Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bonnie's Back!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Bonnie on my chair1 Early in March, Hubby and I noticed our big girl Bonnie was looking kind of small.  This worried us and we made an appointment for her with the vet.  Our first thought was diabetes, because she seemed to be so thirsty.  The vet took a blood sample and did a quick test and said, "not diabetes."  She suspected thyroid trouble.  She got back to us the next day saying, yes, it was hyperthyroidism.  She gave us several options: pills, cream to rub in the ears, and an extremely EXPENSIVE radio-iodine treatment.

We went for the cream.

Two weeks later, Bonnie went back to the vet and while her stats had improved and she'd even gained half a pound, she was starting to look at me warily, as if to say, "You're not going to rub that awful cream in my ears again, are you?"  And to tell the truth, the inside of her ears were a bit inflamed.

Thyro-Cat Several people I know had cats with the same problem and decided the best thing to do was for for the radio-iodine treatment.  "One shot and she's cured" had a lot of appeal.  We talked it over with the vet and arranged for Bonnie to be treated by Thryo-cat.

Thryro-cat is not based in our city, but they do "visit" once a month.  Bonnie had to wait almost three weeks for them to make it back to this area.  She held her own as long as she was taking the meds, but had to stop 10 days before treatment.  On April 12th, and with heavy hearts, we dropped her off at the specialty vet knowing she would have to stay there--with no visits--for 7-10 days.  I cried when we left her, and Hubby was brave saying, "This will cure her."

Bonnie2 Despite the fact we have three other cats, who didn't even seem to notice Bonnie was missing in action for NINE DAYS, it was very lonely at Casa de Bartlett.  We got a call every day telling us that Bonnie was doing well, eating well, and being friendly.  Bonnie is not usually friendly with strangers.  We figured she thought she'd been given away/abandoned and making nice with strangers might get her out of the cage.

Now she's home and would like to get back in the daily groove.  But Thyro-Cat says she cannot sit on our laps until May 4th.  We cannot pet her until May 4th.  (And we have to take special care of pet waste until May 18th.)

Bonnie2 6-08 Bonnie doesn't understand that.  She wants to sit on my lap NOW.  She wants me to pet her and brush her NOW.  She wants her life back NOW.

It feels like a long time until May 4th.

20 comments:

Ingrid King said...

I'm so glad to hear that Bonnie is home!

It is, of course, up to your own comfort level, but I would ignore the advice that you can't pet her or have her on your lap until May 4. The residual radiation coming off a cat who had the radioactive iodine treatment is no stronger than what you get from your tv and microwave.

Anonymous said...

I worry about these kinds of things. Take for instance dental x-rays. 16 months ago I had a full set of them. Now they want more. My last dentist only did them every 24 months. The hygenist said, "there's less radiation from these x-rays than if you stood out in the sun for 15 minutes." Then why do they make you wear a lead apron?

It must be the author in me questioning authority.

Deb Baker said...

I'm so happy she's home and doing well, but she isn't going to understand. Good luck. How about a lap shield and gloves?

Vicki said...

She is a beautiful cat...so sweet. It's hard when animals (or kids for that matter) don't understand...good luck!

Mason Canyon said...

Glad to know she's back home and doing good. I'm sure it's confusing for her that you won't pet her or let her sit on your lap, but I bet she's happier just being home.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Denise Swanson said...

I'm so happy this story had a good ending! I love the pix of her on the window seat.

Lover of Books said...

Oh my gosh, so sorry about your kitty. I am glad it was taken care of and that you get to hold her soon.
Krista

Dru said...

I'm so glad that Bonnie is home.

Leann Sweeney said...

Poor Bonnie. Cats understand many things--except when they cannot get what they want when they want it. But all will be fine soon, even though it seems like a long time until then to me, too. Get better Bonnie!!

Andrea C. said...

Aww...I am glad Bonnie is doing better and I am so sorry you can't pet her until May 4th! Yikes! That must be sooo hard!
I am dropping off my two huskies to get fixed next week and that is just for a few hours, but I will probably still cry. We never want our pets to feel abandoned!
Speedy Recovery Bonnie!

Shannon said...

What a beautiful girl! Our best to you and your Bonnie...our 2 girls would not understand either. I hope you feel better having her home, though.

Vickie said...

{{HUGS}}

Heather Webber said...

YAY, Bonnie is home! May 4th is just around the corner, and then you can give her all the loving she can stand. :) You'll have to give us another update then.

Lindy said...

I am so glad Bonnie is home, but oh, I feel for her and for you. I know you need to have her in your lap as much as she needs to be in it. Talk to her, she'll hear the love in your voice and that will help.

Lorna Barrett said...

Thanks, everyone, for your wonderful comments. Lindy, I wish I could say talking to her made both of us feel better. But when I talk to her and tell her how brave she was to be at the vet for nine days, she hears, "Come and sit on my lap and I will pet you and love you." Her feelings seem to be hurt when we both rebuff her pleas for attention.

I feel like a rat.

Mary Kennedy said...

So glad Bonnie is okay--she's a lovely cat. Hugs!

Melissa said...

So glad Bonnie is doing well. I had a cat with hyperthyroidism and gave her the meds topically for 3 years. I never would've been able to pill her, so it was a godsend!

Aryn said...

I am glad Bonnie is doing well! I have 4 cats also and one of them gets Prozac rubbed onto his ear daily to control his "I must urinate on everything to show I am Top Cat" syndrome. I have to make sure and clean his ears often b/c they get inflamed also.

Aryn

Sarah said...

I'm glad she's back and on the mend :-)

Sarah

Valerie Consoer said...

If only hyperthyroidism could be treated that easily with a cream in the ears for us humans. I'm sure that if they create a cream for us, I'll be the first one in line. Step aside fellow hyperthyroidites!
Now, to Miss Bonnie. Glad to hear she's at home. If it were me, I wouldn't be able to just look at my gorgeous kitty, who is sitting on the ottoman flipping her tail as I type. I have to pet my kitty at all times. Well, maybe not all times, but you get my point. My kitty, Piper, is extremely spoiled and must be petted at least a hundred times a day. I'm guessing she's OCD. Bonnie is a special kitty. Special kitties deserve special attention. Just make sure you make it up to her when May 4th gets here. I'll be celebrating with you on that day as well. In the mean time, admire from afar.