Monday, March 24, 2014

Mancat Monday + Carmine Update


Carmine: I'm trying to sleep here, but the Mom is bugging me with the flashy box.

Me went to the v-e-t last Friday - AGAIN.  I don't know why the Mom insists on taking me to that place so often when it scares mes so much!  

This time, the vet tech gave mes a shot and put mes on the scale.  But then the v-e-t went to talk to the Mom in another room, so I will have to let hers tell you what hers said...

The Mom here.  Carmine, I take you to the vet so much because I LOVE you SOOOO MUCH!!  You are my sweet baby boy and I want you to be healthy and happy.  You'll be glad to know that we won't have to go to the vet so much now that you're more stable. :)

That's right, everyone.  Carmine is stabilizing!  The vet said Carmine gained 3.5 ounces this week!!  He weighs 8 pounds, 15.5 ounces now.  The Mirtazapine (appetite stimulant) made Carmine very, very hungry.  However, it also made him feel agitated and he ran around crying a lot.  I couldn't even pet him or pick him up, and it made me cry to see him like that.  I called the vet immediately, of course, and she told me to stop giving him the medication (which I figured would be the case).  We have switched Carmine to Ciproheptadine, another appetite stimulant.  He seems to be doing a lot better on this one.  It doesn't agitate him like the Mirtazapine did, but he still has a good appetite. :)

The vet said will we go to B12 injections every other week now instead of every week.

Carmine's been having some diarrhea, I've noticed, and one of the side-effects of Prednisone is diarrhea, so I'm going to ask the vet if we should change this medication to the other one specifically for IBD (I can't remember the name of it).

All in all, though, Carmine seems to be doing better, and I really hope that he continues to do well.  He's my little baby, and I worry about him so much when he doesn't feel well.  I'm sure all of you pet parents can relate!

23 comments:

  1. That's good news! Have you tried giving probiotics to help with the diarrhea?

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  2. Oh Carmine, keep trying! We just started Rocky on some digestive enzymes with probiotics. We're hoping they help! It's supposed to aid weight gain. Good luck! - Alana and Crepes.

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  3. We are delighted to hear that Carmine is doing better. Hope the nasty diarrhea stops soon.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  4. I can relate! My Nibblet is sick right now and doesn't seem to be getting tons better. But it's to be expected as she is older. Good job for you improving this week though Carmine!

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  5. Great news!!! We hope you can get the diarrhea under control.

    The Florida Furkids

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  6. We're so glad to hear you're doing better, Carmine, and won't have to go to the vet as often. Keep up the good work!

    Purrs,
    The Chans

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  7. hi we're new here. we would like to send healing purrs to carmine a furry handsome mancat.

    Emma and Buster

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  8. I am so glad to hear Carmine is doing better! I take cyproheptadine almost daily and it works for me too!

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  9. Fingers and paws crossed that Carmine continues to do well.

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  10. I am sure glad to hear you are doing much better Carmine!

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  11. carmine...this bee total lee rockin mewz ewe iz doin sew much better !! keep up de gate werk ...we noe yur mom is bee yond happee...R'z wood bee az well ♥

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  12. Carmine, you are so loved! We all are glad that you are doing so much better!

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  13. That is good to hear, Carmine. Hope you feel better soon.

    Mindy
    Moe
    Cookie
    Mike

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  14. That is good news that Carmine is doing so much better.

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  15. We're glad that Carmine is doing better on cipro. We had a cat who didn't tolerate it well, but it works really well on cats like Carmine who handle it well. Keep eating, buddy!

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  16. I like the good news - I hope he continues doing well too!

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  17. So glad to hear good news. V-e-t visits are no fun for anybody. (Mommies or furbabies)

    Hope you have a terrific Tuesday.
    XOXO

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  18. Hurray! Carmine I am so pleased that you are doing better and gaining back some weight. That's wonderful!

    Mungo xx

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  19. Gosh, we hope this good news just keeps getting better. We are purring for you, Carmine!
    Hugs, everyone.

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  20. Glad to hear Carmine is doing better!!

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  21. that is such meowvelous news that Carmine is stable!! YAY!!! I know you have to be soooooooooo relieved!

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  22. So glad Carmine is doing better. Sometimes Metronidazole helps with diarrhea because it reduces the inflammation--I have had cats with bouts of colitis and IBD--and it really made a big difference within several days. Do not use more than 30 days in a row, though, because it can alter DNA. Most vets don't know this, but I was told this by one of my vets and he sent me the article for reference. Purrs and prayers that Carmine continues to improve. We love our FurBabies so much...

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