August 31st 2012 7:53 pm
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This has been a rough week for Kaci and for me too. Every day seems to bring another problem or issue and I've been so upset that I haven't been sleeping and am having stomach distress from all the stress.
Thank you for your continued purrs, support, pawmails, comments and rosettes! I can never thank you enough for purring for Kaci or ever describe how much it means to me that you care so much about my sweet little Kaci.
Kaci seems a little better tonight. She slept nonstop today for over 8 hours and seems alert and perkier. She got cyproheptadine this evening and is eating like a pig! Her appetite is up and down and she still needs cyproheptadine every 2 days to stimulate her appetite but I've reduced the dose to 1/8 of the tablet. This gives her a good appetite without it causing her to overeat or making her frantic.
Yesterday I thought she was a feeling a little better early in the evening then thought otherwise as the night went on and Kaci spent the night sleeping on the floor, paws tucked under her in the meatloaf position, head drooping down with her face and the top of her head pressed against the floor. Hopefully tonight she really is feeling better. Of course I have no way of knowing if her infection is clearing up or if her white blood cell count is heading back to normal. We won't know anything about that until she sees the vet again in another week or so. This is only day 7 of her taking the antibiotic Zeniquin and she's tolerating it very well. Only 14 more days to go until she's finished with the Zeniquin!
Kaci was throwing up white foam every day until yesterday. I emailed her vet about putting her on Cerenia. My vet has a conservative approach to using Cerenia and told me to try giving her 1/4 of a tablet of Pepcid AC first and see if that worked. I started her on Pepcid AC on Wednesday and she'll being getting Pepcid every day from now on. She hasn't thrown up any white foam since starting the Pepcid. That was an easy solution and one I should have thought of on my own.
Kaci hates the taste of the cyproheptadine and Pepcid and it's impossible to get those pills into her. I remembered someone telling me to put the pills in fillable gelatin capsules. I called the local compounding pharmacy we use and asked if they sold fillable gelatin capsules in small sizes. They had them in the smallest size (size #4) but needed my vet to call in a prescription for them (don't know why!) which my vet did.
The gelatin capsules are a godsend! The cyproheptadine and Pepcid can be put in the capsule together and Kaci has no idea that she's taking medicine she loathes. Even when she struggles and manages to spit the capsule out, the capsules stay intact. When she finally swallows the capsule, she isn't foaming the medicine out of her mouth and gets the whole dose of her medications. I highly recommend this method of pilling your cat if the pill tastes loathsome. If you have a large pill, you can cut it up and fill the capsule that way.
What else? A litter box problem has developed.
Kaci pooped outside her upstairs litter box on Tuesday night (and what a foul smelling mess that was!) This is the first time she's ever done something like this. She's NEVER pooped (or peed) outside of her box before. It was too far away from her box to have been an accident caused by being too close to the edge of her box.
Kaci has 2 litter boxes, one upstairs and one downstairs. Her boxes are scooped out several times a day and even though I use scoopable litter, I empty and clean and refill her boxes every 2 weeks. My initial thought was she didn't like the litter in her box. I normally use unscented litter but was unable to find any at the time I bought the litter and opted for scented litter in the same brand. From the day I put the scented litter in her boxes, she stopped covering her pee and poop.
Thinking the scented litter might be causing the problem, on Wednesday I went shopping and found the unscented litter we normally use and changed the litter in both her boxes. Despite that, last night she pooped outside of her box again and still isn't covering up her pee. The stool was hard, dry, large and fat and twisted (like a hairball). Kaci had peed in her box earlier but it was uncovered and I thought perhaps she didn't want to dig in the box to cover the pee and was too finicky to get back in it to poop. Truthfully I didn't know what to think or do (and still don't). I was pawmailing with Tigger's mom last night and she suggested Kaci might be constipated and/or straining and being in the box is uncomfortable.
Thinking this might be a health issue, I emailed my vet and asked for advice. She thinks Kaci may be mildly constipated and if it gets worse, to give her Miralax. Of course, Kaci has been constipated in the past and never pooped outside of her box. My vet gave me suggestions about what to do to get Kaci to alter her behavior and use the box again.
