorry & hopin' you feels better soon.
Poor, Poor Gump mama. Youse so worried 'bout yer boy & he givin' you lots to worry 'bout. Please don' hes'tate 'bout letting us know wha's happenin'. We cares an' we wantsa knows 'bout the bad stuffs too. We can share the tuff times--is why we's here.
As fur comments--I don' know. I dinnit check. I go look now.
Gump, ole bud. yous keeps fightin da good fight, wees keeps a purrin for yous!!
My captions is still 'ere. Where alla yers go?
Please Please PLEASE know we are purring for him with all of our hearts here and we know how scary this is.
Love you, Gumpy. Big purrs coming your way.
Gump's mom, we're purring lots of healing purrs for your sweet boy. Never hesitate to let us know when Gump (or any of your other kitties) isn't feeling well and needs love and purrs and you need support. Purrs are powerful!
Kaci & family
Many purrs sent from us too, I know how scary that can be.
Yeah we had dat problem a lil while ago, our captions disappearin' but refresh da page 'n we added 'em 'gain~! Not shur is it stickz but we'll see, must be more o' Catster fleas~ Gee~!
OH Gumpy, we love U 'n r purrin' fur efury single day~! We know Ur frail, but we know U've had a purrfect live 'n grand furmilies to share wif~! We know dere LOTZ more fun 'n energetic life inside U~! 'n We got alla our pawz crossed dat no more'z breathin' probz come 'round fur U~! We got plenty o' purrs 'n paws 'n alla good thangz to keep U goin'~! Our bestest bud, U take care now 'n good to hear U keepin' dem ER vets in line~! Eat 'em up dem pawsome treats 'n goodies~!! Ur a TROOPER 'n best buddy~! Ur in grand handz wif Ur purrfect mommy~!!
MILO 'n MALLEE, Smokey Joe, SAM, Tim 'n Zig 'n Mommy Kathy
We are purring, Pawyering and praying as hard as we can, Gumpy!
We hope that the problem can be figured out, and helped too.
Hugs...furry big ones going out, too!
I lost all my captions once when meowmy added some new pics, HQ had no real answer fur us...so now when we post new pics, if anything seems odd, we just stop abnd clear the whole thing, and try again later. It is so annoying to lose all of that hard work.
But we didn't lose comments under the pics.
Webster, in one of the forums about info had no real answer either, I guess it had happened to him, too. Maybe you could look him up and send him a p-mail for suggestions. He is a furendly pup.
Purrzzzz for you Gumpy!! We hope they can figure out what is wrong too and that you will be ok. Your catster friends are here to support you and your Mom during sickness and in good health.
I hope you let your Vet know that you are COTW!
Hang in there, Gumpy!
Luv & Hugs,
Zoey and Zack
Hello Gumpy....we love you so much. Please know we are here for you. Mommy read your mom's diary about you and said 'are you two related?' Though I haven't had the open mouth breathing, I, also, have a heart murmur. Big Vet believes it could be 'age related' she didn't notice it when I was younger. I, also, have had my ups and downs.
Gumpy, you are just the most sweet and elegant cat there is. You are a tough Humpry Bogart Maltese Falcon kind of kitty. Like you, I also 'give lip' when at the vets. I'm usually kvetching.
We are really purring hard here. Please know you have us in your corner, and we're not giving up or in, Gumpy. We're purring and purring like there is no tomorrow.
lots of purrs and kitty head bonks and groomings,
Me and my family are purring for Gumpy, he is a trooper and fighter...we are glad you let us know cause we all will be here for you no matter what...all of the catster angels are watching over you Gumpy....
Sending butterflies from heaven
We're all here purring for you buddy!
Love, Tully & Family
Gumpy, we are among the many who love love and want you to be well. Happy Gotcha Day.
We're sorry you are having these problems when you should be celebrating. We're purraying for you mightily!!! Luv, Tink & Snow
Awww Gump You know that you and your Mom can always talk to us and let us know what is going on. We can be hear to offer our purrs, prayers, paws, ears, etc. That's what your buddies are for. You are one awesome cat and we love ya! All our purrs, Skylar and family
Mom, there is nothing wrong with you sharing this info with us. We are actually glad you told us....I mean look at all the purrs he is getting. We're here for support if you need it.
Just know we will be purring for you day and night.
Oh my dear sweet friend so sorry to hear you are not feeling well sending lots of love and purrs your way stay strong sweet little ole man kitty we love you.
Momcat sending some hugs we know how very difficult it is for a kitty to be having health issues and after so many years of seeing him strong and healthy we know it is hard to watch him as he deals with age and health issues,
many hugs and purrs thanks for letting us know.
Gumpy, sweet Boy, we're all hear for you, sorry your not feeling well, we sure understand how difficult it is having health issues, I scare Mom all the time when I have an asthmatic attack and do the open mouth breathing. We're sending big purrs to you and wish you the best of luck seeing your Doc. Hang in there Gumpy, we luv ya!
Ember, KiKi & Angel Sam
Thank you all for the purrs and concern for my little boy! It means so much to us. This is what this place is about and we're lucky to have it.
Jen (Gumpy's mom)
Sending lotsa purrs!
Everybody at my house is sending a boatload of purrs to Gump. Hope this crisis passes quickly and he gets more good times with his family. Interest in treats is always a good sign!
I am still your Guardian Angel, right sweet Gumpy?
So I am very glad that your mom decided to write.
Sometimes I need a little heads-up!
Good times and not so good times~ we who love you so much are always her for you~that's what catster is all about.
Thank you for reminding my family of this.
I am sending you endless purrs!
I have decided not to leave.
We are taking a vacation from catster.
Will be back for Teddy Bearz's birthday.
We love you,
We're purring up a storm for you Gumpy, hang in there buddy and keep growling and eating.
Oh Gumpy we are all purring for you to feel better soon. I'm sorry to hear you had to make a midnight run to the emergency yucky place! (but I sure am glad you gave that dr. some lip!)
Hang in there my friend and feel better soon!
Many hugs & purrs,
Julius & family
Gumpy, we were really sorry to hear that you weren't feeling well. I hope you're getting the somewhat cooler weather there that we're getting - maybe that will help you be more comfortable. Let us know how things go. Purrs,
Sleeper and the gang
Gumpy we are so sorry to hear this, we are purring very hard for you. Butterfly kisses for you, and big hugs for you Mum
Love Shadow, Wilson and Mum :)
Gumpy, wez all here for you all the time! Please keep us updated on yur health. Major purrs for you. Keep eating, keep giving that "lip". Makes you stronger!
Oh no! We are purring for you gump!