Saturday, August 1, 2009


Last night around 11 PM I cut the kitties heart pills and called Gigi to come get hers (Harry was right at my feet waiting, they love "medication time" because it means a yummy pill pocket)
When GiGI did not come down I went upstairs to find her and she was in the guest room between two pillows. She got up and happily took the medicine.
I went to the sewing room to get back to work and she followed me in. She climbed in my shirt and was purring extremely loud and making biscuits *she does this on a daily basis* I touched her and noticed her breathing was not right, so I pulled her out of my shirt and looked at her. Her little body was jerking when she would inhale. I carried her into the garage and told Blake to come look at her. He noticed it too so we jumped in the car and headed to Mission MedVet. The ER Dr. took an Xray and Gigi's heart was huge and she had fluid in her lungs.
Gigi and Harry both have heart conditions *Harry has HCM Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is much worse than Gigi as she has had an elevated heart rate.
The Dr told me she thought GiGi was in heart failure. WHAT?? HoW? She just had an elevated heart rate and I take her in every year for her echocardiogram.
I told her that couldnt be. I was in a complete panic.
She wanted to keep her overnight on meds and oxygen and would call her cadiologist in the morning for me.
she did and Dr Robin Wall came in early today to see Gigi (the best Dr on the planet, and we are highly lucky and honored to have her as ours)
She called me and told me that she thinks Gigi may be in heart failure but something else may be going on, she thought pneumonia.
So Gigi is staying again tonight and is being treated for both heart failure and pneumonia. Can someone pinch me? I would have never guessed this is a million years.
I think a lot of you know how 'crazy' I am for my cats. There, I admitted it, I am crazy. They are my absolute world and I am so crushed.
Please keep her in your thoughts. I need her to come home to me. She is a tiny little girl at only 6 pounds, but she is tough. I know she is fighting.
I am so blessed to have her as my little one.
And I love her more than words can say.
(the reason you see her mouth open in some photos is because when the photographer would put her under the lights for the shoot, Gigi would stretch and yawn so big. She loves the warmth of the lights.
Kate from Red Feather Photography, thank you for the amazing photos of a true angel.


Vegan Dog's Life said...

I'm so sorry that you & Gigi are going through this. I hope that everything turns around for her. My Crystal kitty went through this almost a year ago and is now doing just fine. She still has heart disease, of course, but is back to herself. Like Gigi, she's my itty bitty 6 lb. baby and will be turning 17 a week from tomorrow. It's always so heartbreaking when they get sick. I wish you both the best and hope that you get good news very soon.

aymers7 said...

Oh, Heidi.. Gigi is in our thoughts let us know how she is doing...

Anonymous said...

We are thinking and praying for you both. We all understand "crazy" about our pets. They give us so much. Sounds like you have great care for her. Trixie is sending you some puppy kisses to little kitty Gigi.
Dream Big Always, Judy
Paws Up, Trixie!