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Monida's musings


August 30th 2011 5:06 pm
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Well, I took Monida to her appointment at the new vet, and we are no closer to a diagnosis than before we went in. This vet also doesn't seem too concerned about her not eating. He gave her some prescription food to see if we can get the diarrhea under control.

Now a new problem has arised. Monida's left eye is all squinty and cloudy. The vet seems to think it's from the herpes virus and is flaring up because of all the stress of everything else. So he gave me some lysine, which I know Sobe's dad has used with good luck.

So I'm not sure what the next step is. I guess I'll closely watch her for a few days and then re-evaluate.

I should mention a couple things that I keep forgetting to mention - Monida does not have a fever, and she is still drinking plenty of water. She eats a little bit, so she hasn't completely stopped, but she's eating less than a quarter of what she should be. I wish we could just figure out what's wrong!

Purred by: KIBBLES (Catster Member)

August 30th 2011 at 5:37 pm

We use the Lysine also. It really does help. Give it a chance.
Hopes you feels better soon.
Try to have a great day.
Purred by: Samoa - Diva Angel (Catster Member)

August 30th 2011 at 5:54 pm

Did this vet get a chance to look at her xrays? You might see if the other vet will send them over so the new vet can see them. Like some other cat said in a previous diary entry comment - you paid for those, and you should get to have your second opinion vet see them!
Purred by: Tigger ~ Loved Forever (Catster Member)

August 30th 2011 at 5:58 pm

Dear girl, you have to eat. Cats who don't eat enough can get fatty liver disease in a matter of a few days. :( My mom had to assist feed my sisfur Taylor over the course of her Hyperthyroidism. If your mom wants some suggestions on how to assist feed and some resources, please p-mail us. :)

Love you bunches!
Purred by: ♥ Tasha ♥ (Catster Member)

August 30th 2011 at 6:54 pm

We take lysine every day~ it should help. We continue to send purrs!

xoxoxo Tasha
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

August 30th 2011 at 9:00 pm

Sending lots of purrs!
Purred by: Stacy T

August 30th 2011 at 9:23 pm

The Lysine should help. Your poor tummy, you've had a little bit of every kind of food. (that upsets our bellies and digestion too.) You've been under quite a bit of stress (and your Mom too)

We're purring for you sweetie!
Purred by: Toby (Catster Member)

August 30th 2011 at 10:46 pm

Hope the new food helps and that your eye is better soon. Purring for you. Toby and Josie
Purred by: (My Angel) Marrakech (Catster Member)

August 30th 2011 at 11:03 pm

Purring for you. Please do have the old vet send those x-rays to your new vet. In fact, if they're in film form, it might be quicker for you to get them and carry them over to the new vet. (That's what we did when Colette went to the hospital to treat her hyperthyroidism.)

You're absolutely right--why on earth would you wait so long as to precipitate a crisis and only then intervene with a feeding tube?! Good move switching vets.

Colette and Samsara are getting/have gotten Lysine too. It helps. (BTW, we left you some pointers on administering the metronidazole in your earlier diary. Mom is also using a syringe for Colette's Lysine because Colette won't take it any other way.)
Purred by: Mietzi Katze♥ (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 4:44 am

We're purring for your eye owie to go away and for you to eat more. Are you getting wet food? Can your Mom maybe put the bowl right in front of you several times in the morning/night to entice you? I'm a finicky eater too and sometimes I eat a little, then get distracted and want to run zoomies and play. And then I get back to eating later.
Purred by: Hunter *Dreamboat #82* (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 5:17 am

Oh Monida! Geez girl, you gotta get better. Listen, this is kind of a secret, BUT I don't eat all that much either. Sometimes I only eat 1/2 of a 3oz can all day! But that is my choice and mom has to live with it. Also if your mom is giving you different foods to try to get you to eat, that might give you diarrhea! When I didn't eat when I was a kitten, mom tried EVERYTHING! Then she found out a few things. 1: I had boogies in my nose and couldn't smell it. If you're eating wet food, have mom stick it in the microwave thingy for like 10 seconds or so. It smells super yummy! 2: Have your mom sprinkle some grated cheese on top of your food, just a tiny bit. That worked for me too. 3: try a new food thats wicked stinky. Like Fancy Feast. Its really cheap and it smells. But I LOVE it. (might give you diarrhea, but if you keep on eating it, you'll be fine! plus its wet food, which is good for you.)

