Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Purrs for Brulee

We're not so sure we like the year 2020 so far. First, Mom Paula has been really sick since the end of January, then Truffle had an eye infection, and now little Brulee is sick.




Brulee has been known to have a lot of Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs). Some of these infections have been so bad that I've had to rush her to the local emergency animal hospital. I could always depend on her getting an URI at least twice a year when the seasons changed. I did purchase a cool mist humidifier and keep it running in my bedroom all the time and this past year, I removed all of the room deodorizer plug-ins in my home. Brulee has done extremely well for almost a year and a half. All of that changed this morning.

Brulee in her Sleepypod waiting for the vet to come get her

Everything was normal last night. Both Truffle and Brulee came into my bedroom when it was time to go to bed and got their treats. I woke up this morning to someone vomiting, which has been a common occurrence lately because they are losing their Winter coats and have some hairballs. I looked over and saw it was Brulee, but there was no hairball. I jumped out of the bed to check on her and she ran away from me and hid. This is usually a sign that she isn't feeling well. I swear, my two cats can find hiding places where I can't find them. 

I looked for Brulee for quite a while and couldn't find her. I decided to go about my morning routine and looked in the office and she was resting in there. I was able to grab her and noticed she was sneezing and it was obvious she wasn't feeling well. I took her in the living room and placed her inside her Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed and zipped it closed so I would know where she was. I called the veterinarian and they said the didn't have any appointments until 4:00 pm in the afternoon. I reminded them that Brulee tends to go downhill very quickly when she is showing signs of illness and they told me I could come to the hospital and they would work me in.

By the time the veterinary technician came to get Brulee, she was sneezing more and I noticed some open-mouth breathing. I get really worried about Brulee when she gets congested because she has tiny nostrils. The veterinarian,
Dr. Strom, called me to let me know what his examination showed. He said her temperature was about 101.4 
F. He said she was definitely congested and while she was in the examination room, she had some diarrhea. He said her gums and skins looked good, so he didn't think she was dehydrated yet. We agreed to give her a Covenia antibiotic injection (she's had these in the past) and a Cerenia injection for nausea. He told me to watch her and if she got worse, to call him back for further examination.

Brulee with her running eyes and stuffy nose recuperating at home

I brought Brulee home to watch her. Usually, after she's been to the vet, she will want to eat immediately. However, her nose was so congested that she couldn't smell the food or the treats I tried to offer her, so she didn't eat. I had to go get an allergy injection and when I came home, Brulee was in the "meatloaf" position in the hallway. She wasn't hiding, which was a good sign, but it was obvious she wasn't feeling well. I took her into the bathroom and ran a hot shower to help break up her congestion. I tried to feed her again and she wanted nothing to do with it. While in the bathroom with her, I felt her ears and they were hot, so I thought she may have a fever. I called the vet's office again and told them what was happening and they talked to Dr. Strom. Thankfully, he told me to bring her back in.

This time, her temperature was elevated and was 103.6 F. He said she was very congested, but her skin and gums still looked good. He recommended giving her some fluids because it can sometimes help bring the fever down. He also did some bloodwork on her and we'll get those results tomorrow. He told me to watch her closely and if it looked like she was having difficulty breathing, to get her to the emergency animal hospital.

Since she's been home, she is still resting in the hallway. When I approach her now, she doesn't run away and wants me to pet her. When I ask if she is ready to eat or if she wants a treat, she comes to me, but she can't smell anything, so she doesn't eat. It's so sad to watch her want to eat, but doesn't because she doesn't realize there is food there because she can't smell it. I've put her in the bathroom again with a hot shower running to try and help break up the congestion. 

She does seem a little better. I hope she feels good enough tomorrow to eat something. The vet told me he would call with the results of the bloodwork tomorrow.

Please send some purrs, prayers, and good thoughts for our sweet and quirky little Brulee.


25 comments:

  1. Poor Brulee! We are definitely purring and praying for her, and you, Mom Paula!

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  2. Wow! You weren't kidding when you said Brulee goes downhill quickly! That's just scary! Hopefully tomorrow, with the antibiotics in her system and your care of her, she'll feel like eating. I hope you know how loved you and your girls are ... and how often I think of all of you.

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  3. I am sending LOTS of purrs to Brulee. I hope she is much better soon!

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  4. Oh noes!! WE are sending lots of purrs and the POTP!!!
    Purrs,Georgia and Julie

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  5. so sorry to hear she is ill, the fever is scary. prayers for her quick recovery and for you too

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  6. We are purring for Brulee and hope she is feeling better soon.

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  7. Poor Brulee! Purring and praying you get to feeling better soon. Now it's Mom Paula's turn to be the nurse. And a great one she is!

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  8. It's tough to have breathing problems!
    Please keep us informed on how Brulee is doing...and sending purrs and hugs.

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  9. Don't worry sweet little Miss B. Your Mommy takes you to the very bestest kitty doctor, and she is the bestest Mommy Nurse (even when she doesn't feel super good) ... so, all things considered ... you are in very "good paws" and we know you'll be a whole lot better real soon! But we still have all our paws crossed for you. (and for Miss T that she doesn't catch anything, and for Miss P that she gets 100% soon, too!)
    Love all you girls ...
    Zoolatry ~ Ann, Dougie Dog ... Angel Zoey & Angel Maggy

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  10. Poor Brulee! You must be feeling really badly if you are going this long without wanting any foods. We will purr very hard.

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  11. Purrs and prayers for Brulee. We hope the meds kick in and she's better soon.

    The Florida Furkids

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  12. Poor Brulee! I am sending prayers and good thoughts for her.

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  13. Purrs and prayers from all of us for sweet Brulee. It's very tough to want something to eat if you can't smell it. We sure hope the all better shows up quickly.

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  14. We send you tons of healing purrs, Brulee ! We hope your sense of smell comes back enough to make you want to eat, and we hope you feel better soon. Purrs

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  15. sending purrz.....................

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  16. Purrayers and POTP for sweet Brulee - and to you and Truffles too. Having asick kitty just makes things that much worse, and they are upsetting enough already !

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  17. I am praying for your sweet girl. XO

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  18. Sending healing purrz for Brulee to get well pronto.

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  19. Wow, it sure has been a rough start to the year for you. I hope the sun starts to shine a little brighter and warmer for you soon.

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  20. I am so sorry to hear this and hopefully she is feeling better since you wrote this post. Allergies are awful and Layla is suffering also at the moment.

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  21. Congestion is a struggle for cats isn't it. No smell so the food doesn't have the appeal it should (and I know your girls eat the best food you can get for them). I hope Brulee feels better soon and we will hear good news that she is back to her normal beautiful self.

    I hope you feel better soon. Being sick is no fun.

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  22. I was happy to see the update on Facebook that she seems to be feeling better! 2020 has been pretty rough on you and the girls, hopefully it starts improving dramatically!

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  23. Oh no, that is a horrible start of the year. I hope everything is only good from now on.

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