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Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by artiemom, Dec 26, 2016.

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  1. Antonio65

    Antonio65 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Brrr! Really cold out there!

    Artie might not be at his best, but consider his conditions, he might be not too hungry sometimes.

    Have you tried cooking him something totally new? Maybe a new recipe, made from the heart of his mom, would entice him more.

    Hopefully the NVet is back to office now, holidays are over (even over here!) and everything should fully work!
    Come on Artie, be good, it's Christmas, give your Mom a wonderful present, I know you have it hidden somewhere and are waiting the right moment to give it to her. Well, that moment is NOW! ;)
     

  2. abyeb

    abyeb Charlie's Purrson Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Artie is looking handsome as always! I always love seeing pictures of him. :lovecat:I’m so glad to hear that he’s feeling well.
     

  3. artiemom

    artiemom Thread Starter Artie, my Angel; a part of my heart Top Cat

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    Yes, NVEt is back to his normal schedule.

    As far as Artie eating "People" food.. He never really craved it or even cared for it.

    Of course, when he was on his restricted diet, he was a terrible to deal with, when I had tuna fish or any fish.. Yesterday, I made a tuna sandwich; Artie did not bother me at all for it. It seems that as long as he has it in his 'junk' food, that is good enough for him.

    He does not really care for people food: except for Delicatessen sliced White American Cheese~ He loves it!!

    Not chancing human chicken on him ~~ allergy.. I dislike turkey, beef, he never seemed to care for.. Even the human tuna, he never cared for.. I do have a can of sardines, just in case, and a small can of human salmon, just in case.... but he does not care for people food...

    Not even whipped cream---butter, yes... eggs, no.....cream cheese, no...

    I do know, for a fact, that he was raised with and ate the cheapest grocery store food,
    for 8 years of his life... old habits are very hard to change.

    He seems to like the Purina foods and Fancy Feast.

    Just taking a quick break before I give him his sub-q's...

    He was so funny this morning. I got a 'grab' gift of a Christmas mug, stuffed with chocolate truffles, wrapped in cellophane, tied with a beautiful bow, and a large jingle bell.

    Artie fell in love with the bell.. all he had to do was hear the crinkling, and then the bell!!
    He ran over to me. I threw the bell down, he was chasing after it!! We did play for a couple of minutes like that.. now the bell in on the floor for his enjoyment, until I go to bed!!
     

  4. neely

    neely TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    With regards to your thanks to the members of TCS, it is all of us who would like to thank you. :thanks: We have rallied and rooted for Artie and you making our bond even stronger. Too late now, no going back, we are here for you always.

    Glad to hear Artie was in good spirits yesterday and enjoyed having you home by his side. I'm sure you feel better just knowing NVet is back to his normal schedule. Hope you enjoy your lunch date today inspite of the cold temps. It was -3 this morning without the windchill so I can relate to your concern about starting the car, etc. Stay warm and be well. :hugs:
     

  5. Antonio65

    Antonio65 TCS Member Top Cat

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    :lol: Sorry, but this line made me ROTFL! :flail:

    Yes, what they grow up with when they are kitten becomes the best thing in their life, even if it's junk!

    What a lovely scene I see before my eyes :)
    That's so nice when they play even in adult years and when they are not too well, isn't it?
    Pallina and Lola stopped playing with bells, balls and toys many years ago. I still have toys around the house, but they would be always in the same position, if it wasn't for me that kick them every now and then...
     

  6. Antonio65

    Antonio65 TCS Member Top Cat

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    :lol: Sounds like a threat or an intimidation :lol:
    Watch out, Cindy, you're not going to get rid of us easily :lol:
     

  7. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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  8. rubysmama

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    Congrats from me and Ruby to you and Artie for making it past the 1 year anniversary of this thread. :thumbsup:

    Let's hope year 2 has just as many posts, but a lot less stress and worry. :crossfingers:
     
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  9. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    I'm not sure whether or not this one has ingredients Artie can't have, but have you checked into Blue Buffalo "RED MEAT FEAST"? It's quite a mixed grill and has buffalo as one of the meats. My three LOVE it. It is flaked, but not in gravy, and my cats love the texture. When I feed this, they snork it up. It is quite expensive, but worth it to know they love it so much and it is good for them. It's grain free and available through Drs. Foster & Smith and Petco, and undoubtedly other places as well.
    Love the pic of very handsome Tubcat Artie!!! in his black tie and tails. So adorable!
    Well, hey, it's the time of the year to celebrate, and it probably won't hurt anything to let go for a couple more days, right? Hope you enjoy your lunch with your friend.
    Sounds like Artie is mainly doing well. And that makes us ALL want to celebrate!
    Wishing you both all the best for the day/evening and beyond. :vibes::redcat:
     
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  10. Mamanyt1953

    Mamanyt1953 Rules my home with an iron paw Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I just love it when Artie is feeling well enough to really enjoy play sessions! He's such a remarkable spirit, isn't he?

