Hallie came to us on 05/26/2021 from an abandoned colony of cats and kittens. She was always quiet and very timid, hiding all the time. We gave her a private room to live in and after many treats over a few months, she eventually began to willingly come out of hiding at treat time, but then went back to hiding.
She also had persistent diarrhea and leaked all the time. We treated her with antibiotics and her fecal tests came back clear, but her diarrhea continued. Other than that she seemed fine and healthy.
Her diarrhea finally cleared enough for her to be spayed on October 20. 2021.
After recovery from surgery, she was mixed with the general population and because we leave food out 24/7 we never thought about her not eating. At that time we were overwhelmed by our rapidly increasing cat population and she was a bit overlooked until I noticed her weight loss on 12/08/2021.
Upon weighing her I discovered she had lost over 2 pounds since her spay surgery in October.
Unfortunately, it seemed that she hid so much that she was failing to come out to eat enough.
I immediately took her to the vet on 12/09/2021 and her bloodwork was so bad (Fig 1) that the vet suggested we euthanize her, but I declined. Instead, we brought her home, kenneled her, and began treatment with Mirtazapine, Doxycycline, Pet Tinic, Immuquin, FortiFlora, and mama's “Get Fat or Die Trying” diet. 🙂
Fortunately, upon returning home and kenneling her, Hallie's appetite was good which further suggested that she was just not coming out of hiding to eat enough.
In addition to her cat food, we fed Hallie as much Gerber Chicken baby food as she would eat around the clock. She regained her lost weight rapidly which also suggested that her not eating might be a primary problem.
12/28/2021 I took her back to the vet for follow-up bloodwork. (Fig 2)
It appeared she was doing well and she had gained weight, so she was once again released into the general population.
Fast forward to 08/23/2022 when she ceased her daily routine of coming out of hiding for petting and lap time. Checking her weight, once again Hallie had lost weight and become lethargic, so back to the vet for more bloodwork on 08/28/2022. (Fig 3)
10/7/2022 Halley is eating well (still no wet food), drinking lots of Pedialyte, litter box output is good and her weight is increasing.
Her current recovery is still in progress and updates will be forthcoming.
BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS AND A FOSTER REQUEST
THE BAD NEWS is that little Hallie is not happy with me… again… after her morning meds and syringe feeding. (refer to photo of her turning her back to me)
THE GOOD NEWS is that she ate a little dry food during the night! Her fluid intake is excellent and her litter box output is good. She also appears to have a bit more energy today. However, she still has no interest in any wet food we offer and is belching and burping often.
The last time Hallie was unwell we discovered that she would nibble dry food when being stroked on her back and this time she is doing the same.
Hallie seems to be an “affection eater” who may need more personal attention than she is able to get here.
She is a very timid and shy cat and tends to hide all the time here. I suspect it may be due to some of the forty other cats bothering her.
She actually seems to do better in a kennel where she can feel safe and be isolated from other cats who may bully her.
I “think” the root cause of Hallie's recurring issue may be that she hides and does not eat. She literally starves herself.
THE FOSTER REQUEST
When she has finished all her meds and her bloodwork is back to normal (I just know it will be soon), I would be grateful for someone to foster her who can spend more time with her and who does not have other animals.
All her food and medical care (if any is needed) will be provided during the foster period, so the only cost to keep her a while is the love you give her. Hallie's food can be shipped directly on a recurring schedule, so no need to go shopping.
The goal while fostering her in a new, low-stress environment is to observe and evaluate her activity, hiding behavior, and eating habits.
She will need to stay with her foster for 4-12 weeks in order for her to settle in (3 weeks) and then get comfortable in her new environment. If she eats well during her stay and does not hide excessively, then we will have confirmed that she needs a different environment than can be provided for her here. All our private spaces are occupied.
Perhaps you can help – or someone you know – or a senior who would enjoy “testing” having a cat at no expense.
Please share and help Hallie find a serene foster home to enjoy for a while.
Call me (903) 263-9807.