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not sure - is this good news or bad? LONG POST

October 18th 2012 4:42 pm
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Mom will write my diary today cause she has alot to say...

Maizy lost another 2 ounces within 2 weeks. She is down to 7lb 13oz. She had her xray on Tuesday afternoon. I have been trying to read & digest the information before I came on here for advice. Her xray is completely normal. I saw it myself, nothing - no tumors, which is excellent. The vet feels that with all the blood, urine, fecal & xray being completely totally normal - there are 3 possibilities left as to what is causing my weight loss-
1. lymphoma - she does not feel it is this as her weight goes up & down, and with cancer it would be just steadily declining, or staying level. And no blood work showing anything weird.
2. a really bad food allergy
3. the dreaded IBD

Doc says she is leaning towards IBD, because of the test results, and symptoms. Of course the only way to know positively is through an endoscopy - which will be $741.00 - which right now, I really do not have the money for. I hate to put her through it too. Vet says she would use the same treatment for any of the 3, except that if it was cancer, she would add a chemo drug.
Some of the symptoms, that have been ongoing, that I never put together in my head (I blame myself for it going this long) plus, when I mentioned some of them to the prior vet - nothing was EVER said about IBD.
Hariballs - she vomits them at least 1 a week, sometimes more. Gurgly tummy sounds. Vomiting almost whole food back up right after she eats. Weight up & down. Having a bit of blood in her vomit a couple years ago. Another time she got sick & would not eat - I fed her by hand to get her to eat. She does have some stress cause she does not really like the other cats, and most other people really. Lately Smitty has just been tormenting her. Vet says it can be cylical, and her body is not absorbing enough nutrients to keep weight.
So - she wants her to eat canned food with no beef, lamb or fish (fish is her fav too :() as far as any dry - she will eat the Z/D prescription diet. I know it is not popular, but surprisingly, the first 2 ingredients are chicken liver & chicken. No corn, no meals at all. She says it is hydrolized - the molecules are broken smaller so that the body can absorb the food better & easier on the digestive tract, and good for an allergy. It also has omega oils in it, which I have read are good for IBD. It is ridiculously expensive - $51 for an 8lb bag...yeah I almost dropped my jaw right off. I am trying to get her to eat more & more wet, which she is, but she is not an easy sell to go all wet food. Or to eat anything that is best for her.
When I look at these cans - the ones that I know she will eat - there is fish in it. She took a few bites of the NV rabbit the other day, but when I tried it again today - she looked at me like I had 2 heads. This part would not be so bad if she was not so darn picky. I looked at the foods listed on IBD kitties, and I have tried most of them at one point of another through the years with her, and she won't eat them. The vet gave me a list too - and she said Fromm & Evngers is very good. I know one time Maizy had the pheasant & liked it, so I will get some of that. I just want to cry, because I want to help her so much. The thing is that she has been bouncing around like nothing is wrong, so that is a good thing, At least until today, her 2nd day on prednisolone. I am not sure, can it make her not feel good? That is another thing I am freaking out about. I am reading that it can cause diabetes? She is to take 1/2 tab 2 times a day for 2 weeks, then go to 1/2 tab 1 time a day for 2 weeks, then 1/2 every other day. I am going to ask the dr about the other new med I just read about - starts with a b I think. I guess I just want to know if I am doing the right things. I feel guilty about not having the endoscopy - but right now, with Felix needing to be neutered, and then Tig will have his echo in Jan/Feb which is $300, it will take me time to save up - but then I think what if it is cancer, and I am wasting this time that she would be on chemo. I really feel strongly that it is not though. I am just so confused. At least what I have read seems like she should be able to be managed well, and will be ok for a long time. I have had this little girl since she was 1 week old, I am her momma literally. Does anyone have any ideas, or if you are dealing with IBD what has worked for you? vet said that a bad food allergy can be the culprit too..tell me what you think, please I need the input from my friends...a weary & worried momma Renee

ps - I did want to note that her fur is soft, shiny & sleek, her eyes are bright & clear - not sullen or an unkempt coat. She is quite her sassy self & has no problem yelling at me when I have not done her bidding. oh and also no diahhrea either at all - ever

 
 

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Purred by: Zeke (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 12:02 am

I know how hard it is for you, it is so frustrating to find something they will eat and like. Do you know Finney & Lacey's Mom she knows all about IBD she has a web site as well...

Also you not being able to afford her test right now, have you tried applying for Care Credit...I use it for my pets it gives you time to pay off with no interest as long as you pay it by the date. Also there are organizations that help out as long as you qualify...I don't so that is why I applied for Care Credit...hope this helps. You and your babies are in prayers...know we are here for you


hugs and love
Purred by: Bella My Beautiful Angel (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 12:28 am

Firstly:
Take a deep breath. Lots of cats live long, happy lives with IBD. Bella got it when she got older, and we did all the food struggles, and wound up back on FF. Not the best for her, but she didn't vomit it much and she kept it down. Bella, it was suspected, had an allergy to poultry-if she ate chicken or duck, she'd upchuck, ususally.

Have you gone to Lisa and Alex Provost's page IBDkitties.net? Lisa has a real wealth of information there. Don't panic-getting information is the first step. Of course you will do your best for your little girl, thats what we moms do. Don't worry too much-it will be ok.

Above all, don't get too worried-this is something that you will be able to control.

I sympathize with the tests, by the way-it can get pricy.

