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post #1 of 25
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I've had a few inquiries into how Nakita is doing so thought I'd post an update.

For those not familiar with the story, Nakita started pulling the fur from her chest, scratching her ears and throwing up every day. The vet thinks she may have food allergies and possible IBD (this is in addition to the feline hyperesthesia). The vet placed her on short term Prednisone to give her body a chance to rest while the new food has a chance to take effect.

Nakita has now been on Prednisone for 3 weeks. First week - 1/2 pill daily, second week - 1/4 pill daily, third week - 1/4 pill every other day. She started to throw up again right after we went back down to 1/4 pill every other day.
We went back to the vet last week and we're going to see how she does on 1/4 pill every day.

We're also changing her food to rabbit and pea instead of duck and rice. Nakita may be allergic to rice and I wanted to avoid that as a final diet measure. Plus, I'm not sure if the Prednisone or the food or a combo of the two is causing her to be constipated.

We're also changing her litter from Swheat Scoop to another to see if that might make a difference. We started using Swheat Scoop around the same time that vomiting and itching started, so we're now changing that final variable as well. Other than that, we use no toxic cleaners, only have hard wood for flooring and we do not use any flea medications. We also have held off on vaccinations to see if that was a source of the problems.

As long as everything goes ok with the new pill dosage , we're going to wait a month and then go for allergy testing. It's a new test the vet just started using that looks promising. It's fairly inexpensive and only requires a blood sample, so we'll try that. If that doesn't work, we may have to go through the alternative testing, where they shave a patch of fur off her stomach and do the scraping allergy test (like in humans), but that requires Nakita to be under anaesthetic which I'd like to avoid right now.

Keep your fingers crossed that we'll get to the bottom of this and Nakita will be her old self again.


~Kass
post #2 of 25
Well good that she is not any worse. {{{}}} good vibes for Nakita to keep up the improvement.
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by Russian Blue View Post
We're also changing her food to rabbit and pea instead of duck and rice. Nakita may be allergic to rice and I wanted to avoid that as a final diet measure. Plus, I'm not sure if the Prednisone or the food or a combo of the two is causing her to be constipated.
There's also the alternative of venison and pea by Natural Balance. Are you familiar with that?

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We're also changing her litter from Swheat Scoop to another to see if that might make a difference. We started using Swheat Scoop around the same time that vomiting and itching started, so we're now changing that final variable as well.
That sounds like a good idea. We tried the SwheatScoop, but stopped when I noticed Jamie was sneezing when he used the litter box. That stopped when we went back to clay litter.

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Originally Posted by Russian Blue View Post
As long as everything goes ok with the new pill dosage , we're going to wait a month and then go for allergy testing. It's a new test the vet just started using that looks promising. It's fairly inexpensive and only requires a blood sample, so we'll try that. If that doesn't work, we may have to go through the alternative testing, where they shave a patch of fur off her stomach and do the scraping allergy test (like in humans), but that requires Nakita to be under anaesthetic which I'd like to avoid right now.

Keep your fingers crossed that we'll get to the bottom of this and Nakita will be her old self again.
~Kass
We had a blood test done on Jamie. That was a couple of years ago, and it was really expensive and not in widespread use back then, but it did pinpoint allergens. Good luck with these measures, Kass. I'm sure you're going to find a solution!
post #4 of 25
I really hope things continue to improve for Nakita. Poor thing has been through a lot.

post #5 of 25
I hope you can finally pinpoint an allergy so poor Nikita can be much more comfortable again!
post #6 of 25
Get better soon Nakita!
post #7 of 25
Thanks for the update, Kass. I really hope that the allergy test can track down what exactly Nakita is allergic to so she can get to feeling better.
post #8 of 25
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I hope you can finally pinpoint an allergy so poor Nikita can be much more comfortable again!
Please get better soon, Nakita!
post #9 of 25
lots of hope for continued improvement and that you can narrow down what is making poor Nakita so uncomfortable
post #10 of 25
Hopefully these last changes will make all the difference for her Hang in there...hopefully a cure is in sight
post #11 of 25
Thanks for the update, Kass. I hope you soon find some answers for your girl.
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. All your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
There's also the alternative of venison and pea by Natural Balance. Are you familiar with that?
Yes, we tried Venison and Pea first but Nakita backed away from her bowl. I guess that would make sense, can you imagine a cat taking down a large animal like that in the wild? If the litter change doesn't make a difference then for sure we'll be going for allergy testing.

