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post #91 of 277
FIp is often misdiagnosed Eddie. Many times vets, if they don't know what the cat or kitten has, the cat has "FIP." It mimics so many other diseases out there and is often miscalled. I am glad in this case it was a mistake, and I hope they nail down what it really is.
post #92 of 277
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Originally Posted by hissy
FIp is often misdiagnosed Eddie. Many times vets, if they don't know what the cat or kitten has, the cat has "FIP." It mimics so many other diseases out there and is often miscalled. I am glad in this case it was a mistake, and I hope they nail down what it really is.
Thank you so much, MA, for checking in and your note. You are so busy and I'm grateful for your expertise...you've been a mentor and friend to me and I almost called you at 2:00 a.m. the first night when I couldn't stop crying. ....but, I kinda wanted you to sleep.
post #93 of 277
Man E I soaked a hankie up reading this thread.!!!!
My old man Ox just turned 17 last month and had lost some weight over the year-he checks out heathly as a horse at the vets office though.
I hope the ultrasound turns up some other cause for his weight loss.
You give that coyote fighting cat a good petting from me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sending vibes from my crew to yours{{{{{{{{{{{}}}}}}}}}}}}}
post #94 of 277
Oh my goodness Eddie, that's fantastic news! I'm keeping everything crossed and hoping that the ultrasound shows something easily treatable.
post #95 of 277
I'm so happy to read this update, Eddie!

Sasha is one strong boy and he definitely know that whatever is wrong with him, you will find!!

Saba has such a special bond with her brother that even if Sasha can't tell you, she will!

Sending all my }}}VIBES{{{ to you and Sasha!

Sasha, you can do this!

I hope so much that the ultrasound gives a good diagnosis and Sasha is able to enjoy his season with all his vigour!!
post #96 of 277
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Well, I am home for just a bit. The internist is about 45 minutes away and I had to leave him, I wasn't allowed to watch - and they had other animals waiting, so I will go back about 4 pm. Like the champion he is, Sasha was swet and cooperative. The only thing he ever complained about were the curves in the road. He likes it when I just drive straight.

2:45 p.m. Called in, Vet Tech said he is being super good, cooperating and on the ultrasound table right now. They didn't even need to sedate my big guy! They gave him an extra large cage with a divider for some extra privacy, which I thought was very considerate, and he will be served lunch as soon as they are done. I'm getting in the car now, to be there as soon as they say it's ok.
post #97 of 277
I'm eagerly waiting an update! Praying it's positive!
post #98 of 277
sending lots of love your way
post #99 of 277
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
Thank you so much, MA, for checking in and your note. You are so busy and I'm grateful for your expertise...you've been a mentor and friend to me and I almost called you at 2:00 a.m. the first night when I couldn't stop crying. ....but, I kinda wanted you to sleep.
E you are so funny! You can call me anytime. If I am asleep, big deal, I have to get up and answer the phone anyway-

Seriously, if you need to talk, scream or cry- pick up the phone. I am up most nights till 3 anyway-


Hang tough, just like Sasha is-
post #100 of 277
I don't know what to think because I am so excited that it's not FIP but it has to be driving you nuts not to know exactly what it is at this point. You and Sasha are still in my thoughts and prayers.
post #101 of 277
Hoping you will be back home from picking him up soon. Chewing nails..okay, I have no nails to chew, but I'm trying anyway!
post #102 of 277
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We're home from Issaquah, WA. Sasha was not happy when I closed the windows in the car - he likes to ride with them wide open hearing the wind.

The ultrasound showed nothing. No tumors, no liver damage, no gall bladder infection, nothing. There is a slight reading of billirubin in his blood cells but slight. His red blood cell count has not been compromised, it's just fine.

The Specialist did an amneosentisis, drawing fluid from the liver and will send it to Cytology. Sasha's liver was enlarged, and it could be that he has a very slow, diffused cancer of the liver - hence no tumors or other masses. The ultrasound was clean. The doctor sort of scratched his head~~ they did a lot of careful screening, too.

We will know tomorrow or Monday.

I did like this Internist. He's from Washington State University, which has one of the top Veterinary Schools in the nation. He took the time to answer all my questions and he even carried Sasha to my car, to help me with not lifting for my back.

Sasha is telling Saba all about it, and then he'll just crash out. Mom is tired too! SO. No tears, just not really having a specific answer. Is this just part of the aging process??? The Vet said it was a bit extreme, the rapid weight loss.....but we're running out of labs to do!
post #103 of 277
Oh E, I just saw this thread........you know my heart, thoughts and good vibes are zipping across country to you now..............
post #104 of 277
Elizabeth, I will be keeping Sasha in my thoughts and prayers. I hope it's nothing more than just the aging process and Sasha has many more wonderful years to enjoy with you. Thinking of both of you.
post #105 of 277
I hope you both have a restful evening. I'm glad you found an internist for him that you like..now to solve that puzzle.

