I guess my "Kit Kat" didn't want to go camping.
On Saturday, I noticed that she was not eating and she was not moving around much. She is around 17 years old and I thought maybe she had kidney problems which is what most older cats get.
She was still drinking some water and using the litter box, so I did not think it was necessary to call an emergency vet on the weekend.
I made an appointment for Monday morning at the Cortez Adobe Animal Hospital about 9 miles from Mesa Verde. The vet examined her and felt a 'mass' in her belly. The vet did some blood tests and x-rays.
The good news is that the blood test showed her kidney, liver and thyroid functions are normal. They could not get a reading on the CBC, so they sent that out to a lab.
The bad news is that she a 'stone' or something in her bladder. And there is some type of 'mass' on her intestines. They had to stick a needle in her bladder to get a urine sample, no crystals in the urine, but there is some bacteria. They gave her an antibiotic shot that will last for 2 weeks, easier than trying to give her pills or liquid. She may need another antibiotic shot in 2 weeks.
lying on her side
white spot on bladder
lying on her back
something on the left side
on her intestines
Tomorrow, I will drive to Durango, for an ultrasound test of her abdomen, so we will have a better idea of what we are dealing with.
Then I may have to decide on surgery for her. I hate having to decide the fate of my animals. If she was a child, I would say go ahead and do everything that is necessary. I feel I will probably do this for Kit Kat, too.
They say she does not look or act like a 17 year old cat, and since she does not have kidney disease, she is actually in pretty good health other than these things in her abdomen. Everyone took excellent care of her today.