My week has been dominated by my cat Poppy’s continued ill health. I mentioned on last week’s blog that she hadn’t eaten since the Wednesday lunchtime and that she had been vomiting. She seemed to be rapidly deteriorating so I took her back to the vet on Saturday morning where she had to stay for the weekend on a drip.
The vet wanted to scan her stomach to try and find out what the problem was. Poppy is a nervous cat anyway and wasn’t keen for the vet to do an ultrasound so was obviously quite tense. This led the vet to believe that her stomach lining had thickened, which she thought had a 90% of being lymphoma. To confirm that, she wanted to perform a biopsy on Tuesday lunchtime.
I insisted on bringing her home on Monday night for a little bit of home love. When Chris took her back to the vet on Tuesday they sedated her to do the biopsy but performed another scan while she was calmer and decided the stomach lining wasn’t thickened after all so they didn’t do the biopsy. Throughout this time Poppy had nothing to eat or drink at all so was being kept going by the intravenous drip.
I fetched her home again on Tuesday night and decided that I was going to feed her through a syringe just to get some nutrition into her as she was getting increasingly wobbly on her feet and felt just like a bag of bones. It did the trick. On Wednesday morning she was attempting to lap water from her bowl and lick minuscule bits of food… at one point I think we had six tins and sachets open just to try and tempt her to eat.
She is by no means out of the woods yet but patience, cuddles and more than a few tears seem to have given her the will to try and get better … Not to mention the steroids, antibiotics and appetite boosters the vet has administered. I would never want to keep her alive if she was in pain but we have had lots of purring so I’m hoping it was a stomach infection that just went too long before getting treatment. I’ll give you an update next week.
So to happier news. Tomorrow I am going up to Nottingham to celebrate my brother’s wedding. He and his new wife Remy were married in Las Vegas as part of their American holiday to celebrate his 60th birthday, so the family get together is tomorrow.
It will be lovely to see my mum and my sister who I don’t get to see that often as she lives in Scotland. Unfortunately we won’t be able to stay for the evening ‘birthday bash’ as we need to get home to Poppy but, to be honest, I could do with a relaxing evening in.
I am out again on Tuesday night – we are finally going to see Les Miserables (my birthday treat), it’s only taken us three months to co-ordinate our diaries!!
I have a slightly shorter break than usual as I am back in for QVC’s 21st birthday on Wednesday. Watch out for presenter pictures being shown on air from when we were 21 …. there are some corkers! This was me celebrating my 21st birthday with my mum and dad.
Also my friend Nat has put together a montage of clips of me from the last 21 years on air, which I think we are playing out at 6pm but if you miss it I will put it on here next week.
Hope you all have a fab weekend