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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly 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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Cat Health > Trying to help cats with head trauma/spinal cord injuries
Merida

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Purred: Fri Feb 1, '13 7:57am PST 
Mommy created a facebook page fer me a while ago. She did it to get donations to help care for me because of her car accident she cannot work, and so many vets said to make me have the BIG sleep after not checking me out. Mommy knew vets were wrong and there was something else was wrong...

If you don't know my story, you can read about it on my facebook page. It is real long to get into!

Moms goal of this post is to ask if there are any other kitties like me, if she can try and help their mommys and daddys get them better. She isn't a vet, but she is just super smart! Mom wants to help other kitties like me from being given the BIG sleep because she has talked to many people and found out that there were more like me, but they went to the rainbow bridge because they were improperly diagnosed. Mommys heart hurts for this and she doesn't want this to continue. So, my mom has taken it upon herself to document me and other kitties with unknown wobbliness, and see if she can help make us better. Then, she would like to speak to my vet and the internal medicine specialist (and possibly the neurologist I might be seeing) to help her write something for vets everywhere to help them find what to look for to avoid giving more of us the big sleep.

Mom has already tried this on a terrible wobbly kitty, and the rehab therapy is working. This kitty has never ever stood up, she is 4 and is now trying to stand after a month and a half of mommys help with her mommy. Her mommy cries alot, but its good tears!

Mommy wants to make kitties happy and healthy, so this is what she is looking for to help determine if kitties are like me, or actually have CH:

*eye jitters - the eyes will move around after the cat moves
*hind leg bending - older kitties may not bend now, but have they ever bent their legs when trying to walk.
*sound or light sensitivity - waking up to every sound, and squinting with light
*warm head or ears - usually after play or walking around
*falling in more than one direction - I fall in every direction

So if you have, or know of a kitty like this if you could let mommy know, show her a video, go to or send the mommy or daddy to my page to see my videos.

You can email me at savedmerida@gmail.com or go to my facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SavedMerida

My mom thinks she is crazy for taking on everything she does, but she just loves animals too much! laugh out loud
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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly 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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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly 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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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly 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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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly Merida
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Purred: Mon Jan 7, '13 9:12am PST 
FINALLY!!

Merida had her Jan 4th appointment with a different vet at the holistic clinic. The vet listened intensely to me, looked and felt Merida. THEN she checked Meridas chart to see what the previous vet there had done. She was puzzled actually at WHY the other vet (owner of the clinic, and world renouned seminar holder, etc) assumed distemper and had been treating her GI tract for such.

Upon her own exam of Merida, she saw distinct neurological signs due to trauma that we know Merida suffered. There is a slight possibility she MAY have had a birth defect causing apart of this, but it is hard to say for sure. Since none of the many vets took actual notes, Merida has no real chart until 16 weeks old. She is NOT a Ch kitty, and doesn't have any signs of distemper damage.

Merida recieved acupuncture and chiropractic. Her neck was in severe spasm, so that area was untouched. She was given very low dose steroids to see how she reacts to this. In a week I will speak with the vet again to explain any of Meridas progress on the drug, and then we will make a blend of natural herbs to help her out for a longer term, more safe, solution.

The vet agreed with cutting out the distemper treatment herbs, doing my slippery elm bark to help Merida stimulate her bowels back to what they were before the distemper treatment, a bit more acupuncture, and to keep on doing my rehab as I have been. Also xray when I can afford it to make sure her spine is ok from the falls, any possible birthing trauma, and since she was left untreated for so long in her growing stage.

HORRAY!
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Food & Nutrition > Help! Having trouble putting weight on our rescue!

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Purred: Thu Jan 3, '13 8:36am PST 
Is he actually underweight, and if so, by how much?

If the vets think he is healthy, I would give him canned kitten food. That stuff is loaded with calories for growing kittens. He should put weight on with that, if he doesn't then I would be concerned. It took Merida a bit to gain with kitten food, about a week and a half i think. Her mother though is very long and lean.
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Raw Food Diet > Going from Canned to Raw - Fagin's the Kitten Overlord's Journey

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Purred: Sun Dec 30, '12 11:55am PST 
I remember when my mommy did this for me! Mom had to force me to eat the canned when she mixed all of it together because I was going too fast on RAW. RAW RAW RAW! It is so yummy! Canned food is so yucky! But even going slow, since I was a kitten I had real trouble digesting bone and it backed me up really good, to the point I was pooping just semi clumps of bone, and it hurt. frown Mom was right, keeping it slow and steady. She tried bone again with me, she even pulled out a bunch of bone in the premixed raw, and I still couldn't digest it. So she is going to wait until I am a year old in 6 more months and try bone in again with me. A lot of vets will say don't go raw until kittens are 1yr old, but me and mommy agree it is a personal decision. I do way better on it, even though right now I get ground meat and heart with all my powder vitamins and minerals.

Good luck Fagin! I can't wait to read more.
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Raw Food Diet > Natalie may have kidney issues-considering trying raw again-one vet says yea/ another nay...

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Purred: Thu Dec 27, '12 5:39pm PST 
I have saved many cats, and I won't post it in here but in my opinion, raw all the way! I currently only have my kitten on raw, currently have 3 cats. Merida was a stray I saved, she couldn't walk, was severely dehydrated, she was a mess! I had her on canned food, ended up switching to raw, and then back to canned, and back to raw. I have her progress on video and you can see the difference in her eyes, skin, and coat, and even the fact she was walking on the raw diet, yet when I switched to canned she couldn't walk. Switched back to raw, and she was walking again, repeat this. She couldn't be healthier now. One of my others has dandruff, and feline acne, and just a whack of problems no matter what diet I have her on that is commercial dry or canned. It's terrible.

In the case of a kidney cat, which Natalie may or may not be, could be a few things with her symptoms, there is a recomended kidney cat diet for raw actually. I had a kidney cat, never had him on a raw diet, but used herbs to help him instead. I believe the prev poster gave that website info. My cat was on a powder from the vet to help his phosphorus and calcium levels balance. Personally, i think with that powder and a raw diet a kidney cat would do better than on a commercial store bought diet (or even vet prescription)

Here is a link to help you understand kidney failure bloodwork. Maybe that will help you as an owner decide what you think is best for your girl.

http://www.felinecrf.com/tests0.htm
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Raw Food Diet > Water in raw, does it matter & heating or reheating...
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Purred: Thu Dec 27, '12 5:24pm PST 
Thanks for the response BK, I keep reading different things on different sites really. Not that I am confused, I basically go with if i wouldn't eat or drink it, my cats don't. big grin
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