More Tests for Chris

Chris was back at the vet on Monday to get the blood test that he did not let them get when we were there last. This time my wife went with me to make sure I didn’t let them charge me $700 like the last vet did.

It was not easy getting him into the cat carrier and I felt bad doing it to him again.

There is a scale near the reception desk so I put Chris on it. After deducting the weight of the carrier I came up with 17.2 pounds, about three pounds less than a couple of months ago. I was both glad and concerned that he lost weight.

After they took him in the back, we waited for a very long time and then we heard the blood curdling screams. It was very distressing knowing that Chris was going through such a terrible trauma while we sat and listened. I know having a little blood taken is not that bad, but Chris was a confused cat being held down by strangers while someone poked him with something sharp. I can only imagine what was going through his mind. I wish they would have let me go back and help hold him. That might have been a little less stressful for both of us.

The vet offered anti-diarrhea medication which my wife, who was there to prevent me from overspending, gladly accepted. I was reluctant because I had just ordered probiotics from Amazon and preferred to try to correct the problem naturally and without drugs. We were able to get one of those pills down Chris’s throat once and then we gave up.

They also gave a a poop-kit. I have been instructed to collect Chris’s poop and bring it in. Since we have three cats, I need to see him poop and by now, Thursday morning, that has not happened yet.

I got a call from the vet on Tuesday. She said Chris’s bloodwork was mostly normal. She mentioned two or three of tests that were a little high but she also said the vomiting and stress might have caused the tests to be high and not the other way around. In a nutshell, it is unknown what caused the vomiting but it seems, at least from the bloodwork, that Chris is okay.

We were happy to hear that Chris is okay and hope we won’t have to bring him back anytime soon.


30 thoughts on “More Tests for Chris

  1. onespoiledcat

    Glad to hear his blood work was OK…’s upsetting to hear them cry out and sometimes it’s not the pain of the shot – it’s being held tightly against their wishes (!). Perhaps the poop kit will give them more info so let’s hope Chris “cooperates” for that……


  2. The Island Cats

    I’m glad the blood work was okay. Have you considered giving Chris gabapentin before his vet visit? It helps to keep the cat less stressed out. Many vets are prescribing it now for cats that get easily stressed out. I have to give Zoey 100mg about 2-3 hours before a visit, otherwise there is no way the vet could handle her to do anything. Also, I’m sure the diarrhea medication they gave you is metronidazole which tastes terrible. You could try wrapping something tasty around it before pilling to make it easier (will Chris eat pill pockets?). A really good probiotic that can help with diarrhea is S boulardii. Let me know if you would like more info about how to dose it.

  3. kittiesblue

    So, I see that Sue has some suggestions for you. Distressing that Chris’s blood work did not reveal anything that would lead you in the right direction for treating him. Though CHRIS many have needed to lose weight, it’s distressing to not know the cause. And make certain he doesn’t get dehydrated. We are all praying that you can get some of these issues resolved for him, and are sending lots and lots of POTP. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  4. Catwoods

    I’m glad that Chris’ bloodwork is OK although I know it’s frustrating when you don’t see a treatable cause for the problems. And it’s also hard to take kitties to the vet when they are so unhappy about it! Purrs to you and your wife and Chris!

  5. databbiesotrouttowne

    dood….sorree buddy bout de hole v.e.t. eppa sode…..we hope ya noe we continmew ta send sum oh St Francis’ blessingz yur way… dood total lee rox….N ya can keep em az “spare” for a nother time …ore share !! 🙂 ♥♥

  6. Genevieve Petrillo

    Well done, C. You were a brave kitty. Even if you scream and yell, that still counts as courage to me. Hopefully, you are on the road to recovery from whatever made you feel poorly.

    Love and licks,

  7. iamthesunking

    Aw, Chris! Poor boy! Louis Catorze once had to be sedated for a blood test because he fought with the strength of 10 angry bears. He is only 3.5kg and yet 4 adults couldn’t hold him down. 😱


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