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  1. #1
    Susan Guest

    Default OT: the house call vet again/

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    Jasper did really well for three mos on allergy diet, regained weight,
    then puked again... tried duck, good for a while, then venison. He and
    the other two loved venison so much that they gorged themselves! Three
    cats puking up big quantities of food, but Jasper's became pink tinged
    again... back to rabbit, okay again for a while, but he's thinner.

    The vet weighed him at just over 10lbs, down 2.2 lbs from last visit,
    and down from his healthy weight of 13-15 lbs. :-( She now feels
    enlarged bowel and what could be tumors or lymph nodes in his bowel,
    but does not recommend stressing him out with ultra sound because he's
    so insanely anxious an crazy and the treatment for IBS or lymphoma is
    still steroids. I asked her to test free T4 to see if he could be
    hyperthyroid, too. She refused to do free T3, said they never do it in
    cats.

    So, anyway, waiting for blood results, will try pilling him with
    steroids only because he has a new obsessive love of cheddar cheese
    (which he keeps down) to bury them in, but terrified for the other cats
    if he gets *more* aggressive than he already is. I could end up having
    to crate him for the duration.

    Crossing finger that it's not cancer; vet really, strongly feels it's
    just IBS and very treatable.

    Freddie weighed in at a chubby 2. 5 (he's not that big, his belly is so
    big that when he stands, his back is all saggy. She thinks he's 80-10
    y.o. and may be diabetic. Clipped his nails and will do inexpensive
    house calls if I'm flexible on timing to do so every couple of months
    because he had nails on his extra toes that never get worn down and curl
    and grow into his toe pads if not clipped. He's a sweet, fat old
    gentleman, but does not like me clipping his nails and I'm a sissy at
    it, too.

    Zoe hid from view. Jasper growled, howled and hissed like a demon for a
    half hour, once again, though less so in their rolling office than when
    they did the exam in my house.

    Susan

  2. #2
    Susan Guest

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    On 1/4/2012 11:31 AM, Susan wrote:

    > Crossing finger that it's not cancer;


    LOL... fingerS.

    Susan

  3. #3
    Cheri Guest

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    "Susan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > x-no-archive: yes
    >
    > Jasper did really well for three mos on allergy diet, regained weight,
    > then puked again... tried duck, good for a while, then venison. He and
    > the other two loved venison so much that they gorged themselves! Three
    > cats puking up big quantities of food, but Jasper's became pink tinged
    > again... back to rabbit, okay again for a while, but he's thinner.
    >
    > The vet weighed him at just over 10lbs, down 2.2 lbs from last visit, and
    > down from his healthy weight of 13-15 lbs. :-( She now feels enlarged
    > bowel and what could be tumors or lymph nodes in his bowel, but does not
    > recommend stressing him out with ultra sound because he's so insanely
    > anxious an crazy and the treatment for IBS or lymphoma is still steroids.
    > I asked her to test free T4 to see if he could be hyperthyroid, too. She
    > refused to do free T3, said they never do it in cats.
    >
    > So, anyway, waiting for blood results, will try pilling him with steroids
    > only because he has a new obsessive love of cheddar cheese (which he keeps
    > down) to bury them in, but terrified for the other cats if he gets *more*
    > aggressive than he already is. I could end up having to crate him for the
    > duration.
    >
    > Crossing finger that it's not cancer; vet really, strongly feels it's just
    > IBS and very treatable.
    >
    > Freddie weighed in at a chubby 2. 5 (he's not that big, his belly is so
    > big that when he stands, his back is all saggy. She thinks he's 80-10
    > y.o. and may be diabetic. Clipped his nails and will do inexpensive house
    > calls if I'm flexible on timing to do so every couple of months because he
    > had nails on his extra toes that never get worn down and curl and grow
    > into his toe pads if not clipped. He's a sweet, fat old gentleman, but
    > does not like me clipping his nails and I'm a sissy at it, too.
    >
    > Zoe hid from view. Jasper growled, howled and hissed like a demon for a
    > half hour, once again, though less so in their rolling office than when
    > they did the exam in my house.
    >
    > Susan


    I hope it all works out Susan. It's amazing how much we come to love these
    critters. :-)

    Cheri



  4. #4
    Susan Guest

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    On 1/4/2012 12:34 PM, Cheri wrote:

    > I hope it all works out Susan. It's amazing how much we come to love
    > these critters. :-)
    >


    Yep. I keep apologizing for his terrible, demonic sounds and behavior
    when they're here... and telling them how cuddly and affectionate he is
    with us and attached to me...

    The vet has a severely anxious cat, too, so she gets it, though she has
    never had an experience like Jasper. She recommends against procedures
    beyond diet and pills, and would put him down if he needed them because
    he's so freaked out in general.

