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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2011, 05:43:59 PM »

Maybe pitaya needs to make a few more posts before being able to send or receive pm's.

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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2011, 06:06:15 PM »

caylee is right about number of posts before being able to receive pm's. It is 5 I think.
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2011, 04:01:55 PM »

I hope pitaya checks this thread again. She's probably wondering why she hasn't gotten any replies to her PMs.
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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2011, 04:44:57 PM »

Looks like she has not been signed into itchmo since the 20th. Maybe one of the mods could leave a pm in her box telling her about the post requirement before anyone can pm her.

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« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2011, 05:28:27 PM »

I will see what I can do.  I don't know if she has her PMs set to go to her email or not, so if I PM her, not sure she'll realize it.  I think I can PM even if the inbox is full.  It's possible she is reading the posts as a guest.
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« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2011, 05:39:56 PM »

Sorry about that, but thanks for informing me about the rules! I didn't get the replies to this thread in my email, but I did get the pm in my email. I will fix it. Thanks for being attentive to the matter!!
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« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2011, 05:49:15 PM »

Figured I might as well add another post to get up to 5 and update you on my kitty!

Well, we just found out he's in the first stage of renal failure so he is now on a renal diet. And he also has hypothyroidism. So I want to find out a little more about these two issues to know how best to proceed with the next step on what to do about his brain tumor. But at least he seems happy and acts healthy most of the time. I took him outside the other day so he could run around and he had a blast!
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« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2011, 06:27:29 PM »

Kitties can live a long time after they are first diagnosed with CRF, as long as their diet is managed properly. And the hypothyroidism can be taken care of too. Ranger can also tell you of her experience with Socks. I think she tells about it in the brain tumor thread - somewhere near the middle to the end.

http://itchmoforums.com/help-with-my-sick-pet/my-cat-has-a-brain-tumor-t1699.0.html

Hope you will find the answers to help you make the choices that you need to make. We are here for you if you need emotional support. We all understand that animals are like our kids.

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« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2011, 06:40:24 PM »

Here is a section of the forum you may find interesting.

Feline Chronic Renal Failure and Insufficiency
http://itchmoforums.com/feline-chronic-renal-failure-and-insufficiency-b82.0/

And here is a thread warning not to use metacam for pain. It can cause a kitty to go into sudden fatal kidney failure.

Do Not Use Metacam/meloxicam
http://itchmoforums.com/veterinary-references/metacammeloxicam-t2907.0.html

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« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2011, 09:50:55 PM »

Figured I might as well add another post to get up to 5 and update you on my kitty!

Well, we just found out he's in the first stage of renal failure so he is now on a renal diet. And he also has hypothyroidism. So I want to find out a little more about these two issues to know how best to proceed with the next step on what to do about his brain tumor. But at least he seems happy and acts healthy most of the time. I took him outside the other day so he could run around and he had a blast!

pitaya,
Can you clarify whether you meant "hypothyroidism" or "hyperthyroidism"?  Primary hypothyroidism is extremely rare in cats, but hyperthyroidism is very common in older cats.  I can answer many of your questions and give information about hyperthyroidism if that is what it is.  I can also refer you to an excellent forum that can give you excellent advice and guidance on managing hyperthyroidism and CRF together.  I am sorry that you are having to deal with these issues, but you are doing the right thing to seek out information from others who have experienced them.
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« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2011, 03:58:48 PM »

Figured I might as well add another post to get up to 5 and update you on my kitty!

Well, we just found out he's in the first stage of renal failure so he is now on a renal diet. And he also has hypothyroidism. So I want to find out a little more about these two issues to know how best to proceed with the next step on what to do about his brain tumor. But at least he seems happy and acts healthy most of the time. I took him outside the other day so he could run around and he had a blast!

pitaya,
Can you clarify whether you meant "hypothyroidism" or "hyperthyroidism"?  Primary hypothyroidism is extremely rare in cats, but hyperthyroidism is very common in older cats.  I can answer many of your questions and give information about hyperthyroidism if that is what it is.  I can also refer you to an excellent forum that can give you excellent advice and guidance on managing hyperthyroidism and CRF together.  I am sorry that you are having to deal with these issues, but you are doing the right thing to seek out information from others who have experienced them.

It is a low thyroid level, but perhaps it is not hypothyroidism, but just a little low. I don't know how low it is, but that is something I need to find out. He has had low thyroid levels in the past, in particular, on one occasion where one of his front teeth cracked and had to be pulled. 
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« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2011, 07:14:54 PM »

Pitaya,  I am so sorry to hear about all your problems with your dear kitty.  you are getting excellent advice here, as well as emotional support.  You certainly are dealing with a lot all at once.  I am not able to provide any better advice than  you are already getting, but I can pray for you and your precious little friend, and send positive thoughts your way.   I have had cats with CRF and also with hyperthyroid, and these diseases are difficult, but it is possible to deal with them, and if properly treated your pet can have years more time with you.  I have not had experience with brain tumor, but as you have read, others here have.
So once again, bless you both, and all my prayers.
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2011, 02:49:33 PM »

I just wanted to add that in light of the recall of canned Wellness, the neurological symptoms you described (in your pm) can be due to thiamine deficiency. Another problem with canned food right now is zinc toxicity which causes kidney failure.

Info on thiamine deficiency causing neurological symptoms:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernicke%27s_encephalopathy
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