Chrissy – one sick kitty

Chrissy is our two year old Maine Coone. She is very sick. It started half year ago with little spots in her ears. After a while they covered her nose, her ears and her belly. It turned out to be an autoimmune disease. Pemphigus foliaceus. This disease attacks your own immunity system.


The vet ordered Dexoral to fight the disease. Dextoral is a type of prednison and if the autoimmune disease does not kill you the medicine does. Chrissy was doing well until a week ago. All of a sudden she stopped eating and developed a high fever: 39,9 celsius. Acute kidney failure. Ureum high in the 39 and creatine at 792. The vet gave her up.

But she didn’t want to quit and together we started fighting back. The reason? Chrissy was still very attentive and even tried to play with a toy ‘bird’. So we asked the vet if there was anything else we could try to make her recover. We could give her an infuse to keep her hydrated. So we did.

And after struggling for a week Chrissy started eating and drinking again. First small portions and today a normal portion of cow and chicken. The fever is gone and she is sleeping like a small kitten. It’s a little step forward and I know: it is still very likely that she won’t win this fight, but we continue together for as long as possible.

There is however one thing that makes me very angry. We informed the cattery of the disease Chrissy has but they ignored the message. The have another nest of six kittens with the same mother. Knowing that it is very likely one of these kittens also has an autoimmune disease.

We give Chrissy a fighting change. I trust she will make it!

Published by Geert Smits

Photographer | Graphic Designer | Writer | Dutch | Rotterdam

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