Saturday, January 12, 2019

Where He is Going

My friend Parker is not doing well. The Mirtazapine which was intended to enhance his appetite has had no effect. In fact, after I gave it to him Friday evening, he lost even the small interest he had had in food, and did not eat again until the next day. Even then, though he wanted to eat, he consumed only the small amount he has been eating at each meal for some time.

The orange-boy has been transferred to another doctor at another hospital. She agrees with Parker’s previous veterinary that his diabetes is not causing his current liver problems. There is something else. Though the liver can suffer damage from anti-biotics, the doctor wants her predecessor’s prescription of two weeks’ worth of anti-biotics maintained. Parker would then be brought in again for an examination in three weeks’ time. To be honest, if things continue as they are, my friend won’t last that long. I feel that he has cancer.

I think he is in some discomfort, though not pain. He moves from one position to the next, lying on the bare floor, then on the carpet, then at the base of a cat-tree, then on the bed. I woke very early this morning to find him lying on the dining table. Though he does that from time to time, and always has, he has never done it at night, and he wasn’t sleeping; he was lying prone but staring off into space.

On Monday, I will talk to the doctor, and see what can be recommended. Perhaps B12 as an appetite-stimulant. In the meantime, I am trying all the kinds of food I have, soft and hard, to interest Parker in eating. The only item he cares for right now is Fancy Feast ‘seafood’ variety, and he doesn’t eat much of that.

I believe this coming week will be significant in the sturdy-boy’s survival. We will see what it will bring.


  1. Awww Mr Parker you are in our thoughts. We hopes you feels a bit better soon buddy.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  2. I'm so sorry to hear this. When a cat is doing poorly, it makes it even worse to not even know why. I'll keep Parker in my thoughts and wish him a swift recovery.

  3. Oh dear, purrs and prayers to dear Parker from all of us. Come on Parker, you can do this.

  4. I hope for a positive turn-around for Parker, if possible. Most of all, that he not suffer in any way. You have and continue to be a wonderful cat caretaker for him. Sending you both Universal Light, and keeping him (and you) in my prayers.

  5. I'm so sorry Parker!! Like Katie, I am sad and worried about your condition. Fingers crossed and hope all goes well. Hope the vet can give you some answers tomorrow.

  6. I am very sad to read this. When Flynn wouldn't eat, the appetite stimulants only worked very briefly. B12 did help him though and I injected him weekly. I can't be sure now but I think it was one injection a week for 3 weeks then miss the 4th week. Maybe that will help Parker. I really do hope so.

  7. Oh no, such a sad news! Have you tried dried meat? I don't know if it's possible to buy "Cosma snakies" in your country, but it's just dried meat. Cats love it!
    When I have problems with eating I add it on the top of the food and my cats usually start eating.
    Try to find it in your country, it's for sure possible to buy in Europe. I can try to send it to you, but it'll take a while I think. My letters for US Pen Pals are usually getting them after 3 weeks... And they're priority ones :/
    But if you need me to send it just let me know :)

  8. I'm so sorry to hear Parker is not feeling well, and I certainly hope that he improves soon. I know you're doing everything possible to help him. I can't help but wonder if he has pancreatitis. It mimics many other diseases, so it's very hard to diagnose. When you call the vet tomorrow, perhaps you can ask about it. Meanwhile, please keep us posted on Parker's progress.

  9. I will be praying for your sweet boy. XO

  10. My heart is aching for Parker. This sounds much like my Silver, though I had no idea what she was going through at the time.

    Purrs from the boys.