Monday, March 12, 2007

Adi, Warded

Adi at the vet hospital, with a drip on his right fore-arm, 11th March ‘07

I need to document this down.

Adi dah tak makan seminggu. Sejak Sabtu dia balik dari vet Bangi… 3/3/07.

Aku cuba suap c/d can food (priscription food) pun dia tak nak. I read from the internet that prescription food memang tak berapa sedap untuk kucing yang memilih makan macam Adi. Setin 6 kali ganda harga makanan the normal cat tinfood. Tapi, bila-bila berpeluang, si Labi akan gobble dengan lahapnya. That said, Labi tu memang pelahap budaknya. Kasi makan roti kaya pun dia mahu.

Makan the prescripted cat biscuits pun Adi tak nak. So I had to resort to giving him pet’s Nutrigel… a nutritious palatable chocolatey gel sebagai ganti supaya perut dia tak kosong nak makan ubat. Adi ada lima jenis ubat ~ antibiotics, ubat lawas kencing, ubat bengkak, ubat appetite, and Urinary Tract (UT) strengthener. Antibiotics tu, kena habiskan. UT pills tu, tak boleh makan more than 2 weeks in a row. Means, maximum by 16/3 je boleh makan UT pills.

Strange though… satu minggu kasi makan ubat, Adi tak juga kuat-kuat. Masih lemah-lemah; tak moh makan; but sangat kerap kencing. Risau….

Every morning I'd wake up at 5.45am, just to sit with Adi and belai-belai dia (I read that this could encourage him to eat and give him the will to improve health-wise), and I’d do the same after work. Before work and after work, I’d feed water to Adi using the syringe, takut dia dehydrated.

At one time, bila aku peluk Adi, badan dia ada fever tapi tapak kaki dia sejuk-sejuk. Bahagian pinggang/perut dia macam exert warmth… I suspect dia sakit kat bahagian tu. I’d make sure he won’t get stressed out with Labu and Labi… so, kalau siang-siang tu memang aku terpaksa kurung dia dalam guest room supaya Labu & Labi tak buat khianat ke Adi.

Last Saturday evening, however, I came back home from the office to find his vomit bersepah atas lantai, carrier and cadar katil. I suspect it was gastric juice sebab dia dah tepat seminggu tak makan. Tapi tak warna hijau, though. Dabbing with kitchen paper-towel, I turned the towel and saw tint of blood!!! Without wasting much time, aku terus ajak Abang bawa Adi ke vet hospital. Mujur Abang melayan walau dalam keletihan baru balik dari kerja.

At the hospital, a lady-doctor, Dr.Lum attended to Adi. Unlike the attending vet kat Bangi, Dr.Lum was very very gentle, which I really appreciated! Masa aku tolong keluarkan Adi dari carrier up to the examination table, I saw tears at the inside corners of Adi’s eyes. Dua kali aku kesat airmata Adi. Kesian! Aku tak pernah tengok kucing menangis sebelum ni…

After explaining to Dr.Lum on Adi’s recent history, Dr.Lum kata kena test darah Adi. Dia pelik kenapa vet bangi tak test his blood nor his batu karang. We weighed Adi, and Adi has plummeted from 5.4kg down to 4.7kg... mainly due to malnutrition and dehydration. And with that, Dr.Lum advised that Adi should be warded so that she could administer drips and antibiotics to Adi and put Adi under observation.

I went home with Abang, feeling so restless. How much more would the bill be this time?

And what if Adi really is sakit teruk this time? Do we need to put him to sleep??? Argh… :"(

Malam at 9.40, Dr.Lum called back, informing me that result blood test dah keluar: liver& kidney Adi tak sihat. Looks like as if ada blood infection jugak. White cell count Adi tinggi ~ biasanya max 11,tapi Adi punya 35plus!!! Doc nak do more tests to see if Adi has feline leukemia or feline AIDS.

Eiii rasa ralat sangat masa tu, coz vet Bangi tak test darah! Liver tak sihat tapi ubat sampai 5 jenis... entah sesuai entah tidak!

The next morning, soon after Abang left for work, I sms-ed my cousin the vet, Niza, to see what she thought of Adi’s predicament.

She said, “Probably panleukopenia agaknya kak lin. Memang tx very costly, prognosis very poor. Takpelah kak lin, buat yang terbaik utk adi ok…"

I cried and cried and cried. I couldn’t pass by the guest room at all. I mean, not that this is my first experience dealing with Adi sakit teruk, tapi, alahai…. I fought for that damn cat, ok. I fought to bela him dulu. Umi tak suka, Ayah tak suka, but I fought for him and every night I took him into the bedroom to sleep with me and Da. Bila dah kahwin, baru UmiAyah sayang and adorekan Adi… maybe because Adi reminds them of me agaknya.

So, you know, I was really sad for Adi. Rasa helpless. He’s only 3 years old. And the nicest thing about having Labu & Labi around is that, they came up to me and licked my nose and my tears dry and lay down beside me, as if asking me to stop crying….

That late morning, however, the vet called back, informing me that Adi’s kidneys are ok, alhamdulillah! Cuma ada traces of nanah in the urine, means bladder dia quite teruk. Maybe tu yg sebabkan liver dia sakit?

At noon, Abang came back for lunch and to visit Adi. Adi lit up when he saw me! And he has the drip attached to his forearm.

Doc explained that Adi’s white cells are high; albumin is zero ~ means liver not processing any protein to be turned into albumin, and lack of albumin would make the darah very cair, and darah too cair would be very dangerous to Adi. Doc observed that Adi banyak minum air, and equivalently banyak juga kencing. Ultrascan showed Adi’s bladder ada tompok2 putih, and Doc wanted to treat him with antibiotics.

However, Adi dah mula makan sikit. Dia makan Whiskas soft-food. Doc kata just to whet his appetite. Once dah okay, kena revert back to the prescription food.

Doc also explained that bladder infection and batu karang can be caused by many factors ~ food, stress levels, etc. Tak kerap minum air pun, kadang-kadang due to as simple as tukar bekas air.

I called up the vet this morning, but Dr.Lum was not around. I really hope she would call me back this noon. Most probably that hari ni tak boleh lawat Adi coz Abang has a really really tight deadline.

I also surfed the net on feline AIDS (here and here) and feline leukemia (or panleukopenia, here and here). Adi has almost all of the symptoms, alright.

And when I read “And Now A Note On Your Pet's General Good Health”, Adi has six out of the eight early signs that need the vet consultation.

Sigh. If only I read more. I'm sorry, Adi...

I miss him, all healthy and spunky... Adi get well soon, ok...?

Adi at the peak of health, Aidilfitri 14th Nov ‘04

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3 comments:

rotidua said...

Masya Allah sedihnya baca. Kiter yang tak gemar kucing pun boleh menitik rasa air mata. Hish.. you take care!

Ahmad Nurfarhi Rosley said...

A'ah kot, skang baru lah umi ayah bg Adi masuk awal, maser dinner si Adi dah masuk lepak kat dapur skali. Bg umi ayah adi mcm represent Ak Lin kot.. gegege.. boleh tak?

Roti Kacang Merah said...

rotiroti,
thank you for tumpang sedihhhh!!!! Adi's all well now, Alhamdulillah!!!

ahy,
itu lah ayah siap mintak maaf dgn kak lin satu hari ni sebab dia kata Adi susup kuar dari rumah without ayah realising it (coz i told him the other 10 stray cats kat luar tu are diseased cats for Adi to be around with!). and umi pun risau ke kak lin kena belikan adi mknan yg agak pricey though she's been looking over adi's food herself... wahhh, best lah.

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