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Tigger is Sick April 21, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Health & Wellness.

Tigger has been lethargic for a week or so.

We took him to the Vet this morning.
His temperature was 104 degrees ~ way too high.

The Vet drew blood and collected a urine sample.
After sedating him via a gas mask.

Results are not good.

Tigger has a bladder/kidney infection. 
He needs to be on antibiotics.
We gave him his first dose when we got home. 
He spit most of it out.
The rest he vomited up a few minutes later.

The Vet said that ALL cats love the taste of this antibiotic.
Tigger disagrees . . . vehemently.

We just tried to dose him again . . .
No luck.
He ran and hid under the bed.

So that’s not going well. 

And . . . that’s not all.

His blood sugar level is way too high.
He’s hyper-glycemic and may be diabetic. 
We need to change his diet.
And cut out all his cat treats.

He is not going to be a happy kitty.

We take him back to the Vet on Wednesday.
If his blood sugar is still high, the Vet says he’ll need insulin shots.

Twice a day. 

And we’ll need to monitor his blood sugar.
By taking blood samples from his ear. 


I’m feeling overwhelmed by this news.
More like an Eeyore than a Tigger.

I’ll be back . . . later.


1. Pocket Perspectives - April 21, 2012

Oh, Nancy….I hope he’s taking his medication now…it’s so hard when our much loved pets don’t feel well…..cats often have a way of being remarkably resilient. What wonderful eyes he has…love the way he’s peeking out of that box!
thinking of you….and him…

Pocket Perspectives - April 22, 2012

thinking of you and Tigger and BFF…sending kind thoughts your way….kathy

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, Kathy. He is taking the antibiotic . . . and then he throws up 30 minutes later.

Not sure if anything is getting absorbed or not.

2. Patricia - April 21, 2012

Poor Tigger. And poor you! It is so difficult when our catkids get sick. There is a product that is called Pill Pockets that might work.
I have had the best luck with a baby syringe for giving liquid meds and there is a stick thing that you put pills in and when it is deep in the cat’s mouth you eject the pill. I have used both and they do work. Of course, first you have to get the cat in your lap.

Kidney problems are common in male cats and diabetes is common in all older cats. Hopefully diet will help alleviate both things for Tigger. Teddy and i will keep the whole family in our thoughts.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

We’re using a syringe for the liquid antibiotic. We are getting him to swallow it . . . but he’s been vomiting it back up.

Doubt he’s getting the full benefit from it, but he seems slightly less lethargic.

3. Cold Dead Heart - April 21, 2012

I hope Tigger feels better soon.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012


4. David Ashton - April 21, 2012

Best wishes to you all ❤

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, David.

5. sufilight - April 21, 2012

Aaaaw, Nancy, sorry to read this! Hoping he gets well soon!

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

The Vet is certain that Tigger is diabetic and needs insulin . . . but agreed that we could wait until Wednesday to recheck his blood glucose.

Neither of us can picture giving Tigger injections twice a day. 😦

6. terry1954 - April 21, 2012

i don’t know who is going to suffer more from this,,,,,you or Tigger. Good luck on the healing process. if nothing else, maybe u can take Tigger into the vet and let him assist with administering medications?

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Tigger HATES going to the Vet. I can’t imagine taking him there EVERY day for shots.

But if he keeps throwing up the antibiotic, we’ll have to call the Vet for suggestions. Hopefully, he’ll keep the medicine down tomorrow.

7. kateshrewsday - April 21, 2012

Oh, Nancy, so sorry to hear this news. Poor Tigger….I hope his sugar levels drop in time for his Wednesday appointment. It’s hard when health problems force a new routine…

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

The VET is certain that Tigger is diabetic and needs insulin . . . I’m praying for a miracle between now and Wednesday.

We do NOT want to give him injections twice a day for the rest of his life . . . especially without being able to follow the injection with a treat.

