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DanieMarie
05 Aug 2011, 12:13
My cat has been having issues for a while, but now they're really bad.

For those who don't know, he's quite old (turned 17 this month). He was losing quite a bit of weight even though he was still eating, and I took him to the vet and he had an overactive thyroid. He's been on meds ever since, and started to get better, but now things have taken a turn for the worse. He's still eating but not enough and he lost more weight. He's eating a bit more now and is gaining a bit, but not enough. He is so lethargic and he's totally incontinent...I have to keep him in the bathroom until I can get to the vet (she's on holidays until next week), otherwise he just pees and poops wherever he is and it's a huge mess (at least in the bathroom it's contained to one place). He smells bad. His ear is infected or something and he keeps scratching at it and it's all raw and stuff. I don't know what exactly is wrong with him but it almost feels like it's a number of things. I really hope he's not shutting down. If he is, I'll accept it and let go, but I'll be absolutely heartbroken. I live alone and I don't have family here...it's pathetic but that cat is all I have.

So, please, I'd really appreciate any prayers that he gets better, or barring that he can, that I can get through his death...

Caelia
05 Aug 2011, 12:14
It almost sounds like colitis. I'll send Reiki.

volcaniclastic
05 Aug 2011, 13:06
Poor cat ...I really hope he gets better. My grandmother's cat started to smell funny just before they put him down - like he was rotting - it was really sad.

DanieMarie
06 Aug 2011, 11:36
Thanks ladies--- he's a bit more peppy today. I took him to sit outside and he mostly just sat around but he did watch some birds with interest and eat some grass (which he does all the time, not just when he's sick) and looked generally fairly happy. He was 'talking' to me (he likes to meow in sort of a talky way when he's happy and purr, and he hadn't really done that for a week or two). He's also been fighting me extra hard when I give him his medication, which is usually a good sign. He's still not really asking for food but if I feed him, he eats it all. He's still not really using his litter very well though and his ear still looks awful. I'm hoping he's getting better and it's just an infection that can get sorted out at the vet.

Hawkfeathers
06 Aug 2011, 11:40
Glad he's looking a bit better!

LadyGarnetRose
06 Aug 2011, 12:03
Poor kitty :( years ago Shadow had an ear infection, (smelt like rotten flesh in his ear) this cat was fastidious and he started revealing himself wherever he was so I knew something was wrong. Vet gave me ear drops for him and within a week he was back to his OCD grouchy self.

DanieMarie
06 Aug 2011, 12:50
Poor kitty :( years ago Shadow had an ear infection, (smelt like rotten flesh in his ear) this cat was fastidious and he started revealing himself wherever he was so I knew something was wrong. Vet gave me ear drops for him and within a week he was back to his OCD grouchy self.

That's good to hear (that it was a simple problem that got sorted). I hope that's the case for my kitty too.

GypsySeaWitch
07 Aug 2011, 09:09
Poor fuzz ball. I'll send him some prayers and healing energy.

DanieMarie
09 Aug 2011, 13:22
Thanks for your prayers everyone!
Apparently he is likely not dying, but did have an ear infection. The peeing is likely a stress thing, because he's been through so much and he's still weak from the weight loss.
He has to wear a cone right now, which makes him kind of bummed out, but he's happy when I'm home petting him and he's eating loads so I'm hoping I'll start seeing results soon.

Tylluan Penry
09 Aug 2011, 23:03
Shall send some blessings for kitty today. Ear infections can be horrible things.

DanieMarie
09 Aug 2011, 23:23
Thanks :)

He ate most of his food last night, which had the preparation in it of the stuff that supposed to boost his mood a bit, his vitamins (since he's so skinny and malnourished), the salmon oil and the paste that helps him digest better. Made me happy.

Clive
10 Aug 2011, 09:24
I'm glad it's getting sorted out. Ear infections suck so hard. I'll send some vibes for an even speedier recovery. *nuzzles kitty*

Amber
10 Aug 2011, 12:27
Poor little guy! It's so tough when our animals are sick because they are just like our babies! I will continue to hope he keeps improving!

