Friday, July 04, 2008

Day 21 Home 11

Over the past week or so, she has gained a lot more strength but she is still weak, skinny and not yet out of the danger zone. What was heartening was that she has still maintained the weight when she was discharged. She is eating almost 1 can of k/d daily but the loss of muscle mass around her limbs especially meant that it is going to be difficult to put on weight.
She ate a few mouthful of food herself yesterday. This is the first time she had fed herself. But she lost interest after a few mouths so we had to syringe feed her again.

Yesterday was also the day we first injected her with a subcut at home, unsupervised by the vet. I am not sure what it was but it sure was harder at home than at the vet. She flinched and meowed when the needle went into her skin. It could either be less loose skin since she is slightly more hydrated nowadays, our nerves or the fact she is more relaxed at home than at the vet. It was probably a combination of all factors.

We don't look forward to the subcut at all. Neither does she. We will be injecting her again once I complete this entry.

She is relaxing in the wardrobe now. I hope she will be cooperative tonight.

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Blogger auntie p said...

Xin Xin, be a good girl. :)

10:45 AM, July 05, 2008  
Blogger san said...

Good for you Xin Xin. We hope you get well as soon as you can.

10:46 AM, July 05, 2008  
Anonymous Whicky Wuudler said...

Well done Xin Xin, you keep eating and gain strength. You look much better in that photograph.

Sending love and rumbly healing purrs to you all xx

6:47 PM, July 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sub-Q is a way of life for our kidney cats. After the initial 2-3 times at home, cats (even the ones with low-pain tolerance) would accept Sub-Q as part of their routine. Our cats are on Sub-Q twice a week once creatinine is maintained at near normal range for a while. Our longest surviving cat is 13 yr with kidney insufficiency since 2004 - so cheer up Xin Xin ; )

8:59 AM, July 06, 2008  
Anonymous suzanna said...

I'm scared of needles myself. So for my CRF cat, I took her to the vet 3 times a week for her sub-qs for 2 years. Kudos to you!:)

10:20 AM, July 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another alternative is to arrange for a vet assistant to come to your house to give Sub-Q on a regular basis.

12:43 PM, July 09, 2008  
Blogger KXBC said...

Hi Anon, do you have any Singapore contacts of vet assistants who can do house visits for sub-Q injections?

But it won't be on a regular basis. It depends on when I need to travel for work. Thank you.

5:52 PM, July 09, 2008  

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