Originally Posted by 2furbabies
I will give the C/D a try to see if it is going to help. He has only been on it now for 3 weeks along with the Cosequin. I'm hoping between the two he will improve.
I have no idea about his PH. My vet didn't mention that at all when the urinalysis came back. The only thing she said that stood out was the fact that his glucose levels in the urine were high and that is when we did the diabetes test which came back normal. I will definitely find out about that next time.
I'm so glad Beandip is doing well. It can be so frustrating. Do you have any idea if this is a cycle/pattern that runs it's course? Kind of like... goes into remission and then flares up again? I'm thinking I see a pattern here. He seems to be fine for about 10-12 days; then he has a flare-up that usually last for 2 days; and then back to normal again. Do you know of any other medications for the discomfort? I currently have Phenoxybenzamine and Metacam. The Metacam seems to work almost immediately, but I am afraid to give him that because of the kidney side effects.
It would be interesting to know Simba's pH. That's one thing that the C/D is formulated to do (bring a high pH down to 6.2-6.4). The other thing it is supposed to do is cause the cat to drink more/urinate more, and then consequently drink more again to replenish the fluids. I did notice a difference, they drank more on the dry c/d than on other dry foods.
From my experience and reading, it does cycle. Simba's cycles are more frequent than Beandip's were. I'd say we had an episode every 6 weeks or so, for about a year. He had minor issues very intermittantly, for maybe 24-48 hours at a time inbetween the major ones, but the major relapses were every 6 weeks. Beandip was put on Prednisolone for the inflammation, rather than Metacam. We initially tried a normal "maintenance" dose, given every other day. That didn't help very much, and the vet increased that to every day. I do think it helped him. When he had a very bad relapse, she would give him a steroid shot. He always came back home as a brand new cat after those shots. Steroids do have long term risks...but in the short term I don't think it is as 'harsh' as Metacam. As of today, the vet gave me the ok to start weaning him off of the Prednisolone. Fingers crossed, but I think we'll be OK.
It was so interesting, throughout Beandip's long battle with this, he became more and more reclusive and anxious. So much so that he was also put on Prozac. The Prozac helped, but I can see now that his anxiety came from his bladder, and not his brain...if that makes sense. The reclusive behavior came on so gradually that I had forgotten what he used to be like. 2 weeks after changing his diet (and adding the acidifier to help...I'll get into that in a minute), he did a complete 180. He's out and about in the house all day, doesn't sleep under the bed, he plays with the kittens...it's absolutely amazing.
And every time I scoop the litter boxes, I get a big grin on my face...his clumps are impressive these days.