|Purred: Mon May 4, '09 5:06pm PST |
I am a new forum poster. I have used this website for various tips, advice and just enjoy the beautiful pictures of cats. The reason I am posting today is because my beautiful Newton has been diagnosed with Megacolon. Newton is a seven yearl old male. He is the sweetest most loving cat I have ever had. This is his story, if it can help one cat owner out there, then it will be worth it. About two years ago Newton got sick with a UTI. At the same time the vet informed me that he was impacted with feces! WHAT, how could that be? Newton is an inside/outside cat and has always done his business outside. I had no way of knowing. My vet had to put him out and manually disimpact him. He was traumatic for both of us. The vet put Newton on a low dose of Lactulose and for the past two years Newton has been fine - or so I thought. I admit that I got a bit lax with giving him the Lactulose over time. I am totally embarrassed and sorry for that. One month ago Newton had to be rushed to the vet because he was vomiting and scooting all over the house. As it turned out he was once again impacted and this time it was serious. It took not only a manual evacuation, but several enemas, and two days in the hospital. I have never seen him so weak. He had lost approx two pounds probably over a couple of weeks. Until the very last moment he showed NO signs. As I said earlier he is the most layed back sweetest guy you ever want to meet. My vet sent him home on 3 ml of Lactulose twice daily and 1 ml of Cisipride twice daily. We talked about the surgery for megacolon, but that will be a last resort should we need too. My sweet boy has been home one month and is eating like a pig, taking his medicine like a champ, pooping fabuously and just basically feeling like a new man. Dont get me wrong, it took some time to get him used to having medicine twice a day. I give him the Lactulose mixed in Fancy Feast cat food or baby food. He loves it. He has learned to take the Cisipride from a syringe, I dont even have to hold his head anymore. I will admit I am scared. I dont want him to have to get that sick again. My vet seems to think that we can manage him with meds and give him good quality of life. Would I put him through the surgery if I needed too, I really do not know. The reason I am telling you this long story is that Megacolon can be managed with meds, the cat can have a good quality of life. Right after Newton was diagnosed a woman I work with said to me, "oh a cat diagnosed with Megacolon is a death sentence". Well I am here to tell you that is not true. Dont let anyone tell you that. Do your research, read everything you can get your hands on. Learn about this condition and how it needs to be handled on a daily basis. It's not easy, its a total commitment - giving meds twice a day, monitoring bowel movements and litter pan activity. I will not give up on my sseet Newton, I will make his life comfortable. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. Thanks for reading my very long post. And please keep my Newton in your cat prayers.
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