- Dec 27, 2019
Aw Edwina!Just as I was about to start typing, Edwina came in and now she's on my lap, saying hello! She probably saw that cute photo of Echo!
I can't believe how slow the vets are to get in touch with you, that's just terrible. (It really makes me appreciate our vet, who's really good about calling back, particularly if a cat's very sick.) One thing I asked if the inflammation was considered extreme or more mild and she said she considered it mild. That's good at least.
Yes it's been frustrating. Her regular vet in particular. I called and left a voicemail a day or two ago and have heard nothing back. They closed early yesterday (tried to call last night after not hearing from them just to see what it said). Dont know what's going on.
A vet from the first clinic did respond to me email of many questions which was helpful, but I hadn't connected the panleuk yet so hadn't asked about that. Asked in the reply. We're off to get the first b12 shot today with a tech and be shown how to do that at home....I hope that will help things along in healing. Did you do that with Edwina? Did she have a GI Panel done?
It looks like the panleuk is mostly supportive care which she did have for those hospital days. Her mood, appetite and all are good now thank goodness. Her poops are still not right though I was giving her Rabbit rawz for two days and they did firm up, but looked weird still. Like maybe still not properly digested, but I dont know. I did read rabbit makes for lighter poops. I switched to turkey yesterday and back to fairly mush. So maybe poultry is a problem...it just never was before? Rabbit rawz has bone in it I believe. Maybe that's playing a role too who knws. It also makes it quite high in phosphorous which I dont like since Echo's BW tends to be 1.6-1.9 creatinine...Anyway, the panleuk theory is as good as any right now... and yes, I think it's a great idea to email the NYC vet, who sounded really good. Given how Edwina's case worked out and my "path of least resistance" approach to sorting through symptoms and solutions, I also think you're doing the right thing to focus most right now on this topic rather than the IBD question. At least panleuk or clostridium have fairly standard treatments! And they'd need to be taken care of ASAP.
Was Edwina on raw at some point? I am dabbling with homecooked. I'm just not sure what protein with chicken and turkey out...I guess I'll try pork. Not sure how beef will go...it could have been unrelated, but the fact that Echo stopped eating and things escalated after Nulo beef + lamb has me hesitant. All the places to order for raw/homecooked kittie meat online seem to have 10lb minimums so hard to get the adventurous meats for now.But IBD is so mysterious, with every cat needing its own set of foods and treatments... I can't even begin to tell you how glad I was when the vet and I had our post-op phone consult and we barely even talked about IBD, despite Edwina's thickened intestines. The first goal was just to get Edwina eating normally again, switch her diet back to only cooked and canned (away from lots of raw meals), and just find some semblance of normalcy in the house again, for everybody's sake! About two months later, so far so good, knock wood and all that. And the new diet is (how to put it?) pretty IBD-cat-friendly, with almost no gums, very low carbs, no fish, no grains, no known irritants, and so on and so forth. IBD is always in the back of my mind -- I just hope to stave it off as long as I can with decent food. I do still need to start probiotics, though I'm a little nervous to because both cats have been eating well and using the box regularly!
Even if this was from a paneuk infection, I worry it damaged her and we now have IBD to worry about as well. I am longing for a normal tootsie roll poop. What a weird thing to say!
I will deep dive in to that post! I perused it and it looks so informative. Thank you again for all your support during this lisahe ! It's made a world of difference. I hope Edwina continues to do well and live her very best kitty life.IMHO, one of the most helpful IBD posts (ever!) is this one: Cat diagnosed with IBD, feeling overwhelmed
Since IBD is IBD, some of the specifics for this cat differ a lot from what we can feed our cats but it's really interesting to see what this cat's needs are. And how patient his people are!