Yesterday his condition was about the same as the day before. I syringe-fed him liver and chicken broth.
Today A had him transferred to ICU because it is quieter there. He looked better to me…moved around a little and tried to scratch his ear. I gave him a good scratch… and also had his long front claws clipped.
His glucose level and urine is now more normal and no more ketones…but there is bad news. They did an ultrasound test and found that he has chronic pancreatitis…and also some liver problems. The vet explained that they can’t give him any food now – to let the pancreas heal…but this will worsen the liver. Implanting a feeding tube to bypass the pancreas is not possible because of his weak condition…he wouldn’t be able to take the anesthetic.
After hearing this I feel there is too much suffering and too little hope and perhaps we should let him go…but this is for A to decide.
Lao Huang is a very special cat, a gentle giant…I will try to get a second opinion tomorrow