    Susan

  5. #5
    Evelyn Guest

    Default Re: OT: the house call vet again/

    On Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:31:03 -0500, Susan <[email protected]> wrote:

    >x-no-archive: yes
    >
    >Jasper did really well for three mos on allergy diet, regained weight,
    >then puked again... tried duck, good for a while, then venison. He and
    >the other two loved venison so much that they gorged themselves! Three
    >cats puking up big quantities of food, but Jasper's became pink tinged
    >again... back to rabbit, okay again for a while, but he's thinner.
    >
    >The vet weighed him at just over 10lbs, down 2.2 lbs from last visit,
    >and down from his healthy weight of 13-15 lbs. :-( She now feels
    >enlarged bowel and what could be tumors or lymph nodes in his bowel,
    >but does not recommend stressing him out with ultra sound because he's
    >so insanely anxious an crazy and the treatment for IBS or lymphoma is
    >still steroids. I asked her to test free T4 to see if he could be
    >hyperthyroid, too. She refused to do free T3, said they never do it in
    >cats.
    >
    >So, anyway, waiting for blood results, will try pilling him with
    >steroids only because he has a new obsessive love of cheddar cheese
    >(which he keeps down) to bury them in, but terrified for the other cats
    >if he gets *more* aggressive than he already is. I could end up having
    >to crate him for the duration.
    >
    >Crossing finger that it's not cancer; vet really, strongly feels it's
    >just IBS and very treatable.
    >
    >Freddie weighed in at a chubby 2. 5 (he's not that big, his belly is so
    >big that when he stands, his back is all saggy. She thinks he's 80-10
    >y.o. and may be diabetic. Clipped his nails and will do inexpensive
    >house calls if I'm flexible on timing to do so every couple of months
    >because he had nails on his extra toes that never get worn down and curl
    >and grow into his toe pads if not clipped. He's a sweet, fat old
    >gentleman, but does not like me clipping his nails and I'm a sissy at
    >it, too.
    >
    >Zoe hid from view. Jasper growled, howled and hissed like a demon for a
    >half hour, once again, though less so in their rolling office than when
    >they did the exam in my house.
    >
    >Susan



    Susan, hope all turns out OK for your kitties.

    Mine love chicken liver. I feed them a little raw chicken liver
    every day. It definitely stops the puking. No liver for a couple
    of days is almost a guarantee that there will be puking after
    breakfast. :-(

    Evelyn

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    Susan Guest

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    On 1/4/2012 1:53 PM, Evelyn wrote:

    > Susan, hope all turns out OK for your kitties.


    Thanks. Worried about Jasper, really. And Freddy is 20.5, not 2.5...
    :-) He is FAT.

    >
    > Mine love chicken liver. I feed them a little raw chicken liver
    > every day. It definitely stops the puking. No liver for a couple
    > of days is almost a guarantee that there will be puking after
    > breakfast. :-(


    My cats won't touch it. Even Freddy. I kept trying. It doesn't get any
    more appealing when you have to pick it up and toss if away after some
    time...

    Susan

  7. #7
    Tiger Lily Guest

    Default Re: OT: the house call vet again/

    On 1/4/2012 9:31 AM, Susan wrote:
    > x-no-archive: yes
    >
    > Jasper did really well for three mos on allergy diet, regained weight,
    > then puked again... tried duck, good for a while, then venison. He and
    > the other two loved venison so much that they gorged themselves! Three
    > cats puking up big quantities of food, but Jasper's became pink tinged
    > again... back to rabbit, okay again for a while, but he's thinner.
    >
    > The vet weighed him at just over 10lbs, down 2.2 lbs from last visit,
    > and down from his healthy weight of 13-15 lbs. :-( She now feels
    > enlarged bowel and what could be tumors or lymph nodes in his bowel, but
    > does not recommend stressing him out with ultra sound because he's so
    > insanely anxious an crazy and the treatment for IBS or lymphoma is still
    > steroids. I asked her to test free T4 to see if he could be
    > hyperthyroid, too. She refused to do free T3, said they never do it in
    > cats.
    >
    > So, anyway, waiting for blood results, will try pilling him with
    > steroids only because he has a new obsessive love of cheddar cheese
    > (which he keeps down) to bury them in, but terrified for the other cats
    > if he gets *more* aggressive than he already is. I could end up having
    > to crate him for the duration.
    >
    > Crossing finger that it's not cancer; vet really, strongly feels it's
    > just IBS and very treatable.
    >
    > Freddie weighed in at a chubby 2. 5 (he's not that big, his belly is so
    > big that when he stands, his back is all saggy. She thinks he's 80-10
    > y.o. and may be diabetic. Clipped his nails and will do inexpensive
    > house calls if I'm flexible on timing to do so every couple of months
    > because he had nails on his extra toes that never get worn down and curl
    > and grow into his toe pads if not clipped. He's a sweet, fat old
    > gentleman, but does not like me clipping his nails and I'm a sissy at
    > it, too.
    >
    > Zoe hid from view. Jasper growled, howled and hissed like a demon for a
    > half hour, once again, though less so in their rolling office than when
    > they did the exam in my house.
    >
    > Susan


