It’s Never a Good Day When Cats are Sick

Buddy, who has IBS, is sicker than I thought. He was doing better, but not so much lately and when I took him to the vet yesterday he already had lost two more pounds!! That is a lot for a cat. I’m waiting for blood test results which should be back by noon today. The doctor gave him a shot for his diarrhea so he should be feeling better. I’m trying not to panic. But who am I kidding, I’m worried.

I took this picture last night. It’s of the pizza place I always stop in on my way home from choir practice. It’s next to the famous Village Vanguard. I always feel a little funny when there’s a long line outside the club. I’m getting pizza — they’re going to hear great music.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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11 thoughts on “It’s Never a Good Day When Cats are Sick

  1. Really hope Buddy is feeling better. My older two cats are not well, too. So I am with you waiting my cats to get better.
    Their existence are big as human when they are healthy, but then you notice they are very little living things when they are not well and how noble they are! I admire them more in these moments.

  2. My kitty and I are very lucky in that she enjoys very good health, so I have no helpful tips. I mainly just wanted to say I hope Buddy feels better soon.

    And don’t worry about the pizza. Some other day you’ll be in a line for something fabo and someone with a pizza of their own will be looking at you, so it’ll even out.

  3. So sorry about Buddy. I have a cat that suffered with that when I first got her (she was a barn cat, had 3 kittens & I rescued her and the babes). It was strange because she suffered with that for a couple years off and on, then it suddenly disappeared. Have you ever tried Pet Pectillin at PetSmart? I use it for my cats and dogs when they have diarrhea, and it helps a lot.

  4. I’m saying a prayer for Buddy! He has a good mother and I know he is getting very good care. He and Finney are one of my daily pleasures – I love seeing their pictures and hearing about their exploits. Don’t forget to take care of their mom, too!

  5. Hi Stacy- How old is Buddy now and how long has he had IBS? Hopefully, for both your sakes, the various treatments suggested and prescribed will help. It is so hard when our cats get sick and I hate the weight loss part. It just hits you hard when you hear it & it is very scary. My vet once brought back some samples of a type of probiotic for cats from a conference she went to so that might be another idea. It’s made by Purina, called Fortiflora. Prednisone and B12 were also recommended along with metronidazole & of course, the special diet. Green pea and duck isn’t always that appetizing to our cats however! I’m sure your vet is on top of ways to treat this and will get Buddy back on track. When are cats are ill, all days seem to be bad, but I hope things turn around very soon! Keep us posted.

  6. Betsy, what special diet did you use? i’ve tried various things.

    And thank you everyone!! I’m waiting to see what happens today, but he seems better to me.

  7. I’m so glad to hear that Buddy seems better. I read a lot of articles about cat foods that didn’t have a lot of “junk” in them and so really tried to pay attention to the order of ingredients. Does he eat canned or just dry? I did find that Stewart liked Wellness products, at least for awhile, especially the beef and chicken or beef and salmon canned meats. He never liked the foods that were prescribed by the vet that’s for sure. I just wanted him to eat well so whatever worked!

  8. I’ve got him on a mixture of the grain-free food called Instincts I think it is, and the food that Finney get, Waltham SO. They both eat each other’s food, so I mix them together. They also both get dry food as a snack at night.

  9. Yes, grain-free is what some of the Wellness products are so probably very similar to what you’re using, thus the elimination of the “junk”. When you have 2 cats on different diets it makes it hard to do anything but just give them the same thing and hope for the best! Hope he’s back on track by now. What we won’t do for our cats huh? 🙂

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