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Get Well Soon > The New Home of Hazel Lucy's List for Kitties in Need of Purrs
Miss Mittens- - Angel DG #14

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Purred: Wed Nov 27, '13 6:28pm PST 
Purring for Daisy, ZuZu, Queenie and Fluff. hug

Purring for all sick kitties, all who are abused, abandoned, hungry, homeless, the unloved ones, the unwanted ones, those who are dying and those who are making their journey to Rainbow Bridge and for all kitties who have no names.hughug
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Cat Health > Megacolon?
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Purred: Tue Nov 26, '13 1:29pm PST 
We're so relieved and happy to hear the good news about Athena. Purring that she has a speedy recovery, the new diet and supplements help and she continues to poop!
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Cat Health > Megacolon?

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Purred: Wed Nov 20, '13 7:25pm PST 
Jason, I'm praying for Athena and hope everything turns out well tomorrow. Please keep us posted about her surgery, etc. Hopefully the laxatives and pumpkin will help her after the surgery. I also agree with Marie about eliminating all dry food and feeding grain-free wet food only. Most folks in the Yahoo megacolon group also advise the same.

Hi Marie! You're the kitty I was referring to in my first post in this thread and I'm glad you posted here too.
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Cat Health > Megacolon?

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Purred: Wed Nov 20, '13 12:09pm PST 
So sorry that your Athena has megacolon. I know a little bit about megacolon and hesitated to reply but since no one else has responded, offer my advice based on what I do know.

Miss Mittens used to become severely constipated and needed hospitalization more than a few times for enemas. Her vet wasn't sure she had megacolon but mentioned it as a possibility. (It turned out that she didn't have megacolon).

The one thing that helped Miss Mittens the most was taking 4-5 ml of lactulose every day. Nowadays vets prefer Miralax but that option wasn't available for Miss Mittens. Also, I would mix a small amount of either pumpkin or Benefiber, which is tasteless, into one of her meals each day. She ate only wet foods.

As for surgery, I'd opt for the more conservative surgery first. Removing the colon is radical and if I were you, would only do something like that if nothing else works.

I know someone on Catster who has a cat with megacolon. If I remember correctly, she decided not to have the surgery and has successfully managed her cat's megacolon for years. If you want to contact her, please send me a pawmail and I'll give you her name and Catster ID number and alert her that you may write to her.

I don't know what Yahoo is like nowadays or whether they still have discussion groups, but there used to be a group on Yahoo called Feline Megacolon that I found very helpful. If they still have that group, I highly recommend it.


Purrs for Athena!
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Get Well Soon > The New Home of Hazel Lucy's List for Kitties in Need of Purrs

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Purred: Sat Nov 16, '13 6:20pm PST 
Isis, we're so sorry you had to join us at the Bridge. Sending purrs and condolences to your mommy & family.

Rest in peace Isis.

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Cat Health > Lomustine vs. leukeran
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Purred: Mon Nov 5, '12 5:09pm PST 
So sorry you have lymphoma. I had small cell intestinal lymphoma. My specialist put me on cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), which I took twice a week along with daily prednisone and it worked very well. There were no side effects of any kind and my cancer went into remission. Perhaps it could be an option for you?

I also highly recommend the Yahoo Feline Lymphoma group. You'll get good answers to your question in that group. Most specialists initially prescribe Leukeran for smell cell lymphoma but there were other kitties in the Yahoo group with smell cell lymphoma who were also successfully taking cyclophosphamide.
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Cat Health > I have feline herpes, it safe for me to visit the groomers?

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Purred: Mon Apr 30, '12 6:57am PST 
Flossie, I've read that it's estimated that 90% of cats may have the feline herpes virus in their bodies but it remains latent and most cats never have flare ups or show symptoms. I'm not sure contact with other cats at a groomers would affect other cats unless they're already susceptible like you are.

Chronic stress (e.g. living in a shelter or crowded living conditions) and/or living with a chronic illness often cause flare ups. I had never shown any symptoms of herpes until I was 13 and had been living with cancer and undergoing chemo and then had surgery. After surgery, I had a flare up with conjunctivitis in both eyes. It took about 2 months but Terramycin and L-lysine helped clear up the conjunctivitis and keep it under control. My sister Kaci and I shared litterboxes, beds, etc. and lived in close daily contact with each other but she never caught it.

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Cat Health > Hypothyroidism - Cardiology

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Purred: Tue Mar 6, '12 7:16pm PST 
A few more things in addition to my last post.

Here's a link to a good article about hypothyoidism in cats:

Hypothyroidism in Cats

Did your cat have a blood test to check the thyroid? Do you know what the lab's normal range is and what the test result number was for your cat? If it's below normal, then your cat probably has hypothyroidism but if it's not too low, your cat may not need medication. If you don't know the number, please ask your vet! It's hard to judge what's going on without knowing what your cat's thyroid level is.