Skritches to Sasha, tell him the "bee lady" is thinking of him.
post #106 of 277
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Originally Posted by lisalee
Elizabeth, I will be keeping Sasha in my thoughts and prayers. I hope it's nothing more than just the aging process and Sasha has many more wonderful years to enjoy with you. Thinking of both of you.

Lisa, I know we share each other's cat names. I hope so too!
post #107 of 277
Sasha, you're such a brave boy! We remain right here with you, Eddie.
post #108 of 277
Maybe Sasha's dieting as swimsuit season is coming soon and he wants to look good for his ladies!!!
(sorry bad attempt at humor..........)
post #109 of 277
Hopefully everything comes back okay
post #110 of 277
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Originally Posted by GailC
Maybe Sasha's dieting as swimsuit season is coming soon and he wants to look good for his ladies!!!
(sorry bad attempt at humor..........)
No, Gail, it's ok. I try to laugh all the time.....and Stephanie even said that he'd have a swanky new haircut, which he sure does.

All we can say is that we're running out of labs and tests and if this is part of the aging process then it's one of the more advanced ones the Vet has seen. Personally, I have a hunch this last test will come back positive for liver cancer and he will have a little more time than we thought w/FIP, but it will still be precious time. I am a very positive person, but I know my intuition gifts have helped others in the past with lost kitties, and now I turn to myself to help me through this.
post #111 of 277
Most defintely trust your instincts...it has been invaluable for me with knowing when something was amiss with my guys. You just form this bond, deeper with the kitties you connect on a certain deeper level with.

I agree with you, this doesn't sound like ageing. I'm just hoping Sasha pulls what most of my kitties do..unusual things never seen in cats, then they (almost always) get through it and go back to being their usual selves, to the amazement of vets and consulting vets
post #112 of 277
Eddie...you and Sasha share a very special bond.
Lots of purrs & cuddles to you both.
post #113 of 277
I am just seeing this thread E - what a topsy turvy ride you two are going through. I sure hope that it is something that is easily treatable. I wish I had some words of wisdom for you but we all are truly lucky to have a wonderful place that will pull together for its members and that they care - Sasha has a whole world behind him and thats amazing.

to you E!
post #114 of 277
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
I wish I had some words of wisdom for you but we all are truly lucky to have a wonderful place that will pull together for its members and that they care - Sasha has a whole world behind him and thats amazing.

to you E!

....that's just the way it is, isn't it. I thought to myself, "nobody wants to hear about Sasha, it's just too sad" and then I find I have to be here because Sasha, it seems, is happy and purring...it is I that can't handle what life deals out. My grandmother once told me that God deals us our life cards face down, so we don't know what's coming.

Sasha is eating heartily now. Pat, he's eating the stash of Active Life, the crate you sent me two years ago that I've kept. I almost sent the entire crate to Oregon to Eric's granny's ranch - she has ferals out there, but I kept it after Freddie died. Don't know why.

Sasha has been crashed out under the hot tub. There's a little trap door where all the pipes are, no exposed wiring, and it's warm and dark.... it's his Safe Place.
post #115 of 277
I am so glad you kept it. I just wish they were back in production - they were supposed to be almost a year ago...
post #116 of 277
Go Sasha, you can beat this!

Eddie, You really are having such a bumpy ride (the pair of you) I hope that you find a solution to the weight loss and can enjoy your Spring time together!

Sending lots of love and thoughts to you both!
post #117 of 277
Fingers crossed that it is something positive, or something that he can live a long time with.
post #118 of 277
Eddie i hope your wrong on your thoughts about liver cancer and that this is just Sasha growing old.

When you think about it after what he went through with the coyote it's enough to add years onto his looks. Bless his little cotton socks
post #119 of 277
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I'm glad you found an internist for him that you like..now to solve that puzzle.
puzzling news, but at least it wasn't as bad as you originally thought. prayers & vibes that whatever the problem is, you'll be able to treat it.
post #120 of 277
Elizabeth, I'm just now catching up with this thread again. I'm so sorry you and Sasha are going through so much. Cats are individuals who age differently just like we do. So even if his symptoms are extreme, maybe for him, it's just a part of the aging process?

I'm really hoping it doesn't turn out to be something serious like liver cancer.

And by the way.....
It's Sasha's 14th birthday today!
So I'm sending along some special purrs and headbutts from Snowball!
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