    oh Susan, sorry to hear the diet didn't stand up as you had hoped

    i do hope the vet is able to sort things for Jasper in short order

    kate

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    Tiger Lily Guest

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    On 1/4/2012 11:53 AM, Evelyn wrote:
    > Susan, hope all turns out OK for your kitties.
    >
    > Mine love chicken liver. I feed them a little raw chicken liver
    > every day. It definitely stops the puking. No liver for a couple
    > of days is almost a guarantee that there will be puking after
    > breakfast.:-(
    >
    > Evelyn



    just a tip, may not work for everyone, but.....

    there is a Mom & Pop fried chicken place that keeps the chicken livers
    and sells them for far less than i would pay in a grocery store or at a
    butchers or...

    and the pets LOVE them

    kate

  9. #9
    Tiger Lily Guest

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    On 1/4/2012 12:09 PM, Susan wrote:
    > Thanks. Worried about Jasper, really. And Freddy is 20.5, not 2.5...
    > :-) He is FAT.


    lol

    i was trying to imagine a 'teacup kitten' ??

    ya, 20.5 is heavy for a cat

    having said that, Bernie was thin as a rake at 18 lbs.... mind you he
    could also stand on his hind legs and inspect the kitchen counters

    lol

    kate

  10. #10
    Susan Guest

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    On 1/4/2012 4:46 PM, Tiger Lily wrote:

    > oh Susan, sorry to hear the diet didn't stand up as you had hoped
    >
    > i do hope the vet is able to sort things for Jasper in short order
    >


    Thanks. He's better now, eating up a storm. Weird thing is, he's not
    at his thinnest.

    Susan


  11. #11
    Susan Guest

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    On 1/4/2012 4:54 PM, Tiger Lily wrote:

    > i was trying to imagine a 'teacup kitten' ??
    >
    > ya, 20.5 is heavy for a cat
    >
    > having said that, Bernie was thin as a rake at 18 lbs.... mind you he
    > could also stand on his hind legs and inspect the kitchen counters
    >
    > lol
    >


    Jasper, too, was thin and all muscle and sleekness on grain free, high
    fiber/protein/fat diet. Even on the old regular food, he was sleek,
    though with some more fat.

    Susan

  12. #12
    Tiger Lily Guest

    Default Re: OT: the house call vet again/

    On 1/4/2012 3:40 PM, Susan wrote:
    > x-no-archive: yes
    >
    > On 1/4/2012 4:54 PM, Tiger Lily wrote:
    >
    >> i was trying to imagine a 'teacup kitten' ??
    >>
    >> ya, 20.5 is heavy for a cat
    >>
    >> having said that, Bernie was thin as a rake at 18 lbs.... mind you he
    >> could also stand on his hind legs and inspect the kitchen counters
    >>
    >> lol
    >>

    >
    > Jasper, too, was thin and all muscle and sleekness on grain free, high
    > fiber/protein/fat diet. Even on the old regular food, he was sleek,
    > though with some more fat.
    >
    > Susan


    you got it, Bernie was spring loaded muscles

    i didn't like being able to feel EVERY rib and his spine (he did gain
    some padding on the spine but not a lot!)

    i've been fortunate in that i open bowl feed *most* of my dogs and they
    are fine with it......... no, the vet doesn't like that, but, I can see
    if they are eating or not! sigh

    *beagles are NEVER open bowl fed!!!*

    lol

    kate

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    Evelyn Guest

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    On Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:53:30 -0700, Tiger Lily <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 1/4/2012 11:53 AM, Evelyn wrote:
    >> Susan, hope all turns out OK for your kitties.
    >>
    >> Mine love chicken liver. I feed them a little raw chicken liver
    >> every day. It definitely stops the puking. No liver for a couple
    >> of days is almost a guarantee that there will be puking after
    >> breakfast.:-(
    >>
    >> Evelyn

    >
    >
    >just a tip, may not work for everyone, but.....
    >
    >there is a Mom & Pop fried chicken place that keeps the chicken livers
    >and sells them for far less than i would pay in a grocery store or at a
    >butchers or...
    >
    >and the pets LOVE them
    >
    >kate



    I love to make chopped liver spread! But it is a bit of work.

