Vibes for my kitty, please.

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  1. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    The vet thinks he has intestinal lymphoma.

    Only way to confirm it would be to have an endoscopy done, which unfortunately I'd have to go to a specialty practice for and pay full price... my vet was thinking $1000+ just for the procedure alone. And if if he does have cancer... then what? Could we even afford treatment after that?

    She's suspicious because, last week we diagnosed him with IBD. He had a full blood panel ran and a urinalysis done and everything was looking good, so this was the only logical explanation to his chronic vomiting. He was prescribed metronidazole for a week, Cerenia for 4 days, weekly B12 injections, and a diet change. That was last Wednesday (March 7) and thus far nothing has changed. Today I expressed concern that he hates the new food - he hadn't touched it in just over 24 hours. So the vet says okay, let's try another rx diet and see if he eats that. Then I tell her that he's still been vomiting daily, so he hadn't responded to any of the medication. That's when she started muttering expletives under her breath.

    I (cautiously) asked her how she felt about a raw diet and she actually wasn't opposed to it, she just thinks at this point a diet change isn't going to do it. I'm still going to switch him over to raw anyway because giving that a shot is better than putting him back on a food that I know he doesn't do well on (and thankfully, as much as my mom hates raw, at this point she's willing to give almost anything a try).

    I was given metoclopramide today as well so hopefully that will have better results than the Cerenia did.

    I just need vibes for my Jinx. He's only 10 years old and just a couple weeks ago I was saying how lucky we were that so far he's been rather healthy. I hate seeing him this way, he's lost over a pound since November, he has like no muscle whatsoever and I just want my favorite cat in the world to be better. :(
     
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    Oh no :( Cats tend to be more sensitive to diet than dogs so hopefully the raw diet fixes him up, or at least the med will. Poor baby.
     
  3. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    :( (((((hugs))))) and <<<<vibes>>>> for you and Jinx.

    Is there a reason he isn't on Prednisone? (other than the obvious bad side effects..) I know it's not the best thing to be on long term, but I know that was basically the last effort that we were to use for Rascal if it was decided it WAS lymphoma/lymphosarcoma. It would at least relieve some symptoms and give better quality, at least in his case. I know he was a ferret, so I really don't know if that's the case with cats as well. (Mind you, he passed before we tried Prednisone, from other health issues)
     
  4. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    Poor Jinx :( Hope kitty boy is ok.

    >>>vibes<<<
     
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    ~~~~Vibes~~~~~ :(

    This was passed on to me by Hopeful Hooves rescue. She swears she has had a 100% recover rate with it.

     
  6. Southpaw

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    Prednisone is an option... I'm a little hesitant to go that route at the moment because of other issues that can result from it. The only reason it didn't get prescribed to him today is because it would, apparently, skew the results of the endoscopy if we decided to go that route (or something along those lines). Which my parents don't want to do, so it's kind of a moot point now so if I can't fix him up the natural way, prednisone will probably be the next step.

    Renee thanks for the info... I'll have to look into that :)

    And thanks for the vibes everyone <3
     
  7. eddieq

    eddieq Silence! I ban you! Staff Member

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    Prayers, Vibes, Thoughts, etc. for your Jinx!
     
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    My vet's cat has lymphoma and has for several months and is doing great. She's on some sort of chemo, a steroid, and possibly b12 injections. Intestinal lymphoma in cats doesn't tend to progress very quickly, so there's a possibility she could have months or even years left to live :) honestly, I wouldn't be able to afford the diagnostics, either - I'd try to go ahead and treat what is most likely the cause and hope for the best.

    ~~~VIBES~~~ that whatever's going on, the outcome is good!
     
  9. Dakotah

    Dakotah Kotah BEAR

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    ***VIBES*** for your kitty.

    I was not much of a cat person until I got Peanut a little over 4 years ago.
    When Peanut got sick a few months ago, I was so scared I had a panic attack. He just had a (what I call) Cat Cold. He was fine in about 3 days.
    I can handle dogs and horses being sick, I am use to that. But Peanut is my baby and I would go completely lost if something happened to him.

    So ***VIBES*** and prayers for your baby <3
     
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    Vibes for your little Jynx kitty. That is so rough. I hope something will help him....maybe that blood root. Crossing my fingers.
     
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  11. Southpaw

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    I'm the same way Dakotah... was never a cat person, and still am really not a cat person, but MY cat is of course the most amazing creature on the planet. ;) He's my baby.

    He hasn't vomited since yesterday afternoon. Could be coincidence, could be the metoclopramide working, could be that he hasn't had much to eat in almost 2 days - and no kibble in that time. But he normally vomits every single morning, so this is good. He's pretty suspicious about the raw food (it's ground up whole chicken, I thought he'd love it as much as he loves canned), but he eagerly ate some of the cooked chicken that we had for dinner last night. Just now I mixed in a tiiiiiny bit of his tuna flavor canned food into his raw, and he's snarfing it down so looks like I'll have to continue doing that and gradually wean him off the canned.

    Thanks for all the vibes! He had a bad start in life as a kitten and pulled through fine just then, so I'm hoping he can be a fighter once again for me :)
     
  12. Doberluv

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    I caution you on the use of blood root. It can be VERY dangerous.

    That is good that he is enjoying his food so much. Let's just hope the vet is wrong.
     
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    Moth Mild and Slightly Nutty

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    (((Vibes))) for the kitty and you.
     

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