8. Naomi - April 21, 2012

Oh NO! SO sorry to hear such sad news, Nancy…SPECIAL cuddle to Tigger and hope he feels better soon. Sending healing thoughts and a big hug, XO

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, Naomi. We are sad about this turn of events. Still too soon to see the light at the end of the tunnel . . .

Instead, it feels like we’re being run over by the train.

9. Donkey Whisperer Farm - April 21, 2012

Oh so sorry poor kitty.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks. He’s having another tough day. Can’t keep the meds down . . . so he’s still running a fever.

10. Maggie - April 21, 2012

Poor Tigger… I hope he feels better soon.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, Maggie. He’s having a rough day ~ he feels bad from the infection . . . he hates taking the antibiotics . . . he’s thrown up twice (right after taking the meds) . . . and his treats have been cut off “cold turkey.” Poor little guy. 😦

11. Sandra Bell Kirchman - April 21, 2012

I endorse the plastic syringe for liquid medicine. It even has the amounts on the liquid container part, so you can draw up exactly the right dose.

As for pills, I have had good luck sticking a pill, if it’s small, into a piece of cheese, which all my little doggies like. If the pill is big, I mash it first and mix it in something the dogs like.

Injections twice a day sound horrible though. I have not had that experience.

Here’s hoping poor little Tigger exceeds all expectations and recovers quickly.

*a hundred hugs for Tigger and mom*

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

We’re using a syringe . . . and BFF has managed to get Tigger to swallow the antibiotic (rather than spitting it out) . . . but then he throws up BEFORE the meds have been absorbed.

We’re trying not to think about the twice a day injections. I’m not sure we can do it. So what I want is a MIRACLE!

12. Julie - April 21, 2012

Oh no! I hope Tigger feels better soon. Lucky for him he has a very good mother. Please keep us posted on his progress. *hugs*

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

No progress yet. He’s taking the meds, but then throws up about 30 minutes later.

Fingers are crossed that we get a MIRACLE!

13. Jackie - April 21, 2012

So sorry Tigger is feeling low and that you have to deal with medicating him – sounds like a real challenge. Here’s hoping he’ll be on the mend soon and you’ll be able to find a diabetic-friendly “treat” he’ll enjoy. He’s lucky to have you and Bill!

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, Jackie. I’ll have to look for diabetic friendly treats. If we have to start giving him injections twice a day . . . I want to be able to REWARD him after each one.

14. Andra Watkins - April 21, 2012

Nancy, I am very sorry to hear about Tigger. I hope the sugar will get under control without the shots.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Same here, Andra. I don’t know that I have it in me to inject him twice a day. BFF feels the same. I’m hoping that we don’t have to cross that bridge . . . even if that’s the ultimate in wishful thinking.

15. sweetdaysundertheoaks - April 21, 2012

Nancy I am so sorry. I understand the overwhelming-ness. When our Country ZCat was diagnosed with asthma I was overwhelmed and totally befuddled. She was miserable. I had to give her shots every 7 to 10 days and she started to not trust me which just killed me. It helped switching to wet food instead of kibble and we pilled her with pill pockets. And we put a dang 750 dollar humidifier on our furnace so that she would breathe better. Goodness. Thinking of you and BFF and Tigger who looks much like our Holly Cat from our early married years.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

I expect that Tigger won’t trust us either . . . how could he if we are giving him shots 2x EVERY day?

It’s a Catch-22 situation. If we want to treat the diabetes, we have to alienate our cat. If we ignore the diabetes, he may suffer from the excess glucose.

sweetdaysundertheoaks - April 23, 2012

I know Nancy. It’s a great deal to process. I was able to fool Country Cat most of the time. I kept a syringe on me when I knew it was the day and when she came to climb on my lap for a nap I would just quietly slip off the cap and gently make a little tent of skin at her shoulder blades and in it went. I don’t think she really minded the shots, it was the meds and how it made her feel. I don’t think Tigger’s insulin will make him feel crummy. We were also giving her a pill and I can’t remember what it was to deal with the adverse effects of the asthma med. Pill pockects worked great for that. I don’t know where you give a shot for insulin. Could it be his sugars are just up from the stress of the fever and UTI infection. Maybe, hopefully, I bet the sugars will be down on your visit Wednesday. Cats are just too smart, they know when we are trying to slip them a pill. But CC always came back for cuddles and naps on our laps. I think it hurt and bothered me more than it did her. I am hoping the sugar situation will be better Wednesday. We have been thinking of you guys ever since you posted.

