please please please send vibes for the kitty

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  1. GoingNowhere

    GoingNowhere Active Member

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    Any helpful advice is welcome as well.

    I haven't posted much about Misty on here, even since her issues started, but she could really use some vibes right now. We rescued her about 14 years ago as a kitten and since then, she has been just a wonderful kitty.

    Unfortunately, last year, she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and we were forced to get it under control with medication. All was good and well for a while - she was taking her pill pockets, eating her food, and acting normally. We had a few downhill periods along the way, when she started losing weight, but overall, her combination of thyroid pills, appetite stimulant, and heart medication have kept her under control.

    This past month or so has been bad though. She's been eating only sporadically and has stopped taking her medications in pill pockets. I saw her a few weeks ago and she was skin and bones - and apparently, she's lost weight since then. She's now sitting at roughly 6 pounds, when she should weigh in at about nine. If you didn't know how much time, money, and love my family was putting into this cat, you would probably think that she was being neglected.

    Of course, at the same time, her teeth are in serious need of a cleaning. It's a bit of a catch 22 because it's possibly a factor as to why she won't eat. Unfortunately, in retrospect, we should've done the dental when she was at about 7 pounds, but at that weight, we thought she was just starting to look better and would go uphill from there. She didn't. Instead, she took another nosedive and now she's at 6 pounds AND needs a teeth cleaning.

    They've tried force feeding her her pills and her meals. They've tried feeding her baby food, or food mixed with catnip. The force feeding is nearly impossible to do with her meals. My parents have managed to get her most of her medications via an oral syringe or pill popper, but now Misty is starting to hide from them. It takes both of them to do it because she squirms so much. The one good thing is that this cat seems to only know how to run away from her fears and has never once acted aggressively towards a person - even so much as a hiss. Even still, the pill popping isn't something that can continue forever, and because she still isn't eating her food even with the appetite stimulant (more than enough to keep her from actually starving anyway), her weight is plummeting. It also breaks everyone's heart to see her becoming afraid of us again. Otherwise, she has as much energy as one could expect given her weight - she still jumps on the bed sometimes, moves as to avoid the dog, and gets around the house.


    I was told she went back to the vet today to discuss her prognosis. The vet is confused, because even without the appetite stimulant, because she hasn't been getting every thyroid pill (my parents can only pill pop the cat once a day, when the thyroid pills are 2x/day medication), she should be ravenous (symptom of the hyperthyroidism). Long story short, they've opted to go ahead with the dental as a bit of a last resort. It's going to be very risky and everyone is going to have to be on top of force feeding her her pills this week, but the vet is hoping that it may be what has triggered this unwillingness to eat. I didn't mention earlier, but she still appears hungry. She begs for her food at regular intervals, but won't give it more than a lick or two when it's given to her. The dental is scheduled for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

    I'm very worried for my little kitty and am hoping that her problems might actually be as simple as a rotten tooth. Unfortunately, at this point, even getting through the surgery is another stress. Please please keep her in your thoughts. I'll be home soon and able to help with her medication before she goes in for her dental.

    I welcome any productive advice. We've tried dry food, wet food, baby food, catnip before feeding, catnip mixed into the food, and a wide variety of different medications.

    here's the little bit from when she was feeling good:

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  2. Doberluv

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    Awwww...poor thing. This is so hard. I hope something can be figured out to make it easier for her to take her meds. Is there some kind of liquid form of her meds that could be more easily administered?

    I hope she's in good enough shape to have the surgery. Do you feel confident with this vet? Sometimes another opinion doesn't hurt.

    Sending lots of get better vibes for your kitty. (((hugs)))
     
  3. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    This is going to sound old-fashioned, but my vet isn't opposed to going back in time when something works :) When my Gonzo was diagnosed with FIV after having one respiratory infection after another, we knew it was critical to keep his appetite up. The vet had me give him valium -- a quarter to a half of a pill.

    Once I'd got it down him, I needed to have food ready within ten minutes or so!
     
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    What about a transdermal thyroid medication?
     
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    she's a beautiful kitty--sending vibes for her health!
     
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    Lots of vibes!
     
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    (((Vibes))) lots of them!
     
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    Sending loads of good vibes & prayers!
     
