Help For Rosie
"Rosie Update: 1 step forward, 1 step backward. Rosie is eating very well and gaining weight, so she didn't have to have a feeding tube. She seems to be happier and easily purrs. She is also very happy here with us although she is not quite sure about Aspen (an Australian Shepherd/Black lab) who just wants to be friends.
Unfortunately Rosie's labs are not improving. She is more anemic even though she is now eating. Her liver enzymes are worse as well and her heart rate is still 250 beats per minute. The fluid around her lungs (chylothorax) is a little worse, but she remains quite comfortable. We are still concerned about the chylothorax for which surgery is probably the only option; however, we are again concerned about a cancer, in particular a lymphoma. She will go in again for an ultrasound and draining/sampling of the chyle (fluid) for pathology as well as another look at her heart and hope that we will know more then.
We remain hopeful, but the procedures are expensive and the surgery, if we do it, will be a bit risky. This is what we do at TCRAS because we need to give her every chance at a happy, healthy life. If you have an interest in helping, a medical fund has been established. The total costs will likely top $3000, so any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks you!"
" For all of you following this little girl's plight, I will summarize and then give a status. Rosie came to TCRAS after her dad died. Tragically, she was with him for almost a week before being discovered. She was scared, depressed, and would not eat for the 5 days that she was with the Shelter. We brought her to a specialist and found that she has fatty liver disease from the rapid weight loss and chylothorax (fluid around her lungs that could be caused by trauma, disease, or just because). If the chylo is related to some trauma that she suffered while alone with her owner, it may resolve itself, otherwise surgery may be an option.
Rosie is now living with me, and she is getting much more at ease in the quieter surroundings although she does hear our other cats and the dog in the house. I did some syringe feeding and we are planning on putting in a feeding tube on Monday because the syringe feeding is not fun; however, in the past two days Rosie has started to eat more on her own and actually get in the needed calories (about 200 per day) with only some assistance. We are considering whether the feeding tube is necessary and will decide that when we have her looked at by the vet on Monday. We will not make any determination on the chylo until we have a better recovery of her weight and activity level.
Rosie is a very sweet kitty and we have been able to get her to purr. She has some of her toys and blankets from her old home and that seems to help as well. This little girl has a long way to go, but I am seeing a great deal of progress since she came to us."