Did your current vet hear a heart murmur or think something is wrong with your cat's heart? Did you ask why your vet consulted a cardiologist? It would seem more logical (to me) for your vet to consult an endocrinologist about thyroid issues rather than a cardiologist. You need to ask your vet a lot of questions and demand answers!

I can't figure out what the cardiologist means by clinical in relation to hypothyroidism! Are you sure they're talking about hypothyroidism? It is possible your vet thinks your cat has a heart problem and that's what they're talking about?

If you're uncomfortable with what your vet is telling you or doing or not doing, then definitely get a second opinion! Don't hesitate! See what that vet tells you.

Ask your current vet for a copy of your cat's records (which you are entitled to, free of charge) and take them with you when you go for a second opinion with another vet so the new vet can have your cat's complete medical history.


Tapazole (methimazole) is used to treat hyPERthyroidism, not hypothyroidism.

Tapazole doesn't normally causes renal failure, but hyperthyroidism itself can. Hyperthyroidism also causes heart disease. However, a reaction to methimazole may temporarily cause hypothyroidism but in that case, you'd stop the medication for awhile and lower the dose.

HyPOthryoidism is treated with a thyroxine supplement. Miss Mittens took a supplement called Levothyroxine in pill form once a day and did very well on it.
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Cat Health > Hypothyroidism - Cardiology

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Purred: Tue Mar 6, '12 5:16pm PST 
So sorry you're going through all of this with your kitty!

Two of my cats, Jennifer and Miss Mittens, had hypothyroidism and based on my experience with them and what I learned, I can answer some of your questions.

Hypothyroidism can be caused by: radioactive iodine treatment for treatment of hyperthyroidism (which your cat had), a tumor on the thyroid gland (possibly caused by too little iodine in the diet) or damage to the thyroid gland, usually by surgery.

You should have been informed about the possibility of hypothyroidism when your cat had the radioactive iodine treatment. Most of the cases of hypothyroidism I've heard about were caused by the I-131.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are weight gain, lethargy, listlessness and a dull, dry coat. I'd imagine a cat with untreated hypothyroidism would feel very lousy! I have friends and a family member who have hypothyroidism and until they were diagnosed and treated, they felt very sick and miserable!

Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by a blood test. The lab my vet uses gives a range of 0.8 - 4.0 as the range for normal thyroid function. Anything over 4.0 usually means hyperthyroidism and anything under 0.8 usually means hypothyroidism. If the thyroid level has dropped too low, I'd be concerned.

My cat Jennifer had hyperthyroidism and because she couldn't tolerate the medication to treat it (Tapazole) and because it was hard to find a place that did the radioactive iodine treatment back in 1991, she had surgery to remove her thyroid glands. Afterwards, she developed hypothyroidism and had to take medication for it for the rest of her life (I believe she took Synthroid). Once she started the medication, she was fine.

Miss Mittens never had hyperthyroidism but she did get a tumor on her thyroid gland. She had cancer and was undergoing chemo and possibly that had something to do with it. Because she had cancer, I was worried about the tumor on her thyroid gland and she had surgery to remove the tumor. The tumor was benign but afterwards she developed hypothyroidism. It's possible either the tumor caused the hypothyroidism or her thyroid gland was injured during surgery.

My vet then consulted an endocrinologist and the specialist said not to treat it at that time. Miss Mittens wasn't well to begin with and she became even more listless and lethargic and gained a lot of weight. She looked awful too! She also developed a grade 3 heart murmur. I don't know if her heart murmur was caused by her hypothyroidism. She did see a cardiologist but hypothyroidism was never mentioned as the cause of her heart murmur.

A few months later, when she saw her internal medicine specialist, he didn't like it that her hypothyroidism wasn't being treated and put her on Levothyroxine. It's the same medication humans take for hypothyroidism. It's a generic drug and inexpensive and she took it once a day. (The dosage for cats is actually much higher than the dosage for humans!) Once she started taking the Levothyroxine, her energy level improved and she looked and acted like she felt much better.

Hope this helped!
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Cat Health > Concerns about Ruffy-doing something we can't figure out and neither can the vet!
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Purred: Mon Jan 23, '12 10:56am PST 
Miss Mittens did the same thing when she didn't want to be petted at that particular time or when I'd approach her from the front and try to pet her. She wasn't an aggressive cat either and it was her way of telling me to stop. If I kept trying to pet her despite seeing her backing up and her ducked head, she'd leave.

I don't think it's anything to worry about but of course, to give you peace of mind, it's a good idea to bring it up with your vet when Ruffy sees her again.
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