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post #31 of 43
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Thanks everyone for your support. Yesterday I was really feeling on edge for a few reasons, including the vet visit.

I should first give you some background. When Nakita first started to 'itch' I went to my regular vet who said it could be fleas or food allergy. After observing Nakita for a few months I knew myself this was not the case so I started to research on the internet to find out more info. In the meantime, I went to 4 other vets but no solution. After researching more myself, I determined that Nakita was exhibiting symptoms similar to Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome (FHS). I went back to one of the vets with my findings and the first thing that vet said was to place her on Phenobarbitol. I'm always reluctant to use pills as the 'first' way to handle things with myself or my cats. So I didn't feel comfortable going with a vet that would prescribe a drug after doing no tests.

I kept a journal with Nakita's symptoms and realized that her symptoms were not in line with seizures at all. FHS can be either neurological or behavioural. So in the meantime I've been trying to increase her mental stimulation and on the advice of a vet, even add a new kitten to the household - hence Phoenix.

Starting last February, Nakita threw up a *huge* hairball. She had never thrown up a hairball since we had her so you can imagine how long this one was collecting in her stomach! A week or so after the hairball, she started to throw up - every day, only between 3am - 6am. She would throw up only a tablespoon of white foamy liquid. So we take her back to the vet. New food trial, tried hairball gel, tried Pepcid-AC since they thought she had too much acid. Nothing has worked. On top of this, Nakita also started scratching - her ears and licking feet. Typical symptoms of food allergy. All these trials take awhile but we're still back to square one.

So, we are sticking with one vet and starting over again. The vet is concerned about the morning vomiting sessions, as am I. It has been going on so long (FHS, itching, throwing up) technically it could all be interconnected at this point and it's a learned behaviour type cycle that never ends. I am very glad this vet does not want to prescribe Phenobarbitol as a first step. It's really a relief on my part since every vet was so ready to throw a drug into Nakita rather than look at the underlying problems.

We're starting on a food trial again. In the past, this has been extremely hard since Nakita is really fussy with her food and wouldn't eat it. She weighed in at 4.8 pounds last night so nutrition is paramount for her and I can't have her skip meals. I even tried wet food, which she ate for 1 month and then refused to have it again. BUT, she actually ate the prescription food last night. Amazing, since she refused it before.

After 6-8 weeks we will see how she is and if her 'allergy' type itching has improved. Her vomiting might even clear up if that is linked. Depending on Nakita's symptoms at that point, we'll then look at a steroid shot to see if it may break a cycle for her and give her body a rest. If that doesn't work, we might go to an anti-anxiety medication. But first, we have to see how each step affects Nakita.

So, that's it on my end. I'm just happy that we're on a course of action with a vet I trust. So many vets would barely listen to me and have me walking out the door in 2 seconds with a prescription for Phenobarbitol. These last 6 months have been so hard on all of us and after all the vet visits $$$ we saw no results. Hopefully this time will be different.

And hopefully Phoenix will be able to help Nakita along as well with feline partnership - that's if Nakita will stop hissing and start hugging. That's been a headache on its own and that's why I've been so worried about these two because of Nakita's medical background.

Again, thanks so much for all your support! It was a rough day yesterday and I just needed some support.
post #32 of 43
Well, Kass, even if you don't have answers yet, it does seem as if you have a responsible course of action, and that has to be a relief. I hope you start getting some results, and your girl starts feeling better. Give her a scritch for me.
post #33 of 43
Glad things are finally headed down the right path! lots of continued vibes for you and Nakita {{{{}}}}}
post #34 of 43
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Glad things are finally headed down the right path! lots of continued vibes for you and Nakita {{{{}}}}}
here's hoping y'all are on the way to recovery!
post #35 of 43
I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers, It's so hard because they are our children and we just want them to be ok!
post #36 of 43
I'm so glad that you found a vet that is supportive
post #37 of 43
I'm so glad that you have found a vet who will listen to you and work with Nakita instead of just trying to medicate her. My thoughts are definitely with you and your sweet girls.
post #38 of 43
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your words and support!

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It's so hard because they are our children and we just want them to be ok!
Yes, the last while has been so frustrating. Here I am seeking medical help yet not resolving anything. I'm really hoping this will soon change and Nakita will be the picture of health.
post #39 of 43
I'm glad you have such a great vet Sending you and Nakita some continued good thoughts and vibes .
post #40 of 43
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Yes, the last while has been so frustrating. Here I am seeking medical help yet not resolving anything. I'm really hoping this will soon change and Nakita will be the picture of health.
thinking about the Health of Nakita!
Get well soon sweetie Pie!
Bring us soon that pic Dear Kass!
post #41 of 43
Many hugs and prayers to Nakita and you both are able to get her problems figured out. Sounds like you have a good vet.

Get well soon Nakita!!

P.S. More pictures of the beautiful princess Nakita please.
post #42 of 43
I really hope Nakita will get well really soon and get along with Phoenix. Hope all the best to you and the kitties.
post #43 of 43
Nakita is in my prayers. I hope she feels bettter soon.
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