5/7/12

Worried

George is spending the night in the kitty hospital tonight.  He's been doing better since I wrote about him last time.  His skin is looking 90% better.  Today we had beautiful weather here.  A healthy George will spend most of his time outside on a nice day.  He slept most of the morning and didn't go outside until around 2:00.  I noticed that he seemed unsteady on his feet . . . like a little old person.  He seemed to be walking as if in pain, but when he paused on all fours, he rocked back and forth.

I encouraged him to walk toward me, trying to decide what was going on with him.  He didn't really want to walk around much and instead, went to his usual hidy hole under some juniper bushes.  I checked on him again about an hour later and he was vomiting.  When I called his name, he took off under the junipers, as if he didn't want me to bother him.

Managing to get around to the other side of him where I could see his face, I noticed that he was experiencing
nystagmus, which is a back and forth movement of the eyes, indicating dizziness.  He was also bobbing his head back and forth.  That freaked me out and I called the vet immediately.

She was able to see him right away after I called.  She's taken a look at his ears, since an ear infection would explain everything.  (The vomiting can be explained by the dizziness.)  His ears are clear, and so she's keeping him overnight to fast him and then draw some blood tomorrow.  We'll know something, hopefully, by tomorrow afternoon.

There's a lot more I could say about his health history, but I'll just leave it at that.  We'll know more tomorrow. I've worried that we might not have George much longer because he has some pretty serious health problems.  We've done as much as we can to keep him as long as we can, but at his age, anything could happen.  We'll just have to wait and see what his blood work shows and hope it's something that can be treated.

31 comments from clever and witty friends:

Karen O said...

Hi Barbara,

I am so sorry to hear about George! I hope and pray he will be ok so you can enjoy his company a little longer.

Teresa in Music City said...

Praying for sweet Mr. George! I don't want to think about no more posts with him accompanying you on jaunts into the great outdoors or overseeing your quilting output :(

Gwen said...

Praying for Sweet George!! Our pets are so precious to us-- it's really hard when they are not feeling well... and scary because they can't tell us how they're feeling... I hope George will make a quick recovery and get to come back home soon...

WoolenSails said...

I am so sorry to hear about George. It is so hard when they get older and with health problems, we can just enjoy the days we have with them. He is lucky to have you and that you notice something like that. Prayers for you and George.

Debbie

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, poor dear George - yes, prayers for you and George.

BeachQuilter said...

I can share your worry, your George is my Nikita and I dread when she is not acting well. Positive thoughts from us!
Jan

Samantha said...

Poor George. I hope everything turns out so you can enjoy his company a bit longer. Pets are such precious little beings.

Sandra said...

Is always so hard when a loved pet becomes ill. Hope he recovers.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Keeping good thoughts and prayers for George.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

I discovered the wonder of cats over 30 years ago after about that many years disliking them....we who love cats know that the people who say they don't like them...simply don't know them....I know how you are feeling about sweet Mr. George and pray that he will come home soon and that you can have his company for a little while longer........

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Mmmm, poor little guy, hope he recovers well and soon. Walks without your loyal companion will take on a different feel.

otterdaughter said...

I would be in a complete panicked mess if one of my fur babies had that happen! Well wishes for George and peace to you!

Anonymous said...

I sure hope the vet finds out what is wrong with George and fixes him soon! He reminds me so much of our Charlie; they have a lot of the same mannerisms. Charlie and Tabby go to see their vet tomorrow for their annual wellness checks. Hoping for the best for George. I know what it's like to worry about our fur babies. (Sorry I forgot to leave my name on the ladder & chainsaw post.)Sharon - ssauser@dishmail.net

Catswhiskers said...

I am very sorry too hear that George is not well. I share your worries with my cats that are 17 years old each.
My positive thoughts that George will feel better quite soon.
lots of meows and purrs to him

Kirsty said...

Oh no! My heart clenches for you. I know that whenever there is something amiss with one of my furry children I am a wreck. Hang in there. George is where he can get the best care. Crossed paws for a speedy recovery from me and mine. xxxx

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Sending prayers for George and family. It's always scary when your kitties are sick.

Dana Gaffney said...

Oh Barbara, now I'm worried. Please keep us up to date, George is pretty important to all of us too. My hearts there with both of you.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Nossos corações e orações estão para vocês.Eu,Cléo12,Pimpa17 e Manolo21,este está tão velho e cheio de pelo branco ele era rajado de amarelo e preto,o amarelo já sumiu quase todo.Um abraço.

Rachel said...

Hugs, hope all goes well.

Denise :) said...

Oh Barbara, I'm so sorry! I know what a sweet kitty companion George has been and completely understand your worry. Will be praying for you both. Keep us posted, okay? Hugs! :)

Diane Wild said...

I'm worried for George as well. Hope all turns out well for all of you. Prayers & hugs.

kc said...

Poor George to be feeling so poorly - lucky George, that you are his caretaker! Good luck to you both - God bless you both!

kc said...

Poor George to be feeling so poorly - lucky George, that you are his caretaker! Good luck to you both - God bless you both!

Snoodles said...

Oh, sweet George....my heart just stopped when I read this. Hope he will be OK...I guess some people will think I'm nuts, but I'm praying for lil George, and for you. :)

Laura said...

Thinking of you and George and sending hugs!

Alina said...

Sorry to hear about George's situation; It is tough to see your pet gets sick. Hope that it is something they can fixed.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Oh Barbara! I do hope that George is doing better. I'll check your later posts. Get well George!

LethargicLass said...

Sending love and hugs to you and George!!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Oh poor George! Sending kitty prayers and hoping he's on the mend. We worry so when they are ill. Hang in there George, our daughter;s studying to be a vet! :) Hugs to you too!

Quilter In Paradise said...

Thoughts for George and for you! This is really tough and my heart goes out to you.
Beth in Dallas

sandyb said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about George. It is so heartbreaking when our furry loved ones get elderly. Hugs!!!