Thursday, May 15, 2014

An update from the Rumblemum

Hi all,

It's been a while since we've blogged, I'm sorry we've been so slack.

As those of you on Facebook know,  Rumbles hasn't been well.

Two days ago, I came home from work - Hammy and Rumbles met me at the door as usual. Rumbles was his usual super-loving self. We had lots of scritchies, and Rumbles and Hammy both ate a lot of chicken in addition to having their dinner.

Rumbles didn't come out to greet Rumbledad when he got home, which was odd but not unheard of. I went to give Rumbles his antibiotic (he was on antibiotics for some feline acne) he was under the bed, and wouldn't come out even when I offered treats. I knew that he didn't love having to take this medicine and just assumed that he was avoiding me because of that.

About an hour later, Rumbledad when in to try and give him his antibiotic. By that point it was obvious that Rumbles was in pain. He was cringing away from us, and whimper-mewing.

We gathered him up and took him to the after hours vet. He had a slight fever by this point, and the vet thought he might have a bladder infection or a blockage. She gave him pain relief and we took him home.

At his regular vet the next day he still had a bit of a fever and was obviously in pain. They kept him overnight.

Today they discovered, when they x-rayed him, that his heart was enlarged.

As some of you know, this is what happened with our sweet Inigo. He passed away because of a heart condition.

I was devastated. Absolutely devastated. We took Rumbles to the cardiac specialist who took care of Inigo - she is an amazing doctor and we're so very lucky to have access to her on such short notice.

Thank God, and thank all of you for sending him healing purrs and thoughts... the specialist says that while yes, his heart is enlarged, his valves are ok. She thinks his heart was enlarged because of the stress of his situation. We need to take him back in 6 months to reassess, but for now... it's not that.

So we're sort of back where we started. Rumbles is home with us now, he's very frightened and he's on pain medication but he's alert and seems happy to be home. Hammy is VERY happy to have him home. We're all very happy to have him home. They have given him some pills that will glow when he's x-rayed tomorrow, so they can see if he has a blockage.

Thank you to everyone that has sent us good thoughts. I can't tell you the dark place I went to when I heard he had an enlarged heart - the same as our Inigo. It helped so much to have so many of you purring for him and keeping him in your thoughts.

59 comments:

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Sending Rumbles and YOU all kinds of purrs and good vibes and best wishes for a quick resolution for your sweet boy! Purring they can pinpoint the cause and fix him right up! XOXOXOX

Sam and Pippen said...

Our paws are crossed that all goes well with the x-rays and that all this is soon a very distant memory!

Sam and Pippen

trancer1092 said...

All 5 kittehs (especially BabyTwo) are purring for Rumbles and I am praying very hard for the precious boy! As you know, I love that little guy so much and I am so sorry for what you have been through.

trancer1092 said...

All 5 kittehs (especially BabyTwo) are purring for Rumbles and I am praying very hard for the precious boy! As you know, I love that little guy so much and I am so sorry for what you have been through.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Thank you for updating us. We're keeping you and Rumbles in our thoughts and purrayers. ((Hugs))

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

We have been so worried about our Rumbles and are glad the specialist is optimistic. You know this means you can never go on holiday again…

Purrs,
The Chans

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

Glad you found out about the enlarged heart and that Rumbles is feeling better on the pain meds...

Purring about the results of his x-ray. Has a blockage in his kidney or bladder been ruled out yet???

My dearest Sandy Red Tigger had a bladder blockage one time. It was furry painful. After that we had to keep him on low magnesium food.

HE had an enlarged heart possibly due to asthma and a collapsing trachea, but passed away from liver failure from having to take meddies for chronic conditions. Yet he lived to be 16, even though the vet said he might not make it through kittyhood.

Purrz and Prayerz,
Katie Kat.

mariaappleby said...

Sending love and prayers and we're so glad you're home!

Ann Staub said...

I really hope everything is OK Rumbles! Thinking of you! Glad that the heart issue isn't an immediate threat either. If he had a complete blockage, they can tell right then and there usually. A blocked cat would not live more than a few hours. But he could have some bladder stones or crystals I suppose with a partial blockage. Those could definitely be painful. Get better soon friend!

