Monday, July 21, 2008

Elvis update

I have heard there is some desire for an Elvis update. It is kind of a two steps forward, one step back situation. On the plus side, he is eating a lot, using the litter box (which I am sure you are thrilled to learn), often being interactive and social, and, as of today, walking around the apartment a little and even lying in the middle of the apartment floor for awhile. (He has been sequestering himself on the bottom bookshelf since I got back, moving only to use the litter I set up next to the shelf). The bad news is after walking around the apartment, he goes and lies down in the litter box in the bathroom, which was what he was doing last week and which the vet said was a sign of a kitty being pretty sick. He first moved back to the litter box sometime last night--when I woke up, it took me a while to find him, which freaked me out. I took him back to the vet first thing this morning. He did not seem as concerned about the litter box behavior as I feared he would be--Elvis's vitals were all much better than last week and he seemed well hydrated. The poor kitty had to have a catheter inserted for a "sample," which he was not happy about; the results were that his urine was in good shape--no sugar, no blood, very acidic, which is apparently as it should be. I need to keep giving him a daily IV--I'm getting a little better at it, although as Elvis gets stronger, he is more resistant. (I still feel a little sick to my stomach each time I see the needle). So I really don't know what all this means, although he at least seems more comfortable, even when sitting in the litter.

I have since moved the books and the rock to make more room for Elvis.

Neilson giving Elvis his IV. Note use of antique art deco lamp as hanger for IV bag.


Molly said...

I am glad to hear he is improving. Does the vet have any ideas on what is wrong? Keep us updated.

jody said...

I am glad he is better too. Poor Elvis