Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our Yellow Black Cat

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Our kitty Linguine went to see the veterinarians yesterday.  We were following up on some strange symptoms she had been exhibiting a while back.




Our cat is yellow.  Her gums are yellow.  Her skin is yellow.  The whites of her eyes are yellow.  She is showing all the signs of acute liver disease.

Except that she isn't.

The vets are baffled.  Linguine should be a very sick cat, with low energy and no interest in food.  But what the vets saw was a hilariously active, affectionate cat with luxurious fur.  They saw a cat who climbed all over them, and who is a bit of a chow-hound.  They saw an apparently healthy cat with elevated bilirubin levels.




For the moment, Linguine is on anti-inflammatory medication, as well as (I think) medicines for her gall bladder.  It's all very mysterious, and I won't pretend that I'm not worried.

8 comments:

K said...

No light therapy? Did they do a blood test?

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Light Therapy? Like snoozing in a sunbeam all day?

Dave said...

I had not heard of that problem in cats before. I do know cats are pretty stoic and often don't really shows signs they are sick. Hopefully Linguine (love that name) will be back to the picture of health soon!

K said...

High bilirubin is jaundice. When babies are born with it, they put them under special (UV?) lights for hours and hours. I'm not sure with all the hair if it would work on a cat.

Jan said...

It is so hard when our animals are not well, hope she is better soon.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

That's so interesting about the jaundice. When I had hepatitis, I did not turn yellow. This baffled the doctors, because I was so very very sick. Clearly, there's Jaundice Dissonance in our household.

Anne Bonny said...

Oh no! I hope Linguine is just feeling a bit under the weather :( All the paws here are crossed! She looks beautiful and healthy. Smog is looking absolutely amazing too. You guys are great pet parents!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Thanks! Linguine is acting like a totally healthy cat. Other than the yellow skin (hidden under black fur) she looks fantastic. She's a mystery.

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