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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Calling all paws...

We havn't updated in awhile because things have been crazy with work and life in a foreign country...but I now have bad news, and I'd ask you all to keep us in your thoughts the next few days.

In the last two weeks, Ullrick has rapidly lost weight and has been pretty listless. But he was still eating and drinking, so I waited a few days to see if he would improve. Over the weekend, it became clear to me that something was very wrong.

Today we spent six hours at the vet doing various blood tests, ultrasounds, and x-rays. It seems that Ullrick has some sort of lump in his intestines and the results of the blood tests were not good. Tomorrow morning they are doing exploratory surgery to see if they can figure out the cause of his illness. Hopefully, it's benign and can be removed immediately. And I don't really want to think about the other possibilities right now until we have a definite prognosis...

The vet gave me some non-conclusive information this afternoon, and I missed half of it since it was in Swedish and my thoughts were elsewhere. There is a possibility it is feline leukemia, which means that Vessa will have to be tested for it as well, even though she is a healthy, happy, and very friendly 10-month-old. Ullrick is just a year...he's too young to be going through this.

Ullrick is laying right here next to me on the bed and is one very unhappy kitten. The day at the vet was hard on both of us, but especially him.

Please keep your fingers and paws crossed in the next 24-hours, and we'll let you know when we have more information.

/Curiosa

26 Comments:

At 12:06 AM, Blogger Petey said...

We'll say a prayer for you, Ullrick.

 
At 1:43 AM, Anonymous David E. Francis said...

Ullrick, I wish you the best. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Dee

 
At 2:42 AM, Blogger Derby said...

Dear Curiousa and Ullrick, we will be saying lots of purrayers for you both.

 
At 3:49 AM, Blogger The Meezers said...

OMG OMG OMG - we has been wondering how Ullrick is. We will say lots of purrayers for all of you and that Ullrick will be ok. Please let us know when you can.

 
At 4:18 AM, Blogger ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Oh, just checked the Pet Prayer and Praise bloggie and saw two posts about Ullrick. I will add your name immediately and notify all the other kitties, so that they can begin that powerful group kitty-purrrrayers, just for you Ullrick and Curiosa. Please keep us posted...Pet Prayer & Praise. Thanks and God Bless. ML

 
At 4:19 AM, Blogger PrincessMia said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I will keep you in my purrayers and my paws crossed. Sending healing kitty purrs.

 
At 4:52 AM, Blogger Lux said...

Bless all of you; I hope the news is good. (You don't know me but Derby posted about this on his site.)

 
At 4:53 AM, Blogger Gemini said...

Oh I am furry sorry to have met you under these circumstances, but we will purr for you. I came from Derby's site too.

 
At 5:12 AM, Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

Poor Ullrick! We'll definitely keep our paws crossed and send purrs and purrayers your way, and for Curiosa too!
Purrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

 
At 5:35 AM, Blogger Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

We will say purrayers for all of you.

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger caspersmom said...

Ullrick sure pray that you will be O.K. You are to young to be so sick. Mom says you are so cute and she really likes your picture on your site. Get well real soon.

Casper

 
At 8:23 AM, Blogger Rosie & Cheeto said...

We are prayying fur yoo. Keep up the good spirits and be vary vary strong!

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

more purrs and purrayers from all of us here. you're such a beautiful and young kitty - we pray that you will have a complete recovery and a long happy life!

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger Catzee said...

I am so sorrys Ullrick is sick. I never even met Ullrick before but I likes all kitties to be well and happy so we will say purrayers for you.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Rascal said...

Hello. This is my first time to visit your blog. Derby mention your need for prayer so Mom and I came for a visit. We will keep tabs on your updates and pray for the best for Ullrick.

 
At 3:27 PM, Blogger DEBRA said...

Ullrick

You will be in our purrayers for gud news...no surguree is fun, but you must haft this to get all better. Be brave little one.

*ABBY

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger The Tower Hill Mob said...

Oh,Ullrick! You poor baby! We are all praying for you and your family. You're too little to be so sick.
Tilly, Toby and the Mum

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger InMyHumbleOpinion said...

Ullrick will be in my prayers and I'll tell all the girls (April, Remy, Miss Katrina) to say cat prayers for him. And you, too Curiosa.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Finnegan & Buddy said...

Oh no!! We are so sad and sorry to hear this! All our thots and purrayers are with dear Ullrick that this will be a simple thing to fix and he will be up on his paws and feeling well in no time at all.

Hugs & purrs,
Finny, Buddy & mom

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger katnippia said...

Ullrick, we are sending lots of kitty purrays and loves for you get well, and your family.

 
At 5:26 PM, Anonymous cecilia said...

Oh, I hope you get good news from the vet tomorrow. Headbuts and purrs.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

We hafn't visited yoo afore Ullrick, but we heard about yoo furrom Grr Midnight and Cocoa. We hope yer Sir Jur Ree goes well and the V E T gets yoo back fiteing fit again. We will be purraying furr yoo.

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger George, Tipper, Max & Misty said...

We just heard the news about Ullrick and know his surgery is today. Please update us. We're all thinking about him.

Crews' Mom

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger Merlin said...

I am thinkin 'bout you today and wishin you the best.

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger Morgen said...

Hi -- we saw your picture at Merlin's Meows and wanted to let you know we're purr-raying for you, Ullrick!


Morgen, Daphne, Chloe, and even Auntie Spooker

 
At 12:31 AM, Blogger INAMINI said...

I'm so sorry. May you be in peace.

 

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