My cat is not doing well and chances are he won't make it. This is an excerpt from my gf's bulletin on Myspace:
I don't like gambling.
I especially hate gambling against bad odds - and with my cats life :(
Update as of today: Temp has gone down a degree so it's almost normal and the swelling has gone down some. This could be good and could be bad.
Good: infection is going away!Bad: infection is taking over and his internal organs are shutting down, hence the cooling in temp and decrease in swelling (Swelling is the body's sign it's fighting the infection).
Doc thinks its more of a bad sign - he's also paler in the gums/face because of the anemia and has stopped wanting to eat (will still eat when we finger feed him - but not on his own which he was somewhat yesterday).
We have 3 choices:
1. Take him to the emergency clinic for a minimum of 48 hours to be hooked up to antibiotics via IV. Will cost at least $1000 and even then it's a 50/50 chance. Even IF he makes it she said there is no telling if he'll be 'the same' once he's 'better' and if this won't happen again in a few months.
2. Continue what we have been (meds at home, feeding, fluids at the clinic daily) and than there is a 20% chance.
Right now were going with option 2. If he starts to show ANY sign of distress we're taking him in to be put down. We're trying not to be selfish and putting him through this any longer than he needs to just because we're not ready to say goodbye. We just want to make sure we do as much as we can so if the time comes, we can say we gave it our all. We also don't want to push things on him and make him suffer to the point that we'd regret keeping it going for so long if it's not working anyways.