At last, it's really true!
I got a phone call from her vet today to say that finally, she'd passed the poo that they needed for the sample, and it looked normal. He told me I could come pick her up, and seemed a bit taken aback when I said "All right, I'll be there in the next ten minutes". I don't know why he was surprised. People want their furries back as soon as possible, after all.
I scooted off really quick in a taxi, and within the hour, I was reunited with my Tia! She wasn't very pleased to be stuck in her PTU, I can tell you that much. From the moment she was brought into the room, she set up an incessent meowing. Perhaps it was because she saw me, but perhaps just because she was tired of being cooped up and wanted to stretch. Whatever the reason though, it warmed my heart to hear the yowling. She didn't do any of that the last time I brought her home.
The vet has sent her home on an easy to digest prescription diet which she seems to quite like. He also said it was Ok to start her on dry again, but I'm going to reintroduce that slowly. He ordered me in a strong wormer, saying that even though we hadn't had the test results back yet to prove it was Giardia, like Molly, it wouldn't do Tia any harm to be treated for it proactively rather than reactively.
Speaking of Molly, her diarrhoea is described as uncontrollable, explosive and liquid... Boy am I glad she's in the right place! Even the nurses were struggling to keep her clean last night. The poor thing was so sick that she even pooed between when they took her from me and when she got to her kennel, a walk of all of about 30 metres. They said she looked really embarrassed when she did it too, because it was inside. They couldn't get samples for ages because it was so liquid, but they've managed it today, so Molly's will go off at the same time Tia's will. For now though, she's stable. She's keeping herself hydrated and she's nice and bright and her usual waggy self.
Tia meanwhile arrived home and almost burst from the carrier into my arms. She stayed there all of about two minutes before jumping down and going to inspect the house just to make sure nothing had changed. She didn't seem too impressed with the new smell of the clean carpets, and shortly afterward, she went for a pee in the clean litter box. I look at this as a good sign too. Tia, unlike some girls, doesn't spray when she's calling. She'll go and mark the inside of her box when the urge takes her. You might think this behaviour unusual, but many female cats spray just like males. The reason we don't see it all the time is because often, girls are content to do it in the litter. If I clean the tray or she's been away for a bit, the old healthy Tia will mark it as soon as she gets the chance. And that's exactly what she did today. I took this as yet another good sign.
I'm watching her closely. Her temperature's a bit hotter than I'd like, but then I'm not sure if this is because her tummmy's been shaved and I'm feeling her hotter than usual because there's no fur in the way. She seems happy enough though. I will keep a beady eye on her and hope we've seen the last of nasty Mr Bug for a while! The poo sample will go through a battery of general tests, so if there's anything in it, hopefully it'll be picked up. No doubt Tia will post all about the indignity of what the vets put her through when she's feeling up to it. Once again though, thank you all for supporting me and the furries all the way through this. We're not home and dry yet, but if Molly carries on the way she is, this bug will be beaten!