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post #1 of 12
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Hi my cat Scrounge was diagonsed with pancreatitis last November and I was wondering if anyone on here has a cat with pancreatitis.
A little bit about her shes around 10 years old acts healthy 90% of the time but vomits after eating about every other night we've tried many different things at the vet steriods in a pill form at 1st and now a injectable steriod last week.
Overall she doesnt act like shes in alot of pain - she'll play cuddle and still act like herself for most of the day but it worries me when I see her because for the last day or two shes been sleeping most of the time and she looks like shes in pain. Ive noticed that she is drinking more water than usual but it doesnt seem like shes as much is there anything that I can do?
post #2 of 12
My cat was just diagnosed with pancreatitus. Dr says moderate to severe. Started with jaundice, hiding, not eating and hospitalized for 4 days for IV support (fluids, antibiotics, anti nausea). She started to eat on her own on day 2 but now that she is home, she's not eating again. We're on pills for same meds. She's definitely not acting normal and hasn't for a month. I'm feeding her baby food as often as I can. Vet thinks that we may have to go back to hospital if she doesn't start eating on her own. If she gets through this bout, have to check her liver enzymes every 1-3 months. We're not doing steroids. What is proper treatment?!?!?
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Originally Posted by tigresa
My cat was just diagnosed with pancreatitus. Dr says moderate to severe. Started with jaundice, hiding, not eating and hospitalized for 4 days for IV support (fluids, antibiotics, anti nausea). She started to eat on her own on day 2 but now that she is home, she's not eating again. We're on pills for same meds. She's definitely not acting normal and hasn't for a month. I'm feeding her baby food as often as I can. Vet thinks that we may have to go back to hospital if she doesn't start eating on her own. If she gets through this bout, have to check her liver enzymes every 1-3 months. We're not doing steroids. What is proper treatment?!?!?
I think that all depends on the vet Ive been reading as much as I can I just googled feline pancreatitus and looked thru the links.
Im sorry abt your cat how old is the cat?
Steph
post #4 of 12
Has anyone tried a special diet? Hypo-allergenic or intestinal? z/d, i/d, hypo-gastro, low residue?
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Dr. Doolittle
Has anyone tried a special diet? Hypo-allergnic or intestinal? z/d, i/d, hypo-gastro, low residue?
At this point my main goal is to get my cat Scrounge to eat anything so shes been on a Fancy Feast Diet along with chicken - any type just to get her to eat.
Scrounge has gone from 8.7 pounds to 6.5 (and dropping) so I need to have her eat and get healthy and then take it from there.
post #6 of 12
Moli is 11 years old. She's always been a small cat and her bloodwork has never been "normal". She had about a teaspoon of baby food last night and hasn't eaten since. She convulsed and vomited some small liquid just now (first time) so I'm taking her back to the hospital now. She was eating the Fancy Feast in the hospital last week. My vet says that she likes them to try to eat on their own or else it becomes such a bad experience, that they just stop. I'm not ready to give up but its been a difficult week.
post #7 of 12
Hi! I hope you don't mind my jumping in. I'm trying to find out what is going on with my sweet Gracie. She's been to the vet numerous times for vomiting, intermittent diarrhea and not eating, and they always say her blood work is normal and send her home after giving her fluids and Reglan (supposedly to stop the vomiting).

She's a long-hair and does get fur balls occasionally, but after bringing one up Gracie can't seem to stop vomiting. Sometimes the vomiting is totally unrelated to fur balls. I've had her for 6 years - she was about a year old when I found her as a stray. She is so precious to me and it breaks my heart to see her like this.

Could Gracie have pancreatitis? What are the symptoms? How were your cats diagnosed?
post #8 of 12
Moli's symptons are very different, no diarrhea, no vomiting. Just yellowing in the ears and mouth (jaundice) and the inappetance. Blood work showed sky high liver enzymes, ultrasound showed no cancer. Liver aspirate followed by a PLI test (has to go to Austin, Texas) diagnosed pancreatitus and likely cholangiohepatitus. Agressive supportive care is the treatment with anti biotics and anti nausea. She responded to 4 days of anti biotics but she just won't eat. Can anyone give some advice on feeding tubes? I have to make the decision tomorrow.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Sofie1006
Hi! I hope you don't mind my jumping in. I'm trying to find out what is going on with my sweet Gracie. She's been to the vet numerous times for vomiting, intermittent diarrhea and not eating, and they always say her blood work is normal and send her home after giving her fluids and Reglan (supposedly to stop the vomiting).

She's a long-hair and does get fur balls occasionally, but after bringing one up Gracie can't seem to stop vomiting. Sometimes the vomiting is totally unrelated to fur balls. I've had her for 6 years - she was about a year old when I found her as a stray. She is so precious to me and it breaks my heart to see her like this.

Could Gracie have pancreatitis? What are the symptoms? How were your cats diagnosed?
Hi dont worry abt jumping in! In my case (or Scrounges case). Shes started vomiting on a regular basis abt 6 months ago - but there was always something I could blame it on - I fed her too much people food (she lives for chicken) or she had too much cat food, it was cleaning day and maybe she smelled some chemicals etc.
Around late Oct. she began being REALLY finicky about food so I switched the foods around and in early Nov she basically stopped eating and lost over 2 lbs. When she wouldnt even eat chicken then I rushed her to the vet. Her vomiting had gotten worse it was now abt every other day. The vet ran a lot of tests and kept her for 2 nights gave her a iv etc. After running the tests then he found the pancreatitis and enlarged heart and kidney stones.
Ive just been trying to google her symptoms and see if I can come up with anything to help her.
post #10 of 12
About the tube feeding, they do tend to do better with a tube in them when it comes to feeding. The tube will either be in her side going directly into her stomach, or in her throat. Make sure you never feed her cold gruel, be sure it is room temperature or just a bit warmer before you put it in the syringe to feed her. There are pancreatic powders your vet can give you to mix with her food.
post #11 of 12
Thank you Hissy. We're a little squeamish about the tube feeding. Is it bothersome to the cat? I'm nervous that she'll pull it out. She's back in the hospital and she did eat for me this morning so I'm backing off from the nasal tube and stomach tube decision for today. Any thoughts on whether I'm just "force" feeding her to allow her die more gracefully? She seems to be responding and the treatment is aggressive supportive care....do cats survive this? I can't get a straight answer from the internist but will push her for something more informative. thank you
post #12 of 12
I just joined this forum a couple of days ago because of a cat with a fourth episode of presumed pancreatitis. His started when only 18 months old and he just had his fourth episode and he is not yet three years old. Getting him to eat again has always been a challenge and after his first episode I had to change foods because he had turned completely against the Wellness I had been feeding. I never had to resort to a feeding tube but twice he stayed at the vet on an IV. A feline specialist put him on Eukanuba low residue last summer and this was the longest he went without an episode. This food is expensive however, here I am paying $48 USD for a fourteen pound bag. He has not had the specific blood test for pancreatitis I guess it is only done at Texas A@M. I'm sorry it took so long to reply but I just found this thread. This can be an incredibly frustrating and expensive illness to deal with.
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