I just want Nakita to be healthy for once!
post #13 of 25
Aww I hope Nakita gets better real soon! Poor baby.
post #14 of 25
Get well soon beautiful Nikita. We're all pulling for you.
post #15 of 25
Awww poor Nakita.... hopefully it will all be under control soon. Heres wishing you the best.
post #16 of 25
Sending some good healthy vibes to Sweet Nakita and my prayers
post #17 of 25
Thanks for the news - your vet certainly is trying everything. Constipation has not been a problem with Wellington, who takes Prednisone for asthma, so maybe it is something else (or a combination) that is causing that. Good vibes for Nakita!
post #18 of 25
Nakita, baby, you're so gorgeous and loved with a world of friends who all care about you and your Mom. You remain in my prayers, beautiful, girl, please feel better very soon. This must be so difficult for you, Kass, and you're taking such wonderful care of Nakita, as always. Big hugs to both of you from us
post #19 of 25
Thanks for the update on Nakita, Kass.

Hope you start feeling better Nakita.
post #20 of 25
have you talked to her breeder to see if there are histories of such dilemmas?
post #21 of 25
I hope Nakita is feeling better soon
post #22 of 25
Hi there. I've been gone for a while so I'm just reading this... hope Nakita continues to improve.

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Originally Posted by Russian Blue View Post
I've had a few inquiries into how Nakita is doing so thought I'd post an update.

For those not familiar with the story, Nakita started pulling the fur from her chest, scratching her ears and throwing up every day. The vet thinks she may have food allergies and possible IBD (this is in addition to the feline hyperesthesia). The vet placed her on short term Prednisone to give her body a chance to rest while the new food has a chance to take effect.

Nakita has now been on Prednisone for 3 weeks. First week - 1/2 pill daily, second week - 1/4 pill daily, third week - 1/4 pill every other day. She started to throw up again right after we went back down to 1/4 pill every other day.
We went back to the vet last week and we're going to see how she does on 1/4 pill every day.
I'm not sure if you've read my threads about my Teddy (IBD cat) and his prednisone (actually, I can't remember if I ever posted updates). Teddy's bowel problems are very severe. We started him on TWO pills a day, and tried to work him down to 1/2 every other day, to no avail. Within 2 every other day treatments, his diarrhea was back with a vengence. We've gone to a 6 week course of 1/2 pill every day for a 4+ weeks now and that seems to help. Some cats need that daily dose.

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Originally Posted by Russian Blue View Post
We're also changing her food to rabbit and pea instead of duck and rice. Nakita may be allergic to rice and I wanted to avoid that as a final diet measure. Plus, I'm not sure if the Prednisone or the food or a combo of the two is causing her to be constipated.
I'm not sure which brand of food you're using, but we have been through most prescription diets on the market at this point. We started with IVD duck and pea, and Teddy LOVED it. However, it eventually seemed to be too rich for him after a year and a half. The rabbit and pea wasn't any better, and the vension - he would barely touch it! For the moment, we are feeding Science Diet (not the best, but we're low on options) W/d - which is actually for weight loss. However, that, combined with the prednisone, keeps Teddy completely stable. We're hoping to get him onto I/d or Z/d over the next few months.

I know that when Teddy was on higher doses of prednisone, he started getting constipated (which, in a way, was better than the diarrhea), and every so often, he still has that problem. It's hard to tell with the dietary switch and the medication addition which is causing the problem, but I would bet it's the prednisone.

I hope you get Nakita sorted out. Prednisone has been a miracle for Teddy, and while I dislike having him on it, it returned him to being a cat that we'd never thought we'd see.
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your response! I've been so busy with the new job I haven't had time to check back.

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Originally Posted by shambelle View Post
I know that when Teddy was on higher doses of prednisone, he started getting constipated (which, in a way, was better than the diarrhea), and every so often, he still has that problem. It's hard to tell with the dietary switch and the medication addition which is causing the problem, but I would bet it's the prednisone.
I also think it's mainly the Prednisone. I decided to bring her down to 1/4 pill every day rather than 1/2 every other day. She seems to be pretty good right now.

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I hope you get Nakita sorted out. Prednisone has been a miracle for Teddy, and while I dislike having him on it, it returned him to being a cat that we'd never thought we'd see.
Oh, I totally agree that a cat on Prednisone that returns to a normal life is way better than the alternatives. I'll be going to the vet in the next couple of weeks for allergy testing. Then we'll have some base to work around instead of assuming she has IBS/food allergies. Nakita never showed any typical IBS symptoms (loose stools etc.) so at this point we're assuming it could be a combo IBS/food allergy since she was throwing up bile only in the morning (no food involved).

When there is a will there is a way. I just need patience through the trial and error.
post #24 of 25
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have you talked to her breeder to see if there are histories of such dilemmas?
No history from what the breeder is saying. Not sure that I trust that answer though. Both Nakita's parents have been out of the breeding program for a couple of years.
post #25 of 25
Would extra fiber help Nakita's constipation?
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