Monday, December 24, 2007

Bless the Beasts and the Children

A picture of Bo taken last Christmas. He was a proud and happy cat that day.

He started being a little sick a few days ago. We thought perhaps it was the ever popular hairball. We thought it would go away.

Yesterday afternoon, however, it became clear that it wasn't going away. It was, in fact, getting worse. Much worse. We went to bed last night knowing our kitty was pretty sick. This morning, we couldn't find him for quite a while. Eventually we discovered him hiding under the extra refrigerator downstairs. His eyes looked sunken, his nose was messy, he was ungroomed and ill kempt and listless. We phoned the vet right away.

A good bit of time today, time that was intended for last minute baking, was spent supporting Bodacious, taking him to the vet, and treating him. Far from a hairball, Bo has pancreatitis. "Many cats recover," said the vet cautiously. She gave him some subcutaneous hydration, a shot of antibiotic, a pain medication. She provided three drugs for us to bring home. He's in a sort of a nest in the kitchen now, the warmest room in the house. And a little while ago Joe got him to eat a little catfood from his finger. He doesn't look quite as bad. It is touch and go. Probably by Wednesday or Thursday we'll know if he's going to make it.

Somehow the last minute baking doesn't seem so important. We're leaving in a few minutes for church, where our prayers will include this little member of our household, who seems littler than before.

Bless the Beasts and the Children.

11 comments:

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Merry Christmas to you, your family and Bo! I will say a prayer for him tonight!!

Susan said...

Nancy, I'm so sorry Bo is sick. I pray he is better tomorrow and continues to improve.

tami said...

Poor little Bo. I hope he is feeling better. Maybe Christmas will perk him up.

Linda Cox said...

Adding my prayers for Bo. Try turkey babyfood to suppliment the cat food; sick cats will sometimes eat that when they'll eat nothing else.

tirane93 said...

oh nancy how distressing. you and your wee kitty will be in my thoughts.

CONNIE W said...

I hope he recovers. Poor Bo. I know this is a sad time but I hope your Christmas is happy.

dot said...

I am sorry to hear about Bo. Our dog had that about 5 years ago. She is doing well, a bit older, I think the disease took its toll. She almost died, had to have surgery. She is on a special vegaterian diet but doing well.

Tanya said...

Oh dear. What a thing! Please Lord, bring Bodacious back to full health. Please keep him in comfort and feeling loved. Lord, You know every sparrow, every one of your creations. Please have mercy on Bo. Thank You for putting him this lvoing family. In Jesus name I pray.

floribunda said...

Nancy, I hope things go well for Bo! I have one of those big orange guys, too, and I understand how much a part of the family they are... big hugs!

kdmade said...

:(

Holding you and Bo in the light.

xo,
K

Diane said...

just found you today, and am praying for your little cat. They areso precious!