October 4th 2013 1:36 pm
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Rocky got my attention this morning when I fed the cats their morning meal. He poked a nose at his dish and walked away.
First of all, a growing, super active boy like Rocky is always ready to eat and then, when he walked out of the kitchen, I knew things weren't good. Rocky is always up in my business, and he won't leave Alex to scarf up all the food. As soon as I got Alex taken care of, I found Rocky in the family room and picked him up. It was like holding a hot pan against my chest!
I called the vet's office as soon as it was open and they gave me a 10:45AM time to bring the boy in.
After an exam, the vet took Rocky's temperature. When the vet said 106.2 I heard my wife sharply inhale and that scared me because she is an ex-vet tech so, I knew by that sound it wasn't a very good thing (I really didn't know the normal temperature of a cat).
So, long story short: fecal sample I took in (a loose affair, not normal cat poop) showed no worms but did have an elevated bacterial count. An X-ray showed no obstruction so the diagnoses was an elevated bacterial count of, most likely, e coli. He got an IV of fluid to cool him down, a couple of antibacterial shots, a shot of something that was termed "cat aspirin" and a 1/2 pill of something for his diarrhea (we have to continue giving him a 1/2 pill once a day for the next 5 days).
He was allowed to come home with us because the vet felt he would be a lot happier at home than at the clinic and would respond better but if he is static or worse we are to bring him back to the clinic in the morning.
I think he is going to be alright, though. His fever is gone, he ate a little and he even chased a bug on the outside of the patio door.
Little cats can sure give a person a big scare! Come on, Rocky, get better. 'Ol Mr. Stuffy Pants, Alex, needs you to play with him when he comes inside in the evenings!
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Oh noes! Misha and Macy and I are on our way right over with angel healing dust.
Keep feeling better Rocky!