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Sophie crisis

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Sophie is in a coma. She had had some trouble eating, and when we took her to the vet, it turned out that her gums were infected and her teeth badly needed cleaning. For cats, this requires a general anesthetic. When Sophie was a little baby kitten, she had another bad gum infection under her baby teeth, which caused a fever. She was put under then, and the teeth removed, and she recovered fine.

This time, though, her heart stopped as soon as she went under. They were able to restart her heart, and she is on oxygen and getting fluids and nutrients intravenously. She was rigid for some hours and breathing rapidly, and then they gave her Valium. She relaxed and her breathing slowed to normal.

A vet tech spent the night with her—our vet does not have a portable oxygen tent, so Sophie couldn’t be transferred to the emergency vet hospital. The tech reported that around 5:00 or 6:00 Sophie seemed to respond to petting, but she’s again non-responsive.

We’re going to go there to be with her for a while. It’s a very hard situation. She did have to have her teeth cleaned, and the anesthetic worked fine the first time. But that early infection—or perhaps her own constitution—seems to have made her health somewhat delicate. There’s no one to be angry at, and there’s no alternate course we could have taken. I keep trying to fix it—when we visited Sophie yesterday, I insisted we take her little lambs-wool duster (a toy which she often treats as a kitten), thinking somehow that if she smelled it, she would come out of the coma. Magical thinking. Feeling desperate. We both feel scared.

Written by Leisureguy

24 July 2007 at 10:46 am

Posted in Cats, Daily life, Sophie

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  1. Good luck. I hope she pulls through.


    24 July 2007 at 11:17 am

  2. I wish Sophie a full and quick recovery. My thoughts are with you.

    My Alter Ego

    24 July 2007 at 12:05 pm

  3. Best of luck to Sophie.

    Our cat, Dakota, had a similar pet emergency a few weeks back. We found him unresponsive in the middle of the floor. Turned out to be pancreatitis, a precursor/symptom of feline diabetes. He was stabilized and is now on insulin. Sometimes, there’s not a whole lot you can do for a pet. The best you can do is love and keep them happy. That’s what counts. As for Dakota, he’s still fat and happy and has no idea.

    Hopefully Sophie will come out of this okay. It is scary. But trust that everything will turn out for the best.


    24 July 2007 at 12:27 pm

  4. I’m thinking of you and The Wife and saying prayers for Sophie. Take care of each other.


    24 July 2007 at 12:27 pm

  5. Our best to you and Sophie. Hope things continue to improve.

    Constant Reader

    24 July 2007 at 1:23 pm

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