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« on: September 15, 2014, 05:54:01 PM »

Took Gypsy in today for a suspected UTI, and yup, rod-shaped bacteria.  I have to thank you all for cueing in me to Multistix for testing urine, because without it, I would have been another half day hemming and hawing whether or not she needed to go to the vet. We had just been in on Friday for bloodwork and urine sample, part of her stage 3 kidney cat 3 month checkup. She seemed fine then and her urine sample came back clean, bloodwork was stable.  Then over the weekend I started to notice her pee seemed to smell off and kind of fishy.  Gypsy has cystitis occasionally, gets constipated occasionally, and has never used a litter box properly because her tail doesn't work, so when she goes on one of her straining and squatting binges, it's really hard to tell what is going on.  The fishy-odor urine was kind of -- huh-not sure what to make of that. She squatted without producing anything last night, but she hadn't pooped in a while, so I thought maybe she was trying to poop.  This morning she made me a fresh pee puddle on the floor and I stuck a dipstick in it, and the protein reading was maxed out, which I had never seen.   So I called the vet right then and they were able to get us in today.  Good thing, too, because when I went to get her to go to the appointment, she had peed on her bedding (normal for us) but there was trace blood in the pee spot (not normal).  We got Zenequin and fluids, and they were able to confirm UTI from today's sample by urinalysis, and have the sample out for culture.  I am really, really glad I had the dipstick reading, because otherwise I would have waited until the afternoon when I saw the blood, and probably wouldn't have been able to get an appointment til tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the antibiotics work well and soon for her.  Part of me is just shaking my head, though, because we were just there on Friday!

Learning that she is technically considered a stage 3 kidney cat was a bit of a thing too; even though her creatinine/BUN have been elevated and relatively stable for well over a year.  So she's been here in above normal range territory for a while, and happy and bossy and doing her things -- nothing has really changed except knowing she's technically a CRF cat.   Sad  This summer has actually been the first where we managed to stay out of the vet's office for three months plus -- usually we wind up doing bloodwork for one reason or other at three month or less intervals -- so this is the first time we've been summoned in for a hey-you-need-a-checkup because of the CRF.  The good news is her numbers are stable, and her ALT/AST have dropped back into normal range from the last test in May.  I just keep telling myself nothing is really different, and focus on the cat, not the numbers.  When we got back from the vet, she took a swipe at me when I was wiping the car-sick-drool off her chin, but then she went over to her bowl and asked for more chicken stock by sitting and raising one paw.  Which of course, she got. What the boss wants, the boss gets!   
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2014, 06:13:57 PM »

prayers for a quick recovery for gypsy and lol on the chicken broth!
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2014, 08:09:19 PM »

Glad you were able to get her to the vet so quickly. Those dipsticks really paid off. Love how she ordered her chicken broth with her upraised paw! "Waitress, bring me my broth!"  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2014, 01:01:21 AM »

I totally laughed at the chicken broth story!   Cheesy   How cute!

Sorry to hear about the UTI.  I hope she'll be feeling well soon.  It's great she's wanting chicken broth!
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2014, 02:12:10 AM »

Poor little Gypsy, UTI's are horrible. Glad you caught this one early, though. Sending a prayer for a quick recovery.
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2014, 06:31:49 AM »

Sending all sorts of good thoughts to Gypsy. UTIs are no fun. I'm very glad that you caught it early on with the Multistix!
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2014, 08:48:04 AM »

Hoping Gypsy feels much better quickly! 
You were right on top of things, with her. 

Sorry about the staging news.  It is better to try to focus on the cat, I agree.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2014, 06:50:01 PM »

Glad you caught the UTI quickly! Hope that means Gypsy will be feeling better very soon.

I know it's hard to hear about CKD, but I always tried to look at CJ and how she was doing, not the numbers.

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2014, 04:19:43 AM »

Glad you had the stix & caught the uti early ! It is hard when you hear Gypsy is officially CRF , but as catmom5 said. Look at her not the diagnosis .
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2014, 11:48:11 AM »

Gypsy sez Thank You Everyone for the good wishes!  She would like her Ma to quit freaking out because she: hasn't had a bm in 36 hours and ate a mouse last night.  I think a little freak out is appropriate here!  For this was my morning:

Huh. Still no poop. Should do some pilocarpine (bowel motility drug). Gypsy, breakfast! Are you not hungry? Are you off your food? What's this by your food bowl?

No.
REALLY???
Oh, Come. On. WHYYYYY?


I assume this means she is feeling better. Cheesy  You'd think I'd have gotten used to these surprises by now, but no. I'm still doing this number Shocked.
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2014, 02:22:34 PM »

Oh, Gypsy, not a mouse again!  Shocked  I hope this does mean that she is feeling better.

As to the stage 3 CKD, I've had at least three different vets tell me that the kidney numbers are likely to look a bit worse when an active UTI is present in cats with some kidney insufficiency, particularly older ones. I saw this happen with Phantom when she had a UTI. Her creatinine was at 3.0, but dropped to 2.5 within two days when the antibiotic started to kick in. The next measurement was 2.2 which was not too concerning at all.
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2014, 10:19:57 PM »

Sorry about the mouse feast again!   Roll Eyes  I hope that Gypsy is soon feeling better.  Catbird is correct that a UTI can increase the Creatinine level, so hopefully when you retest she will be back to what she was previously on that test.  You may find that she is actually still Stage 2 without the UTI.
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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2014, 07:38:46 AM »

Oh boy!  A UTI AND a MOUSE!  You're having a fun week GKit!  lol  Gypsy, stop doing that to your mom!  Feel better.  Kiss
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2014, 08:02:49 PM »

Her urine culture came back strong positive for E. Coli, for which Zeniquin is the right antibiotic so we will keep doing that for 11 more days, then recheck.  She's being a bit of a picky eater, and I am not sure yet if the antibiotics or the pilocarpine may be making her queasy. I would give her some Cerenia by mouth, except with her that sometimes slows down the pooping, and with the mouse in her system,  I think I am more worried about constipation these next two days. 

Her creatinine on Friday's bloodwork was 3.1.  She either has spectacular timing, or is doing some mystery cat thing, because when they did a cysto on Friday it was clean, no bacteria, no white blood cells.  Monday's cysto sample was a strong positive on both counts.  Go figure! I still have vague faint fingers-crossed kind of hopes that it is something nutritional I am missing when I make her food that makes her levels elevated, so I keep working on that. (I feed her homemade ground whole raw rabbit with supplements tweaked from recipes to allow for her allergies and the fact she's had a colectomy and is, apparently, missing her jejunum.) [Yes, yes, Gypsy sweetie, I know. Mousies are nutritionally complete. But they get stuck, love. ]
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2014, 08:31:05 PM »

I hope Gypsy will feel better soon.

Btw, not sure if it would be appropriate concerning her other issues, but my Sophie has been on supplements for preventing UTI since it happened first time (she has a bad habit of going to toilet only once a day, so she is at risk for UTIs and crystals due to that). Glucosamine supplements have been recommended by my vet, but I just buy them online since it is cheaper and I need to buy Max's Denamarin anyway (my vet uses different brand SAMe and the coating on the pill makes Max throw up). This is the supplement:

http://www.viovet.co.uk/Cystaid_Capsules_for_Dogs_Cats/c912/
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