Here's my own idea: underneath Kaci's upstairs litter box is a large plastic mat that's large enough for 2 litter boxes. When Mittens was here, there were 2 boxes side by side on the mat. I'm going to put newspaper all around the outer edges of the plastic mat in the area where Kaci pooped and add a second litter box with another brand of unscented litter that I've successfully used in the past. They'll be next to each other on the plastic. Then she can choose which litter box and litter she prefers. If she pees in one box and doesn't cover it up and doesn't want to get back in it, she'll have another box to do her poop in. And of course she'll still have a litter box downstairs. If that doesn't work, I have no idea what to do next! Perhaps move her litter box to another area in the room or move it to another room?
It's hard to believe, but in all my years of living with cats, there has never been any litter box issues with any of my cats. This is the first time something like this has ever happened and I have no idea what to do if adding another litter box doesn't work. Any suggestions or advice you can give will be much appreciated!
The good news is she did a very small poop tonight, did it in the litter box and covered it up. Later on she peed in the box but didn't cover it up. It's hard to know what's going with this cat or what's in her mind! :)
Wishing you all a great weekend and a happy Labor Day to our fellow Americans!
August 27th 2012 5:16 pm
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Mommy and I are overwhelmed with gratitude and teary-eyed (at least mommy is) for the outpouring of purrs and love and concern from our dear friends and by all of the comments and pawmails and healing rosettes. Thank you so much!
I'd also like to request purrs for 2 friends who are also sick: BELLA and COLLEEN (who has a tumor in her mouth). Please read their diaries and send them lots of love and get well purrs!
Many have asked for an update on how I’m doing. The truth is, I’m up and down but not really feeling better.
Saturday was a bad day for me. I wouldn’t eat anything in the morning and threw up white foamy stuff twice and then mommy gave me an appetite stimulant to settle my stomach (it also acts as an anti-nausea) and I ate well throughout the day. I got my first dose of Zeniquin right after noon. By Saturday night I wasn’t sick again and wasn’t hungry and laid down next to mommy for comfort. Then vomited brown liquidy stuff around 10 pm. I felt so bad afterwards that I stayed in a dark bedroom by myself for hours until I went onto mommy’s bed around 3 am Sunday morning. By breakfast time on Sunday morning, I did feel a little better and my appetite came back and was ok throughout the day. That said, I felt very anxious and kept pacing and crying and following mommy everywhere.
Today started out ok. In the morning, I ate most of my breakfast, got my subq fluids and the antibiotic right after noon. I wan’t feeling so well after that and went into my sleep sack for a long nap. When I woke up, I wasn’t hungry. Mommy noticed that I look puffy and am walking very slow. When I sit, I sit with my head drooping down but I don’t sit for long but very slowly lower myself down on the floor and often lie in the meatloaf position. Usually I’m not very vocal but over the past few days I talk to and cry at mommy all the time and follow her everywhere. I want comforting and get clingy and *baby-ish* when I feel sick. She isn’t getting much sleep.
At a little after 5 this afternoon, I threw up white foam once again. Mommy gave me more of the appetite stimulant. Within 1/2 an hour I was hungry and demanded food and ate a 3 oz. can of Instincts chicken & turkey within an hour. Then I began howling and howling for more food and mommy gave me some Pro Plan beef & chicken -- which I’m not wild about. She did that so I’d eat slower and not gorge myself. I ate all of it within minutes. She doesn’t want me to eat too much food in such a short time. She’s afraid she gave me too big a dose of the appetite stimulant. I interrupted mommy as she’s typing this diary and howling at the top of my lungs for her to put more food in my dish, which she did. By now, I’m eating slower. Now I’m lying next to my food dish and watching mommy as she types.
Mommy continues to be very worried about me. It’s obvious that I feel rotten and am not acting like I normally do. Tomorrow mommy is going to email my vet and tell her how I'm doing and her concerns about me and see what my vet says. She also wants to ask my vet if taking Cerenia might help with my nausea.
