Artie and his Issues

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  1. maggiedemi

    maggiedemi TCS Member Super Cat

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    Great job, little guy. Maybe being more cuddly means he's feeling better.:)
     
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  2. zed xyzed

    zed xyzed TCS Member Top Cat

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    As a full fledged member of "Artie's Army" (his fan club), I am so happy to hear that he had a good day
     
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  3. LotsOfFur

    LotsOfFur What greater gift than the love of a cat. Top Cat

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    @zed xyzed I love that! "Artie's Army"
    :hearthrob:

    Glad that Artie is eating and pooping & that your toe is doing better Cindy.

    :grouphug2:
     
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  4. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Excellent! King ARTIE! And that's wonderful about your toe, too. Keep looking up!:cutecat::D
     
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  5. artiemom

    artiemom Artie, my buddy Top Cat

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    @zed xyzed "Artie's Army" !!!!!!! :thumbsup: so cute!!! Wherever did you get that from? Harry Potter?? (Dumbledore's Army)

    No cypro for Artie today.. he slept the entire afternoon.. I had to physically get him out of his tent! He looked dazed, and then went over to nibble a few pieces of food. Then back to his tent!!

    no poops today.. have to give him some lactulose....
     
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  6. Mamanyt1953

    Mamanyt1953 Rules my home with an iron paw Top Cat

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    ~AAAAAAAAAND she breathes a sigh of relief~ Well, he wasn't pooping daily when he was at his best. It was every other, or every third? Every other, if memory serves. But he DID POOP! ~does the "Happy Poop Dance," which involves a lot of leaping over small piles and very careful foot placement~ AND he is eating a bit again. I know he isn't fond of the dry food, but we're getting some baby steps!
     
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  7. LTS3

    LTS3 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Poop, Artie, poop! [​IMG]
     
  8. artiemom

    artiemom Artie, my buddy Top Cat

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    @LTS3 Artie must have heard you! Last night, before bed, he pooped! It was a strange combination; one piece was 2 x 1/2 inch, the other 3 x 1 inch. You could really see the difference in size.

    Artie was cuddling while I was watching TV. He tried to cuddle in bed, but I was restless and did not fall asleep immediately. The first move, he jumped off the bed and did not return.

    Yesterday, I did not give him any appetite drug (cypro). He did not eat as much as he had over the week-end; only 3/8 of a cup, compared with over 1/2 cup the day before.

    Artie ate only a few pieces of dry for breakfast.

    He is looking very thin..I am not going to weigh him. I do not want to get upset.
    This week is my 'getting my head together week".. next week is a semi-busy week.

    Next week, I have the dreaded yearly physical with my new PCP...shudder. I did really good with my weight, until all heck broke loose with Artie.. I regained the 20 lbs plus, which I lost, stopped exercising.. eating really badly...sigh. I am going to be read the riot act.

    I am certain all the blood tests will be highly abnormal.. I got them down to normal levels last summer, with eating very healthy and exercising...sigh...

    Really dreading the appointment.. but noting can be done about it, now...

    The toe is a bit improved.. I slept without a bandage. It feels swollen, stiff, and is still a bit reddish. I am going to wrap it, after I shower... just for protection. It is 4 weeks now, so it should be almost healed.. I have been trying to rest it, as much as I can.

    I think next week I will have to pick up more dry food for Artie. Hate to jinx myself...
     
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  9. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Ups and downs...and ups. All the *BEST* to you and Artie. Things will be brighter soon, I pray. ;):cutecat:
     
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  10. neely

    neely TCS Member Top Cat

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    Maybe your doctor is an animal lover and will understand what you're going through. :crossfingers: I've had that happen on more than one occasion when one of our pets were ill. Glad your toe is slightly better, good idea to rest it as much as you can.

    I think you're absolutely right not to weigh Artie, you will only get aggravated and it won't do Artie or you any good. Here's to Artie getting a surge in his appetite and eating his food. :beerchug:
     
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  11. Margret

    Margret TCS Member Top Cat

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    @artiemom, remember: The doctor works for you; not the other way around. You're doing your best in trying circumstances. If/when your doctor decides to lecture you, ask for some suggestions for dealing with stress. That would help your health. (Of course, you probably aren't getting this in time for it to do any good. :sigh: )

    Margret
     
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  12. Mamanyt1953

    Mamanyt1953 Rules my home with an iron paw Top Cat

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    :yeah:
     
  13. artiemom

    artiemom Artie, my buddy Top Cat

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    Artie update for anyone enlisted in "Artie's Army"....

    Artie ate 3/8 of a cup of food yesterday. He did poop twice, last evening. There was a total of 9 x 1 inches.. it was so thick; twice the size of what his poops were before. I guess that means his colon is now twice as dilated...sigh... but at least he pooped.

    He is so funny. Now that he is eating dry food, he is drinking a fair amount of water. He loves to touch his paw in the water bowl before drinking.. cute..

    Artie did something extremely strange last night. He woke me up at 3AM for MORE food! I did not leave out much.. just over a 1/8 of a cup. I got up because he really wanted me for something. He had meowed right in ear. That is when he needs something. I got up, check the litter box, then into the kitchen. I saw that his dish was licked clean.. every last piece gone! I gave him another 1/8 of a cup.. Woke up and found 1/2 of that eaten..

    He is now sunning himself. I am about to give him more meds... and start the day...
     
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  14. maggiedemi

    maggiedemi TCS Member Super Cat

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    Good boy, Artie, you've made your Army very happy. Demi does that too, he stirs his water before he drinks it.
     
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  15. rubysmama

    rubysmama TCS Member Top Cat

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    Sounds like things have stabilized, @artiemom I hope you take advantage of this time to do something fun and relaxing for yourself.
     
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  16. artiemom

    artiemom Artie, my buddy Top Cat

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    Artie ate really well this morning, and even pooped again!! another 4 x 1 inches!
    He was feeling really good. We played a tiny bit!

    When I was in the kitchen, he ate a bit more.. then, he was begging me for our "game". it is a 'hunt - catch" game. I throw a piece of dry food on the floor, Artie acts like a goalie, bats it down, and eats it..

    Artie is having a good morning. He also wanted some of the deli turkey ham which I was cutting up for my salad tonight...but I said no....
     
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  17. Antonio65

    Antonio65 TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Artie is doing very fine again, a very good news! Come on Artie, show us all you're full of life!
    My sweet Lola used to do the same thing with water :)
     
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  18. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    "No"? What is this "no"??? :cutecat: For Artie, it should always be "YES!!!" :cutecat: Excellent job, Artie -- you keep on asking your mom for food and eating it! Such a good little man!:winkcat:
     
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  19. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Top Cat

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    Artie..keep on eating and show how you can put on weight too! Well done.
     
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  20. rubysmama

    rubysmama TCS Member Top Cat

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    With Artie and his digestive problems, you have to go the "tough love" route and feed him only the vet prescribed dry food.

    My Ruby was never actually diagnosed with IBS, but she does have a sensitive system, and she never gets human food. Course, with me being vegetarian, I guess there's nothing much I eat that she'd want. :lol:
     
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