Envy - Prognosis Excellent!!
Envy, our little female mountain lion, had a very close call, nearly losing her life to a physical ailment that remained a mystery to us humans up until the last moment.
Beginning around the time of the passing of our oldest mountain lion, Phoenix, Envy began displaying what I thought was a relaxed-cat behavior of lying on her back, usually in a sunny spot. Being housed next to Phoenix had seemed to make her nervous and now that he was gone I thought she was taking over as top cat. But I was wrong, Envy wasn't relaxed, she was sick.
Her illness progressed very gradually at first but then she started really going downhill, becoming more and more lethargic, finally lying on the ground and not jumping to her shelf at all. She'd shown signs of a sensitive stomach in the past so I thought the type of food she was getting might be upsetting her and so I began feeding her a milder diet.
Still no improvement. Suddenly she became so sick that I was able to go in her cage and administer subcutaneous fluids and scratch her chin-- not something a healthy
Envy would allow me to do without an argument! She needed to see a veterinarian. We coaxed her into a transport crate and rushed her in for treatment. At Veterinary Medical Center in Woodland Hills, Dr Gary Latos anesthetized her (which is no easy task in itself!) and then took x-rays and drew blood. The x-rays didn't show any problem but when the blood work came back we were shocked to see that Envy was severely anemic and might even need transfusions---from another mountain lion!!
Envy has been living here at Wildworks for 12 years now and I've been with her almost everyday. I know her pretty well, to say the least, and she just didn't seem anemic. To me, the only problem seemed to be a serious tummy ache and it was quickly getting worse. When we brought her home and she didn't get better, I asked for the blood sample to be checked again. The lab work turned out to be inaccurate and Envy wasn't anemic after all. But as her condition worsened we knew we would have to take her back and try and solve the mystery.
A few days later the poor little lion could barely move. We rushed her in again and this time at the clinic the vet felt her stomach and discovered that it was filled with fluid. He looked over at me and sighed "This doesn't look good, Mollie."
I went out of the surgery room because I just didn't want my last memory of sweet little Envy to be a picture of her lying there on the table. I was standing outside the room listening and trying to hold back the tears, when all of a sudden --things changed. I heard the vet say "Unbelievable!! It's an infected mammary gland. The only time I've ever seen this in a cat that's been spayed, domestic or wild! Prognosis is good."
Envy's back home now and already she's purring and meowing and acting like a healthy mountain lion. She still has to take antibiotics for the infection but everyone at Wildworks is amazed and overjoyed to witness such a speedy recovery.
Thank you to all at Veterinary Medical Center for taking such good care of Envy, a very special mountain lion.
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