Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: upper Bucks County, PA
high bilirubin count
Several days ago my oldest cat (12 years old), Charcoal, was diagnosed with a high bilirubin count as well as being severely constipated and dehydrated, and running a 104 degree fever. She's an indoor/outdoor cat, but I am keeping her indoors while medicating her with Baytril, as directed. She is hardly eating, and doing is some drinking. The vet gave her an enema, and also some I.V. liquids.
She'd been on a Science Diet Light dry diet for years, and due to her starting to lose weight a few months ago, I switched her to Science Diet Senior. Tomorrow I will go buy several kinds of canned food, as she is still eating very little. She did accept a bunch of Greenies, one by one by hand. I didn't want to give her too much at once, fearing she'd barf.
I've done some reading on high Bilirubin counts in humans, and it more or less lines up with what I can recall the vet told me by phone.
Is anyone else dealing with this in their cat? Crisis always seems to occur with my cats or birds on weekends and/or holidays. I can not reach the vet until Tuesday. I'm frustrated and worried.
This cat has never cared for canned food, but I have to try again. The vet said to force feed her, if necessary. This seems harsh using dry food. She won't eat canned tuna (human grade). I also tried to tempt her with fresh grilled salmon last night, but she refused that also. She is used to hunting and eating her catch almost daily, from what I can tell, but the vet wants her kept in the house so I can monitor her eating and pooping.