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« on: December 28, 2007, 06:57:45 AM »

Just an update on my puker:  She is going to the vet on Monday.  She vomits some of everything, not just the Wellness so I do not think anything is wrong with the food.  I'm thinking from some of her other symptoms that it may be pancreatitis but I will keep you posted.  Sorry to freak everyone out with thinking it might be the Wellness, but sadly since the recalls now when I see vomit the first thing that comes to mind is that the food is poisoned.

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007, 07:13:36 AM »

I hope your kitty will be OK & her condition treatable, kittylyda!  Let us know what they find.  My small dog just went through a bout of pancreatitis & seems back to normal now.  I don't know much about it in cats though.

My cats are still seem doing OK on their canned turkey, no big vomit events or food refusals for weeks now.  Some bile piles & hair balls waiting for me some mornings, but those are nothing new in this household.  I'm still in the July 10 batches.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2007, 07:40:49 AM »

kittylyda,
Please keep us posted on your kitty. I'll keep her in my prayers that it's something easily treatable.

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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007, 12:06:34 PM »

Kittylyda, we have some experience with feline pancreatitis.  Our KiKi, who is now gone, rest her soul, had a pancreas attack when she was about 11.  Her first symptoms were not wanting to eat, vomiting and wanting to be left alone.  Then I went to check on her and rubbed her tummy and she sat up like a bolt and hissed and ran off. It turns out she was in alot of pain.  We took her in to the vet and she was runnng a pretty high fever.  They did labwork (I think it was TLI or PLI or both, pretty spendy test) and x-ray or ultrasound (I cant remember all of it) and diagnosed pancreatitis.  They put her on IV anti-biotics (penicillin) and we had to take her back daily for a week of injections.  They asked if she was eating any real high-fat foods or getting into anything.  I said our angel? Never!  Well to make a long story short we eventually found that she had been getting into the butter on the kitchen counter.  We couldnt tell because you would expect to see bites out of it or some obvious signs but one day I picked it up and if you held the butter dish in just the right direction in the sunlight, you could see little kitty tongue marks on the very surface of the butter.  She was a sly one, that KiKi.  Our angel was the devil!   Roll Eyes  I know it was the butter because after we removed it from the counter, she would jump up there several times a day like she was looking for it, the stinker!  And she got miraculously better once the butter was put away.  Shocked  Anyhow, I hope your baby gets some help and they can figure out what is wrong and that it is nothing serious.  Best wishes!


ooops I dont know if it was OK to post this here or not.....I was responding to the pancreas post....sorry if its in the wrong place.  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2007, 12:46:36 PM »

kittylyda, I'm sending prayers and purrs that your kitty will be OK. We also had a kitty who had a pancreatitis episode and will post further if that's the case with yours.
 Also sorry if this is the wrong place for this.
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2007, 02:03:56 PM »

Thanks everyone, for your thoughts, prayers & advice.  I'll keep you all posted.  My cats only symptoms are vomiting huge amounts of food & liquid in the middle of the night when her stomach should be empty,  horrible gas and foul smelling stools.  She is eating like a pig and not lethargic or sensitive to touch.  It may also just be some acid reflux.  I am now mixing some digestive enzymes into her food and that does seem to help.

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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2007, 05:17:01 PM »

kittylyda,

Sending positive thoughts for your kitty for tomorrow's vet visit.
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2007, 07:19:39 PM »

Thanks so much for thinking of us tomorrow.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will not be anything too serious.  She has a rough year with eating the poisoned recalled food and all. On the upside, since starting her on the digestive enzymes I have not seen any vomit since 12/26. Hooray! Also, I fed her Wellness Turkey and Salmon yesterday with no problems.  Oops, I guess I better go back and post that on the Wellness Thread!

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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2007, 07:30:52 AM »

kittylyda,
Thinking of you today and hoping your kitty gets good news from the vet.  Hope the improvement you described above continues.  Sounds like the digestive enzymes may be working!
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2007, 10:00:33 AM »

Kittylyda,
Prayers and strong positive energy coming to your kitty and you. 
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2007, 02:07:24 PM »

Here is an update on Tig after taking her to the vet today.  We still need to do a full blood work-up and the vet also wants to do 3 different additional blood tests to take a look at the pancreas.  He wants to do these tests when she has an empty stomach as food in the system can affect the results. However, he was very encouraged by the fact that she is eating well, maintaining her weight and that her coat looks shiny & healthy.  He did not feel anything abnormal when he examined her abdomen.  Sometimes they can feel an enlarged pancreas and a kind of thickening in the intestines with serious problems.  My vet thinks it may not be pancreatitis, but rather a malfunction in the pancreas where is ceases to produce or produces less of the necessary digestive enzymes.  If this is the case it doesn't sound too terrible since the solution is to add digestive enzymes/probiotics to her food and I'm already doing that.  Since the vomiting has stopped upon adding these enzymes to her food, that is a good indication that this might be the trouble.  Of course we won't know for sure until we do the blood work.  If the blood tests don't show anything abnormal, he would want me to consider taking her for an ultrasound but I'm hoping I won't have to since those are very expensive.  The blood test are expensive as well, but the vet feels (and I agree) since this has been going on for a while that we really need to get it done and get some answers even though she seems to be improving.  If it I didn't get the tests done and found out later that it was something more serious and early detection would have helped I would never forgive myself. At this point I don't have a definitive answer, but so far it all sounds encouraging.  I want to get the tests done within the week if I can scrape the cash together so I will keep you all posted.

I want to sincerely thank everyone for the positive thoughts and prayers and ideas on what may have been causing these problems.  I don't know what I would do if I did not have all of you wonderful and caring Itchmo people to help me out!

~kittylyda
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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2007, 02:15:13 PM »

Thanks for the update.  Glad the news was encouraging.  Is the condition where the pancreas is not producing enough enzymes temporary or permanent (if that is indeed what it is)?  I hope she is still feeling good.
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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2007, 03:21:44 PM »

Kittylyda,

Sure hope it's something you can treat.  That's encouraging that you already tried the enzymes and it helped.

Will keep all paws and claws crossed for a good outcome for pretty Tig.

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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2007, 07:44:23 PM »

Kittylyda,

Let's all hope that you have already found the problem and that she keep on improving.
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« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2007, 09:04:16 PM »

Thanks for the update.  Glad the news was encouraging.  Is the condition where the pancreas is not producing enough enzymes temporary or permanent (if that is indeed what it is)?  I hope she is still feeling good.

Catbird,
I think the condition would be permanent, I don't know that you can reverse it but the treatment seems simple enough.

She actually did vomit a bit this afternoon again, but it was just a bit and not the huge amounts I have seen before so I am trying to stay positive about it.
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