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04-21-2009, 06:04 PM
With all the posts I've made so far, my life must seem like a soap opera! It always seems like bad things happen all at once, and unfortunately, my 3 month old kitten, Sundae, was no exception.

She fell this morning and hit her head, and my vet thinks she may have some brain damage. He says that all I can do is give her some anti-inflammatory medication and hope she recovers, but I am so worried. Since I brought her home, she has just been sitting or pacing in circles, not making any noise or responding to anything, refusing to eat or go to the bathroom. Her head is tilted to one side, apparently because of what swelling already took place, but I'm hoping the medicine will help that go away soon.

I have heard of kittens fully recovering from accidents like this, but I am so scared for my poor baby! She is the first pet I've had on my own, and she has only lived with me for four short weeks. Please keep my little Sundae in your thoughts and prayers, and I will keep everyone updated on what happens.

04-21-2009, 06:11 PM
Very sorry to hear about this and sorry that it seems everything is going wrong right now.

I sure hope your kitty is okay and things look up for you...

04-21-2009, 06:29 PM
Prayers for Sundae! And for you, too!

Iconised Ghost
04-21-2009, 06:32 PM
aw im so sorry :( Kittens seem to be pretty endurable, chances are that she will bounce back once those meds take effect. Keep us updated :hug:

04-21-2009, 06:37 PM
Oh bless its little heart. I will say a prayer for your kitty.

04-21-2009, 06:58 PM
Oh no! I am so sorry this happened to your little girl. How did she hit her head?

This might sound silly and maybe I am totally wrong because I have never had a cat or experienced your situation before, but have you looked into giving your kitten omega 3 capsules to help ameloriate any brain damage that she may have as a result of falling? I know that the lone survivor of the coal mine tragedy in WV a few years back was given large amounts of omega-3's during his hospitalization and he ended up making a miraculous recovery after suffering extreme carbon monoxide exposure. The conclusion drawn from his case is that the omega-3's helped to rebuild the gray and white brain matter that was damaged. I know we're talking about a cat, but a brain is a brain.

I found this sitehttp://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Nordic-Naturals-Omega-3-Pet/104001.1.aspx online a few minutes ago and am now thinking about getting some for my 11-month old puppy. You could call your local pet store and see if they have it or a similar product in stock. I know you said she doesn't want to eat, but maybe she would like some salmon (canned is just as good as fresh and a lot cheaper!). Salmon has lots of omega-3's, which are great for the brain. Of course, before you give your kitten anything you should consult your vet.

I will pray for your little Sundae to make a full recovery. Like somebody else said, kittens are pretty resilient. Here are some :hug: for your little girl. Don't give up on her! And keep a good eye on her, please!

04-21-2009, 07:09 PM
Sorry to hear about your kitten. They become so special to us, it is as if they wrap their little paws around our hearts.

My elderly cat is under-the-weather, too, so I know what you are feeling.

04-21-2009, 07:11 PM
aw... I'm so sorry, I'll be praying for you and Sundae... I have had several cats... I know nothing about head injuries... I'm hoping she is going to perk up very soon...
I'm sure vet told you its important to watch her carefully for signs of dehydration, if not, I'd give them a call and get some instructions on feeding etc. I do know that adult animals can dehydrate pretty fast ... when my cats were sick, I had bowls of water everywhere in case they didn't want to walk to it...sometimes you can use an eyedropper, but ask vet... ?? if the meds could affect her appetite.
I was lucky to have a animal hospital with ER that I could call 24 hours... I drove them crazy... but I didn't care...
May I gently say to you that you should know the signs of pain and what to do if that becomes a problem...
My best to you and Sundae... Animals know that you love them !!

04-21-2009, 07:35 PM
Thank you so much for all the support, everyone! I didn't think of omega-3's, but I will look into it. I'd do anything to help her! Oh, and the vet gave her some fluids earlier in case she doesn't want to drink today, so I think she should be fine, but I will watch her carefully anyway.

For everyone curious about how it happened, I was away at the time and my boyfriend was at home but in another room, so we don't know for sure how she got hurt. He ran out when he heard her crying and found her behind the couch with blood leaking from one ear. We're pretty sure she fell off the back of the couch and hit her head on the wall - there are claw marks on the couch from where the poor thing must have tried to hold on before she fell.

