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post #31 of 53
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Originally Posted by Jean44 View Post
It's good to hear that Tuxie's surgery was successful. Here's some {{{quick recovery}}} vibes for him.
I'll second that.
post #32 of 53
Is Tuxie home?
post #33 of 53
Thread Starter 
Hey Tammie - I'll ask!

And yes, Tuxie is home!

We called at 11:00am, and Doc said we could pick him up at noon. So we did. They said he was peeing really well, and that while he was there he didn't lick his stitches.

Of course, the minute we got home the first thing he did was go at the stitches. We didn't bring a collar home with us because the last time we tried a collar on him, he almost killed himself backing up like a freaked out nut everywhere - and he would NOT stop. And we were just worried about him backing off the bed in the RV - here we've got a staircase!

So... after an hour of following him around, doing our BEST to explain to him he couldn't do that and would NOT like the alternative, he wouldn't quit. So we bundled him back into the crate. Thankfully, they wrapped him up REALLY quickly. He's now wearing a wrapper that is open in the back, but does pull up over his back legs, and then goes all the way up to where an ace-bandage thing is wrapped around his abdomen/tummy.

The poor boy is SO miserable in this get-up. 6 hours later he's getting better at walking in it (at first his back legs wobbled around like he was drunk!) - but despite the vanilla, the other cats are like - what the heck IS that?

We feel horrible that we're not good enough at communicating with him so he didn't have to wind up in this uncomfortable wrapper. But it's a lot better than the collar!

His stitches come out in 10 days.

He's been hungry, drinking a lot - and sleeping a lot. But he's been a sweetie, enjoying pets, and purring like a maniac. Wrapper or not, he's happy to be home!
post #34 of 53
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
He's been hungry, drinking a lot - and sleeping a lot. But he's been a sweetie, enjoying pets, and purring like a maniac. Wrapper or not, he's happy to be home!
Bless his little heart Nothing like being in the comfort of your own home So pleased Tuxies is doing great Laurie
post #35 of 53
Thread Starter 
Here's poor Tuxie in his "wrapper:"



But like I said - so much better than a collar!
post #36 of 53
Aw, poor Tuxie in that wrapper! But I'm so glad that the surgery was successful and that he's on the mend!
post #37 of 53
Tuxie

you look good in your wrapper .... Keep getting better boy
post #38 of 53
Awwwwww poor baby....... you will be out of it soon, Sweetie
post #39 of 53
I hope all goes well for your little sweetheart! Kitty hugs and wishes from Sophie, Mollie and Oliver!
post #40 of 53
Tuxie...did you only have reverse when you were wearing a collar?
Now you all wrapped up like a Christmas present?
I am glad that you boy is doing so well.
post #41 of 53
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by xocats View Post
Tuxie...did you only have reverse when you were wearing a collar?
Now you all wrapped up like a Christmas present?
I am glad that you boy is doing so well.


He's doing fine. HE just doesn't think so!
post #42 of 53
oh my... i have an orange cat that won't stop blocking up either. he's been through 3 surgeries in july... 1 month hospitalation... home and fine until last week... and now it began again,, blocked again... more catheters... more peeing everywhere/mostly on me... i found a lump under his hood today... and he's only 2 1/2... not sure how much more he/or i can take...
i haven't really tried a lot of the scientific foods as he also had fatty liver disease at the same time and ate through a tube in the neck, the doc wanted me to fatten him up with anything. So now he's finally gained the 10 lbs he lost (he's 14 lbs)... i have to wonder about foods.
I bought purina one urinary tract, but what kind of wet food is good... also why distilled water???
post #43 of 53
Thread Starter 
Hi Tangerine:

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty having fatty liver disease at the same time! Poor guy. Tuxie lost 50% of his body weight when he was suffering so terribly from anemia, but thankfully he didn't have problems with crystals when he started getting better and we needed to fatten him up.

At this point, we don't know what Tuxedo's crystals are. But Lazlo was having blockage problems too - and if he becomes blocked again in the near future, the vet wants to enlarge his urethra rather than continue the cycle of catheterization.

I don't know what kind of wet food is good for struvite crystals (if that's the type of crystals your kitty has). If they're Struvite (which, to my understanding, about 99% of cats with crystals have the struvite type), they can be controlled through acidifying the urine. Urinary tract health formulas will help. There are cranberry supplements that can be purchased. These will help. I'm sure there's a Science Diet product, but I don't know what it is. Other than that, I'd discuss the parameters of what amounts of what should be in the wet food with the vet, and look for that. You can also try searching this forum - I think there's been a fair amount of discussion about it.

Our problem is that Lazlo has calcium oxylate crystals, not struvite crystals. Calcium oxylate crystals cannot be dissolved away with an acidifier. They can be somewhat controlled by diet. Some people choose to feed their cats an all meat diet. We've decided to go with the prescription Science Diet X/D. It seems to be working. The "urinary tract health" products by Purina or Royal Canin or whoever are targeted at acidifying the urine - which, again, helps with Struvite, not calcium oxylate.

And although the main cause of calcium oxylate crystal formation is the oxylates (from grass, vegetables, and seafood, which is high in magnesium, a component of the calcium oxylate crystals), not from calcium, the vet agreed that we should take the precaution of using distilled water if we wanted to take that step. Our water is well water, and it is VERY hard water. So rather than take any chances, we stopped using the well water. That's why we're using distilled water. But if your kitty has struvite crystals, then switching to distilled water would make little to no difference.

Laurie
post #44 of 53
I know what would make Tuxie feel better. Tell him that he is all wrapped up because he's the best present in the world and he's home.
post #45 of 53
Awwwwwwwwwww bless his little heart. Look at him in that dressing
post #46 of 53
I'm glad to hear Tuxie is doing so well. He looks adorable in his dressing!
post #47 of 53
Aww, bless him. Fingers crossed.
post #48 of 53
Thread Starter 
Tuxie's doing great! He had his stitches out last week, and he's back to his usual crazy self. Unfortunately, no more treats though. Like Lazlo, he has to stick to his prescription X/D diet.

post #49 of 53
That's great news!!
post #50 of 53
Way to go Tuxie.
post #51 of 53
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
Tuxie's doing great! He had his stitches out last week, and he's back to his usual crazy self. Unfortunately, no more treats though. Like Lazlo, he has to stick to his prescription X/D diet
Yay that's great Laurie No more treats is a small sacrifice, and if only your little man knew that it's for his own good
post #52 of 53
That's great news, Laurie! It's a shame he'll have to forego treats, though.
post #53 of 53
What a great udpate, Laurie!
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