April 23rd 2012 5:18 pm
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Oh cats, mommy has been so worried about me and frankly, also feeling very depressed because of me. I haven’t been myself this past week and haven’t been eating much except when mommy managed to get the appetite stimulant in me.
I barely ate anything all weekend. I ate some food on Saturday but almost nothing yesterday. Yesterday morning I threw up lots of white liquid stuff in the morning. Last night mommy tried to tempt me with my favorite treat in the whole world: *human* salmon. I love salmon as much as most kitties love tuna. However I only ate a few bites of the salmon and left the rest in the dish. That's when mommy started to get really scared. This morning, other than lapping up the gravy in my breakfast lamb dinner and a little later lapping up the broth in Tiki Cat Wild Salmon with mommy's strong encouragement, I didn’t eat anything.
Mommy called my vet and off we went!
As usual, the vet visit was horrible from beginning to end! To summarize and skip all the gory details, they took my temp (it’s normal), weighed me (I gained 1 lb. -- yippee!) and Dr. G gave me a thorough physical exam and said everything seemed ok. Bonnie was my tech today and since I know her and like her a lot, I was well-behaved.
The vampires stole my blood for a kidney check. My creatinine went up to 3.8 and my other kidney values went up slightly but not so high we need to be alarmed. It isn’t unexpected because my thyroid medication dosage was increased to bring down my thyroid value.
Dr. G said it’s possible I have a stomach virus but it’s much more likely the increase in my thyroid meds is causing my diminished appetite and made me more lethargic. It likely accounts for the weight gain too. Since my thyroid value is going down, my kidney values are going up and that’s most likely making me feel lousy. She said this is the way it has to be from now on because it’s too dangerous to keep my thyroid level high. She reminded mommy that it’s not normal for a 16 year old cat to be as perky and active and kittenish as I’d been acting until we increased my methimazole dose.
Mommy told Dr. G that the cyproheptadine (appetite stimulant) and famotidine (Pepcid) aren’t working for me in ear gel form plus she simply can’t get pills into me. (I’m the only cat who’s ever defeated her!) Mommy tricked me twice last week by putting the cyproheptadine pill in pill pocket treats. But I’m no fool and will no longer eat the pill pocket treats, so that’s no longer an option.
Dr. G called in a prescription to the compounding pharmacy to have my cyproheptadine and famotidine made into chicken flavored liquids. Mommy will pick up my prescriptions tomorrow morning. Mommy reasons that even if the full dose of liquid medication doesn’t make it into my body, some of it will and some is better than none. Dr. G said I'll probably need those meds almost every day.
Dr. G and Bonnie, who was my vet tech today, gave me subq fluids with a dose of famotidine injected into the fluids. So mommy gets a break and doesn’t have to give me fluids tonight!
Dr. G said she’d give me a dose of cyproheptadine to get my appetite started and to spare mommy the difficulty of getting the pill in me at home tonight. What really happened was Dr. G and Bonnie TRIED to give me the cyproheptadine pill and couldn’t get the pill in me! MOL! So they had to dissolve the pill in water and squirt it into my mouth. I promptly began drooling it out of both sides of my mouth and drooled all the way home. Icky! My vet apologized to mommy and said she’s not sure how much of the medication actually got into me and how much I drooled out. Mommy just laughed! Not only can’t mommy get pills in me but so far, no vet or vet tech has been successful either. (The only pills mommy has had success getting into my mouth and get me to swallow are very large ones). Dr. G says I’m very quick to react to something being put in my mouth and much quicker and squirmer than most cats. Now that’s something I’m proud of!
We got home sometime after 5 and mommy gave me some salmon broth, which I ate. Later mommy gave me Tiki Cat Chicken and Salmon with broth and I ate only the broth. Mommy added water to the food in the can and let it sit for awhile and later gave me that liquid with the chicken and salmon. Some of the appetite stimulant did make it into my body and is starting to kick off because I went back and ate both the broth and the food too. Yaay! Mommy hopes I’m soon begging for more food!
Oh Kaci. I hated pills too. I remember once my "mom" put one in my mouth and I started foaming. It is because it was placed where I could taste it.
