JOULES was another of the 12 cats from the same house we took in in 2014. She has brilliant green eyes – just like emeralds – hence her name ! Although she became less timid she remained shy.
We wsere concerned when she began to lose weight and decided she must go to the vet for a check-up.
She was kept in for the day so she could undergo a thorough examination. She winced when her tummy was examined. A "mass” was found, possibly enlarged lymph nodes, and tests revealed a very low B12 level (B12 is one of the main constituents of the blood.)
She was diagnosed with pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. When a cat's pancreas becomes inflamed, it allows digestive enzymes to escape, causing damage to both the pancreas and the nearby liver.
She was given antibiotics, a B12 injection and medication to help control the diarrohea and put on a bland diet. She would require a B12 injection every week until the B12 level had returned to normal.
She was put in the isolation unit as it was very important that she had only the correct food. She was lonely and missing her friends Cassie and Violet so we decided to transfer Violet into the isolation unit to keep her company.
Slowly she responded to the treatment and the condition was brought under control.
The Golden Oldies Home and garden had been constructed in 2014 and when a vacancy occurred we transferred Joules and Violet there, even though they weren’t golden oldies !
Over the years they have become affectionately known as the Chalet Girls