Originally Posted by Rang_27
I can't believe how many cats here are on Pred! Why are your kitties on pred?
Stumpy has an auto-immune disease called lymphocytic, plasmacytic stomititus. Basically, his system thinks that his teeth are foreign bodies and it attacked them. His teeth have all been removed, but unless you continue to control inflamation, it will get into his gums and/or throat. Since there are no more foreign bodies to remove, if it grows into other areas of his mouth, there is no real treatment and he would be such severe pain that I would have to euthanize him.
Muddy has an auto-immune disease that has attacked his bladder. It's permanently inflamed, which causes crystals, which causes blockages. The theory about keeping him on anti-inflamatories is that if we can control his bladder, it lessons the crystals, and therefore he won't block. Even if we had surgery on him to enlarge his urinary tract (to allow the crystals to pass), he still needs to remain on an anti-inflamatory the rest of his life.
Yes, I expect the pred to shorten both of their lives from a normal lifespan standpoint, but in the case of both of them, they would die quickly without it. It will improve the quality of both of their lives in the mean time. I'll take the risk to keep them comfortable.
And for anyone who uses pred, the vet should always tell you to start with a high dose, then slowly wean them down over about a 1-2 week period. Don't question your vet on it, simply follow their instructions, and don't listen to anyone other than a vet about how to dose your cat with pred. They do things for a specific purpose.