In my last entry, I shared with you that my cat, Lucius, was very sick. In today’s journal, I’ll be sharing Lucius’s health journey, starting from the beginning, detailing what’s been going on, and describing how we’re navigating his kidney and vestibular challenges. If you have a sick pet exhibiting some of these signs, maybe there’s something in here that can help your pet as well.
We got Lucius shortly after my mom passed away. I joked that he was my therapy kitty because he was always there when I was having a rough day. When my health issues got bad and my body was extremely inflamed, I’d snuggle up with Lucius, and he would make me feel so much better. He’s been by my side through it ALL – through the highs of my health and healing journey and through the lows.
One of the best memories I have with him is when I was pregnant with Abigail. It was midnight, I had just gone into labor, and Josh was asleep. I couldn’t sit still, and the pressure waves, aka “contractions,” were intense. I was pacing around my entire house, and Lucius never left my side. He followed me up the stairs, into every room, and every time I’d lean on the wall or sit down, he’d come over and put his little paw on me, letting me know he was right there, and I wasn’t alone.
Something similar happened with my son as well. Lucius normally sleeps in his bed by a window, but the night before I went into labor, he slept in my arms all night. Around 5 am the next morning, I got my first pressure wave. It’s like he knew we were about to have another baby that day.
Lucius is so much more than just a cat. He’s connected to me on a soul level. He’s my real-life angel and my best friend. I love him so much, and I honestly can’t imagine life without him. Over the last several months, he’s been very sick, and it has been heartbreaking, to say the least.
Here’s how it all started and the steps we’ve taken to help him get better.
Lucius started showing signs of being sick in late August of last year. One day, out of nowhere, he was walking from one side of the house to the other and just fell over. It was like he was drunk. He looked confused, his vision seemed off, and his coordination was all over the place.
I took him to the vet the next day.
They ran a bunch of tests and suspected a double ear infection and vestibular disease. They treated his ear infection with antibiotics, gave him some pain medicine, and recommended moving him to a small space in the house.
His vision deteriorated so badly that we thought he was going blind. We took him to an ophthalmologist to check his vision. The doctor told us he wasn’t blind but had chronic kidney disease. We returned to our original vet, and they confirmed the diagnosis, changed his food, and ran some additional tests. All signs pointed to chronic kidney disease and vestibular disease.
They suggested we take him to see a neurologist, but there was a 6-month waiting list.
With the antibiotics, new food, and herbal supplement, Lucius seemed to be getting better. However, right around the holidays is when things got really bad. Lucius stopped eating and drinking completely, and when I called our vet, they said there was nothing else they could do.
I remember holding Lucius on New Year’s, thinking it could be his last week. I was preparing for the worst.
On Jan 11th, I posted a thread about Lucius and had tons of people reach out to me and share their stories. One person asked, “Have you taken him to see a holistic doctor?’ Considering the way I live my life, you would assume that, yes, I have. However, at that point, I hadn’t. I didn’t even know if there was one in my area.
I immediately got on google and called the first holistic doctor I could find. Unfortunately, they couldn’t see Lucius for weeks but thankfully gave me the name of someone they thought could help me. That person was Dr. Eva Decozio at McKay’s Mill Animal Hospital. I called her right away, and thankfully, she was able to work us in that evening. I also just want to say, she really didn’t have to do that, but she did, and I’ll be forever grateful because without her, Lucius wouldn’t have made it through the night.
As soon as I walked in the door, I started crying trying to explain what was going on. At this point, Lucius was so thin he was practically skin and bones and couldn’t keep his head up. He had a very bad odor, and checked all the boxes for signs when cats are dying. I honestly thought Dr. Decozio was going to suggest end-of-life care.
With urgency, Dr. Decozio prepares an IV and administers IV therapy. She provides him with liquid herbs for kidney support, administers B12 in TCM pressure points around his body for his kidneys, and offers holistic medicine for his appetite, weakness, and deficient kidneys. Normally, Lucius growls and claws at vets, but he was calm and let her do her thing. Granted, he was on his last leg, but still, he was unusually calm around her. This is when I knew we were exactly where we were supposed to be. Her energy was so safe, calm, and confident. Lucius started responding to her treatment right away, and it was as if he started coming back to life.
Dr. Decozio provided me with instructions on how to continue treating Lucius at home.
As soon as we got home, Lucius started eating for the first time in days…
He was doing great for a few days and then all of a sudden, he stopped eating again. I tried everything to get him to eat, and once again, nothing.
I thought he was dying again.
I took him back to see Dr. Decozio, and she performed a head x-ray, gave him antibiotics, and prescribed a dewormer. She advised me to continue the previous treatment plan. We went home and prayed.
After completing the dewormer and continuing the advised treatment plan, Lucius started responding again and EATING again. HALLELUJAH. Thank God.
So, as of now, he’s eating steak roughly three times a day (it’s the only food he’ll eat), and I’m giving him antibiotics twice a day for 14 days, fluids (once a day), liquid herbs, CBD, hempseed oil for nutrients, and a TCM teapill to support his appetite and kidneys. It’s a lot, but he’s responding really well.
We will introduce other nutrients down the road when he shows more improvement, but right now, the focus is on making sure he eats and supporting his kidneys with fluids. Giving him fluids has been pretty stressful because he hates it, and the thought of poking him with a needle makes my stomach turn, but it’s helping tremendously.
I’ll link all the things we’ve had to buy down below in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation with your fur baby.
It’s so hard on the heart watching your pet get sick. I’ve cried so much over these last few months, hoping and praying he gets better. He just turned 7 in August, so he’s still fairly young to be experiencing these things.
Please ALWAYS get a second opinion because you just never know when the second opinion could save your fur baby’s life. For us, had we not seen Dr. Decozio, Lucius wouldn’t be here today. I’m so grateful for Dr. Decozio and her team at McKay’s Mill Animal Hospital. I HIGHLY recommend her and her team.
Obviously, Lucius still has a long way to go, but the progress he’s made so far is remarkable. We’re so hopeful he bounces back. He’s our family, and we’re going to do everything we can to get him better.
If you’ve tried anything else not mentioned above and had great success, please share with us in the comments below!
That’s the latest update for now. I’ll share another update in the next few weeks! Thank you to everyone who has checked in on him and sent good vibes, we appreciate you!!
Sending love & light,
~ If you missed our previous post, check it out here.
Chelsea Backman is a proud mother of two, an entrepreneur, and a national board certified health & wellness coach who has turned her love for holistic health and wellness into a holistic lifestyle blog and wellness brand, Hyperspective Health. With a deep-rooted passion for holistic wellness, her mission is to guide you towards your own awakening, healing, and personal transformation.
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