Sparkle said...

OMC, I can't imagine how awful it must have been to hear that Rumbles' heart was enlarged! My heart dropped too when I read it. I am SO relieved it's not the same issue as Inigo and I am purring like crazy that he gets better soon!

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Thang goodness the vet thinks that stress caused it and it can be helped. Now I hope the X-ray shows what is wrong and that it can be sorted easily. I know how worried you must be. I send love to you. Hope it helps a little x

onespoiledcat said...

We're sending purrs and prayers and hugs - have been hoping to hear a good update since learning about Rumbles at Cat Scouts and friends on Facebook...just know we're keeping all of you in our thoughts - hopefully no blockages and Rumbles will be "good to go" for a long time to come.

Love, Sammy and his Mom

Brian said...

We are still sending purrs and prayers to you Rumbles and we won't stop. We sure are glad you are home where you belong.

Poppy Q said...

Kisses to you sweet Rumbles, be a good boy for them at the vet, we hope your tummy isn't blocked.

Hugs to you all.

Julie and Poppy Q
xxx

Elyse K said...

I am adding more good thoughts, prayers and wishes for good health for our amazing, sweet Rumbles! xoxoxo

And Cassie sends purrs and head-bumpies, too xoxoxo

Best,
Elyse

BZ TAT said...

Hoping all turns out well. Brew and the rest of the crew send lots of purrs and hugs.

Fuzzy Tales said...

We're not on FB, so of course didn't know that Rumbles was ill. :-(

We're glad that at least his heart is okay and are sending tons of purrs that whatever it is, it's something easy to resolved. Paws crossed; we hope for an update here soon.

(((Hugs)))

Random Felines said...

We are glad you got such a quick consult and some reassurance. Now hopefully the vet can figure out what else is going on.

meowmeowmans said...

WE are so glad that Rumbles is back home, and that the specialist is so optimistic. We will keep right on purring and praying! Hugs to you all.

Fur Everywhere said...

Wow, poor Rumbles!! We sure hope the vet can figure out what is going on quickly so he can get better! Sending lots of purrs, prayers, and hugs <3

olrebbie said...

Oh! Us Meowers is furry, furry glad the Rumbledude is home. We is purrin' extra hard an' long fur good results an' a long, happy life! An' mommer sends luffin' hugs to the RumbleRents!

Oz theTerrier said...

You tell my dear kitty friend Rumbles that I am sending him LOTS of healing thoughts and Cairn cuddles so he can feel better and soon! I am so glad to hear that though his heart is enlarged, all the valves are in tip-top shape. Phew! You had me nervous there for a moment.
*Cairn cuddles* for your family,
Oz

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

Oh how very scary for you to hear the words "enlarged heart"! Purring that Rumbles will begin feeling better and that there is no blockage. We're so glad he's home!

badgerlaw said...

oh rumbles I was so worried. hope your ok dude. My kitty has had enlarged heart since age 5 (he's eight now) and he's on meds but perfectly health and happy. your a great tough mancat . sending purrs and prayers.

Cats of wildcat woods said...

Glad you know what this is - we will send mega purrs from all of us that Rumbles can be treated for this.

Furry Bottoms said...

Oh dear, Rumbles. We were worried. So the remodel is getting to ya? Don't worry, it will be over soon. Then you can re-claim your place and feel safe again.

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

So glad sweet Rumbles is home. We are sending tons of purrs for this to pass or to be an easy fix!

marley said...

Hey! Get well soon ok my pal…or I be force to gib yoo THWOCKS….iz no more room ere at da Bridge so don't be gettin no ideers bowt vistin...

Parker said...

You have all of positive healing thoughts for Rumble!

Jacqueline said...

We are purring and praying for darling Rumbles and hope he will feel better asap...We still miss precious Inigo and think of him often...Wishing you all comfort and peace as you wait on results...Sending big hugs, dear friends...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

Ann Boyajian said...

