Yep that is the bill (so far) for my fat cat, Maui, + his mysterious rapid onset illness. Last Sunday or Monday (I can't remember which day) Maui threw up. He's a long haired cat that we normally shave but not in the winter as we don't want to freeze his henie off. So, I didn't think too much of it. Then the next day he was throwing up every couple of hours and it had blood in it. Besides the fact that this was really disgusting, this is so not normal. Then we noticed his stool was loose (TMI) and contained blood. So off to the vet he went on Wed.
He's been there ever since. He's had xrays done, blood work, urinalysis, fluids given, loads of meds given, all sorts of things but the vets still aren't real sure what's wrong with him. They do know he has sturvite crystals in his urine along with a UTI so he's on antibiotics and special food for that. They think he has ulcers (that's causing the bleeding) and/or a severe bacterial infection in his GI tract. Again... no one is really sure what's going on and why it all happened so fast. I picked him up this afternoon on the vet's recommendations that he would be more comfortable at home over the weekend since he has not had a bloody stool or vomit for 24 hrs but he's also getting anti-nausea meds. He's still not looking great and really needs a bath but he seems more comfortable and not as crabby. We have him locked up so he doesn't get too far from the litterbox as that's a mess I don't want to have to deal with!
He has to have meds given twice a day plus I need to give a subcutaneous injection of his anti-nausea meds. I've never given a cat an injection before but the vet tech showed me how and I did it at the clinic plus I've poked tons of humans and horses so I'm not too concerned. I just hope he is on the mend now.
That vet bill is really cutting into the scrapbook fund;)