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Old 11-26-2012, 09:20 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Keeping Snack in my thoughts. Keep us updated.

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Old 11-26-2012, 10:06 PM   #22 (permalink)
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We had her blood and xrys repeated and our vet reviewed the originals and the repeats. He is sending them and the ultrasound (we got it on cd) to the specialty center (the one with the ER I SHOULD have gone to last night). He saw the same thing in the original and felt the second was not showing any real change- still gas in the stomach...still stool in the lower bowel. He assured me the blood test results were all normal for the kidney/liver levels (I was worried). I asked about constipation last night and tonight- I was hoping there would be something we could do like a laxative..... both the Dr last night and my vet do not feel she is constipated.

She is still lethargic. I think she is eating. There is less vomit today than yesterday. I have been making sure she takes in "liquid" by offering the canned food. I feel like we re headed in the right direction. Of course not knowing what was wrong or why I am not sure how to prevent this.

Please school me in cat nutrition. Our vet suggested the TOTW kibble and canned food combo. The cats have all always been very good water consumers so the vet said kibble should be a good part of their diet for dental health. Sounded logical... what do they need/not need?

They are all so soft and sleek and usually energetic. The 2 from the hoarders house who have feline herpes have manged not to have but one flare between the 2 in the 2 years they have lived here. I had hoped it mean we had the diet right Now I feel badly- like I have not been giving them the best possible health through good nutrition!
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:28 AM   #23 (permalink)
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For the future I would switch her an all of your other cats over to grain free canned or raw. Get rid of the kibble--it really isn't suitable for cats' digestive systems.
I absolutely agree with Ruth. If you can afford it, then get the cats on grain-free canned. Weruva, Wellness, BG - those were my kitten's favorites until I switched her to raw.

Cats don't drink enough water to make up for the lack of moisture in dry food (even though they seem to be drinking a lot).

I hope your cat is better soon!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:29 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Please do not feel bad regarding the food, we all do the best we can I didn't know about kibble either and both my 16 year old cats have renal failure.

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Gums seem normal. Physical exam, DR said her stomach felt fluid filled and that she showed some tenderness to palpation. The xray showed gas in the stomach, stool in lower bowel, normal colon and pancreas...there were two small portions of the upper bowel she said could maybe be distended...or it could be an artifact. The same thing with the small line in one portion of the bowel that could maybe be something...or the overlap line from the two bowel segments. I am most worried about string (dental floss maybe) as despite the fact that all prevention efforts are taken, you just never know!
Any more information on fluid in the stomach?

What I would do, just to rule it out, because I always think of the scariest things possible, is ask about the possibility of wet FIP. Don't google it because it's not good, but ask if they have ruled it out - in terms of this fluid idea.

I hope that she is back to herself soon.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:34 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I had a cat w/chronic constipation - the vet refered to it as megacolon.

It started off as difficulty - told to add pumpkin
Maintained that for a bit - back to the vet - script high fibre food
not much help - add script high fibre wet food
No help
Add lactulose (human med for constipation) - very liittle help
add pills (don't remember what) - continued to go downhill
Cat became despondent - hiding, hunched up in pain, would try to defecate and couldn't, dragging it's butt - started vomiting feces.
When it could evacuate it was the size and shape of a golf ball.
Into the vet for enemas's and IV fluids.
Used suppositories to try to help.

He was so bad at one point I finally resided to PTS. Signed the papers, needle prepped...saying goodbye, my vet is chocked, roommate w/me...I looked at Jose (hose-eh) and then the vet and said what about this surgery we had discussed...he called the specialist - quoted 1500 to remove large intestine (he was 11 yrs.), took blood work to see if was suitable for surgery.
Vet had surgeon call me to reassure - told me over 90% success rate, that the small intestine would take over.

Cat has surgery...ends up with chronic diarrhea - had to cover all my furniture, bedding, pillows, go around w/steam cleaner for mulitiple skid marks on the carpet - cat would pass gas and liquid poop would fly.

Multiple trips to vet...butt was enflamed and raw...cat was miserable, room-mate too, and me, a mess....changed script foods to no avail.

Vet was at a loss but wouldn't send me to specialist (only take by referal)...I forced my way in one day when I finally found out where there was one. Refused to leave until they saw my cat. They called my vet to force him to refer...he did.

Blood work showed bacterial infection from the surgery - 10 days of abx. Started to come around but was never normal and always scooted - 4 more yrs. with the handy steam cleaner - spot cleaning.

Moral - If I had the right vet and the right food (natural), he and I and others wouldn't have suffered (for years!) and I wouldn't have been out approx. $4000 + in vet visits.

Get some raw green tripe, this will assist the digestion, vit. C will work as a natural stool softener and a bit of pumpkin.

Possible stool blockage may be causing fluids to back up.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:44 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Hope your kitty is okay! It sounds like she is doing a bit better, grooming and eating are always a good sign.

I have to take the kibble/no kibble debate with a grain of salt. Growing up, we had cats that lived into their 20's who ate nothing but Meow Mix and Friskies dry food... so who knows? I do think a raw diet is ideal, though.
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GAH! So Monday we took her to the regular vet though her behavior seemed pretty much normal by the time we went in. Today all seemed about normal as well...until 4 pm when I noticed she had gone back in her crate. We were leaving for violin lessons so I asked my husband to keep an eye on her. While at a Girl Scout meeting I got a call that the cat had vomited (on herself, in her crate and would not get out of it), was sleeping next to the running furnace again and would not eat (not a snack, not a piece of turkey or chicken even!). I just got home and checked on her again. She was doing the leg stretching/pushing action again. I picked her up and she did the crazy growling again. She is back in her crate and really grouchy!

What is going on?!

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Does the Pancreatic SNAP test work for cats? Yes there is one: http://www.idexx.com/view/xhtml/en_u...jsf?SSOTOKEN=0

Can you take her temp? Not even sure that's advisable but...this sounds scary.

When cats get dehydrated, they get even harder to treat - so you always want to make sure they get fluids somehow. Definitely something to go over with the vet. I am sorry she's not doing so well.

Do you feel like your vets are getting anywhere with this?

Here is a good list: http://www.petplace.com/cats/vomitin...ats/page4.aspx Lots of times I will print this kind of thing and ask my (saintly) vet to explain why each thing is or isn't possible. I do this because that is how I got the diagnosis for my own illness!
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