Chloe Jo continues to heal from her ordeal. Recovery has been slow and not without issues, though. Following the surgery, she became obsessed with the stitches on her belly. She removed all of them herself, in fact. She actually untied the last one, but had it out before I could do anything about it. Chloe Jo is a very determined little girl! Her vet had also successfully used surgical glue, so we had no emergencies with the incision.
An Elizabethan collar (cone) was not a practical option for Chloe Jo. It would have seriously been more detrimental to Chloe Jo and her state of mind. Having worked closely with critters for so many years, I knew what watch for and what to do. We got through that part of her recovery relatively unscathed.
However, we did end up back at the vet clinic this week. Chloe Jo was not eating very much. She really did not like her new food. Unappetizing, it was not inspiring her to eat. This, combined with the physical trauma she had gone through, took a toll on her. Her tummy became very upset. Further distressing her, she had to be thoroughly cleaned up several times. She just wanted to sleep.
At this same time, Chloe Jo also started sneezing. Her chronic respiratory problems can go bad very quickly. Changes in seasons, or even weather fronts, can cause her difficulty. Thankfully, the antibiotics kept her stabilized, so she had no infection or fever. They were able to calm her respiratory issues and her tummy at the clinic.
Maggie and Grizelda had also gone on strike against any dietary changes. They were not going to eat the new food, no matter what I did to persuade them. Grizelda was becoming frantic that I was starving her. I was her food source her entire life; how could I suddenly starve her?! Maggie, being the proverbial drama queen, just lay on her back on the floor trying to convince me that she was fading fast.
So, for now everyone is back on their regular diet. Getting their way, they are eating their favourite foods again. They have all forgiven me. We will cross the dietary bridge when we get the definitive results on the kind of stone Chloe Jo had.
Chloe Jo has finally started to feel more herself, again. She is eating now. She has even started playing a little bit, just with Mom, however. Her patience is very low with her sisters, except for Stella who she loves to cuddle with. Chloe Jo still sleeps quite a bit, but is more herself when awake.
The vet is expecting the test results to come in any day now. We can put together a long term health plan for Chloe Jo at that time. She will probably have dietary changes, as well as medication. We do know that this is likely to happen again, especially if we do nothing. Taking her age (three years) into consideration with her unknown stray/feral ancestry, there are probably some genetic factors.
Whatever happens, Chloe Jo will have what she needs. We will do whatever it takes to get her feeling good and make her happy. Stella, Maggie and Grizelda agree. She is our baby, and we love her. Thank you again for all the well wishes, purrs, and prayers. Please keep them coming. We believe they are helping! Hugs.