nrhatch - April 23, 2012

Thanks, Pix. Tigger is not a lap cat ~ he rarely wants to cuddle for more than a few seconds and never climbs onto our lap.

Could it be his sugars are just up from the stress of the fever and UTI infection. Maybe, hopefully,

That’s what we’re hoping . . . that his sugars will be down ENOUGH on the visit Wednesday that we can try to manage with diet. The alternative is too horrible to contemplate unless and until we have to cross that bridge.

16. barb19 - April 21, 2012

Poor Tigger. You have certainly got a challenge on your hands – cats are not the easiest of animal to medicate orally. What Patricia said about Pill Pockets sounds promising for either liquid meds or pills. I hope you can get his antibiotics down him for his own sake.
Keep us posted.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Tigger is attempting to prove the axiom . . . what goes down, must come back up.

Hopefully, he won’t throw up tomorrow.

17. mypenandme - April 21, 2012

Sorry to hear this… Awww.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Exactly. 😦

18. bluebee - April 21, 2012

Oh poor Tigger, Nancy – can you mask the medicine with something else?

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

BFF has mastered the art of getting Tigger to swallow it . . . but Tigger vomits it back up 30 minutes later.

It’s been a hard day on the planet for us. 😦

bluebee - April 23, 2012

Hugs, Nancy xx

19. Three Well Beings - April 22, 2012

I’m so sorry to hear that your little kitty is really sick! How hard on him…and you! I’m sure you’re quite concerned, and I hope tomorrow you find him better able to tolerate the medication. Sending warm thoughts to you! Debra

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

At this point, we just want him to keep it down long enough to fight the infection. Maybe he’ll start producing insulin again once his body is no longer battling against “intruders.”

It’s a long shot . . . but miracles happen every day. And the vet told us that cats can be diabetic and then start producing insulin again. So, that’s what we have on our WISH LIST.

20. Life with Lizzi - April 22, 2012

kisses to Tigger, and hope he’s on the road to recovery soon!

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, Lizzi. We are keeping our fingers (and paws) crossed!

21. jannatwrites - April 22, 2012

I am so sorry to read this. It’s a lot of difficult news for you to digest in a day. I hope you are able to get Tigger his meds (I’ve not had good luck giving liquid meds to cats – they spit.)

You’ll be in my thoughts. I’m praying for better news about his health.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

BFF has gotten the medicine DOWN 3x so far . . . but it’s only stayed down once.

Fingers crossed the Universe tosses a MIRACLE at Tigger!

22. Barefoot Baroness - April 22, 2012

Healing prayers being sent for Tigger, gentle hugs for Eeyore.

My hopes are that Tigger will cooperate with his meds, stop spitting them out and instead find a catnip like flavor on his palete. Poor kitty, and he canot even finish it with a snack. Poor Poor Kitty,

Take care. Both of you.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, Baroness! He’s cooperating and not spitting them out . . . but they aren’t staying put in this sick little tummy. 😦

We are hoping tomorrow will be better for him . . . and us.

23. Tammy - April 22, 2012

Hang in there. We recently lost our beloved Gibbs and it was so so sad. Give the medicine.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Sorry about Gibbs, Tammy. Losing a pet is so so sad. 😦

Tigger’s predecessors lived to the relatively old ages of 17 & 18. Tigger’s only 7. Way too young to be so sick.

24. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - April 22, 2012

And I thought getting medicine down our dogs’ throats was tough!

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Dog’s are more patient “patients” than cats. Cats are used to ruling the roost and do NOT want to be told what to do or swallow.