Thank you for your purrs! I love you all!
August 24th 2012 2:27 pm
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First I want to send lots of love and hugs to Orange Ruffy’s mom for requesting purrs for Kaci last night in Ruffy’s diary. I wanted to write in Kaci’s diary last night and ask you to purr for her but didn’t feel up to doing it and Ruffy’s dear mommy was very kind and did it for me. Thank you Ruffy’s mommy for your kindness and lending a listening ear and for being so supportive!
Kaci isn’t feeling well and really needs your get well purrs. She was doing quite well this summer up until a few weeks ago. She’d gained some weight, her fur was soft and shiny, she was perky and was eating very well on her own. It’s amazing how quickly it’s all gone downhill for her.
Kaci saw the vet yesterday because she was barely eating, her fur looks bad and smells funny, she’s lethargic and her body is having trouble absorbing her subq fluids. The fluids are still clearly visible hours and hours after she’s gotten the fluids. The vet said Kaci is very dehydrated. It’s puzzling that a cat who gets subq fluids every day is dehydrated and not absorbing the fluids. The vet gave Kaci an appetite stimulant and that worked and she’s eating again, but still not as much as she would normally eat. The vet said not to stop giving her the subq fluids but to give her a lesser amount until we know what’s going on. The first step the vet took in getting a diagnosis was a full blood panel and urinalysis.
The vet called me today with the test results. The good news is her kidney and thyroid numbers -- the usual suspects -- have improved since her last blood test.
The bad news is her white blood cell count is very low and she’s also borderline anemic.
The vet thinks Kaci may have an infection under her skin which is causing her to feel sick and which is causing the dehydration, inability to absorb the subq fluids and loss of appetite. Kaci will be taking the antibiotic Zeniquin for 3 weeks to clear up any infection. She’ll be retested in 2 weeks and hopefully she’ll be feeling better and her white blood cell count will be returning to normal.
After receiving the test results, my vet consulted an internist because Kaci has no many conflicting diseases. The not-so-good news: the internist agrees about a possible infection and giving Kaci antibiotics to treat it, but she strongly believes Kaci has developed an intolerance to the methimazole that she takes to treat her hyperthyroidism. Intolerance to methimazole can also cause a low white blood cell count. Kaci has to immediately stop taking the methimazole, which is the only medication available to treat hyperthyroidism. Because of her kidney disease (CKD) and fragility, the vet said Kaci is not a good candidate for radioactive iodine treatment or surgery and strongly advises against either option. This means her hyperthyroidism will now be left untreated, which is very bad news for her heart.
The internist wants Kaci to try the new W/D food developed by Purina for hyperthyroid cats and see if it helps control her hyperT. Once Kaci has been off the methimazole for a few weeks and has finished her antibiotics, we’re hoping she’ll be feeling much better and her white blood cell count will hopefully return to normal. Because her hyperT will be untreated, Kaci’s appetite will improve and she’ll act young and frisky but she’s also going to lose more weight, which she can't afford to do. Any adverse effect on Kaci’s heart probably won’t show up immediately but the outlook isn’t very good. The internist wants us to be proactive and thinks Kaci should start taking medications for her heart/blood pressure. I also have to start keeping a daily record of her respiratory count and if Kaci will let me, monitor her heartbeat.
One other possibility for the low white blood cell count and off-base eosophinals number: the hideous “c” word. That’s something I simply can’t think about right now.
It's been a hectic summer and there hasn’t been much time for Catster. My mom also hasn’t been well and has needed to see doctors and have tests and my days are often crammed.
My angel Miss Mittens’ second Bridge Day anniversary is coming up on September 1 and I'm feeling very sad. Sad memories are always near the surface of my mind and tears ready to fall from my eyes. Because I still miss my little angel Mittens so much, it’s hard coming onto Catster right now and not crying my eyes out, so I’ve been avoiding it.
