We had pretty much the same symptoms yesterday with our oldest, black female cat, Diablita. With the difference that she didn't vomit. But she sat
eerily still in one spot inside the entertainment center, didn't eat and drooled. We KNEW that she has something wrong with her teeth because since
about a month or two she always licked her upper lip and sometimes has her tongue sticking out, something she never did in the past.
Now..picture.... 1ST CHRISTMAS DAY 2am in the morning. It was almost like a literally repeat of last week when my wife came into the room and said
she's worried about the cat, like the day when Seabees died ;( (We had otherwise agreed we need to have Diablita checked by the vet *after* the
holidays because of her teeth but also didn't consider it an emergency, by a long-shot).
But now...I was already wondering where she was because I assumed she was outside and not in the home for almost 2 days...just for my wife telling me
she is actually HERE in the house the entire time but behind the entertainment center, obviously something seriously wrong with her.
Obviously we called the vet at 2am, vet first didn't sound too pleased we woke her up and she tried to scare us off saying how expensive it would
be...blah blah. Asked us whether we can wait til 9am in the morning...seeing that another cat just DIED and there was definitely something wrong with
her I said it's certainly an emergency and we cannot chance it. It's not that we call the vet "for fun" or when we think it's not something serious at
2am on the biggest holiday day of the entire year.
So...packed her in our carrier and walked to the vet.
She looked at her and we described the symptoms, and she told us it's Gingivitis, the mouth/gums inflamed making it too painful to eat. To our
astonishment she also said that feline Gingivitis can very well be fatal, so there is a chance that Seabees had the same thing since Gingivitis may
ultimately also lead to other problems like kidney failure etc.
Vet gave her a cortisone shot and an antibiotics shot and told us that for SOME cats this is enough since the cortisone is an inflammatory that gets
rid of the gingivitis...and some cats may need the shot every two months or so. (I was assuming if cats have this problem their entire teeth need to
be extracted). She also gave us some special cat food for her. The entire bill was only €100, for 2am on Christmas day which is more than decent.
Anyway now we're home again and Diablita is still resting (now she's actually sleeping in a normal sleeping position), I am pretty sure that it will
need some time for the inflammation to heal. I also looked up how to make a re-hydration solution (water, salt, sugar) which we may try to give her
later on to drink. Right now I am glad she sleeps and I hope the shots will do their work.
Edit: Obviously, the entire week now we feel bad having had Seabees not checked by the vet since we always thought he had some sort of tooth problem.
But here again, we simply didn't know that such a problem can be fatal and we had no idea that he was in a shape that he died, basically from one day
to the other. He STILL ate his food (although sparingly) and drank milk and otherwise seemed "normal", not really any obvious reason for concern that
would make one think he could die until the last day when it became obvious that something was very wrong. ("Obvious" also only after reading-up on
the internet later...)
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