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    Saddle Thrombus / Feline Aortic Thromboembolism / FATE

    Mojo is doing fine! She is getting a little less active now, but still has good quality of life, still enjoys the same things. It is now one year after her first saddle thrombus caused by HCM. The cardiologist originally gave her 6 - 12 months to live, so she has beat the odds. She has shown...
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    Diarrhea PCR cost?

    my fuzzy recollection is that it was around $250 - $275? but that was a few years ago, so old data point. I’m sorry your vet didn’t recommend this. I call that incompetence, frankly, given your cat’s circumstances.
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    IBD and Pancreatitis Foods

    My IBD cat eats rabbit-based foods too, but her diet is not as limited as yours. It feels like we have tried every rabbit food available. Last time I checked the Koha canned rabbit, it was sky-high phosphorus content. If your cat is older, please watch out for the phosphorus content of the...
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    Saddle Thrombus / Feline Aortic Thromboembolism / FATE

    I am the person mentioned above, so I should post an update here on my cat Mojo. She has now survived two saddle thrombus events. She had a second saddle thrombus about two months after the first one. Each time, the blood clot paralyzed both her rear legs, and she was hospitalized. Recovery...
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    Anyone using Xarelto (rivaroxaban)?

    I’m so sorry for your loss. 💔 My cardiac vet recommended adding aspirin after the second saddle thrombus; but I didn’t think aspirin would work, so I asked for Xarelto.
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    Anyone using Xarelto (rivaroxaban)?

    Update: Mojo had a slow recovery from her second saddle thrombus with rear leg paralysis in April, but she did recover and regained full use of her legs. After the second saddle thrombus, I concluded that clopidogrel was not going to stop the clots, so I requested the Xarelto. The cardiac vet...
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    Cat Space

    In my opinion, No. I wouldn't confine 1 cat to a single room like that, much less 13. But I'm not sure I understand what you are proposing, since you say the litter boxes will be in a separate area. Maybe you can provide more details. Without further context, I'm afraid I don't have much...
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    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    Grain free foods were implicated in dogs with DCM (not cats), but there is still *not* clear evidence about that connection. People misunderstood the media articles about that. It was the peas, potatoes, lentils and similar ingredients in some foods (which are used in place of grains) that were...
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    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    Also, just in case you are interested in keeping tabs on it, there is a cat clinical study going on at Univ. of California, Davis to investigate the drug rapamycin to treat HCM in cats. Here is the link: Assessing a New Treatment for Cats with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
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    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    My HCM cat gets 5 meds total! But she has had two life-threatening saddle thrombus blood clots caused by HCM, and has been given a very poor prognosis. I put three meds inside a size 3 gel cap, and that includes 1/4 of a clopidogrel tablet (Plavix). I have also put it inside a size 4 gel cap...
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    My cat was just diagnosed with chf. He is only 5.

    Please go join the Facebook group called “Special Hearts: Cats with Heart Defects or Diseases”. Lots of cat parents dealing with CHF are in that group and can provide feedback. If he has labored breathing, he may need a higher or more frequent dose of furosemide, but you should consult with your...
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    Anyone using Xarelto (rivaroxaban)?

    I decided to start Xarelto in my cat Mojo, who has now survived two saddle thrombus with rear leg paralysis, caused by HCM. Wish us luck!
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    Need some advice with giving pills

    But you can put a pill directly down her throat. Have confidence, you can do it. I learned that when you have cats with chronic health issues, this is a necessary skill. Many instructional videos on the internet. It’s easier with two people. You may need to make a cat-burrito by wrapping your...
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    Cerenia Dosing

    Cerenia is bitter tasting and can cause drooling and even foaming if it is dissolving in the mouth. You can put the pill piece inside the smallest size empty gel cap to hide the bitter taste. If you coat a gel cap with tasty stuff (churu, cream cheese, etc), some cats will just eat eat the gel cap.
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    Anyone using Xarelto (rivaroxaban)?

    Is anyone using Xarelto to treat HCM, and can you share your experience with this drug? Your cat’s circumstances, dosage, side effects, etc. Feedback would be very much appreciated. There are virtually no clinical studies of Xarelto in cats—just found one small published study to date. The...
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    Dealing with loss of Lily due to saddle thrombus

    I wanted to provide an update on Mojo. She had a good two months since her first blood clot, but she just went through a second saddle thrombus event, despite all the daily medication (including clopidogrel, which is a blood thinner). The second blood clot had symptoms identical to the first...
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    Major cat anxiety help

    I tried gabapentin for the first time for this purpose very recently--to keep my cat calmer during a vet visit. It was like a miracle. My cat gets so freaked out and stressed by the car trip and the vet visit. She seems very sensitive to the sedative/drowsiness effect of gabapentin, so I gave...
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    My cat doesn't like to be held

    I have a cat that doesn't like to be picked up, but I pick her up on a regular basis, for brief periods, to make sure that she is used to it, because there will always be situations where she must be picked up. I have noticed that if I walk around while holding her, she doesn't mind as much and...
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    freeze dried products

    I use Stella & Chewy's freeze dried morsels, which are complete and can be used as meals. They are quite expensive, so I use them as an occasional snack rather than regular meals. I rehydrate them. I also use the Instinct freeze dried toppers as just that-- I put a few as toppers on wet food. As...
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    Dr. Elsey’s Ultra Litter and Extreme Crazy Dust

    Update: I replaced all the extremely dusty Dr. Elsey Ultra litter with new Ultra litter (got the boxed, not the bagged), and the dust level is radically lower. Fingers crossed it stays this way.
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