I’ve also wanted to thank everyone who gave rosettes to my angel Pete on his Bridge Day anniversary last month and apologize for being so behind in doing so. Kaci and I have missed so much that has happened with our friends on Catster and again, I’m so sorry.
Thank you for purring for my sweet little Kaci. I love her so much and want her to bounce back and get well. Thank you to those who have sent her get well rosettes but no rosettes are needed, only your get well purrs and get well wishes.
June 30th 2012 8:47 pm
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I'm so sorry I haven't been around much lately. I miss you all very much! Things are getting better for my mommy and I hope we're soon back here *full time*.
This is turning into a very sad summer. Whenever we do pop in here, no matter how briefly, to find out how our friends are doing, we learn that another dear friend has passed away. Last week we were shocked and saddened when we learned that friends Bob, Ollie and Alfie had journeyed to the Bridge and we know that others joined them last week too. Today we were shocked and saddened again when we learned that Big Harry has gone to the Bridge. We feel so sad for their families! Mommy and I send our deepest sympathies and love to their families along with comforting purrs and hugs.
As for me, I'm feeling better. Mommy didn't take me to the vet because the vet trusts mommy to do for me at home what she'd do for me under similar circumstances if mommy brought me in to see her. Mommy gives me an appetite stimulant when needed and pepcid and that always helps. That's what the vet could do for me too. Plus I already get daily subq fluids and had blood tests twice during June. Mommy does worry about me a lot (and needs to calm down!) but she and my vet don't want to add stress to my life with too many vet visits. Other than follow up tests, mommy will only take me to the vet if I don't respond to the usual treatment.
My vet told mommy that I'm a fighter and doing surprisingly well compared to other kitties in the same circumstances. She complimented mommy and said mommy's excellent care is the reason I can fight so hard and do so well. She mentioned Miss Mittens too and told mommy that Mittens was a tough little girl who fought hard and it was mommy's outstanding care who helped her do it. Mommy is feeling very down and low these days and worries about me and lots of other stuff and even though she agrees that I'm definitely a fighter (and so was Miss Mittens), she doesn't think she does more than any other mom on Catster would do but much appreciated the compliment anyway. As long as I have quality of life, she'll do all she can to help me fight!
Whew, is it HOT HOT HOT! I don't like it because it's been too hot to stay on the back porch during the day. Mommy usually lets me out on the porch very early in the morning, usually at 6:30-7 am and normally I'm out there almost all day. But now that it's so hot, I only go out on the porch for a few hours in the early morning and mommy brings me inside before it gets too hot. I get to stay out there for a only few hours and that makes me unhappy because I love napping out there.
It wasn't as hot earlier this week and I was able to spend all day out on the porch until late in the evening. It sure is entertaining out there in the morning hours! Mommy let me out at 6:30 am on Monday and I saw my black and white *boyfriend* from next door chasing a bunny rabbit across our back yard. How exciting! They ran off to the side of our house and disappeared. It was a big bunny and I'm not sure my friend caught him. About a half hour later, there was a bunny in my back yard (probably not the same bunny) and this time it was a squirrel who was harassing the bunny and chasing it. The squirrel would not let up and chased the bunny all over our back yard. Finally the bunny went under an opening in our next door neighbors fence to get away from the squirrel but the squirrel followed. The last thing I saw was the squirrel chasing the bunny across our neighbor's back yard. Who knew squirrels were so aggressive?
Every morning Mr. Chipmunk makes his appearance. He always pops up on the side of the porch near the porch door. He's always very busy doing something or other and stays out there for some time doing whatever it is he's doing. I'm very excited to see him and chase him from one side of the porch to the other but he's not afraid of me at all and comes right up near the screen. So between visits from my kitty friend from next door, the bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks and birds, it's very entertaining out there, esp. in the early morning. Hope it cools off soon so I can resume my napping in my favorite place.
Sorry this diary entry is so long winded! I'm a chatty cat (as you know) but because I haven't been here to write in my diary more often, it's longer than usual. :))
Thank you friends for your get well purrs!