  9. GoingNowhere

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    thank you for the vibes and advice. One question - what is transdermal thyroid medication?

    TBH - right now our main concern is to get her eating. Being partially off her thyroid medication should actually be causing her to be MORE hungry (granted, it wouldn't be helping her weight, but the fact that she's not eating isn't matching up with the disorder). Once they get her eating, the option of that iodine treatment will come up, but it's going to be a tough decision either way. Of course, until she starts eating, that's going to be on the backburner. It's really tough :( She's an older cat, but she's not OLD.

    Renee - does valium have side effects? She had been on a pill that needed to be taken twice per day, but when her eating slowed down, they switched her to an appetite stimulant that was only needed every 3 days. Unfortunately, it may have stimulated her appetite, but it hasn't actually stimulated her eating.

    Dober - this vet is honestly just the one that my parents have used for almost 20 years (since moving to our house). I'll pass the idea of multiple opinions on to them, but I do know that they like and respect this vet because they've been seeing him for years.
     
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    Have you tried feeding her Tuna? When my girl Sage was going down hill that was the one thing I could get her to eat. Hope all goes well with the cleaning and they can find the culprit.
     
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    unfortunately, seafood seems to make her vomit :( She used to have that issue when she was younger and it took years until we figured out why she would vomit on a regular basis. We switched her food to a non-seafood base and she hasn't had any problems since (with the vomiting at least). I did try a really smelly, chicken based baby food which she tried, but it wasn't a miracle solution by any means.
     
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    Lots of vibes for her!!!
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    Lots of vibes for the kitty *VIBES*
    Keep us updated!
     
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    A transdermal medication is kind of like a gel that you can apply to the inside of their ear flap, and it's absorbed that way.... so you don't have to fight to get pills into them. Lots of pharmacies will compound veterinary drugs like this and it is SO helpful for cats (since they are usually way more complicated than dogs when it comes to meds). Definitely something to ask the vet about.

    Lots of vibes!
     
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    Poor girl :(

    I know a lot of super picky kitties will try eating Nature's Variety Rabbit, not a long term solution obviously, but might be worth a shot :/ If you can get your hands on some Canine Caviar cans (especially the beaver) they are EXTREMELY high in calories. Not a complete and balanced diet, but if you can get her to eat it then at least a bunch of cals will get dumped in her.

    I'm sorry you are going through this :(
     
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    The valium didn't seem to have any side effects, and it only needed to be given "as needed" when his appetite flagged. Even if it had, if we couldn't keep his appetite up he wouldn't have made it anyway. He had another year and a half of quality life -- at least a year more than either my vet or the specialist (who later helped develop the FIV vaccine) expected.
     
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    Sending lots of healing vibes. My vet had a type of concentrated food that came in a tube that helped when my kittie wasn't feeling good.
     
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    Thanks for the advice and vibes. I just wanted to give a little update. I'm home now and able to see Misty. She's definitely a skinny little thing.

    Yesterday morning, I went down to feed her and found her laying in the unfinished portion of the basement with little droplets of blood by her back end. She seemed hesitant to move, but did scoot away to hide when I called my mom down to look at her. The vet fit us in yesterday morning and it turns out she has a pretty bad UTI on top of everything. He says her immune system is likely down because of all the other issues. He gave her an injection of antibiotic so that we wouldn't have more pills to have to fight her with. He's also going to order some transdermal meds of the heart med and the thyroid med to make that easier on us.

    She's still tentatively scheduled for the dental on Wednesday, but the vet said he's going to play it by ear, because she'll be staying with them over thanksgiving either way. Her pulse was at a pretty crazy 230 yesterday at the vet, so if her heart is still going that fast come Wednesday, the dental will be postponed.

    My parents were absolutely right when they said that she is still begging for food. She had her appetite stimulant yesterday and has definitely been begging. Yet she still isn't cleaning her bowl. She was pretty good about eating all of her baby food last night though, so that's a plus.

    Anyhow, that's just a quick update.
     
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    Thanks for the update, and more ~~~~~~~~goodvibes~~~~~~~~~ :)
     
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    Another update on the kitty :)

    I got an email from my mom this morning, which read:

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    Anyhow, the dental went well. The vet removed two teeth and a growth inside her mouth. It's sounding like she's doing well.
     

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