LadyGarnetRose
10 Aug 2011, 13:24
Yay! Hope he gets better soon. Ear infections on a cat are a nasty business puts them totally off their normal mode.

DanieMarie
10 Aug 2011, 13:54
Yeah he is definitely still in a bit of a funk, but he's more chipper than before. My mom says though that his mood changes when I come home...when I'm gone he's apparently just miserable. The vet also said he could have some stress and separation anxiety so maybe that's coming out, especially with him having an infection. I'm trying to figure out ways to make him happy while I'm gone. So far I've read birds on tv, getting a fish bowl (that he can't get into), leaving a CD of harp music on (apparently it's calming for all animals).

LadyGarnetRose
10 Aug 2011, 16:05
Yeah he is definitely still in a bit of a funk, but he's more chipper than before. My mom says though that his mood changes when I come home...when I'm gone he's apparently just miserable. The vet also said he could have some stress and separation anxiety so maybe that's coming out, especially with him having an infection. I'm trying to figure out ways to make him happy while I'm gone. So far I've read birds on tv, getting a fish bowl (that he can't get into), leaving a CD of harp music on (apparently it's calming for all animals).

Get a cheap (but comfy) tee shirt and wear it to bed 2 nights in a row, then line the area he likes to lay in with it. Your scent on the shirt will calm him more than tricks and gadgets.

DanieMarie
10 Aug 2011, 22:37
Get a cheap (but comfy) tee shirt and wear it to bed 2 nights in a row, then line the area he likes to lay in with it. Your scent on the shirt will calm him more than tricks and gadgets.

good tip..thanks :)

Amelia-Mary
11 Aug 2011, 07:14
My cat was 21 when she died, She had a kidney infection and started to smell funny, but she was still happy until the end, sending prayers to your kitty ^^

Amber
11 Aug 2011, 13:12
Get a cheap (but comfy) tee shirt and wear it to bed 2 nights in a row, then line the area he likes to lay in with it. Your scent on the shirt will calm him more than tricks and gadgets.

This is what I do for my kitty. She is such an attached to mommy kitty that she can get kinda destructive if I'm gone too much after work. She's used to me being at work but if I'm gone too much right after work she gets highly pissed off!

DanieMarie
12 Aug 2011, 12:56
He was doing so well....I bought him a bigger litter box because he's a big cat and he used to move around to fit himself in his litter box but he just wasn't doing it anymore (even when I uncovered it) so I got him a big one that he could fit in with no effort, and he was using it ever since, but today he had an accident on the sofa while I was at home. I was getting prepped to give him his medicine and he just started peeing. I think it was definitely a stress thing. Maybe I should change his pill routine around so that he's not expecting it and getting worked up beforehand.
He was really good before that though. He sat in the living room (since I kept him in the bathroom he's sort of stayed there), and he even cuddled with me and my dad for a bit. He ate loads today too.

DanieMarie
22 Aug 2011, 12:04
He started to get better but then he started scratching at his neck and upper body, taking off hair with it. It looks really painful and horrible and I took him to the vet and she thinks his medication is making him itch and want to scratch. He has to go off it now and we have to try something else. She recommended a homeopathic remedy but I don't really believe in homeopathy (one of the natural medicines I feel is more 'quack' than useful), but at this point I'm willing to try anything because I'm desperate. He looks so awful and I cried all evening because I just don't know if he'll live really. I guess I have to see but I'm afraid that I might have some tough choices ahead of me.

I did a healing ritual with him, because I'm getting past my mundane point, and he's a patient enough cat that, even though I had to make it short, he sat through it.

I am going to the vet on Wednesday after work to talk about our options for helping his thyroid without the scratching. I hope something works.

EDIT: I ordered some softpaws online....you can't get them easily in shops in Germany but lots of internet shops sell them. I hope they at least help him from hurting himself as the itch wears off.