Have they tested your poop for parasites, or any issues? Maybe you can see a feline only vet. Thats what I have, and they're wicked nice! Have you had any temptation treats? Those are super yummy. Maybe you just need a change of food. I never have the same food, its always changing.

Try the benefiber in your food. It can't hurt. I'd say ask your vet, but they kinda seem... Stoopid! Oh and I take lysine too when my eyes look funny. It works great! I never have goopy eyes.

Get better Monida! We Love You!!
Purred by: The Pharaoh Loki Mahes (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 5:36 am

I agree with Hunter, heat up that food, also my vet had Mama heat my food, dilute it with some water and use a syringe to feed me and after a few force feedings I ate on my own. Minerva had the same issues and the warmed food and a few feedings in a syringe kick started her appetite..
I am purring like mad for you my dear friend.
All my Royal love
Purred by: Monster (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 8:20 am

You may need to see a kitty internist and get an ultrasound done.
Purred by: Tigger (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 8:27 am

Dad puts warm water in our food & it makes a sort of gravy,especially with the ones that have broth already. If you look at Sobe's old pics,you can see how squinty his eyes were,the brownish-red discharge Dad usually kept washed out of his eyes. 1 W-store lysine 500 mg tablet daily,crushed in a mortar & pestle & mixed with water,squirted in the mouth with an eyedropper,fixed Sobe up,but it took like 9 or 10 months.

We're Purring that it's just the heat that's got you down,& that you'll feel better when it cools down.
Purred by: Sobe (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 8:32 am

BTW,I don't take the lysine anymore,& don't have any more eye trouble. The only thing I have left over from the herpes is that I snore when I'm sleeping & sometimes my purr sounds like I'm snorting.
Purred by: Laura W

August 31st 2011 at 9:22 am


most peepul doez knot agree with de way trout towners go two de vets as we bee leave in holistic care unless it iz next ta impossibull.....

if ewe due knot like de care and or advise either oh de vets haz given ewe; if ewe haz a holistic vet in yur area; they might be werth checkin into

sorree ewe N mom haz had a rough time of it....

Purred by: Timo Katze - DB #105 (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 9:22 am

Mietzi and I thought of something else. Do you have a baby scale? Your Mom could keep track that way if you loose any weight. They are really great for that. They measure in half ounces and we have one unfortunately. (I like to eat, MOL)
Purred by: Nikolai - Dreamboat #24 (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 10:07 am

Are you only eating a little bit of the new food? Maybe you don't like the new food? When my moms tried to put us on a raw diet, we barely ate it, no matter how hungry we were. My moms gave up and put us back on grain-free, but I have to admit we would much prefer Friskies or some other kitty junk food.
Purred by: Calie Dreamette #17 (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 12:09 pm

oh no I am so sorry to hear that I don't get it why do the vets not thing it is critical that you re not eating? I wonder if they need to get you some meds for upset tummy? :( so very sorry to hear you are still not feeling well, we have all taken lysine too.
purrs and hugs sweet girl.
Purred by: Eva V

August 31st 2011 at 1:05 pm

Purring and purring for you sweet Monida!
Love always
Purred by: WeBeesSiameezers (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 4:21 pm

Continuing our purr vigil fur you, Monida.
Purred by: Bella My Beautiful Angel (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 6:28 pm

Hi Monida,
I have pancreatitis. I know that Auntie Lisa is the queen of the site and might be able to offer help.

When I was not feeling well, the vet put me on a weeks worth of a medicine that stops you feeling sick to the stomach. I was sleepy on it, but you know, it did seem to help. I get my food in increments, not all at once. I was switched to natural balance venison and also a food called fussie cat chicken and veg. so far both seem to agree with me.
I got b12 by injection and get weighed weekly by my vet.

I'm purring for you. I understand, beleive me.
Purred by: Biggles (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 6:31 pm

Purring for you sweet girl.

You need to eat. I am shocked that both vets don't seem too worried about that. That is always one of the first questions asked. Because not eating can lead to Fatty Liver Disease like Tigger mentioned.

I hope they figure out what why you aren't feeling well so they can treat you and get you feeling better soon.

Purred by: Rose - beautiful angel (Catster Member)

August 31st 2011 at 7:40 pm

Sending you oodles of hugs and purrs sweet girl. We hope the vet is able to figure out what's going on.
Purred by: Riley

September 1st 2011 at 1:51 pm

Sending big purrs to you. We're purring that the vet doc can figure out what is going on.





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