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post #91 of 107
How are his teeth? I'm assuming that's probably one of the first things they checked, but... you never know...
post #92 of 107
Have they checked his pancreatic function? I do hope you can get to the bottom of it soon.
post #93 of 107
I'm sorry to hear he's not doing well.

It may be a dumb question, but do you have him separated so you can for sure how much he's eating?
post #94 of 107
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His teeth are fine. He does like to grind them when he eats wet food... but there is no damage, tartar build up, or exposed roots. His pancreatic fucntion is also normal. I do keep him seperated from everyone. My Husky and him are still learning to get along so I dont leave him out unsupervised. He's been eatting really well since we started him on the pred. I dont know if I mentioned that he was constipated when I had brought him in. He seems to either have diarrhea or he gets constipated. He doesn't really have normal bowel movements. He has also been salavating a lot. Thats the other reason we put him on sucralfate, incase his stomach was bothering him. THe vets said he still could have intestinal lymphoma. Unfortunatly, to test for it he'd either have to have a biopsy done or a blood test. With how aneimic he's been, it would be risky to do either.
post #95 of 107
I have a feeling he is going to be just fine!!

I don't know which antibiotics are for which medical thing specifically but I have taken that medication for sinus and allergies before......hehe

........... And your new kitty is beautiful!!!!
post #96 of 107
Could that be something neurological? This is just me grasping at potential straws...and it's certainly not based on any research or knowledge, it's just one of those things I'm tossing out there...

But wouldn't neurological problems potentially cause salivating, teeth grinding, and possibly weight loss/loss of apetite or increased/decreased metabolism? I honestly don't know and am just trying to explore all possibilities...

Anyway, that's just sort of me rambling, so ... I'm sure eventually that lil guy will be just fine.
post #97 of 107
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Its been a REALLY bad day... I possibly have strep thoat, so today the doctor put me on antibiotics. I came home, and discovered that Neko had vomited and was salavating... I figured he just had an upset tummy and gave him some sucralfate to try and make him feel better. I took a nap and when I got up he had vomited more. I couldn't find him at first. He was under the bed salvating more and crying. He wouldn't come out from under the bed. So I pulled him out and rushed him into work. He's lost more weight. He's down to 9.7 pounds... He was just 10.2 on monday! We gave him some fluids and injections to stop the vomiting and drooling.
I had a serious conversation with the vet who has been treating him. She says that she's almost positive he has intestinal lymphoma. Thats why he's having the stomach problems and the serious weight loss. She said that it's just really hard to diagnois it because it hides itself so well in the intestines...

I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!

I dont want to put him down without knowing for sure, but I dont want him to be in pain. He's lost 5 pounds since I've had him... He's vomiting, either constipated or having diarrhea, and drooling all the time. I dont want to make the wrong decision...

I just wish someone would tell me what I should do... I never meant to get this close to him... He was suppose to find a home... God this SUCKS! I cant stop crying....

Please send lots of prayers and vibes for him... And please pray that I can make the right decision for him...
post #98 of 107
Very tricky one, i suppose it really all boils down to what quality of life you think he has, and if the vet thinks there is any chance he will improve, or if he is just going to deteriorate. I was in your situation with Pebbles before X Mas, and I decided to let her go, we could have tried steroids which may have given her an appetite, but it was the second health issue in as many months, and the second was more serious - I couldnt' risk it coming back even worse a month later, so as hard as it was to let her go without truly knowing what it was (vet suspected some kind of cancer with her too, as whatever it was hadn't shown up on bloods or x-ray), I knew that she wasn't happy, and while she might not have been in pain, she didn't have a good quality of life, and the chances of it not happening again were too slim - vet had suspected something underlying for nearly 2 years, we just never found out what it was. I would do what I did, and have a serious chat with the vet about what she would do if it were her cat - if she thinks there is a slight chance it could be soemthing else, could those be ruled out? Big hugs to you, and feel free to pm me if you want to talk
post #99 of 107
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Its been quite a while so I thought i'd update on how everyone is doing... Neko is doing well... the vomiting and diarrhea have stopped. I think He has a food intolerance. We switched his food and it all stopped. He has gained weight and seems very happy. During the day he sleeps on my bed, but when me and my DH go to bed at night, he comes over for a little bit of love and then goes and lays in his bed.

Skylar has put on a TON of weight. I would bet she is up to 11 pounds now. (I dont own a scale so I'm not 100% on it) But she is looking very round I am still currently looking for a home for her since she does not do well with my dogs...

Maybe I'll post some pics of them later.. right now I need to get some sleep!
post #100 of 107
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Originally Posted by Shorty14788 View Post
Its been quite a while so I thought i'd update on how everyone is doing... Neko is doing well... the vomiting and diarrhea have stopped. I think He has a food intolerance. We switched his food and it all stopped. He has gained weight and seems very happy. During the day he sleeps on my bed, but when me and my DH go to bed at night, he comes over for a little bit of love and then goes and lays in his bed.

Skylar has put on a TON of weight. I would bet she is up to 11 pounds now. (I dont own a scale so I'm not 100% on it) But she is looking very round I am still currently looking for a home for her since she does not do well with my dogs...

Maybe I'll post some pics of them later.. right now I need to get some sleep!


WoW, just read this whole thread... YOU are a Guardian Angel. What a beautiful heart you have.
post #101 of 107
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Originally Posted by IsisBaby View Post
WoW, just read this whole thread... YOU are a Guardian Angel. What a beautiful heart you have.
Doesn't she though? It makes me all warm and fuzzy!
post #102 of 107
Thread Starter 
Before and after pictures of Skylar....


Before starting insulin...



After being on insulin

post #103 of 107
Thread Starter 
I thought I would update since I got really good news yesterday. We had backed Neko down to every 3rd day on the prednisone. We had been doing that for about a month now. Neko went in for a recheck of his CBC yesterday to see how he was doing on that dose. His RBC count had gone up to the highest its ever been. Almost 37!!! That means he can come off the prednisone now... His IMHA is GONE. (hopefully for good!!!) We still have to be careful and keep a close eye on him in case it reoccurs. But for now he is a normal cat. He still will never be vaccinated for fear that it will trigger the IMHA again, but a normal life none the less!!!
post #104 of 107
wow, i'm so glad to hear all this. i joined after this thread was started and just read the whole thing! i'm glad both are doing so well!
post #105 of 107
What a wonderful update.
post #106 of 107
That is a wonderful thing you did! That is one lucky cat! Keep up the good work!
post #107 of 107
It is a wonderful thing you did..its sad that people get an animal and have no idea how to take care of them..Perhaps you could call your local paper and get them to do a human interest story...they need happy stories to print as well as sad ones...Good luck.
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