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hutch0
Date: 2008-07-17 23:24
Subject: state of the cat
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Well, we went up to Potters Bar to collect Kuron from the RVC hospital on tuesday evening; they'd kept him in a little longer to take a bone marrow sample, but once all the tests were done there was no point in him staying there waiting for the test results and taking up a space a critically sick cat might have needed, so we brought him home.
They still don't know what's wrong with him. He's definitely anaemic, but what's causing it is a mystery. They've ruled out quite a lot of stuff, though. They can't entirely rule out cancer, because they'd basically have to dismantle him to find out for sure, but it seems less likely now. Also FIV seems to have been pretty much discounted. His doctor seems to think there's some kind of immune-system thing going on. It could be a parasite he's had all his life suddenly triggering an autoimmune response, or a virus, or something else. Interestingly, the thyroid test our vet did showed him at the low end of the normal range, but the test they did at the hospital showed him at the high end, so he might suddenly have decided to take off into hyperthyroidism just to confuse everyone. They don't know.
Meanwhile, he's back, shaved in strange patches where they've taken blood samples and put a catheter in to sedate him and taken the bone marrow sample. He seems a bit more clingy now than he was, although according to the hospital he was a model patient. They were however concerned by his habit of sitting for long periods staring with his eyes mostly-shut into space, his head held at weird angles, and his habit of raising a paw in a Nazi salute when he wants something, which they'd never seen before. Other than being a bit more clingy, he seems fine. The doctor gave us some antibiotics to give him, in case it's a parasite or something that responds to antibiotics. If it is, we've got a head start on it. If it isn't, the antibiotics won't hurt him and we can discontinue them.
So we're waiting for the test results. Bogna went to the vet's on an unconnected matter this evening and he showed her a letter the hospital had sent him which thanked him for sending them such a `challenging case.' On the one hand, this is slightly alarming. On the other, the Queen Mother Hospital is a teaching hospital, and cases like this get a lot of attention because of what they can teach the students, so a lot of people are interested in what's wrong with him and how to make him well again, and that's good. We'll see.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-07-18 00:01 (UTC)
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Poor little Kuron. I hope he gets well soon!

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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-07-18 02:28 (UTC)
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Sending my best medical mojo Kuron's way. Fingers crossed they find the problem soon and it's an easy fix. Healing hugs, Jean Marie
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Kat: I has a sad
User: artykat
Date: 2008-07-18 03:44 (UTC)
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awwwwww the nazi salute when he wants something! Poor baby. I hope that he gets well soon, and that no more invasive stuff has to be done.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-07-18 23:26 (UTC)
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Thank you, all, for your best wishes. The latest update is that FIV and feline leukaemia have been ticked off the list, his liver's in better shape than mine, and his bone marrow's turning out white and red blood cells like a good 'un. We've now discounted all the things I was most concerned about and have moved into the realms of the arcane. It would have been too much to hope that one of our cats would have something mundane.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-07-31 12:38 (UTC)
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Isn't it odd how we anthropomorphise animals? Whenever I see a cat raising one paw like that, I don't think of a nazi salute, rather I think of the Chinese symbol of good luck. Here's hoping that proves to be the case for Kuron!

http://www.oldjapaninc.com/images/beckoning-cats/big-ceramic-cat-large.jpg
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-07-31 23:46 (UTC)
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Now that is an image I'm used to. I didn't know it was the Chinese symbol of good luck, but I choose to believe it's a hopeful sign. Thanks for that.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-08-02 23:43 (UTC)
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Turns out I was mistaken (but not about them being a good luck symbol) they're of Japanese, not Chinese origin.
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hutch0: beckoning cat
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-02 23:47 (UTC)
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Keyword:beckoning cat
Doesn't matter; good luck is good luck, whether Japanese or Chinese. I'll still take it as a hopeful sign.
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