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Author Topic: Miss Lilly, of indeterminate origin and age  (Read 3437 times)
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merrihart
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« on: December 23, 2015, 05:17:46 AM »

So, two nights ago, I took my foundling, Miss Lilly, to a new vet up the mountain.  It's a little further than I would like to travel, but less than half the distance to the vets in Harrisburg, and better ratings (but we all know that doesn't always work) than the ones closest to me in the new house.

She is a very nice woman, willing to spend time with Lilly, even though it was getting very late (appt was at 6 pm, and we left at 8 pm).  She suggested just trying one thing at a time.  She also suggested a bartonella test (first time this has ever been brought up!) but I didn't have enough money available.  So, a hands on exam, Miss Lilly did not like it when the vet got to her lower abdomen, no big surprise, she walks funny, not taking full strides, and pees in dribbles.  They took Miss Lilly to the back to clip her claws and try to shave her tummy to look for a spay scar for me.  Poor Lilly got so scared/mad, she peed on the table and they got an unexpected urine donation.  So, UA included this time.  Exnay on the shaved tummy.  she was too upset to continue.

Got the call yesterday, definitely has a UTI this time.  The vet had already armed me with an antibiotic, so I'm to medicate her accordingly.  They also gave me calming pills for the next trip.

Lilly does not travel well, she threw up going and coming home, and lost control of her bowels as well.  Back home, she settled down quickly.  (Sir is the same way, and I always swear it's because they aren't sure they'll get to come home.)  Yesterday, she tried to climb up my chair and got stuck, didn't know what to do, because her claws weren't long enough or sharp enough to penetrate the chair fabric.  I had to give her a boost up.   Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 07:18:24 PM »

Great to hear your new vet seems to be a good one, and they are getting a start on fixing Miss L's health problems.

Is it a hilly road on the way to the vet?  I had a few cats that peed/pooped in their carriers on the way to the vet & it was always on the same steep part of the road where it was going both downhill and around a sharp corner.  I could totally understand losing it on that one section!
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2015, 05:01:32 AM »

Can you put down a box or something to make it easier to get up and down on the chair since she is older.  I hope she improves quickly.  Miss Lilly is lucky you took her in there seems to be a lot of hoarding situations around here (not all make the news) and shelters can be so stressful especially seniors.  Hope your new vet works out too.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2015, 07:26:14 AM »

Petslave, yes, very hilly and unexpected.turns.  plus, it was rather new to me, so skme surprise turns going on.

Ranger, I do need to make stairs around my sitting areas, but I'm guessing its not urgent, since I have to chase both Lilly and Bella off the counters constantly.  Sir is the only cat who has not gone vertical, so I think he needs the assist, but the girls have not yet showed signs of it, though occassionally Bella misses.  Not lately, though.
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2015, 09:15:33 AM »

Merrihart, I am so glad that you have found a new vet that you like near your new house.  That is wonderful.  She seems like a very nice doctor.
Poor Miss Lily, trips to and fro can be so stressful,  good that the doctor gave you something to calm her next time.
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2015, 02:53:47 PM »

Glad that you have a new vet who has a handle on the situation. Amir used to get freaked out in his carrier and pee on himself, so I can understand poor Lily. Plus she wasn't feeling well poor thing.
Sending a prayer and good thoughts for a quick recovery.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2015, 07:16:28 AM »

Poor baby ! Hopefully they are all settling down & the meds are helping her feel better .
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2015, 05:16:19 AM »

This weekend, I rescued a bag of croutons, picked up 2 day old bagels off the floor, and prevented major bread damage from Lilly.  Unfortunately, I failed to rescue the freshly baked, cooling cherry pie in time, and she ate a slices worth of crust.

Can we say "carb junkie"?   Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2015, 08:47:23 AM »

Oh Merrihart, a freshly baked, cooling cherry pie!!!  TO DIE FOR!!!  How I envy her as I sit here with no food in the house that I want to eat.  Must hurry, do some feeding and go to Costco for a rotisserie chicken.  I try to be vegetarian, and mostly succeed, but can't think of anything else that I might want to eat at the moment.  so please forgive me chickens. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2016, 08:21:29 AM »

Smiley  BW, I always eat chicken.  Last night I bought 10 lbs of chicken thighs.  I will do it again on Friday, and that should be enough chicken for a couple weeks.  LOL

Miss Lilly had a coughing episode on Sunday night Sad  She woke me up, twice, coughing hard, but did not throw up.  And she has been eating very slowly the last couple days, so I called the vet.  She had a wellness appointment next week, so we moved it up to Friday afternoon.  It worries me, because she did have hypertension when I found her (she was soooo scared!).  It could also be allergies or asthma, or a simple hair ball she is having difficulty with.
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2016, 03:09:25 PM »

I hope its just allergies or hairballs !
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2016, 08:25:10 PM »

I hope she'll be okay until her checkup on Friday.
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2016, 10:59:54 AM »

Well, the coughing event never repeated itself, and the vet gave her the once over and she seems fine.  I did make the check give her another once over, asking about her back and hips.  Conclusion:  Miss Lilly, the climbing monkey, has arthritis in her mid back and her knee joints.  This is probably the reason she walks so funny some days and seems more normal other days.  So, gabapentin for Miss Lilly, just a short sprinkler over her food, to help with the pain.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2016, 10:02:05 AM »

...So, gabapentin for Miss Lilly, just a short sprinkler over her food, to help with the pain.  Smiley

Well......that's an eye-opener for me!

Stryker was on liquid Gabapentin during his last few months - its taste was absolutely horrid and required several honey & water 'chasers' to clear his palate and prevent drooling....

Is the capsule content tasteless - or, at least palatable ?
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2016, 03:34:05 AM »

ANDYcat, it apparently tastes just as bad in the powder.  Miss Lilly doesn't seem to mind, but Bella does!  She refuses to eat food with gabapentin in it.  We'll see how long it takes Miss Lilly to refuse it.  (Miss Lilly eats everything!)

I caught Miss Lilly peeing outside the litter box, once yesterday and once in the wee hours of this morning.  Angry  She got scolded both times.  And not just outside a litter box either.  The first time, it was where no litter box has been (but is the source of the pee wars with Sir, so apparently, they are competing for this spot) and the 2nd time is in a spot close to where a litter box had been, but it was moved yesterday, to the kitchen because it is a low-lipped, high sided litter box.  Obviously, I need a 3rd low-lipped high sided box. 

She also stole my pillow, forcing me to scrunch down.  i woke up with a horrible headache, and there she was, pushing my ear with her rear end, right off the pillow.  I had to move her.  Thus, the pee in the corner at 4 am.   Undecided
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