Tylluan Penry
23 Aug 2011, 08:43
Shall keep you both in my thoughts and send a blessing this evening.

DanieMarie
23 Aug 2011, 12:42
Thank you :)

Caelia
25 Aug 2011, 14:21
Any word yet on the vet trip?

DanieMarie
26 Aug 2011, 15:19
Yeah she thinks it was a reaction to his meds, but he's been off it for nearly a week and he's still scratching. He's also been on hypoallergetic food so it's not that either. I'm just glad my SoftClaws arrive today...wont stop him from scratching but at least he wont hurt himself! Good timing too because he's learned how to take the cone off his head.

Caelia
27 Aug 2011, 08:06
Oh my! He took off the cone of shame. I hope the soft claws keep him from hurting himself too. One of my friends uses it for her cats all the time.

DanieMarie
27 Aug 2011, 08:13
Thanks...they're a bit awkward on his hind paws and he walks funny at the moment, but he seems to be getting used to them and I haven't seen as much fur scratched off!

thalassa
27 Aug 2011, 08:41
Danie, what meds was he on for his thyroid? Is he hypo or hyperthyroid? Are you sure its the medication *causing* is and not because the medication isn't working properly? I mean...thyroid meds, if they are for replacement, aren't just something you can go off of...and hair loss (and dry skin which would be itchy, mood swings, etc over a period of time) for me (though I am not a cat, the thyroid does have the same function) are signs that my meds probably need adjusted, which means blood test to see if my thyroid levels are at the right dosage.

DanieMarie
29 Aug 2011, 11:49
Danie, what meds was he on for his thyroid? Is he hypo or hyperthyroid? Are you sure its the medication *causing* is and not because the medication isn't working properly? I mean...thyroid meds, if they are for replacement, aren't just something you can go off of...and hair loss (and dry skin which would be itchy, mood swings, etc over a period of time) for me (though I am not a cat, the thyroid does have the same function) are signs that my meds probably need adjusted, which means blood test to see if my thyroid levels are at the right dosage.

It was hyper, and the vet was the one who told me the medication was causing it. Apparently it's a side effect that happens rarely (about 4% of cats) but does happen. She already took a blood test from him (the third and most recent) and the medication is working great and all his vitals including thyroid are in great shape, but this side effect is happening for some reason. Since it so badly affected his mood and was causing him to stop eating and therefore his health to rapidly decline (as well as the fact that he scratched off chunks of fur off his ears, face and neck) she thought it was best he gets off the medication and try an alternative.
I wouldn't take him off them either and we're trying a replacement homeopathic treatment. Unfortunately, there just aren't as many options for medications for cats as there are for people.
Anyway there's more info about it here (these were the meds he was on):
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_thyroid_treatment__oral_medica.html

I'm just hoping the new treatment works :(

DanieMarie
04 Sep 2011, 02:27
Update: VAST improvement since going off his meds. He even uses his litter box again (and will walk through the house to get there and not just go where he is). He's eating again, his wounds are healing...my only worry is that this new medication wont be as effective with the thyroid, though the vet did say that even if it's not, the thyroid condition is preferable to the side effects the medication was causing.

The best part is, he has his personality back! He's not just lying there all lethargic and seeming depressed...he's walking around, 'talking', purring, cuddling....

Tylluan Penry
04 Sep 2011, 08:02
Wonderful! Clearly he is on the road to being a magnificat again. Please give him a cwtch (hug) from me!

DanieMarie
04 Sep 2011, 10:03
I will!

I just want to thank everyone for all the kind words, prayers and support while he (and I) was going through this....it meant a lot!

verlignus
07 Sep 2011, 07:50
So good to hear. It has been hard for me to not have a cat around, since my husband (verlingus half of us two here on the site) doesn't hold truck with them. But I hate to hear of any being in pain. I've missed my Shadow. I don't even think I have a picture of him any more since moving around a lot. Blessings for a complete healing. Namaste (io sono amato del vostro Dio half of us)

DanieMarie
26 Dec 2011, 01:50
It worked really well :)