Sweeney Under The Weather


I don't talk about Sweeney all that often around here. Sweeney is really more Jose's cat than mine. We've always had a bit of a love-hate relationship, and I've gotten some pretty gnarly scars from him. But of course I love him anyway, even if I might be a little wary around him. We've had him since he was very little, and he's an important part of our little family. Here are a few of my favorite photos of him over the years.


Well, the week before last, Sweeney started acting different. He was laying under my computer desk all day long, and he seemed to not be eating much at all. He felt sort of fragile when we'd try and pet him. We took him to the animal hospital to see if they might know what was wrong. They sent us home with some medicine and said to come back in a couple of days if he was still having problems. Last Monday, when he was decidedly not getting better, I took him back and the vet said that the inside of his mouth was yellowish, so he most likely had hemolytic anemia or liver disease. Yikes. They had to keep him at the animal hospital for about three days while they kept him on fluids and did a lot of blood work. They even had to send a sample of his blood out to a medical center four hours away. In the end, they told Jose that for a 100% sure diagnosis, they would have to do a biopsy and ultrasound, and other tests, all of which would be $5,000 to $6,000. There's just no way we can afford to do that, so they're treating him for what they're pretty sure he has, which is a liver disease, hepatic lipidosis. Jose brought him home on Friday, and while at first he seemed to have a slightly improved appetite, now getting him to eat is not working out too well. He seems a little better than he was before we took him to the hospital, but we're not sure. Somehow we were blessed with not one, but two cats prone to catastrophic illness. We're really hoping he can get past this. Poor guy.


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  1. What a gorgeous kitty! I hope he feels better soon! :(

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    1. Thanks Kaylah, I appreciate it. He did start cleaning himself a few minutes ago, and he hasn't really done that at all since he got sick, so that's encouraging.

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  2. awe, poor baby!
    It's so hard when a pet gets sick, their vet bills can get sooo expensive! A friend of ours had his dog's eye removed, because of a tumor, and now she has more tumors all over her body, issues with her spleen, can't control her bladder, has a feeding tube inserted for her meds and needs more upcoming surgery...we've tried to tell him she would be better off laid to rest, because she is in constant pain, but he can't do it. He lost his mom last year and the dog is his only family he's got left :(
    I really hope your little guy pulls through!!

    xo
    Alex

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    1. I know, it can get so crazy. When our other cat got sick it ended up being about $2,000, and so far with Sweeney it's around $1,000. Luckily our vet let us sign up for a credit program where you can pay over time and there's no interest. That was a huge relief. It's so hard, I would do anything I could to keep our kitties alive but I think it would be near impossible to make the decision to euthanize. Thank you for your encouragement, I really do appreciate it.

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  3. Such a beautiful little baby. That is so sad. I know that I was reading up on cat food and most of the stuff from the store causes horrible diseases like the one you are dealing with. I was even thinking of getting a meat grinder so I could grind up fresh free range chicken thighs, skin bone and all for my sookie mittens. A little cat grass and other vitamins would be best its just so hard. Hope your kitter gets better.

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    1. We actually only feed them special food that we can only buy from the vet (at like $50 a bag), because our other cat almost died from kidney and bladder problems year before last. So I'm hoping that the special vet-approved food wouldn't be causing it. I was reading that it can be linked to obesity and he's been a pretty big cat for a while, but a lot of times they can't even pinpoint why it happens at all.

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    1. He's doing much better now, thank you!

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  5. Sorry to hear about your kitty, I hope he feels better soon!

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    1. He's getting better every day, thank you Melissa!

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  6. Aw, poor kitty! Hope he feels better soon! xo

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    1. Thank you, he's definitely getting better!

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  7. Feel better soon Sweeney :-)

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    1. Sweeney thanks you, he's feeling better!

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  8. :'(
    There is nothing sadder than ill animal...hope he feels better soon.

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    1. I know, you feel so helpless because you can't talk to them and comfort them. He's feeling better though!

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  9. sorry to hear about sweeny :( this is the hard side of pet ownership. I hope he starts to feel better soon!

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    1. Definitely, it's so difficult! He's doing much better!

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  10. Awww, I'm so sorry about Sweeney, he is such a cutie! I hope they've got the right prognosis and that he shows signs of improvement soon. I know how difficult it can be worrying about them and about the bills at the same time. We nearly had to do an emergency trip to the vet with one of our dogs last week, she got a bit of one of her bones stuck in her palette between her teeth, luckily we got it out but taking her in that late at night would have cost more than our monthly rent. Aren't there any local animal charities or vetenary schools nearby who can help? xo

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    1. I'm so glad you were able to take care of the problem and not have to pay that huge bill. It can get really crazy expensive so quickly! Our Sweeney's feeling much better now, thank goodness. And we were able to sign up for a ay over time program which is a big help.

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  11. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about Sweeney. He seems very cute and lovely. I'm loving cats. My cat has own story. He was almost dead but people reascue him and I got him. I really hope he is getting better soon :( Please, let me know how is he! :(
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    1. That's wonderful that you were able to rescue your kitty! Sweeney is doing well now, thank you!

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  12. Oh the poor sweetheart :( I really feel for you. Poorly pets are the worst, I hate that feeling of utter helplessness when you can't just cuddle them better. It genuinely hurts!

    Alli xx

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    1. Exactly, it's the worst not being able to comfort them and know what they're thinking. He's doing so much better now, thankfully.

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  13. This post had me squealing with cuteness, but I am sorry to hear he isn't doing well. That is always so hard to watch your pet suffer and not know what is wrong or what to do :(

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    1. I know, it's so difficult! Sweeney is feeling a lot better now though, hooray!

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  14. Oh little Sweeney!
    Sending you love and positive thoughts

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    1. Thank you so much! :) He's doing a lot better now!

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  15. Seeing pictures of him when he's a tiny kitten and learning of his health problems is breaking my heart! I am so sorry you + Jose have to go through this and I will be keeping him in my thoughts :( <3

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    1. I know, wasn't he a cute little guy? Before he got a bit obese, haha. He's doing well now, eating and being more active. And he's even fighting Jose when he tries to give him his meds now, which is a good sign.

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