It doesn't taste as good as it should. My mom tried pocket pills. I took them for awhile and then I smarted up. Then, she started just placing them in the side of my mouth and gave me a treat later with some fluid. She remember those days too well. You have to eat to keep up your strength. Don't worry your mom. They worry naturally any way. Now, listen to her and eat. I am watching you.....
I think you will like the liquid medsins better, Kaci, speshly if they taste good. I always get my medsins from somethin mama calls a "syringe," and it is not so bad cept sumtimes if she gets it too far back in my throat and gags me. I act like I might throw up just to scare her. Gunnie and I hope you like your new medsins cuz they will make you feel better.
Kaci, dearie, hopes yews can gets back to doin' eatin' and getting your energies back. Puurrring for you!
We are sorry to hear you weren't feeling well.
But it seems like the stimulant helped some.
You gained a whole pound. Yeah !!
Tell your Mom we have been down this road with Tux. The everyday fight to get them to take their meds and then the fight to get them to eat, it's not easy that's for sure. We even had the same thought that some medicine is better than none. Look just keeping writing for stress relief.
I purr that your new meds (chicken flavor yum) will be pleasing to your taste buds and so will your food.
We are so sorry that we haven't kept up with what's going on with your sweet self and sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Glad you did gain a pound though so we purr you keep it up! Hope you can find some good tasting medicine that will please your pawlate!
Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
feel better, kaci!!!
i am sending a big, no, a monster huge hug!!!
We are purring and pawyering that this bump in the road will smooth itself out, so you can eat, your medicines go down the hatch somehow, and your physical well being is goo, too.
Sending you some purrs!
You gotta eat, please get better.
Oh noes! thats not good! We hope that you get your liquid medication soon and that you don't mind taking it. Hopefully after you get your appetite back you will feel better too. Sending big purrs from all of us over here.
Mol at the dr not being able to pill you! Hehe. You must be very good at avoiding those pills.
Sorry to hear you're not yourself mate. Sending purrs and lots of hugs that you're feeling better soon.
Oh my dear, my dear!!!
Kaci, my mommy wishe's she lived nearby, she knows she could get a pill into you. My mommy is a 'cat whisperer' and can do this with girl cats-not always boys. Not sure why. They used to ask her to do it at the vet she worked at.
I will tell you a secret mommy uses to get pills into me...but I do admit Mommy and I have a 'relationship' where I know that she will always give me something good after a pill...and my pills all go in with a dab of butter! I don't know it's a pill, I start to salavate because of the butter!!!! I love butter!!!! And so she just tilts my little head back really quick and pops the butterpill in. I only taste the butter and swallow.
We are going to light a candle for you tonight to feel better!!! My brother Ruffy is furry upset that you weren't feeling well...you know how boys are!
Mommy got some cerenia from the vet for me, too. when the pepcid isn't working too well, mommy pops a quarter of those into me. It also comes in shot form.
pepcid also comes in IV dosages so it can be given by subq with subq regularly if needed.
We're really purring for you alot here, my friend!!!! With much, muuch love
Kaci, we are sending purrs and prayers to you and your dear Mommie. Hope you are feeling better soon! And don't forget to EAT!
(and Sam sends chin skritchies!!!)
my stars kaci I am so not trying to be rude but the fact you wont eat and lap up broth only, makes me wonder if you possibly have a bad tooth ??? did the vet check for this...though I'm sure they are thorough, sometimes, just the simplest of things can be overlooked when they are focused on other issues....
hugs girl from all of us with the blessings of st francis to you
Poor little Kaci, I hope you're doing better today! I know exactly how you're feeling.
Purrs for you to feel better!!
Siggy and furmily
feel better Kaci...... hmmmmm salmon....I would get hungry too.
Mmmmh chicken flavored medicine. That sounds yummy. Kaci, you're so smart with them pills. Wow. Mom usually overpowers me. Did your Mom try to shoot a pill into your mouth with that pill shooting doo-hickey? Maybe the Doc can give you only BIG pills from now on. Please eat all your food and your yummy chicken meds too.
Sending you purrs sweet friend. Hoping that you start feeling like eating again soon.
Pills are awful - I understand that! But ya gotta eat sweet Kaci. We worry about you! purrs & hugs for my valentine girl. Tig