Originally Posted by Shelby6977
Hello, my name is Rhonda and I am new to the site and Forum. I am in desperate need of help for my Sydney. I got Sydney 11 years ago from the SPCA at which time the estimated her to be around 2 1/2 or 3 years. She is a good cat, tempermental at times and can be a little nasty, but this is her personality and I love her dearly. I have never had any real medical problems with her until now. She has been diagnosed with Feline Pancreatitis. Sydney had a vet stay for about 4 days and received great medical attention but I ran out of money after about $450.00 and had to bring her home. Her diahreahh is just awful and even though they have given her new meds, nothing seems to be working. I have been feeding her Eukenuba since this started but I have to wonder if this is too rich for her. At least her mess is confined to the garage and she has not lost control in the house (We have a cat door to the garage where her litter box is). Has anyone ever dealt with this and is there any advice that can be offered to clear this up seeing as meds are not working? I love her so much! She doesnt appear to be in pain and is eating and drinking.
Thanks So Much for any help!
What did your vets prescribe for a diet at this time? I took a quick skim of articles on this, and it seems that there is a question as to if diet can help control pancreatitis, but I did see it suggested that after fasting the cat to let the pancreas rest, an initial high carb/low fat diet was suggested, others mentioned using a prescription food by Hills...the point here is simply that while you had to remove your kitty from the hospital, they should have made a recommendation for continuing care at home, including diet.
I would question if Eukanuba is appropriate at this time, and ask your vet. What meds did they send her home on? Is she on a steroid such as prednisone or prednisolone? Did they give you an idea as to how long it might take for the meds to take control, as to by when you'd begin to see improvement?
Some of the articles mentioned an acute attack requiring 7 to 14 days of hospitalization....can you set up a payment plan with your vet, so that if they feel she needs to be in the hospital right now, she can be?
I'm not a vet or vet tech, and your vet is your best guide, but I think that you should 1)call and update them on her current condition 2) see about setting up a payment plan so if nec. she can be rehospitalized 3) tell them the diet you are using and see if they feel it is appropriate or not.
I'll ask our TCS vet tech advisor to comment, her name is Dr. Doolittle, and I wish you and Sydney all the best,