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much thankees

May 9th 2014 2:10 pm
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thank you for the nice birthday gifties & wishes.
Momma chose May 5 for my birthday to celebrate my survival. It is a party day, so it seems to fit for me! She knows I was born in early May, as it was in the woodpile in our yard, but she wasn't sure of the exact day. I had a nice day too! I got some crab & shrimp dinner with big chunks of shrimpies in it. I got brushied and it was nice enough for the window to be open so I could sniff the spring air. I played with this furry mousie on a stick. I am a happy, lucky kitty. The Onsior is working wonders. I am still skittish, but not quite as bad, and I play more too, and sort of run around. I still have a limping gait, but Dr Mimi said I will always walk like that - She said that I won't win a gold medal in the race, but I still can cross the finish line! purrs and happy spring to all.


A special purr to Smiley's family. He was a special friend and I will miss him. He always remembered me. I raise a paw in salute to you my friend Smiley Cassanova!

 

Onsior ROCKS

April 22nd 2014 5:45 pm
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I have been on my medicine for almost 2 weeks. I took it 3 days in a row, and now every other day. Momma thinks it is helping me! I am moving more and I seem to be moving more fluidly & quicker. I was even trit-trotting down the hallway the other day! I don;t like the chicken gabapentin, but Momma talked to the pharmacist & she suggested a tiny bit of anchovy oil or tuna oil to mask the medicine taste. So we will try that. Probably won't be back until next week, cause of the wedding. Anyone else having some log in troubles?

 

curiouser and curiouser

April 9th 2014 7:26 pm
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So Momma got brave & moved the bed to check for carnage. Nothing-zip-nada-no peepee. All she could find was a few drips in the little tunnel that I sleep in by the bed. That got cleaned. She re-arranged some stuff in her closet, and got a smaller hooded litter box that fits in the corner. Nice & quiet just for me! The closet goes through the door into the living room, so if both doors are left open a bit, I can access from either room. Since then, there has been no peepee smells. SO Momma thinks I must have been sleeping so sound that I started to tinkle a bit & then must have woke up & couldnt make it to the litter box downstairs, and went on the rug in the office/bedroom instead. She said "Felix it is not your fault - we will fix this!" Momma ordered one of those pee lights to check the whole house too, She is probably going to get rid of the rug in her office, I did a number on it. Tomoorow is the first meeting for the study, so we will let everyone know what occurs. They had a problem at the pharmacy where my Onsior is coming from, so I won't get it until tomorrow. It took them a week & a half to get it to me. My chewy gabapentin comes tomorrow. So keep your paws & whiskers crossed my pals that these help! Still haven't heard from the surgeon, but I have to go back to the internist after I am on the Onsoir for 2 weeks, so maybe we will hear then. I was playing some today too - Momma said I seem much more alert & perky since my poop issues (see diary lady?) are regulating.mol. Talk more in a few days.

 

got a great deal & here a pee, there a pee, everywhere a- pee pee

April 4th 2014 10:03 am
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Momma gets to talk today - I guess it is good that I am really cute, cause I have been having some accidents.
Well, first - I found the Onsior at pet360 for $39.75 for 15 pills. The vet wanted $75! woohoo. I am getting the gabapentin made into chew treats (thanks Boxie Brown for that info)
So my little darling has also been going under the edge of my bed, on my side. I put a nice new litter box in my room, with low sides and everyone else is using it. For the past day or so, I kind of wake up from a sound sleep cause I could smell pee (I know weird right?) But then I couldn't find or smell it later. I went to put a sweater on that I had on the floor (don't judge lol) and it smelled like pee. Here all this time I am blaming poor Tig as he does have a spray issue, and he has peed outside a time or two. I think maybe it is because he is so stressed that it is easier to just go there, as he sleeps under the bed. I will be talking to the vet about this, but I somehow don't think it is due to pinched nerves in his back. If it was incontinence wouldn't it be all over? and if he was born that way, wouldn't it have always been like that? but then the other day when I caught him on the rug, it sort of seemed like he didn't realize he was peeing. He has been on antibiotics for almost a month, so it isn't an infection. I am going to move the bed in a few mintues to see what/where he is going. I am almost afraid to. I really need this on top of everything else.....I just have no idea how to stop it. I thought for sure the litter box in there would help in case he was scared to leave the room at night. Maybe I will move it by the bedside (kind of ew - but hey whatever works) and see if that helps. I am so overwhelmed by this, between Tig spraying & now Feef piddling - I swear I smell pee all the time. I was at the grocery, and I am like "do I smell cat pee?" to myself. I hope that maybe when the Onsior comes he won't hurt so much & that might work. He has not done this all the time, probably only the past month or two - now that I know that was him & not Tig going on my office rug. Perhaps it is the stress of everything around here. Has anyone used the pee pads with sucess? I will try anything at this point. Luckily, we were chosen for the behavior study that I saw on here - they are studying aggression & behavior issues, so maybe they will have a solution too. I even thought that maybe a one of those very large cages that will fit a box for him at night. I hate to do that either, but I may have no choice, since he seems to just do this at night.

 

hmmm interesting news......

April 2nd 2014 9:12 am
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the vet tech called from the internist's office. She wanted to let me know asap what was going on. So apparently, Feefs does NOT have a metabolic disorder. He was born with these weird bones - that's it... We are still waiting to hear from the surgeon though. Today, I also realized that the culprit piddling on the rug is him - not Tig. Now I don't know if it is because of the vertibrae issue, which I wonder because this is only a recent thing. I have set up a litter box on this floor, in case he just can't hold it so long. THis means I really need to get a black light & look all over, because who knows where he has piddled. Unless he just hates this rug...mol...

