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    My cat has been throwing up…

    Our cat had this issue, and we have been feeding her food made from rabbit for years with no issues. Plus her coat is beautiful. We feed Nature's Variety Instinct rabbit, she eats both dry and wet. The vet said rabbit can be very good for cats with allergy issues.
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    Corona Virus Now Spreading

    I felt awful after getting both Shingrix vaccines, just by themselves, so actually that might be the cause.
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Simba is 10 days post surgery and doing great. Eating and peeing like a champ. Fortunately, I work from home and moved my desk into our bedroom, so he's got company most of the day. We've had no litter box issues at all. In fact, other than him wearing the cone, he seems like his old self. We're...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    That's so sweet of you to offer to help. I was talking to my dad today and he is willing to help us out. so hopefully we will be ok. Our latest ongoing saga is with his e-collar. We had him in his separate room and were checking on him and when I woke up, he had somehow found a way to pop it...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Well, this is a bit distressing. They said he did great in surgery and is eating and urinating with good energy. However, his creatinine went from 2.7 when we brought him in, partially blocked, and now post surgery it's at 4.0. I'm just wondering if stress can cause increased creatinine levels...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    He was doing really well and was eating his food acting like his old self. What happened is our dog got into something nasty outside and had terrible diarrhea all night long, pooping in the house. I’m convinced the stress of this event is what blocked him this morning. I just don’t know what we...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Unfortunately, Simba blocked again this morning. We were lucky in that CSU vet hospital took him right away and did the PU surgery this afternoon. It was a team of two surgeons who said they had done the procedure over 100 times, so hoping their experience will yield good results. Hoping...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    We know about the PU surgery, but we are hoping to avoid that. We want to give him a chance on the special diet. BTW, here in Colorado, PU surgery costs around $4,000 by a board certified surgeon. So it would be a huge added expense that we are hoping to avoid, since we already spent that much...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Just wanted to provide an update. Simba is doing well, he didn't have a UTI, but they did give us more prazosin and gabapentin. The biggest news is we finally found a food he is eating! I had to go back to the vet and they gave me samples of like six different foods. The one he really took to...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Vet says he’s not blocked again but his temp is elevated so may have a UTI, they are doing culture of urine. But even he has infection, they can give me antibiotics and he can go home. Better news than I was expecting. Also, we may have found a food he likes because he did eat some this morning...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Well, we’re back at the vet predictably. Finally yesterday they gave me samples and we may have found a good, but too late. This morning, he was straining and only a drop urine came out and he seemed uncomfortable. We’re probably going to have to do the surgery now. I feel so disappointed...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    I called the vet yesterday, she suggested trying other samples of prescription foods and using an appetite stimulant. I'm wondering if it is at all possible the Gabapentin is affecting him wanting to eat? He has one more day of it today. Our other cat went through a period where she wouldn't eat...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    On the positive side, he's drinking water regularly from the cat fountains and he is peeing in more copious amounts now, which is great. On the negative side, he doesn't want the food. I don't think it's his appetite in general, because we had pork chops last night for dinner, and he tried to...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Simba has always loved chicken. We bought some canned chicken, I wonder if it would be ok to mix that in. He's peeing all right, and I'm hoping that's a good sign -- we've now gotten through 48 hours which is great. I feel like if we could get through the next week, I'd feel a bit more optimistic.
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    I wanted to provide an update. Simba's been through 48 hours without getting re-blocked. He's definitely urinating, but smaller amounts at a time. I'm wondering if that's because of the urethra being irritated from the catheter. We've got him on Prazosin and Gabapentin and he seems comfortable...
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    Am I being cruel?

    So hard to do, but I knew it was the end for my Zuni cat when she turned her nose up to hand feeding her salmon. You were a good mother to her right through to the end, and wouldn't let her suffer. My heart goes out to you for your loss.
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    I definitely am going to change my regular vet. I think she very much mishandled it when we brought the urine issues to her attention. The emergency vet thought the same, she said, "It's her job to capture his urine when you have him at the clinic." I was skeptical about taking him home, but it...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Yes, it was the vet at CSU and it worked! I did exactly what you said, put his litter box with his regular pellet litter in the dog crate. While I was driving I could see him squatting in the litter box but didn't know if he was just straining. However, when I got home, I could see the pellets...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    Well, the vet called with an update and it's not good. His kidney values have not normalized. When we first took him in on Sunday, by Monday evening, his values were normal. They took the catheter out Tuesday morning, waited 12 hours for him to pee and it's pretty obvious he re-blocked. I guess...
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    Blocked Tom - Please Share a Message of Hope

    The vet who's been caring for him the last three days has a different plan. They are going to remove the catheter right when we go to pick him up so he won't have to use their litter. Because it's an hour's drive home (we live in a rural area), I have a large dog crate with a litter box set up...
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