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A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly Merida

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Merida

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Purred: Thu Jan 17, '13 6:13pm PST 
So a week of prednisone, and Merida became territorial in the aggressive sense. It put her into a fake heat, and also made her want to pee on certain parts of the floor repeatedly. It wasn't that she couldn't make it to the box, she was set on peeing in THAT spot on the floor. Then of course flopping in it, and needing several baths at midnight. It did nothing for her condition really, my chamomile did way more. So nixed that. The vet suggested a high chinese herbal anti inflammatory. However, I have declined that currently and am trying my old ways again to see if I get her walking etc.

So far, on a dose of 50-100IU of Vitamin E daily (she has 5IU in her supplements) she has amazing lower body control! When she falls now, its like in slow motion. She is playing three times as much, and twice as hard now. She runs alot, even though she falls after because she can't stop. She likes to sit up, which she can do by herself not leaning on anything for almost 2 full minutes. She can stand on her own weight for about 7 minutes straight now when I walk her. She is using her litterbox again by herself, her eye kitters are a bit less too. She has already improved in the 2 days I have been doing this.

The only thing I want to do, is go back to adding vegtables in her raw turkey. However, I have to do the calculations of whats in the veggies vs whats in her supplements to make sure she doesn't get too much of anything. Her bowel movement schedule is horrible, but she also has nothing really to bind it together not having bone in her raw turkey. I notice with a good movement every 2-3 days before she was doing way better! After a bowel movement she was a whole new cat.

So all in all, she is doing quite well!
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Purred: Fri Jan 18, '13 9:02am PST 
I'm glad to hear that after her setback Merida is doing better! I would stay away from veggies, but you could always add some fiber (plain psyllium) or some pumpkin. Pumpkin is a great regulator - it appears to help both diarrahea and constipation. Just make sure it's plain pumpkin and not pie filling - nothing added to it. Good luck!
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Merida

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Purred: Fri Jan 18, '13 5:59pm PST 
Thanks BK! I am giving her pumpkin already, I do worry about too much vitamin A. I haven't had the time to do all the calculations on what her vitamins and mineral powders contain. Thats all I need is to make her toxic in something when we are doing so well!

Even better news, yesterday and today she has had interest in the water dish knowing whats in there. Its not that she is thirsty, I noticed she wants it now because it isnt so scarey anymore and the other pets drink it. So she was pulling at the dish, and I steadied her. She dips her nose because her depth perception is still quite off, but we are still working on that again and hopefully she will be able to drink by herself one day soon whenever she needs water! Horray!

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BK

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Purred: Sat Jan 19, '13 5:16am PST 
My CH girl can't/won't use the water bowl either. She's just too wobbly I guess. So I just make sure her ground raw food has plenty of liquid. But it's great that Merida is trying!
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Merida

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Purred: Thu Jan 31, '13 7:44am PST 
Merida saw the vet Monday, so I wanted to post an update. The vet did acupuncture on her, and she has listed Merida as injuries due to head trauma and or birthing trauma. I am saving, and taking donations for Xrays for her. Vet would like to be certain that Merida did not injure her 1-3 vertabraes, at the time of Xrays she will also see an internal medicine specialist as well. My vet has spoken with him and he is very interested in seeing Merida. Right now the possibilities are:
sterile meningitis
spinal cord injury
brain stem injury
broken bones that healed wrongly causing pressure or nerve issues

So its looking good with this new vet. I saw her last vet the other day at the clinic, I am certain she glared at me. I smiled at her when I saw her. Oi.

So we will see where we go from here. Vet has seen one other case of this before, as this type of thing is usually seen more in puppies than cats or kittens since kittens are so independant and can usually deal with it on their own and get better unless drastically injured. She is very interested in getting to the bottom of Meridas issues.

I have also added another cat, not to my household, but to my rehab list. A cat was dropped off on the doorstep of a vets office last year with a note "Just cannot care for this cat anymore". She was way more wobbly than Merida. The cat was about 3 years old, and couldn't really walk. She was so dizzy and basically spread all four legs out and sort of waddled while her head moved drastically left to right. The video is just heart wrenching. The lady reached out to me via Meridas page for some help. This cat was labeled distemper and set for euthanasia when this lady rushed her kitten to the vet. He died there sadly. he was very ill. The vet took this lady aside and explained this cat they had got in, and that it needed a place to die really. It was a sweet cat, and had some problems. The lady took Krissie in.

The lady contacted me and showed me a video. I could clearly see the same signs that help seperate all this distemper and CH stuff from actual brain injury/spinal trauma. So after a long nights talk and questioning, I gave her the information to help identify what was wrong and give me the details. She did, and is now rehabing Krissie like I do with Merida. Krissie, who is 4 now, and has never been able to actually walk, stand, etc.. Is now trying to pounce, swatting at toys, she is almost making it to the litterbox and water dish (she tries and does get close), and she just yesterday tried to stand for the first time ever. The lady is constantly crying, tears of joy. Here she thought she had brought home this cat to die, and it turns out the cat is doing better now than she ever has.

*warm fuzzies*
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BK

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Purred: Thu Jan 31, '13 12:54pm PST 
Love this story about Krissie - how wonderful! And I'm glad you're finally getting somewhere with the new vet for Merida. Please keep us posted on what they find out when you get the x-rays done!
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Merida

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Purred: Tue Mar 12, '13 8:22pm PST 
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Meridas xrays are in!
she saw an internal medicine specialist and IMO he was just like the other 5 vets she saw. Anyhow, her xrays show a slight lesion at c6 c7 which seems to bother her quite bad. He said he isnt sure how bad and wants a CT to check her for CH. $2000, so we are working on donations for that now.
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