Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chloe Jo: Update


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.


30 comments:

  1. So...this is all mostly good news...and all of us here pray for her...I have learned that when you have a sick or aging kitty...life is always a little edgy...I am learning to deal with it...sigh...I hope!

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  2. WHAT a relief! I am so glad to ready sweet Chloe Jo is beginning to feel more herself although I understand she has a way to go. But she is not scaring us all at the moment. God bless her. And all the babies and of course, you and Bill. Stella, are you an able nurse?

    xxoox

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  3. I'm so sorry Chloe Jo is having a tough time. She is clearly getting wonderful care. I hope feels better and better.

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  4. glad she's doing better - even if not eating the new food she/they all should be. :)

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  5. Good news, lots of TLC from momma surely helps I bet. God Bless her, she's so sweet.

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  6. It sounds like she's doing fairly well in her recovery; we're continuing to send purrs.

    The trouble with all the recommended diets (for various health issues) is that they're of no use when the cat won't eat them!

    Good luck!

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  7. So happy to hear she has taken the turn to mend even if slowly....:)JP

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  8. Well, you're sure looking purrty and purrky in the new photo ... as for eating, we sympathize and all we can say is that sometime us humans don't much like the foods we're s'pposed to eat either! But just remember, mama knows best!
    So happy you're doing better ... hugs to all!

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  9. Glad things are looking up for the little one.

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  10. With Chloe's condition, you're the best person to deal with this because of your background. She's a lucky girl to have you looking after her.Keeping my fingers crossed that she will continue getting better.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  11. It's good to hear that Chloe Jo is making progress in her recovery. You're certainly very dedicated to her care and she couldn't be in better hands.

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  12. We're glad to hear Chloe is eating more now...and we purr that she heals quickly and improves.

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  13. What precious cats you have.
    I hope they all adjust to the new food.
    PTL it sounds like Chloe Jo is on the mend.

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  14. Oh my, we are so happy that Chloe Jo is doing some better and eating some again. We hope the all better shows up real quick like.

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  15. No chance we would ever stop our purring and praying for your sweet baby. Sorry about the food problems. It is an ongoing challenge here as we have to feed the Hill's CD for Lisbeth. Chloe Jo sounds quite talented to be able to remove her own stitches. Thank goodness for that glue. Purrlease consider joining our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop tomorrow. Sending love and hugs, Janet and Kitties Blue

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  16. I'm so glad to hear that sweet Chloe Jo is doing better. You are such a wonderful fur-baby mommy! xxxx

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  17. Sounds like mostly good news, so we will continue to think of Chloe Jo and keep her in our prayers. hopefully she will be back to her old self again soon.

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  18. Obviously, Chloe Joe is in good hands. Prayers for her recovery.

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  19. We will keep praying for Clhoe Jo, glad to hear she is improving. http://15andmeowing.com

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  20. Chloe Jo will continue in my prayers, and i hope she will accept whatever the vet says. Some cats are very reticent to follow doctor's orders!

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  21. I am so very happy to hear Chloe Jo is feeling better and eating again. That's a good sign. That poor baby, and poor mom and dad - it's tough on you too when the furkids are not well. We hope the vet can come up with a good plan for maintaining her level of health so this doesn't happen again. Hugs

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  22. Oh dat be so pawsum. Glad hers is feelin' better. Weez be purrayin' fur a swift wecovewy and fur a smoov twansition to da new noms.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  23. Chloe-Jo is just so sweet looking. It's sad to think of her hurting so I'm praying the medicine is doing what it should and she will soon be on the road to better health. I'm so glad you are all there for her.

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  24. Oh my goodness, purrs to the sweet Chloe Jo. Continued purrs and prayers for her complete recovery with ease and for her appetite to keep up.

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  25. I am glad she is showing improvement and applaud you for taking such exceptional care of her. She is your baby, I know, and you will do what it takes. But it sounds like a real ordeal, for all concerned. Poor Chloe Jo.

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  26. I hope Chloe continues to go from strength to strength. She's blessed to have such loving and tender care. One of our cats would eat a shoe if you sliced it up while the other (who looks so like Chloe it's eerie) will only eat the same food...and has for the last fifteen years. Nearly had conniptions once when the food was out of stock! :)

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  27. Glad to hear she is doing better. She's about the same age as Gracie and I can certainly understand wanting to keep her healthy. It made me giggle to read about the hunger strike with the new food. Our biggest concern with life on the road is making sure we have enough of the food they prefer...no matter if we have to drive an hour to find a Walmart to get it.

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  28. It sounds like Chloe Jo is on the right track. We will definitely keep on purring and praying!

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  29. Thanks so much for the update and glad Chloe Jo is doing better. Hoping for good news about the stone! xoxo

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  30. Hi McGuffy,
    I am truly heartened to learn about Chloe Jo's progress.
    Good Luck to y'all.
    Peace :)

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