Wednesday, January 20, 2010

prognosis: good!

Bosley has been enjoying his time hanging outside the "prison" of the kitty room. He loves to be anywhere we are, wherever that might be, He also likes hanging with the "big kids" who are fairly accommodating too, even Ripley, who really doesn't care much for any other cats.

Bentley is less curious of him, since Bosley is not afraid of him, and doesn't run, so he usually gives him a sniff, and then ignores him. (Buddy on the other hand couldn't be still, so Bentley was always wanting to chase him.) So goes the days here since we made Bosley an official member of the household.


Boz in his favorite spot while I am working at my desk. Yes, it does make it difficult!

We went to see Dr. Brown yesterday. The good news is, right off the bat he knew he didn't have a liver shunt. He was too active. He was up on my shoulder as soon as he could wiggle out of my hands, and was quite animated for Dr. Brown. We went through a few different ideas, and we decided that an x-ray would be a good first step. They took him upstairs, and we hung out in the lobby, chatting with the receptionists, and playing with the resident cat, Emmy.

Took a bit longer than I thought it would, but we found out they decided to do a barium swallow after they looked at the first 2 x-rays. We went back into the exam room and looked at them. The barium really showed something very interesting, but not surprising to me. You could see the barium in the top of his esophagus, and in his belly, but not so much right around mid-way. Something is constricting it, which explains his constant vomiting. Dr. Brown thinks it is possibly something called a persistent right aortic arch. Sounds scary, but it is leftover tissue from when he was a fetus that didn't dissolve, or fall off, or whatever it does when they are born, and it constricts the esophagus. He could outgrow it, but either way, it is correctable with surgery.

Dr. Brown was going to consult with the other doc there, and then with a cardiologist to see what they think. I should hear back today at some point. Until we know more, we just keep on with what we are doing.


Bosley enjoying a little bed time.

Boz actually seems to be doing better. He is still vomiting, but less frequently, and even after he vomits, he goes back and eats more. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will grow out of it!

12 comments:

Martin Hooper said...

Yay! At least it is not life threatening!

Glad he could be on the mend soon - He looks a lovely little kitten.

Martha said...

Wow--go Dr Brown! Any idea how long it will be before they know if they have to do surgery? Boz is awfully lucky to have landed with you guys...

Jamie said...

No idea yet. He is doing OK now. Not really gaining much weight, but hanging in there. Dr. Brown rocks, no doubt, and Boz is a little love bug. He loves to have attention, and is not afraid to go get it!

Dr. Brown said he would be back in touch today.

quiltcat said...

Very interesting! and as you said, not too surprising. It's almost as if he's had lapband surgery, except he doesn't need to have his stomach capacity shrunk!! I hope they will be able to fix it easily. He sure looks bright and adorable, so at least he's getting enough nutrition to live on.

Angel and Kirby said...

That is good news for Boz. We will purr that he outgrows it/

Catherine said...

Best of luck to sweet wee Boz ~ how wonderful that he is in the hands of such loving people!

AnnF said...

Good news! I'm sending all kinds of scritches to the little guy.

A Few Good Cats said...

Now you know what the situation is, and there's hope Bosley will outgrow this problem. We'll be purring that's going to happen!

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Fingers crossed! Love the Boz man!
Hugs'n'purrs!

Jamie said...

New post tomorrow, for sure about what the vet said!

Val said...

Good news. How old is lil Bosley?

Jamie said...

Boz is about 14 weeks?