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Hepatic Lipidosis Does Not Mean Death for Cats: Monday Meowsie News


What a whirlwind weekend we had here. So much to do…most of which I cannot yet share with you all.  But soon my pals, very very soon.

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But I have something much more important to share with you than anything about me and my doings.

Do you recall the lovely cat named Lightning whom I shared with you some weeks ago?  You can click here to read that story…it is one of rescue, adoption, abandonment in the new home, back to rescue…from starvation and the syndrome it can bring to cats…hepatic lipidosis.

Lightning was so very fortunate she was pulled from the local county kill shelter by Bright Haven…an animal rescue and sanctuary…and so much more.  Please be sure to learn more about their incredible work to help animals in need and to educate humans about what it means to become a guardian, for life, for a companion animal.  Visit their website here.  Their subtitle is “healing arts center for animals”…trust me you will enjoy learning more about them.

Back to Lightning and her battle with hepatic lipidosis…before I give you the update…it is important to remember the condition this sweet girl was in when her foster pulled her from the shelter…(hover over photo to view complete caption)

The most often approved treatment method for a cat in this stage of hepatic lipidosis is to insert an esophageal feeding tube in the side of the cat’s neck.  You can see the tube used to feed Lightning.

Lightning was fortunate that her vet knew just what to do…and her foster knew just how to follow the vet’s directions…

This is Lightning now…(remember to hover…)

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 peeEss...if you can help Lightning find her forever home, please be sure to contact her foster Mom at susanh at brighthaven dot org

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31 thoughts on “Hepatic Lipidosis Does Not Mean Death for Cats: Monday Meowsie News

  1. You sure that is the same Lightning? What a difference! Wow!

  2. hard to beeleeve diz iz da same kitteh!!! Da Vet n Miss Susan have werked a mirackle gettin Lighnin Rosie all bettur…
    We nose sumone will ‘dopt her soon as she getz da all cleer…
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too x0x0x0

  3. She’s lookin’ beautiful. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.


  4. Hi everyone. I’m Lightning’s foster mom. (We’re calling her Rosie these days. It just seemed to fit her so well.) Thank you all for your good thoughts. I too am amazed by the difference in her over just a few weeks. We’ll be doing one more vet visit and one more blood panel just to confirm that her liver values are really back to normal, and then she will officially be ready for a forever home. So, if you know anyone, send ’em my way. Thank you all.

  5. We are coming into this story a bit late but hearing this great outcome is just meowvelous! She is a beautiful cat and now lets all work to find her a home.

  6. So sorry we haven’t been to visit in so long!! Jewel’s passing hit the Mom really hard. We are trying to get caught up with our friends again, so we will try to visit you more.

    We are SO GLAD Lightning is doing so much better. She is really a beautiful kitty!

    By the way, we saw your interview on Pawsitively Pets – great job! We can’t wait to see what changes you have in store!

    • oh please, I have not been a regular for you or anyone for a long time. We are struggling to learn Feedly and then use Mr Reader on Mom L’s iPad to visit blogs in the AM. Almost 3 years and we still do not know how others visit so many every single day…we are so very sorry about precious Jewel…you take time, paw hugs, Savvy and Mom L

  7. Reblogged this on Speedy the cheeky Rex rabbit and commented:
    Lightning is still looking for her forever home

  8. Gosh she looks Great Savvy,woo hoo,xx Speedy

  9. OMC !
    What a difference ! So GLAD to see that she is doing so much better !


  10. She is looking so good now! Purring for a furrever home for Lightning soon! xx

  11. Thanks for showing us the signs for what to be on the lookout for. We will share and hope she finds her forever family soon. Once she is well she is going to be simply gorgeous. ~Scylla & Family

  12. I’m always so glad when I hear of a survivor!

  13. This is a wonderful story and so glad she has been cared for. Thank you so much for your visit and for your kind words. Nothing helps but time, it seems. Losing a pet is just so difficult but having such a wonderful group of pet loving friends is the most comforting feeling. Thank you again, it means so much! We will be following you too!

  14. Lightning is looking so good now. I hope her success story continues with her getting her forever home.

  15. Oh Lightening looks so good and she is such a beautiful cat. WE hope her forever home is found very soon.

  16. that’s like magic! It’s so great to look in this wonderful eyes now. Sometimes the world can be good too and I hope for a good furever home for Lightning.

  17. We are so happy that she was able to get the help she needed when she needed it. she sure is beautiful.

  18. SO glad she is getting help! This is wonderful!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  19. Mags Corner on said:

    She is just so beautiful and we are so happy she is getting all well. Hoping she is in her loving, forever home very, very soon. Hugs and nose kisses

  20. I love a happy ending- that is good news.

  21. We’re so glad Lightning got the medical help she needed. We purr that she now gets the home she needs.

  22. What a totally incredible transformation…….good vet care and love can totally transform an animal regardless of medical issues that must be overcome or worked around. Lightning is gorgeous…..let’s hope she finds a home where this great care can continue! Blessings to her foster……and vet!

    Hugs, Sammy

  23. It’s hard to believe those photos are of the same cat! Paws way up to her rescuers for going the extra mile for her and getting her feeling better again.

  24. The Swiss Cats on said:

    Wow ! It’s not the same cat ! She looks very good now ! Purrs

  25. OMC, what an amazing recovery Lightning is making! She does not even look like the same as the sad kitty who was rescued! I am SO glad she is so well taken care of!

  26. What a transformation!

  27. kittiesblue on said:

    Oh my gosh, we don’t even recognize her. What happened to Lightening was one of the most pawful things we had ever read. This is a miracle, and we pray that she gets the wonderful loving home she so deserves. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  28. Maaaan she looks good. We shared her and are AMAZED at the difference these people have made. Yup! We will check them out. Wow Our thanks to Bright Haven – workers of miracles for Lightening. Wow – I can’t get over how well she looks * cheers *


  29. She looks gweat Nana. Weez shawin’ and purrayin’ she gets hers furevew hone soon.

    Luv ya’


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