June 18th 2012 12:31 pm
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I'm not feeling very good today. Up until yesterday I'd been doing rather well. But yesterday I ate almost nothing and slept all day. I wasn't feeling like myself. Mommy gave me a Pepcid in the evening and I ate a little bit of food last night before we all went to bed, but that's it.
This morning mommy had trouble finding me when she woke up. I didn't go downstairs for my breakfast and when mommy found me, she could tell I wasn't feeling well. My head was drooping when I sat or stood, my eyes looked funny and had lost their sparkle and instead of walking quickly as I normally do, I was walking very slow and a little wobbly. When I'd lower myself to sit on my stomach, I had to crouch down and do it very slowly.
Mommy gave me my thyroid medication this morning and within a few minutes, I threw it all up. I had also thrown up a little during the night. She waited awhile and gave me some cyproheptadine, hoping it would help my tummy feel better. Then she called the vet and made an appointment for this afternoon. Within minutes after she called the vet, I went downstairs and went into the kitchen. The cyproheptadine had begun to work and make my tummy feel a little better. Mommy gave me lots of salmon broth and I ate all of it and then went back to bed. An hour and a half later, I went back into the kitchen and sat in my feeding spot and mommy gave me some solid food. I ate a small amount of food. That was a good sign!
Mommy thought I looked better and because I'd started eating, she cancelled my vet appointment. She doesn't want to put me under any stress if it can be avoided. She hopes she did the right thing when she cancelled but knows she can take me to the vet if I don't improve.
I ate a little more food this afternoon and have been up and about and seem a little better. Mommy will give me more cyproheptadine either tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on how I'm doing. Mommy hopes this is a *down* in the *ups and downs* caused by my kidney disease. She hopes it's not a bad reaction to my thyroid medication or a bad virus or reaction to bad food or something even worse. She worries about my heart too. Hopefully the thyroid medication will stay inside of me tonight.
Mommy says I still look weak and frail (and too skinny). I keep shaking my left paw when I walk and rubbing at my face with my left paw and smacking my lips. Even grandma can tell I'm not looking or feeling well. She asked mommy if she thinks the end is drawing near for me. Mommy said NO NO NO! (and so do I!) But I'm not 100% and could use some purrs! If you're reading this, please say a few purrs for me to help me get better!
May 27th 2012 5:14 pm
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Dear friends, I haven’t been here for awhile and apologize because I know I’ve missed many of your birthdays, gotcha days and other special days and I’m so sorry. I also apologize for both myself and my family for being backlogged in answering our pawmail. Today is my angel brother Pete and angel sister Jennifer’s gotcha day and when mommy saw all the emails we received, she decided to come on here to both thank everyone and explain why we haven't been around.
Let me try to explain why I’ve been MIA. In addition to her usual busyness and not having lots of spare time, earlier in the month mommy was feeling very lousy and miserable because of bad allergies and sinus problems. Day after day after day of feeling lousy wore her out. That, along with other not-so-good things happening in her life and the next thing she knew, she was feeling very depressed. She feels depleted of energy and being on the computer makes her feel worse. She decided to take a short break from Catster (although she has taken some short peeks from time to time). She’s been doing everything she can to shake her depression by keeping busy and doing *fun* things with friends and is starting to feel better. Her allergies and sinus problems have finally gone away too. That’s good news! We’re going to continue our Catster break for a few more weeks and mommy hopes she’s feeling much better by then.
On May 17 I went to the vet for my 6 month wellness exam. They checked my blood pressure and it was ok. I lost weight again (down to 6.6 lbs.) and my gums looked a little pale (possible anemia) plus my heart was beating very fast. The vet said everything else looked ok. I had a full blood panel done and the results were mixed. My creatinine dropped to 3.0 (very good!) and my BUN went up to 45 (not alarming). My red blood cell count is at the low end of normal so fortunately I’m not anemic.
