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Inflammatory Bowel Disorder

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Miss Maxi

Always a- pleasure, never- a chore.
 
 
Purred: Wed Jul 25, '12 8:27am PST 
Hello all, it is Hannah here, on behalf of Miss Maxi.
We had our 3rd visit to the vet today (within a month) and have finally been given a diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disorder and will now be on steroids for the rest of her days...All being well with her current gluten free/bland food diet.
If any of you have experience of this, any tips or hints, I would be most happy to hear from you.
Here's thanking you in advance wave
Hannah and Miss Maxi
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

Angel on a- mission!
 
 
Purred: Wed Jul 25, '12 10:40am PST 
Hi Hannah and Miss Maxi. I have a website specifically for cats with IBD and I can help you with anything you need. Please check it out and if you'd like someone to talk to or need some advice and help, you can contact me at the email address on the site: http://www.ibdkitties.net/.

Angel Alex and mommy Lisa
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Smithwick

Tigger is my- favorite!
 
 
Purred: Wed Jul 25, '12 3:51pm PST 
Alex will be a big help to you - I just wanted to send you a purr to feel better.hug
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Miss Maxi

Always a- pleasure, never- a chore.
 
 
Purred: Thu Jul 26, '12 4:00am PST 
Dear Angle Alex and Lisa, thank you so much for that link and for creating the website, it is invaluable.
And Dear Smithwick, thanks so much for the hugs, we both feel much better today.
You people are awesome, thank you happy dance
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

Angel on a- mission!
 
 
Purred: Thu Jul 26, '12 8:44am PST 
You're so very welcome and again, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me. That's what I am there (or here) for. I'll be happy to talk you through this and/or help in any way I can. big grin
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Miss Maxi

Always a- pleasure, never- a chore.
 
 
Purred: Sun Aug 5, '12 8:43am PST 
Dear Lisa,
Thanks so much for the link to your site.
I have tried to start reading through it all, but have found it some what daunting and overwhelming.
Miss Maxi had another bout (just one) of vomiting on Friday night, so I will be speaking, hopefully, with the cat specialist at the vets tomorrow.
Miss Maxi's whole routine has changed, she is like a different cat - she used to have several lap-sits each day, and now won't settle on my lap at all.
She is putting on a little weight, this is a good thing as she was only 3.7kg when we first saw the vet over a month ago. Last weigh-in she was 4.19kg, so heading in the right direction.
She has become an 'outdoor' cat in all of this too.
She is still happily eating the gluten free chicken and rice diet.
No diarrhea for a couple of weeks now.
I was terrified at reading all the issues which can come with IBD and am fearful for Maxi's health.
I don't know where to begin asking for your advice, but feel I must move forward for Miss Maxi's sake!
My personal state has worsened recently which is getting in the way of moving forward.
I keep having major concerns about what her future holds.
I am fearful, while Miss Maxi is becoming fearless (apart from all the vet visits!).
Thank you, with love and hugs,
Hannah
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

Angel on a- mission!
 
 
Purred: Sun Aug 5, '12 11:33am PST 
Hannah please take a look at my Caregiver page. It talks a lot about this kind of thing. It's a link off of the Living with IBD page. I know it's overwhelming and scary. Can I ask why you are letting her outside? An IBD kitty should not be going outdoors. She can get into anything and eat anything and it's too hard to regular her food this way and to know what set her off. I don't recommend it sweetie, I'm sorry. It's best to keep her in. Can you take her outside on a harness instead? That would be a lot easier for you to keep track of what's going on. The vomiting will only continue I'm afraid if you let her be an outdoor kitty. I'm so sorry this is happening. Believe me, she can be stabilized and it will take time. Please try and be good to yourself as well. Treat yourself with kindness and patience and know that you are NOT alone and we're all here for you to help you learn what needs to be done to keep Maxi okay. And there's no reason to think she won't be okay. Please try not to go there in your head so much right now. My Alex was the extreme Hannah! She really was. She was a sick little girl that was just not destined to be here long and although it ripped my heart out, I have since learned that many do live a healthy and happy life. No reason not to think that can't be the same for Maxi. hug
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