On the bright side, she already seems to be doing much better. She is walking around and exploring now, and she managed to find and use her litter box, which is a very good sign. I am keeping her right next to me in the living room so I can watch her at all times - I just wish I could do more for her!

04-21-2009, 07:55 PM
Oh.. that's great news... kitties do 'hate' the vet for the most part, so maybe she just needed to adjust to 'home'... :hug:

04-21-2009, 08:16 PM
I hope so! She seems a lot happier and is not showing many of signs of pain that she had just after the injury - she is moving around freely and meowing and purring again. The vet says that she should be okay if she gets through the first few days, and I have my fingers crossed.

NorCal Jen
04-21-2009, 08:19 PM
Glad to hear your baby is doing better. Kitties can be fairly indestructible, so here's to yours not having used one of it's 9 lives so soon after finding a home.

04-21-2009, 08:44 PM
Well, she is now drinking water too, although it made her vomit right away. The vet seemed to think that vomiting is a good sign, but it still worries me so much!

04-21-2009, 10:29 PM
Your doing great Nepenthe... she knows you are there for her... I think the purring is an excellent sign... vet sounds wonderful... are they around thru the night for you two ?..

Thinking of you...
I've done the all-nighters, my cat had asmtha for years...
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Thought this may help...
Saint Francis of Asissi is the patron Saint of Animals

Heavenly Father,
you created all things for your glory
and made us stewards of this creature.
If it is your will, restore it to health and strength.
Blessed are you, Lord God,
and holy is your name for ever and ever. Amen

04-22-2009, 12:50 AM
Thank you so much for the beautiful prayer. Funny, I was never a very religious person until I adopted Sundae, but if I've ever witnessed a miracle, it has to be the very existence of such sweet animals that are so innocent and love us so much.

My vet has an emergency night number, which is good to know even though I think we'll be fine at least until they open in the morning. Although Sundae seems very tired, she has used her litter box again and kept down a bit more water. I'm going to try to let her rest for the night and stop bothering her if I can help it.

How is your cat doing these days? I didn't even know cats could have asthma. Poor kitties seem to be able to get so many terrible illnesses.

04-22-2009, 01:33 AM
I hope your able to settle in for the night. Snuggle up.. she sounds good... I can relate to 'following' them around watching every movement... LOL...

Asmtha is found more frequently than you would think, especially in Maine Coons... wheezing, etc, just like humans... Unfortunately my kitty passed away in Dec 08, due to complications of the asthma, he was 9 yrs old, I got he and his brother when they were six weeks old... hi brother died of cancer in 06, very sad, I thought we were dealing with a lame cat because he was limping, but he had a tumor in his hind leg.. both cases were heartbreaking, but with both I had the help of a very good vet, we were able to recognize the proper time to euthanize before any suffering... I believe it was something I did 'for' them, not 'to' them..
I just put up a pic of Cashmere, in my avatar, that's the one I lost in Dec. I don't have pic on-line of his brother Pierre yet...
Sorry... prolly not the most up-lifting story for you tonight... but heaven is a little brighter with them there.
If you are up tonight and need a chuckle, go to the website {icanhascheezburger} hilarious pics of kitties with captions...

04-22-2009, 09:58 AM
how is little Sundae today?

Poor little thing. She must of fell bad to crack her head like that. Most of the time cats land on their feet.

04-22-2009, 11:50 AM
I am so glad to hear that Sundae is doing better. Is that a pic of her in your avatar? If so, she is super cute. :) I totally agree with you on animals being miracles. Funnily enough, I used to have a fear of dogs until I met Zach 7 months ago. It was love at first sight and he has taught me so much already even though he's still just a puppy himself. I feel so much more compassion for animals now than I did before I met Zach. He has opened my heart up so much.

How is she today?

SweetCaroline, that is a beautiful prayer that you posted. I read a book a few months ago about St Francis of Assisi and learned that he is the patron saint of animals but I forgot all about him until your post. He really did have a great love for them.

04-22-2009, 02:04 PM
Sweetcaroline - I am sorry about your poor kitties, but I agree that it is best to let them move on when they are suffering. I'm glad that your beautiful cats got to live quite a few happy years with you.

squeak351 - Isn't it strange that this happened from a fall? I wish I had been there to see exactly what happened to her, since most cases like this happen from either car accidents or something getting dropped on the kitty's head.