25. suzicate - April 22, 2012

Hope Tigger is up and bouncing around soon.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Same here, Suzi. He’s usually such a bouncy funny little guy. We want that Tigger back. Watching him be a “sad Tigger” is . . . sad. 😦

26. Paula Tohline Calhoun - April 22, 2012

I won’t click on the “Like” button, because I don’t like reading such news! My heart aches for you, and I think I know how you are feeling. Whenever our pets have been ill (and thankfully that has happened very rarely), I tend to hover and wonder about every little movement or noise coming from them. If I let myself, I could easily get as sick a they, just by watching them! I try to counter that by sending lots of “good vibes” sent through the ether and filling the air around them

Cats especially are very good at seeing to their own needs. Perhaps Tigger was not responding to the taste of the antibiotics, but to their efficacy! They might not be the right ones for him! He probably knows. As for the diabetes! OUCH! is right! I wonder how I would handle that, and if Tigger will begin to resent seeing you coming with that lancet, and then assume that is what you want to do every time he sees you! Oh-oh! And no treats? 😦

I am so sorry. . .it is hard to watch the ones we love suffer. Time to pull out our reserves of trust, and let Spirit work his/her way with Tigger. How old is he? He looks still a young a spry guy!

I wish you the best, and Tigger my love and that you will all feel the blessings of enough. . .

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, PTC. He is only 7 ~ way too young to be so sick.

We honestly don’t know if we can inject Tigger twice a day for the rest of his life ~ if Tigger was a child, we could . . . knowing that one day we could explain the WHY behind the injections.

But Tigger will NEVER understand why we cut off his treats and started to stick him with needles.

I want a MIRACLE to appear on the horizon between now and Wednesday morning. A MIRACULOUS reprieve!

27. Booksphotographsandartwork - April 22, 2012

Heavens! thats horrible. Checking a cats blood sugar would surely not be fun. I don’t think my cat would let me do that. How in the world does a cat get all of these illnesses?!

I agree with you about the fact that you explain it too a child at a certain point but not animal and they would just always think you are hurting them.

I hope and pray that Tiger just gets well! Hugs to all.

nrhatch - April 22, 2012

Thanks, Linda. I’ve been reading up on diabetes in pets and people. If Tigger has Type II diabetes, maybe we can control it with diet and exercise . . . and NO SHOTS.

I’m going to do more research tomorrow and Tuesday so that we are better prepared to discuss our options with the Vet on Wednesday.

None of our (3) cats would have been happy to have us inject them or draw blood samples & Tigger is the least compliant of the three. He will be adamently opposed to getting stuck with needles twice a day.

So, we are looking for a BETTER option to appear on the horizon.

28. eof737 - April 23, 2012

Sorry to read this… Sending your Tigger prayers, blessings and healing light… All will be well. Tangy sends his love too.

nrhatch - April 23, 2012

Thanks, E . . . and Tangy. I don’t know if “all will be well” but (at some point) “this too shall pass.” _/!\_

29. Perfecting Motherhood - April 23, 2012

Poor little guy, I’m sorry to hear that. My vets (yes, vets) had a cat with diabetes and they gave him shots every day. They always said how easy it was. Yeah, when you’re a VET! Just watching them poke their cat and how he didn’t bulge, I doubt I could do the same. I hope your Tigger manages to take his medication, at least. With my now passed away cat, who was great at spitting everything out, I got liquid meds and just squirted them in his mouth. He had to swallow then. Cats will do so many things against their own interest…

nrhatch - April 23, 2012

We get liquid meds too . . . and BFF is getting them DOWN his throat, but yesterday Tigger threw up shortly after. We haven’t dosed him yet this morning . . . fingers crossed the meds go down and stay down.

30. Victoria-writes - April 23, 2012

Aw poor Tigger, hope he feels better soon!

nrhatch - April 23, 2012

Thanks, Vix.

