Monday, August 18, 2014

Mancat Monday and Jewel Update


Hi everyone, Carmine here.

Me knows it's Mancat Monday, but we haven't gotten to tell you how Jewel's last visit to the Stabby Place was, so me wants to give you an update on hers today.

Jewel went to the Stabby Place with mes about two weeks ago.  Hers got an Adequan shot for hers arthritis pain, and they stole hers blood to test hers kidney values.  Theys also took hers blood pressure.

The Mom says Jewel's blood pressure tested "borderline high" so the vet said to keep giving Jewel 1/2 a tablet of Amlodipine twice a day.  

The next day, the Mom gotted the results of Jewel's tests, and hers was very confused!  Jewel's BUN is now 32 (compared to 64 in April) and hers creatinine is now 2.3 (compared to 2.9 in April).  Hers urine specific gravity stayed at 1014.  The Mom didn't think hers BUN and creatinine could go down that much at this stage of the disease.  The Amlodipine must be helping Jewel's kidneys somehows!  

But the Mom says Jewel has been acting strange ever since the vet visit, and hers is worried about hers.  Me will let the Mom explain about that, though.



The Mom here: Ever since we got home from the vet two weeks ago, Jewel has been acting somewhat differently, and it concerns me.  

She has started to lay on the floor to eat her kibbles instead of sitting/squatting to eat them.  She's also defecated outside the box in the living room and bedroom several times.  She has always defecated outside the box occasionally, but she used to make it to the bathroom before.  I've also noticed that there are some nights Jewel doesn't beg for the human dinner, which is very unusual for her.  She used to beg for our food every night and would even get excited about it, sitting by the coffee table meowing for us to give her some before it was even ready.  

I don't know if she's in pain or if the chronic renal failure is finally starting to take its toll on my little baby.  Either way can't get her and Carmine to the vet again until the first of September, so some purrs and prayers for both of them would be appreciated - Carmine just has to go back for a weight check.  You can read his update here.  

19 comments:

  1. Nice to see you Carmine. We are all sure sending our very best purrs and prayers to that sweet Jewel.

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  2. Continued purrs and purrayers to you both!

    Could part of the issue be the onset of senility? Cats can get it...but also we're wondering if any of the meds will cause a change in behaviour or state of mind -- as they often can in humans.

    (((Hugs)))

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  3. It's possible that the meds and fluids are helping bring the kidney numbers down. Like Fuzzy Tails, we wonder if any of the meds could affect behavior. We continue to purr for Jewel.

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  4. We're purring for sweet Jewel too...she's in wonderful hands with a mom like you.

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  5. We are sorry Jewel is acting different. Based on our experiences, even those little things can mean something is wrong. :-( We send purrs and good thoughts for her. Senior cats are special.

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  6. Oh poor Jewel we are so sorry she is acting differently. We know it is worrisome to you and we hope it is just a reaction to the medication and will resolve itself before your next Vet visit.

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  7. We're wondering about the amlodipine too. Meds can do strange things.

    The Florida Furkids

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  8. az all ways guys, de blessings oh St Francis....we hope de vet can figure out what bee goin on & get it fixed quiker than aye ess aye pea....purrhaps sum arthur itis haz set in de joints ? tho we hope knot
    ♥♥♥♥♥

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  9. My vet says that treating high blood pressure can help keep kidney disease in check. Have you tried rolling up a blanket or putting something semi-rigid next to Jewel's food dish in case she wants some support? Just a thought - sending purrs to Jewel.

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  10. I am sending lots of purrs to Jewel and Carmine. I am concerned about Jewel too. I hope she is okay until the next vet visit.

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  11. We send you tons of purrs for Jewel and Carmin, and for their mom. Purrs

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  12. Lots of purrs for Jewel. We agree that the SubQ fluids will help her BUN values quite a bit and could be behind the surprising numbers.

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  13. I am sending my purrs for Jewel.

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  14. Hmm well Jewel, I hope that you are feeling OK and will keep you in my thoughts.

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  15. we are purring for Jewel and Carmine!

    pip, smidgen, Minnie, hollie

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  16. Wonderful news about those blood levels going down! Could it be that the medicine is making her feel funny, which is why she is acting differently? Whatever it is, we will keep purring and praying and sending lots of love her (and your) way!

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  17. poor baby. Hopefully maybe it is just the aftermath of the stressful vet trip. Sending purrs and prayers!

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