Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Queensland, Australia
cat with infection
Hi everyone, I'm ElektraSparkle and I hail from Queensland, Australia. Myself and my partner are the pet parents of Aria, a 10 year old male DSH. Aria's story is a little complicated.
Aria came into our care around two years ago. When we got the cat, the previous owner told us that it was female and 5 years old. After a vet visit (I had a suspicion that it was in fact male when I noticed he/she was grooming), my suspicion was confirmed however at the time we also found out that Aria was 9 years old, so when she came into our care she was 8. Since then, female pronouns have stuck as they just seem more natural to us and she doesn't seem to mind that we refer to her as a female.
Aria is a generally a very active kitty; she loves to chase and flick beetles around on the patio. She doesn't take too well to other cats as she's always been the only cat in a household. She has claimed me as the parent who cuddles her; she loves to jump on my lap and end up sitting/laying on my shoulder. My partner is known to her as the food bearing parent. Everytime we have had to move, she has always come with us. She is our baby.
Just recently, she was diagnosed with an infection and is currently on an IV drip with the vet due to her kidneys not being able to flush out toxins very well. I'm very stressed about her possible outcome as this is the first time I've experienced a hospitalisation with a cat. I could imagine this process would be stressing her out too. I'm beside myself and I feel like a terrible pet parent because I had no idea she was as sick as she is. Has anyone else felt the same way before? Any advice on how to deal with this would be much appreciated.