    Evelyn

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    Storrmmee Guest

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    my tiger looked best at 16 lbs he often would stand up and peer into the
    bathroom sink for some message of some sort... currently one of ours only
    comes in at five pounds, and its her right weight, Lee
    "Tiger Lily" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 1/4/2012 12:09 PM, Susan wrote:
    >> Thanks. Worried about Jasper, really. And Freddy is 20.5, not 2.5...
    >> :-) He is FAT.

    >
    > lol
    >
    > i was trying to imagine a 'teacup kitten' ??
    >
    > ya, 20.5 is heavy for a cat
    >
    > having said that, Bernie was thin as a rake at 18 lbs.... mind you he
    > could also stand on his hind legs and inspect the kitchen counters
    >
    > lol
    >
    > kate




  15. #15
    Tiger Lily Guest

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    Lee, aren't they priceless??

    gotta love it

    kate

    On 1/27/2012 10:50 PM, Storrmmee wrote:
    > my tiger looked best at 16 lbs he often would stand up and peer into the
    > bathroom sink for some message of some sort... currently one of ours only
    > comes in at five pounds, and its her right weight, Lee
    > "Tiger Lily"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On 1/4/2012 12:09 PM, Susan wrote:
    >>> Thanks. Worried about Jasper, really. And Freddy is 20.5, not 2.5...
    >>> :-) He is FAT.

    >>
    >> lol
    >>
    >> i was trying to imagine a 'teacup kitten' ??
    >>
    >> ya, 20.5 is heavy for a cat
    >>
    >> having said that, Bernie was thin as a rake at 18 lbs.... mind you he
    >> could also stand on his hind legs and inspect the kitchen counters
    >>
    >> lol
    >>
    >> kate

    >
    >



  16. #16
    Storrmmee Guest

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    they are a joy, my chester boosted a bag of treats off the table and mvoved
    them down the hall and was trying to get where he could figure out the bag,
    but i busted him, he wouldn't talk to me for hours, lol, Lee
    "Tiger Lily" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Lee, aren't they priceless??
    >
    > gotta love it
    >
    > kate
    >
    > On 1/27/2012 10:50 PM, Storrmmee wrote:
    >> my tiger looked best at 16 lbs he often would stand up and peer into the
    >> bathroom sink for some message of some sort... currently one of ours only
    >> comes in at five pounds, and its her right weight, Lee
    >> "Tiger Lily"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On 1/4/2012 12:09 PM, Susan wrote:
    >>>> Thanks. Worried about Jasper, really. And Freddy is 20.5, not 2.5...
    >>>> :-) He is FAT.
    >>>
    >>> lol
    >>>
    >>> i was trying to imagine a 'teacup kitten' ??
    >>>
    >>> ya, 20.5 is heavy for a cat
    >>>
    >>> having said that, Bernie was thin as a rake at 18 lbs.... mind you he
    >>> could also stand on his hind legs and inspect the kitchen counters
    >>>
    >>> lol
    >>>
    >>> kate

    >>
    >>

    >




  17. #17
    Tiger Lily Guest

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    big giggle

    ya, "BUSTED"!!!!!!!!!!

    sam-bhu-ti got BUSTED this morning

    she daren't move in case she may look me in the eye............. so i
    moved over to HER and did the STARE DOWN contest

    growl!

    kate (hey, twice in 12 months, i'm not choked but.............)


    On 1/28/2012 9:59 PM, Storrmmee wrote:
    > they are a joy, my chester boosted a bag of treats off the table and mvoved
    > them down the hall and was trying to get where he could figure out the bag,
    > but i busted him, he wouldn't talk to me for hours, lol, Lee
    > "Tiger Lily"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Lee, aren't they priceless??
    >>
    >> gotta love it
    >>
    >> kate



  18. #18
    Storrmmee Guest

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    too good, Lee
    "Tiger Lily" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > big giggle
    >
    > ya, "BUSTED"!!!!!!!!!!
    >
    > sam-bhu-ti got BUSTED this morning
    >
    > she daren't move in case she may look me in the eye............. so i
    > moved over to HER and did the STARE DOWN contest
    >
    > growl!
    >
    > kate (hey, twice in 12 months, i'm not choked but.............)
    >
    >
    > On 1/28/2012 9:59 PM, Storrmmee wrote:
    >> they are a joy, my chester boosted a bag of treats off the table and
    >> mvoved
    >> them down the hall and was trying to get where he could figure out the
    >> bag,
    >> but i busted him, he wouldn't talk to me for hours, lol, Lee
    >> "Tiger Lily"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> Lee, aren't they priceless??
    >>>
    >>> gotta love it
    >>>
    >>> kate

    >




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