Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

Burt here.
The original title for this post was "Holy SH*T," but I don't like to work blue.
Olaf is about 80% recovered and I have to say that a Feline URI is not always just a "kitty cold" as it is so often described. Some cases are more like the Plague, genetically spliced with the Ebola virus and some TB thrown in for good measure. "Kitty cold" sounds cute and brings to mind images of a kitten with a box of Kleenex, sipping hot tea.
Olaf's "cold" was four trips to the vet (plus one house call), three different antibiotics, four days of around the clock force feedings, and five days of SQ fluids. This doesn't include all the injections and pills at the vet's office.
One good thing to come out of this is that I feel totally bonded to this cat, and saving a kitten who probably wouldn't have made it otherwise kinda helps complete the cycle, somehow in the grand scheme, it seems to help make up for the cat that just couldn't be saved.
I have to give special thanks to Dr. Jepson, without her, Olaf defiantly would not have made it. She want above and beyond the call of duty!

"Deaths Door"

"The Nurse's Station"

Warming syringes of food

Kitty IV bag

SQ Administration

Food Administration

9 comments:

Tyler said...

Hi there Olaf! Welcome to the world. We're just occasional blog users. We visited Camie's Kitties and read about your family losing the one who came before you. Last summer we lost our big sister Kali. Mom wanted to come by and say she feels for your dads' loss. Now we read that you've been fighting for your life. We're glad that you're on the mend. We hope that you get well soon and start enjoying life. It sounds like you've had a very rough start.

Daisy said...

I am glad to learn that Olaf is on the mend. For such a little guy, it sounds like he is a fighter.

Camie's Kitties said...

We are so glad hear that Olaf is on the mend. He didn't look good in that first picture. We can't wait to see the ALL BETTER picture.

Tavi, Cody, Camie, Miss Jade and Gracie

Leia said...

Oh Dear!! I went through this list of cat bloggers and gave my blog address and now I have had to CHANGE my blog location! If you have been kind enough to link me, please change the link for me, and if you have not linked me yet, I would love it if you would!! Sorry for the inconvenience, I look forward to getting to know all of you purrrfectly lovely friends!

Leia of the House of 7 Cats

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*let me know if you do link me so that I can link you back!!
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Poppy Q said...

Smooches to sweet wee Olaf. Looks like you are doing well with the kitty hospital, and we hope the patient is doing better.

Smooches and big kitty hugs.

Vince said...

Last summer I lost my younger brother Crage. Mom wanted to come by and say she feels for your dads' loss. Now we read that you've been fighting for your life. We're glad that you're on the mend. We hope that you get well soon and start enjoying life.

Vince
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Netflow said...

How is she now?! I will try to search for this formula, perhaps ask the vet. I hope my cat is safe from this kind of infection.

Business Automation said...

Kisses to Olaf!
Like this blog a lot..a have a few kittens and being a mommy is getting difficult but equally FUN FUN FUN!

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My cat suffered from the same injury before and thank goodness she recovered pretty fast and is doing really well now.