Purrs and hugs,
Deb and Ruffy and Bella and the Ridgewood crew
Purred by: Bella My Beautiful Angel (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 12:28 am

Firstly:
Take a deep breath. Lots of cats live long, happy lives with IBD. Bella got it when she got older, and we did all the food struggles, and wound up back on FF. Not the best for her, but she didn't vomit it much and she kept it down. Bella, it was suspected, had an allergy to poultry-if she ate chicken or duck, she'd upchuck, ususally.

Have you gone to Lisa and Alex Provost's page IBDkitties.net? Lisa has a real wealth of information there. Don't panic-getting information is the first step. Of course you will do your best for your little girl, thats what we moms do. Don't worry too much-it will be ok.

Above all, don't get too worried-this is something that you will be able to control.

I sympathize with the tests, by the way-it can get pricy.

Purrs and hugs,
Deb and Ruffy and Bella and the Ridgewood crew
Purred by: Bella My Beautiful Angel (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 12:28 am

Firstly:
Take a deep breath. Lots of cats live long, happy lives with IBD. Bella got it when she got older, and we did all the food struggles, and wound up back on FF. Not the best for her, but she didn't vomit it much and she kept it down. Bella, it was suspected, had an allergy to poultry-if she ate chicken or duck, she'd upchuck, ususally.

Have you gone to Lisa and Alex Provost's page IBDkitties.net? Lisa has a real wealth of information there. Don't panic-getting information is the first step. Of course you will do your best for your little girl, thats what we moms do. Don't worry too much-it will be ok.

Above all, don't get too worried-this is something that you will be able to control.

I sympathize with the tests, by the way-it can get pricy.

Purrs and hugs,
Deb and Ruffy and Bella and the Ridgewood crew
Purred by: Natalie the Natcat, Forever (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 12:29 am

Firstly:
Take a deep breath. Lots of cats live long, happy lives with IBD. Bella got it when she got older, and we did all the food struggles, and wound up back on FF. Not the best for her, but she didn't vomit it much and she kept it down. Bella, it was suspected, had an allergy to poultry-if she ate chicken or duck, she'd upchuck, ususally.

Have you gone to Lisa and Alex Provost's page IBDkitties.net? Lisa has a real wealth of information there. Don't panic-getting information is the first step. Of course you will do your best for your little girl, thats what we moms do. Don't worry too much-it will be ok.

Above all, don't get too worried-this is something that you will be able to control.

I sympathize with the tests, by the way-it can get pricy.

Purrs and hugs,
Deb and Ruffy and Bella and the Ridgewood crew
Purred by: Alex (sweet angel girl) (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 12:50 am

Not all kitties get diabetes from pred, far from it. I'm not advocating pred as a miracle drug but there is a reason it's given so much. It works!!! You can try budesonide (entocort) which does not have to be filtered by the liver but it's still a steroid and all drugs have side effects, there is no way around that. The important thing is you need to nip this in the bud now!!!! Don't let it get any worse than it is. So if the doctor wants her to take steroids for a bit, then please just do it okay? I know you are scared but you know that I would never in a million years tell you something I didn't believe was needed. She's been up and down way too much and to let it go any further would then cause more weight loss and that's more dangerous than taking pred. Trust me on that! I know what of I speak.
Purred by: Maizy (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 1:07 am

She had her 2 doses yesterday & 1 so far today. I have been reading as much as possible, and am working my way through the case studies on IBDKITTIES!!! Is the budesonide a better drug though? If she mmust stay on this stuff, maybe she can be switched when she is settled.
Purred by: Alex (sweet angel girl) (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 1:13 am

It's better in that it doesn't need to be filtered by the liver. It's very expensive though and it doesn't work for all kitties. But yes, it's another alternative. Please try not to look too far down the road. If it's one thing I've learned with IBD, you have to take it one day at a time. I'm dealing with that and colitis with my sister's cat now and it's so discouraging. But we deal with her episodes one day at a time because that's all we can do. When you said you thought she didn't feel well today, what do you mean? How is she acting?
Purred by: Mrs. Murphy DG#22 (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 1:35 am

My doctor thought I had a tumor based on x-rays and an ultrasound. I was on prednisolone for 11 months and did not become diabetic. She is now just starting to wean me from the pred and thinks I may have IBD and that what she had seen was thickening of my intestines (?), but that didn't show now.
Purred by: Alex (sweet angel girl) (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 1:38 am

You could always have an ultrasound done on Maizy instead of endoscopy. It's better than an x-ray and cheaper than endoscopy.
Purred by: Tiny (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 4:32 am

I've bee on and off steroids for years because I have really bad allergies. I took dexamethasone and I recently started on prendisolone. I have nasal allergies though. I didn't get diabetes. My vet said it was safe for me to take because it wasn't a high dose. Don't be scared. It might help you a lot. I'll be purring for you!
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 5:58 am

I'm sure others know a lot more about the topic, so I'll just send purrs.
Purred by: Kaci Sunshine - Beloved Angel (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 3:49 pm

Purrs Maizy! If your mom can get Care Credit and afford the monthly payments, I'd opt for an endoscopy. It's expensive but would give you a diagnosis (either intestinal cancer, IBD, Triaditis) and you'd no longer be guessing or need to spend more money down the road on more diagnostic tests for this issue. An ultrasound is a good idea too but sometimes the results are more suggestive than conclusive. Other than that, Alex and the others know a heck of a lot more about this than I do and have given you excellent advice. Sending you lots of healing purrs!

xoxo
Kaci
Purred by: Bibi (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 4:00 pm

Sending my purrs this all works out -- hang in there -- we are here for you!
Purred by: Molly Angel (Catster Member)

October 21st 2012 at 12:59 pm

Purring for you pretty girl. Kitties in our house have been on Prednisolone for extended times and did well on it.


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