    TELL me about it. I have spent a small fortune trying to get Hekitty on SOMETHING decent, but she will go on a hunger strike if her Friskies kibble isn't in her dish. I always cave on the third day, with a huge fear of Fatty Liver Disease looming in my brain! Pestiferous pussycats.

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    zed xyzed TCS Member Top Cat

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    As a standing member of Artie's Army, I just wanted to wish you and your beautiful boy a happy holiday season and hope that 2018 is the year Artie wins the war against his issues. Keep fighting Artie!!!!
     

  14. Mamanyt1953

    Mamanyt1953 Rules my home with an iron paw Staff Member Forum Helper

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    So very happy to be ringing in the New Year with my dear Kitty Nephew still here and being sassy!
     

  15. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Stopping by just to say we are always wishing all the BEST --that's the entire Artie's Army, I think I'm safe in saying -- and thinking good thoughts for our hero and his guardian! :vibes::redcat::goldstar:
     

  16. artiemom

    artiemom Thread Starter Artie, my Angel; a part of my heart Top Cat

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    Thanks guys for keeping us in your thoughts.
    We are doing ok.. Artie is still eating, playing... and pooping!

    Over the Christmas holiday, I guess I was afraid of Artie getting constipated, because I was not home, so I think I gave him too much miralax. I was getting, large presents, smears, junk all over the place. He was not comfortable either: tons of gas.

    I cut back on the miralax and eliminated the colace for a few days~~ what happened? He did not poop for 2 days!! Back to the colace and miralax.. He pooped 7 x 1/2 inch this morning. A bit soft at the end, so cutting back on the miralax a bit, and no colace today.

    I am thinking, that this month is a guessing game with the new protocol and his junk food eating. I am thinking about giving the colace, every other day, while keeping the miralax constant.. Just a thought..

    Artie is playing.. in fact, after he got his first meds, and his food, he was ready to play with his ball... I was having my coffee..

    I finally had to stop, brush him, and play a bit. Currently, he is on the coach.. waiting for me to get up... He is loving any salmon cat food, Fancy Feast beef and the chopped grill--these I can mix a bit of the W/D food at night, because they are meat based. Cannot do that with the fish. Wish I could get him away from the fish... but at least it is salmon..that is a bit better for him, with the Omega stuff..

    I gave him a can of Purina white fish, this morning.. he is refusing it!!!! OMG!!! When I leave, I think I will leave out the leftovers of the dry food from last night..

    I was planning on giving him Purina Beef with veggies tonight.

    He is eating about 1/3 of the prescription Fiber Response food, during the night. Grateful for that.. it has the extra fiber that he needs.

    Artie has taken to sleeping on my pillow.. I know I am a restless sleeper.. so this is ok, until I turn and get a face-full of fur!!! The past few days, he has come over to me, before I physically get out of bed, when I call his name... and then he follows me around the house, opening things up... talking to me..

    A few days ago, I weighed him. He is back to 10.1 lbs.. he feels heavy, but I guess I was getting used to his low weight of 9.4 lbs. So glad he has regained a bit.

    Really need to start putting away the Christmas stuff, cleaning, and trimming Artie's claws... he hates that, especially the back ones.. those are a real battle..but I manage.

    Artie is back to being very vocal~~~ we are constantly talking to each other!! so strange, but I think it is so cute.. between his meows, hrumps, trills when he jumps on my lap or bed, and me trying to imitate him...well, if anyone heard us, they would definitely think I needed a padded cell....
     

  17. neely

    neely TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I bet he's trying to tell you, "don't worry mom, I'm not going anywhere and will be right by your side to ring in the New Year." :beerchug:
     

  18. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    It sounds as if he is doing well. So pleased to read he wants to play and have a conversation with you. Hope you managed to relax over Christmas.
     

  19. LotsOfFur

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    What a heart warming update :hearthrob::sunshine:I'm so happy that everything is going well! Here's to continued good health and joy for you both in 2018. Sending lots of love to you and Artie always :hugs: :redcat::heartshape:

    Tina
     

  20. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    None of my cats has ever liked whitefish, I don't think. Salmon is definitely a high-quality fish and since it's rich in oils, it is probably helpful to Artie's alimentary system.
    Yeah, it's quite a challenge getting the amount and frequency of each of the meds right, isn't it? That's GREAT that he's gained a lot of his weight back, don't you agree? It was exciting to read that.
    Here's to a healthy, happy, thriving 2018 Artie! and a happy, confident, positive 2018 Cindy! With Artie's health team and his Army, you definitely have a lot of support in your corner! :yess::redcat:
     
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