Having a cat, or any animal, with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is exhausting. This weekend Lily had a little flare up and we ended up back in the emergency with more anorexia and vomiting. Hubby and I were looking forward to a quiet weekend at home but spent two sleepless nights listening for Lily.
It usually starts with avoidance of food then vomiting and diarrhea. After two full days of this with no relief in sight, I took her in. When the dehydration gets really bad (usually 3+ days) she gets very lethargic but given we’re no stranger to this, after the two days we knew what to do.
The ER vet on staff, Dr Hare (I’m convinced to work in animal medicine you have to have an animalistic name) took good care of our little fur baby. He also thankfully listened to my requests and explanation of her disease and didn’t push any unnecessary tests because we have had every single test ever created for a feline done within the last 12 months. We have spent more money on our cat in her first year of life than we will on any future children, I’m not kidding. She isn’t 100% yet but feeling much better than she was 72hrs ago including eating, and keeping it down.
Having a sick animal at home takes your mind off everything else. We’d do anything for her though. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery, so far she’s been proving to be a true MacLean, super strong and a true fighter!
We’re in the process of looking into pet insurance. Any tips in this department??