- May 22, 2014
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Hello all! This is my first post here.
This is the health story of my 12 year old Mimi, my cat.
I will start with her symptoms with chronic vomiting which I thought it was because of stress with moving or hairballs and allergies. She started over time having diarrhea some months now but not everyday along with vomiting. The last couple of months she had diarrhea every day and vomiting 3-4 times a week but eats/drink normal and she plays a lot. We went 3 weeks ago to have an ultrasound and it showed thick intestines. We then got recommended to see an internist because he would know what it is or what to do. He told me he must either perform a laparoscopy or surgery or try giving her for 3 weeks prednisolone and she how she responds (meaning if its lymphoma she would be worse).
I decided to start prednisolone because he said he is not so sure it's a lymphoma and I didn't want to put her in such trouble especially if the vet isn't so sure about her disease. Then we start to lower the dose and see how she is. My other vet said this will mask the symptoms of gi lymphoma but the internist said no. I'm confused and scared at this point a lot more than the begining..
Meanwhile while on prednisolone she is great. Diarrhea stopped after 12 hours and vomiting stopped before the medicine actually because I switched her food to Tiki Cat Puka puka luau. She is still playing and still eats a lot which makes me feel good.
Now after reading the evil internet, I see cats get worse on prednisolone and they live up to 6 weeks if she has lymphoma.. meaning she only has 3 more weeks if she even has it? I was so sad, endless tears and guilt, why did I not pursue the exploratory surgery 3 weeks ago.. I decided now to put her under exploratory surgery and I am scared of the risks.
I see that she feels sometimes pain she just purrs without a reason and stands like a Sphinx but as soon as I get a toy she flips out, she always want to eat and poops normal. She is stressed and I know that is because its my SO's cat which we introduced each other since August and they don't like each other.
I am sharing this story because I want to see how other cat parents that had a similar story deal with this. I am scared because I don't know what to expect. The vets now said ok it's too late with the surgery because she is on prednisolone... she must get off that first and then we can perform that. And of course the risk of the surgery... :'(
Thank you for reading
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