31. You Were Born To Succeed - April 23, 2012

So sorry to hear about Tigger’s troubles. He is very handsome. Have you thought of laying on of hands in addition to the vet’s help? My son and I once healed our cat who had a bladder infection by doing that. Love to Tigger.

nrhatch - April 23, 2012

That’s wonderful, Nancy. I’ve been sending positive energy his way . . . especially when I’m petting him.

You Were Born To Succeed - April 23, 2012

And I’m sure he is grateful and a bit better every time.

32. Tori Nelson - April 23, 2012

Sending well wishes Tigger’s (and your) way. Hope he gets to feeling better!

nrhatch - April 23, 2012

Thanks, Tori. Hope you’re enjoying life as a “newlywed” . . .

33. bandsmoke - April 23, 2012

I’m so very sorry for your beautiful little man – sending love and light and all good thoughts for a speedy healing xx

nrhatch - April 23, 2012

Thanks, bandsmoke . . . love and light speed healing. 😀

34. CMSmith - April 23, 2012

I’m so sorry, Nancy. I’d think it was overwhelming too. Our pets can cause us a lot of heart ache. Hopefully you’ll get the meds figured out. When our first dog Honey got really ill, she wouldn’t take her pill, even when we buried it in meatballs or hot dogs. I finally ground it up, dissolved it in broth and used a turkey baster to squirt it down her throat.

Hang in there. Sometimes things get easier as we go.

nrhatch - April 23, 2012

Yes. Step One: Get enough antibiotics in him to clear up the infection. Step Two: Determine whether he has diabetes (or just a temporary spike in blood glucose levels). Step Three: Decide how to manage the situation in a way that factors in Tigger’s personality and quirks.

If Tigger were older, we would let the disease run its course (assuming he’s even diabetic). But he’s only 7, so we have lots of factors to weigh, including “quality of life” vs. “expected longevity.”

I’m just getting started on the research . . . miles to go between now and Wednesday.

CMSmith - April 23, 2012

I have confidence in you.

35. jeanne - April 23, 2012

So sorry to hear about Tigger…hoping you can get him to take his meds.

nrhatch - April 24, 2012

Thanks so much, Jeanne. Pixie gave us a link to a wonderful webpage: http://catinfo.org/?link=felinediabetes

We are going to switch Tigger to a low carb CANNED food diet as soon as possible ~ BFF bought a few varieties tonight with 50% protein, 40% fat, and less than 10% carbs.

Tigger likes two of them . . . YAY!

Tigger does eat wet food every day . . . but he’s also been eating lots of “high protein” dry food.

According to Lisa Pierson’s site, it’s probably not the right type of protein and probably too many carbs especially for “diabetic” or pre-diabetic cats.

So we’re going to phase out the dry food as quickly as we can.

Fingers (and paws!) crossed that his blood sugar starts coming down with dietary changes alone.

36. Jackie L. Robinson - April 24, 2012

My heart hurt just to read this post. Sweet Tigger….feel better. And for you, my friend…may all the courage and peace you need to treat him be yours. It takes a lot to manage the health of our cats with illness or chronic issues. Holding you all in my heart. xoxo

nrhatch - April 24, 2012

Thanks, Jackie. He is eating, drinking, and evacuating well. His energy level seems a bit better. Not sure that the fever/infection is gone. He did get sick today ~ but it was 5 hours after he got his antibiotics. Hopefully most were absorbed.

We pushed the Vet appointment back to Thursday to give the antibiotics a bit longer to work. We are hoping to see a drop in the blood glucose by then. Paws crossed!

Thanks for sending good thoughts his/our way.

37. Team Oyeniyi - April 24, 2012

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Tigger, Nancy.

nrhatch - April 24, 2012

Thanks, Robyn. It seems like we are at least headed in the “right direction.”

38. pix & kardz - April 25, 2012

oh poor Tigger – and poor you.
here’s hoping that all goes well! *hugs*

nrhatch - April 25, 2012

Thanks, Kris. We’re taking him to the Vet tomorrow afternoon. Fingers (and paws!) crossed.

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