EsperanzaBella82 - Yes, this is a picture of her taken on Easter. :)
I know what you mean about dogs, too. I used to have a fear of dogs too, until I took care of one for a week (long before I had Sundae). Now I'm actually training to teach dog obedience classes!

Sundae seems to be doing much better today. I did get to sleep eventually, although I woke up a couple times in the middle of the night. I didn't want to put her on the bed with me even though she usually sleeps there in case she needed to get down during the night, but I found her curled up right next to the bed every time I woke up!

She's still not eating, though the vet says she will when she's hungry enough. I have an appointment to take her back to see him on Friday to make sure she's doing fine. I'm sure she will be - she's already back to cuddling up against me and purring whenever she gets the chance!

moon fairy
04-22-2009, 02:05 PM
aw. poor little thing. so sorry to hear that.

NorCal Jen
04-22-2009, 03:01 PM
I'm glad to hear that she's doing better and purring at mama!

Something to bring a smile to your day, a picture I snapped of my kitty a couple years ago in mid-yawn. Always makes me smile.


04-22-2009, 03:08 PM
im so glad shes alright-i was reading through this post anxiously to find out! i have two kitties and if something happened i would be distraught...i am SO relieved that sundae seems to be doing better!

04-22-2009, 07:54 PM
NorCal Jen - I can't see your picture! Does it have anything to do with the fact that I'm a pretty new member here?

Thanks again for all your support, everyone. Sundae is doing very well. She is now eating and drinking a little just about every hour, and I actually got her to play with a ball I rolled at her! It's pretty clear that she is tired and has some vision problems (that I've heard should go away or get better within a week or two), but other than that, she is almost back to being her old self again!

04-22-2009, 07:57 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your kitty baby :( I have a Siamese kitty who's a year and a half old and she STILL acts like she does at your kittens age. So I'm constantly out watching for trouble. I hope you kitty makes a speedy 100% recovery. Keep us updated!

NorCal Jen
04-22-2009, 08:01 PM
sorry, how's this?

Also, glad to hear she getting better!

NorCal Jen
04-23-2009, 01:05 PM
Hi Nepenthe - just wondering how kitten is doing today? Is she still getting back to herself? Give us an update! :^)

04-24-2009, 01:51 AM
Sorry to take so long to update - I've been cleaning up for guests tomorrow.

Thankfully, little Sundae is just about back to normal! Her sight seems to have mostly returned, and she's been playing and exploring and (cautiously) jumping around all day. She's still more tired than usual, but I'm almost positive she will fully recover within the next few days! :)

04-24-2009, 01:53 AM
Yay that's wonderful! Cats are so special. I love her name too. Though I think I'd want ice cream all the time haha.

04-24-2009, 02:07 AM
do not let her go more than 48 hours w/o food or she will get feline hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver) which is deadly- sorry to add to your stress but I almost lost one of my fur babies to FHL when she stopped eating her usual amount for just a few days. Once she tried to eat again it was too late- her liver was already bad and she became very sick very fast. We had to hospitalize and give her a feeding tube (for real). She recovered and is great now but an expensive lesson.

I'm glad your kitten is doing better and hope she is on her way to a full recovery!

04-27-2009, 07:15 PM
Sorry to be MIA for the past couple days - I had guests over. For one last update, Sundae is completely healthy now, and back to all her old activities. Thank you all for being there for us!

04-30-2009, 07:31 PM
Hi Nepenthe,
I am so happy to hear that Sundae is doing so well...
I was without my internet for nearly a week... I thought of you both often and sent up lots of kitty hugs and prayers... such great news... what a relief... LOL.. you guys were one of the first things I caught up on when I got back on line... good going momma... my best to you !

04-30-2009, 07:36 PM
Your doing great ..

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Thought this may help...
Saint Francis of Asissi is the patron Saint of Animals

Heavenly Father,
you created all things for your glory
and made us stewards of this creature.
If it is your will, restore it to health and strength.
Blessed are you, Lord God,
and holy is your name for ever and ever. Amen

Ok, this is the THIRD time i've seen this prayer today and i had never seen it before. That is really weird. It's beautiful though.

It really sounds like Sundae has really come around! My goodness animals can be tough! I'm really happy for you both :)