We are so sorry to read about this. Our mom was at Blogpaws and didn't keep up with her blogging. We are purring for Rumbles and hope that he can stabilize and feel better. Sometimes just coming home from the vet is good medicine.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Dear Rumbles our mega meters are still running on high. WE are glad you are feeling better but just hang on a bit longer and let them get to the bottom of what's been making you have some pain. We all want you totally well.
Big (hugs) to your Mom. Fear is a very tough momma to deal with.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

We love Rumbles and are purring and praying that he recovers fast and is healthy again soon! hugs for all of you!

Carolyn Kristof said...

We continue sending our love, reiki and healing purrs to you Rumbles and to the rest of your family for moral support! Hang in there everyone!

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Continued purrs for a full recovery

The Church Cat Family said...

We'll keep healing thoughts and purrs coming..Rumbles is very lucky to have so many, especially his heart doctor right there to see that he gets well. Paws are crossed for good news. Sending love and hugs to Rumbles, Hammy, Mom and Dad.

Julie and kitties Tinker, Anastasia, Chopin and Bridget

Cathy Keisha said...

I am sending oodles and oodles of healing purrz and smooches to Rumbles. Please feel better.

Jans Funny Farm said...

We all have our paws crossed - and that's a lot of paws - for Rumbles.

BeadedTail said...

We're sending lots of love, purrs and prayers for Rumbles! Give him smooches from us BeadedTail girls!

Connie Marie said...

Oh, please be ok and healthy! Purrs to be well!

Connie Marie said...

Oh, please be ok and healthy! Purrs to be well!

Gracie=^o.o^= said...

So glad to hear that Rumbles is now at home. I will keep him in my purrs for a full recovery and he will soon be feeling well again.

The Florida Furkids said...

OMC we are sooo relieved that it isn't as bad as you thought!! We're purring that they find out what is causing his pain and get him quickly back to normal.

The Florida Furkids

da tabbies o trout towne said...

dood.....we iz knot on face book; furst off we iz troo lee sorree ya haz had ta go thru all thiz...yur mom & dad & brother two...coz we noe they bee az worried az can be....third; we will bee mor N happee ta ask St Francis ta send mega blessings yur way; we hope next time ya post it bee frum de korner oh de roads health & happee nezz...

with manee ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ frum all oh uz ~~

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Mom doesn't do FB either so we had no idea. We are so sorry to hear about Rumbles. We hope that between the vet and your care, Rumbles will be feeling better soon.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Darlene said...

BIG Hugs and Kisses for Rumble. And please keep us posted. Sending positive thoughts and lots of prayers. Darlene Arden, C.A.B.C. & The Amazing Aimee

Jade, Myst and Blackie said...

We are sending our own rumbling purrs to Rumbles, Hammy & the Rumble-Parents.

Hope you feel better soon...

Stacy Hurt said...

He gets to take glow b in the dark pills?? How super hero can you get? ? Sending love and purrs to alla you!
Xoxo
Ms Stella O Houligan

Caren Gittleman said...

keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers and hearts, and deeply thank you for taking the time to update all of us
xoxoxo

Quill and Greyson said...

Sending love and healing purrs!!

Katie and Glogirly said...

Oh, sweet Rumbles... we are purring and purring and purring some more for you. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and hearts and hope your next vet visit goes well.

lots of (((love)))
~Glogirly, Katie & Waffles

savannahspawtracks.com said...

I am a pawful furriend! I missed that you sweet Rumble are ill...I just read the FB updates and dashed to your blog; my purrs are laser focused on you buddy

Derby, Ducky said...

Sending tons of purrs to you all. Rumbles, please don't get sicker. We loves you.

Solstice Posten said...

Prayers and blessings in abundance for all...

Nerissa said...

Sendin' major, MAJOR healing purrs your way, as we speak.

Purrs,
Nissy

The Island Cats said...

We're purring like crazy that Rumbles is feeling better soon. And for you too, Rumblemum. We know how scary this must be for you. But we know Rumbles will be okay. :)

Shiva and Jaya said...

Pweeze be good and tell us you has enlarged heart because you has all ladycats there, Mister Vice PM!

XXXX

CJ @PantherQueen said...

Mom and I are purring hard for you my sweet furriend! We love you so much! Smooooooch!

Katie Isabella said...

all my love to the four of you. xxoox