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13 January 2011

Bailey update [More:]
Following this yesterday, Bailey didn't have a good night. She didn't eat or drink, although I syringed some water into her mouth, but was worried in case the problem is her kidneys and that might make it worse. She peed about half a teaspoon of blood-red pee. She is very lethargic and could barely manage a purr when I gave her her favourite cheek scritch.

I took her to the vets tonight and her blood work is not good. Apparently her red count should be between 35 and 40. Hers is 13. But they can't just give cats a blood transfusion, apparently it doesn't work that way.

Right now she is in hospital overnight so they can give her some fluids and monitor her (she is starting to look jaundiced and she's dehydrated). Her fever is down, her temperature was back to normal today, but until more tests are done they don't know what she's got - leukaemia, infectious anaemia, some kind of autoimmune illness - or something else.

But I have been warned not to be too optimistic about the prognosis, because if it is any of those first three things, the options are very limited.

Bailey is a fighter, and has twice recovered from cancer. Tonight she looked very, very poorly. I'll know more tomorrow, after the tests have been run overnight.

Lucy is wandering round like a lost soul, looking for her mum. They've never been apart overnight before.
I'm so sorry, Senyar. Love to you and Lucy and Bailey.
posted by rainbaby 13 January | 14:53
Oh, so sorry. This is so difficult. I will be thinking of tough little Bailey, and Lucy and you. I've been there and know that it's a hard time to go through, and not everybody understands when it's a pet. But they are our most loyal friends.
posted by Miko 13 January | 14:55
Poor Kitty :( Give her a kiss from Twinkie and me.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 13 January | 15:01
Get well, Bailey, my favorite photo-cat.
posted by Ardiril 13 January | 15:10
oh, no. Prayers for you all. and hugs.
posted by By the Grace of God 13 January | 15:12
The thought of a Twinkie-kiss should be enough to make Bailey leap from her sick bed and run in the opposite direction!
posted by Senyar 13 January | 15:13

Thinking good thoughts.
posted by mudpuppie 13 January | 15:24
Get well wishes from Zooey & me.
posted by Obscure Reference 13 January | 15:42
Twinkie niiiiiiiice girl. Twinkie looooooove kitties.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 13 January | 15:43
I am so sorry to hear. Smooshie and I are thinking good thoughts for you and Bailey and Lucy.
posted by amro 13 January | 15:43
Oh, poor Bailey. Sorry to hear, Jan.
posted by typewriter 13 January | 16:03
Oh, Senyar, I'm so sorry. I'm sending good kitty thoughts to Bailey and Lucy, and good bunny thoughts to you.
posted by Elsa 13 January | 16:22
My best wishes for Bailey's recovery and for Lucy and Senyar coping with it all. *hug*
posted by danf 13 January | 16:25
I'm so sorry, Jan. My best to you, Bailey and Lucy.
posted by Madamina 13 January | 16:43
:( Poor kitties.
posted by sperose 13 January | 16:53
:( I'm sorry to hear Jan! Best of luck to Bailey!
posted by stynxno 13 January | 17:09
Be well Bailey!
posted by gomichild 13 January | 17:22
Awww ... holding good thoughts for the kittycats and for you. So hard to see your beloved pets suffer .. fingers crossed for her to feel better. (((((senyar)))))
posted by Kangaroo 13 January | 18:34
Hoping kitty feels better soon.
posted by Twiggy 13 January | 20:08
Poor kitty. Hugs and best wishes for a fast recovery.
posted by casarkos 13 January | 20:11
Aww, poor Bailey girl. Big hugs to all three of you.
posted by deborah 13 January | 20:18
really sorry to hear this, Senyar, it SUCKS having to leave a cat at the vet :( Hugs and best wishes.
posted by lonefrontranger 13 January | 21:13
I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope Bailey gets better! Pull through it Bailey!
posted by halonine 13 January | 21:49
Oh no! Here's a big hug and a head scritch for Bailey. And a hug to you as well.
posted by BoringPostcards 13 January | 23:29
Hugs and kisses from us here.
posted by youngergirl44 14 January | 01:44
Just catching up on this. Love to all three of you and a big head bonk for Bailey. I've got my knuckle buried in Whitey Ford's ear right now and I've told him his "far away sister" is ill.
posted by arse_hat 14 January | 02:03
Awww, arse_hat, that's so sweet. Thank you everyone for the good wishes.
posted by Senyar 14 January | 02:27
The vet just rang. Bailey doesn't have AIDS or leukaemia, but they're still awaiting the lab results on the infectious anaemia (FIA). They are going to force feed her today to try to get her strength up (poor Bailey!), but she has had IV fluids. She is still pale and jaundiced though, which is indicative of FIA. The vet will phone me later today to discuss what the plan is for the weekend.
posted by Senyar 14 January | 04:15
Sorry to hear this, Senyar. I gave my black-and-white monster an extra chin-scratch this morning. He was very ill last summer (I complained about it here) and spent a week at the vet's, costing 700, but is now fighting fit (and insured).

How old is she?
posted by altolinguistic 14 January | 05:24
Bailey's ten-and-a-half, so not old for a cat really. She's insured, so hopefully the cost, apart from the first 50, is covered.
posted by Senyar 14 January | 09:04
I hope she gets well soon, big hugs Senyar, rest well all of you.
posted by Hugh Janus 14 January | 09:09
Go Bailey! I hope she pulls through and can come home soon
posted by rmless2 14 January | 10:20
Bailey is staying in hospital for more tests to be done. She is making some red cells, though, which is a good sign, but she's also dumping them out of her bloodstream just as quickly as she's generating them. If it is the FIA or some other kind of anaemia, they need to get her to regenerate red cells but not destroy them. If not, then it will not be good news.

She's had some liquid nutrition through a tube and is on IV fluids, and is calm but lethargic.

So, another night for our Bailey away from Lucy and me. Lucy is even letting me cuddle her, she is so lost without her mum.
posted by Senyar 14 January | 13:26
Hugs and whuffles to Bailey, and to you and Lucy --- I'm sending good thoughts across the ocean for you all.
posted by Elsa 14 January | 13:31
posted by lysdexic 14 January | 13:51
Poor Bailey. Get well soon, girl.
posted by galadriel 14 January | 13:55
Hugs hon hoping for the best.
posted by mygothlaundry 14 January | 17:53
hoping for the best. hugs
posted by Firas 14 January | 20:54
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