February 5th 2013 7:17 am
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Boy am I glad to be home. Anyone who has ever spent time in a hospital knows, you don't get any rest. I had a drink, something to eat, got my pills and fell asleep in my cube. I didn't even come upstairs to bed, I just zonked out.
Today I am feeling better and am a little perkier. I have sniffed around the house and sat in the window to make sure the neighborhood is okay. I got my morning meds and had a little something to eat. My appetite isn't great, but it is coming back.
My docs were very nice and treated me very well. I had the emergency room doc and the internal medicine specialist on my case. Here is what the internal med. doc had to say....."we suspect that Rusty had an exacerbation of the previous illness in 2011: pancreatitis plus infection or inflammation of his liver and gall bladder (cholangiohepatitis). His chronic intermittent vomiting may be due to food allergies, IBD, chronic liver disease or chronic pancreatitis, Cats can have a condition known as Triaditis which involves chronic intermittent pancreatitis, liver disease and IBD, This is diagnosed via biopsies of the affected organs, Therapy revolves around treating the inflammation in the liver, pancreas and intestines, a hypoallergenic diet, and antibiotics if needed based on cultures. Rusty has responded well to supportive medications thus far. We would like to find a long-term solution to his illness which would involve a hypo-allergenic diet trial. However because of the numerous cats in the house, changing to a novel protein diet would be difficult. After his current signs have resolved we may consider starting him on a very low dose of a steroid to reduce inflammation in the intestines and pancreas."
I am on Ursdiol, Baytril, Famotidine, Amoxicillin and Metoclopramide (as needed). I have to go back next week for another ultrasound and bloodwork.
Mom is willing to try the novel protein diet. We know it will be expensive to change over our food, but this hospital bill wasn't cheap either. Maybe it would be worth it in the long run. We did buy some for Mrs. M, so Mom says she will at least see if I will eat and like it.
Thank you so much for your purrs, prayers and well wishes. They sure meant alot to me and my Mom. You guys are the best!
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Glad you are back in your own den....purrs galore that you will stay well, and eat, and feel good.
Home is always the best pawlace of all!
Happy to hear you are back home, home is where you should be and getting much needed love from Mom and plenty of rest. We continue to purr for you Rusty...
hugs from all of us
You are on all the right medications Rusty! Glad to hear this buddy. Purring for you still and hoping that you recover more and more each day. Let us know if we can help in any way. Can we also recommend you ask the vet about getting a B12 injection at your next follow up visit? That will help you absorb your nutrients better and help your appetite as well.
Gotta a question. Di and I both have food allergies, now I know yours is much more complicated but when we looked up Novel- protein diets they were mostly venison, natural balance did have some different kinds. But here's my question...I can't eat beef or fish...so I eat chick chick, lamb and turkey. Di has several stomach issues that (it took Mom awhile to realize she had a sensitive stomach, that's why we had problems with her Alex.) has been relieved from eating lamb too.
Lamb after all is hypoallergenic. And you can get Lamb meals at mid price.
Also, couldn't you just feed him in like Mrs. Murphys room with only her. I realize this might be an extra pain in the caboose but it would solve your problem.
Alex, whats your thoughts on Lamb?
Mom could feed me with Mrs M and that would be okay, but it would also mean picking up the bowl of kibble that is left out all the time. (Daisy and Maedia are grazers, they only eat tiny bits several times throughout the day and they are not big on soft food). She would also have to make sure that all the other bowls are picked up before I am let out of Murphy's room. It wouldn't be impossible. It might not be easy, though.
We also have been told that if we do the dry food, that we will actually eat less of it, we would be full faster and longer because it is more nutritious. We currently eat Purina One Sensitive Systems, Mom had bought one bag of the hairball formula and soon after, I got sick. Coincidence? Hmmmm
We had tried one with Murphy, I would have to see which one it was, and we started noticing an awful lot of fur loss on her belly and legs. We even had the vet take a sample of her fur, thinking that she had a fungal infection. It may have been a reaction to the food.
Foods are such a difficult thing to negotiate around. Mom has stood in the aisles at petsmart for hours bewildered. She's pretty much got it figured out now to where everyone is healthy but for the age factor. She's trying to give me and Zach age appropriate food. Gris, eats only his food, out of only his bowl but Zach wants to eat Gris's food and not his own. Sometimes Mom will put Gris's food up so Zach can't get to it and just when Gris crys she brings it back down. Uggghhh! Me, I'm just happy if Mom saved me some wet food for when I get up from my daily long winters nap. Mom said she's going to start calling me Zoe Van Winkle.
Gris and Zach are grazers too.
I'm sorry you have to go through all of this. And no it's probably not a coincidence of the timing of the sickness. Hate to hear that about Mrs. Murphy.
I'm looking much better now and feeling good too. I looked horrible with all that fur missing, I didn't even like to be brushed. It probably isn't the best thing, but I am eating kitten chow. I do eat canned wet food and drink lots of water, and mooch a few treats every night after my meds.
Murphy's food was Hills Prescription diet from the vet. We heard mixed reviews about it, tried it and that is what happened. $22 a bag and then a vet bill to follow. Lovely!
Mom never could get Tux to eat his Hills H/D food. (for the heart) She guesses it was bland. I know what Alex would say about that. LOL.
One thing about kitten chow...it has loads of good stuff. And no judgement here...never.
Glad you're back home!
Happy to hear you are back home! There's no place like it! We continue to purr for you Rusty...
Zoe lamb is an excellent novel protein! Good choice! Mrs. Murphy, we've heard of lots of other kitties getting sick on Purina One. Matter of fact, that's what instigated my IBD back when I was alive.
I had the Hill's prescription food from the vet and and was losing my fur. I was the only one eating it. I liked the taste but evidently it did't agree with me. I didn't get sick and my bowels were okay, just lost patches of fur. Once Mom took that away, my coat impoved, it looks and feels better too!
That's because Hill's contains unbelievable amounts of corn and gluten in it. This happens to A LOT of kitties.
The rest of us eat the Purina One. We had been doing fine on the Sensitive Systems but then Mom got us a bag of the hairball kind and soon after, I got sick. I do love to eat my crunchy food. We have a bag of the natural balance Green Pea and Duck. Mom put some out for us to try. I haven't tasted it yet, but the others have and they really like it. Roni and Ivan do especially. But to try a novel protein, would we have to stop my wet food too?
We're so glad you're home! Maybe just switching back to regular Purina One will be ok? We are purring hard that you find the solution and are back to yourself soon.
Tiger and Tiny
I have been eating Natural Balance LID Duck dry food, and Natural Balance LID duck or venison wet. I have mild IBD, and so far between that food & prednisolone 1/2 tab every other day, I hardly every vomit- maybe 2 times in January - I was doing it almost every other day. I tried the Hills ZD diet, and it is NOT cheap (and it makes you ahem.. poot really stinkie ones, and I mean reeeeaaaallly stinkie poots. Hope you are feeling much better.