The bad news was my T4 result. It was 5.8. The lab considers anything between 0.8 - 4.0 as normal. 5.8 is much too high! Mommy was shocked. Apparently the ear gel stopped working, even though we increased the dosage. Now I’m back to taking pills for my hyperthyroidism. We started at the dose I took before I switched to the ear gel. The dosage will probably have to be increased. It’s been tough for both me and mommy, getting those little pills down my throat twice a day. Fortunately the methimazole doesn’t taste horrid like the appetite stimulant does and I don’t put up a big fight like I did when mommy tried to give me the cyproheptadine pill. Mommy holds me still for a few minutes after giving me the pill and checks my mouth before letting me go. She’s sure most of the pills are being swallowed or dissolving in my mouth. My thyroid will be retested on June 4. Purring that the test results show good improvement and that we’re on the right track and I stop losing weight.
So we’ll be away for a few more weeks but we’ll be back again.
Hope you’re all having a pleasant Memorial Day weekend!
May 6th 2012 6:43 am
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THANK YOU! for celebrating my birthday with me and for the congratulatory pawmails, pictures and gifts! You made my Sweet 16 Birthday extra special!
Mommy has been feeling downright crummy because of allergies, a sinus infection (with headaches) and arthritic achy joints and hasn't felt up to coming here to thank each one of you personally or answer pawmails, although we plan to thank you personally and answer pawmails over the next few days.
Have an enjoyable Sunday!
Love & hugs,
May 1st 2012 8:02 am
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Today is an exciting day for me. It’s my 16th birthday! Mommy says for girl peoples it’s traditionally called Sweet Sixteen. Well, why not for girl kitties too? I love being Sweet Sixteen! MOL!
Wow, May 1 sure is a popular birthday on Catster. There are 2,642 Catster kitties celebrating their birthdays with me today. Wow! Wishing a very Happy Birthday to all May Day kitties!
How am I going to celebrate? Mommy told me she bought a can of Tiki Cat Salmon. It's delicious and has a nice amount of broth in it. Later on today, she'll give me the salmon broth and then take the salmon and put it in the blender and puree it so the salmon chunks don't upset my sensitive tummy. She says that's what I'm having for my dinner. Yum, yum, yum!!!
Mommy didn't buy me a pressie because I don't want or need anything. It's true! I feel very blessed 'cause I have more toys and beds and things that make me comfy and happy than any one kitty could ever need or want!
Thank you for the happy birthday wishes! There's a buffet with birthday cake and ice cream on my page -- please help yourself!
April 27th 2012 4:49 pm
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Good news! I’m eating again and doing well.
The chicken flavored liquid meds are working out well. Mommy likes the syringe because she can measure out the exact dose. The liquid goes in easily and because it doesn’t taste nasty, I’ve been swallowing it. The cyproheptadine has me eating again. I get 0.2 ml every 2 days, which is equivalent to a little less than 1/4 of a pill. That’s not a lot. It’s the full syringe of famotidine that really sets me off.
I’m not happy or cooperative about it and let mommy know exactly how I feel by crying and protesting in my most pathetic little voice and I struggle hard as she’s giving me my meds. Truthfully, I’m not completely sure she’s not trying to poison me!
Afterwards, I put on a performance worthy of a Drama Queen. I run around the house, shaking my head and pawing at my mouth and shaking my legs and spazzing all over the place. I run when mommy tries to come near me. After awhile, I go off by myself and sulk and won’t let mommy approach me or touch me. I cringe when she tries. I put on my saddest face -- the one where I look hurt and abused and pathetic. How can anyone, esp. my mommy, torture me like this?
My performance works. It makes mommy upset and feeling very bad. She keeps apologizing and once she even started crying.
How do you act during and after getting your medications?
After a few hours, I approach mommy, all forgiven, or go off to sleep somewhere safe where she can’t get me easily. My days are spent hiding from mommy. But the cyproheptadine makes me hungry and a girl has to eat, so I have to come out of hiding at times.
An exciting life event is fast approaching. My birthday is May 1 -- I’ll be sweet 16!
Hope you’re all enjoying nice weather. Have a great weekend!
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!
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