 

hanging in there

March 31st 2014 12:14 pm
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Mom is currently pricing the Onsior - the vet wants WAY too much $. She is also waiting on a price to compound the gabapentin into chews also. We found a solution for the Miralax. Momma takes the 1/2 tsp in a bowl & dribbles some water on it, and after a minute it dissolves, then she mixes the wet food in. So far I am doing ok with it like that. Although the other day was too much water, and NOPE won't eat it. So it is a trail & error thing.

 

what's up with me

March 28th 2014 7:13 am
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Firstly thank you for the POTP and other gifties!

The internist is sending xray copies down to U of I in Champaign, to Michigan State, and blood to Pennsylvania for research. She wants to get others opinions on me! She ran a blood test that tests for calcium, and mineral deficiencies. Apparently this is rare, that she has only done this test 5 times in her career. The surgeon who did my knee will be evaluating whether the pins need to come out, or if I even should have any other surgeries. In a few weeks when we get results, then the doctor thinks she will be able to manage my issues. For now, I will be taking Onsior to help relieve my pain in my legs. It is like ibuprofen for kitties. It can possibly cause kidney disease in the future, but she said that to her she would rather have 2 or 3 years less of life with no pain than living more years with alot of pain. Momma agrees with this, as my quality of life is important to her. Plus this does not mean I will even have any kidney issues. There is just not enough funding for long term research on that always. She has a patient on it for 6 years and there is no sign of kidney issues. She also took me off the lactulose & want me to try miralax. and momma is looking at getting the gabapentin compounded into treats or liquid as that should help alot & I have a hard time taking those capsules. So we won't know more for a few weeks. Anyone have good ideas for taking the Miralax? I don't eat alot at one time, and the 1/2 tsp is almost too much to mix in my wet food, and I am noticing the texture/taste. Thanks for keeping me in your purrs. I am hoping that this Onsior will help me to feel better.

 

dr appt tomorrow

March 25th 2014 10:57 am
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Well pals, I go to see the internist tomorrow morning. I am on my 3rd week of antibiotics, bleck they taste awful, but I take them like a good boy. I don;t mind the lactulose, but if Momma doesn;t get it just right, oh boy sticky mess...that stuff is worse than glue or honey! This hospital is a specialist vet place, that is also part of the University of Illinois vet school. They did the surgery on my leg too. I really hope I don't have to have the pins out.....BUt let's see what this doctor says, and we will take it a step at a time. I will update tomorrow night or THursday.
rumbley purrs from the little pirate

 

blech

March 15th 2014 2:18 pm
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Felix has to take crummy antibiotics for 28 days! aaannnd I figured I would get the 4 bottles at once so I wouldn't have to run back & forth. (just add water) It cost $127.00 - at Foster & Smith it would have been $60. I mean I get that the vet is a bit higher, and they need to make money too - after all we have a small business & I know what it is like, but gosh we only mark up 30%, not more than double! Same thing with his Lactulose...I just sometimes feel like she sees me as a cash cow, because I do what I have to for them all. THe insurance pays for some of it, but still..... I am going to look up some places for these things online.....hisss!
And the lactulose is helping him, I just feel so awful coming at him with all these different meds all the time. And he is so good too my little pirate man! Go in next week to the internist - we shall see.....

 

a whole lot to digest

March 10th 2014 8:11 am
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The vet called this morning - she had been out of town, and the techs didn't tell me that. His issues are beyond the scope of my vet - per her. So I have to take Felix to an internal medicine vet. The radiology expert has this to say.
He has the hip displasia we knew about & his left leg knee issues we knew about. But he also has some sort of metabolic issues, and some congenital deformities. That dr says his prognosis is guarded for his future?
His forlegs have thickening in the bone & the areas where the marrow would be are thinner - which will cause him pain always. The ends of all his long bones are poorly mineralized. His shoulder & elbow have loose joints, almost like being double jointed. His 7th vertabrea is fused, which could in the future- not for sure, but could or could not cause his nerve to pinch and which could or could not cause incontinence issues later in his life. He has inflammation going on in his joints in various spots. The pins where he had his surgery are going to have to come out - he has either a bone infection or inflammation reaction that is causing bone loss where the pins were at. I need to put him on an antibiotic just in case, and take him to an internal medicine vet for follow up, as she says she has never seen all of this together let alone much of it by itself. HOnestly guys, I am kind of stunned by all this. She keeps talking about all the pain he must be in, and I do know that they are good at masking it, but he seems happy. THey need to get the pins out, but probably won't do surgery on the other knee if they cannot pin it. I WILL NOT give up on him. I am hoping if they can get this inflammation under control somehow, and I can have his pain managed, I can give him a happy life. I am not going to freak out about possible incontinence that may or may not ever happen. He was born with that fused vertabrae, so why would I worry about that. I am just really stunned by all this. Coupled with the pneumonia he had when I got him - if I really face facts, he would never have survived - did I intervene where I should never have? How could I not have saved him? All I know is that I will do the best I can do for him, and I am not going to think of the alternative unless he has no quality of life, which I truly feel he does. He plays with the wand toy, he bats a mousie a little, he plays with Smitty, and they groom each other. He doesn't run around alot, but he is always ready with a chirp or purr for me, and talks to me always. He love to cuddle by me & get pets. His fur is like velvet, and he has bright eyes. How can I just decide to give up? NOT. GONNA. DO. IT! So today I will see about setting an appointment for the next step. Just please all say some purrs for my little guy - I just don't want to hear a vet tell me to quit, cause I can't. I am thanking the stars above that I have insurance for him, and Care Credit for what insurance doesn't cover. Also the plan covers prescriptions. whew. I am thinking ahead, but has anyone done acupuncture for their kitty? I wonder if that may be an option & help eventually.

 
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