Telling it on Tuesday is on hold this week as we've had more important issues to deal with and I didn't quite have the episode finished ready 'to go to press" so to speak.
Our Precious is very ill and this morning (8am) Phil took her to spend the day at our vet's hospital and our thoughts are very much with her.
A week or two back she suddenly got very thirsty and was 'talking' more than she usually does. Although she wasn't going to the toilet more than usual my first thought was diabetes, but after a couple of days she was back to normal and we thought that perhaps she'd had a little temperature and thus the need for more water. She went back to eating and drinking normally and all seemed to be well with her.
Then last Saturday night she went very quiet, although she did eat her dinner, and she was the same on Sunday. By then I knew we had to find out what her problem was so I rang and made an appointment for 5pm yesterday afternoon.
The vet was wonderful. It was her first day working for George but she certainly knew her job and nothing was rushed when she checked Precious over.
Apparently Precious has one kidney quite enlarged while the other is smaller than normal. The smaller kidney is quite usual with older cat (Precious will 13 in October) as they tend to shrink with age. The enlarged one is not normal of course and there could be several causes, including a tumour.
We brought Precious home last night but she ate virtually nothing yesterday nor could I encourage her to drink water even though I sat her next to her bowl and wet her lips several times. She put her head down as though to drink but just didn't seem able to.
Today she will be put on a drip and urine and blood tests taken. There is talk of feline leukemia which apparently can take several years to develop if the virus is present in the system. We sincerely hope that is not the diagnosis nor that she has a tumour on her kidney.
We can now do nothing but hope and leave our little girl in the hands of the experienced people at Spearwood Veterinary Hospital and wait to hear from them later today. They are very caring and we know we have left in her good hands.