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Steve Hatchett | 1 year ago
I Have A Senior Cat Who Was Receiving Insulin But Is Now Off Of It…

I have a senior cat who was receiving insulin but is now off of it per the Doctor’s orders. His glucose level has returned to normal, at least for now, by way of the DM cat food only.

The cat has become very playful, like a kitten, during the last week or so. Should I be concerned about the change in behavior?

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Hi there? If your cat s feeling well enough to be playful and happy, I would take that as a gift. We have a senior dog who has given us the same thing and we are just making sure to enjoy as much time with him as we can, while we can. You could always mention the behavior change at your next vet visit if it is a concern…. however, my thinking is that since he’s feeling good that he is just letting you know. ??

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Hello,
I agree with Sarah! This all sounds like excellent news.. but ANY change in behavior should be discussed with your vet, and frequent recheck of blood glucose are the best way to monitor for the progression and state of this disease process. Also, if you see a change in water intake, or the size of the urine clumps (if clumping litter) in the box are also,
let us know how things go,,

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Tina Hoyt | 1 year ago
My 10 Year Old Siamese Has Been Acting Weird For Awhile Now. She Had Lost…

My 10 year old Siamese has been acting weird for awhile now. She had lost some weight earlier this year because her teeth/gums were hurting and she wasn’t eating. We got her teeth cleaned and she gained the weight back but then she started losing weight again not too long ago. I tried changing foods several times (it’s hard to find a food that all 3 of my cats will eat). Now she has a good appetite and has gained back some of the weight she lost the 2nd time. She has also developed an obsession with drinking from the bathtub faucet instead of their water bowl, even though we give them fresh water daily. She does drink from the bowl but only immediately after we’ve put fresh water in it and when we don’t let her into our bathroom. Also, she has become more needy and will lay on my lap and curled tight up against me when she didn’t used to do this before. It kind of seems that she breathes a little irregularly when she first lays down and then after she’s finally able to relax her breathing regulates. My vet thinks she is perfectly healthy but these are some drastic changes to her behavior and since I had 2 other cats die already this year I’m very concerned. Please help!

Update: she had a blood test and has been diagnosed with kidney disease ☹️

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Hello,
It sounds like it is time for some diagnostics (I’m assuming you haven’t done them as they aren’t listed.). I would start with a CBC, chem panel (complete), urinalysis, fecal and thyroid (T4, and/or Free T4 and TSH are my usual). I also think checking a blood pressure is a good idea. I would also discuss radiographs and an ultrasound. Until you know what you are treating you are guessing and likely to guess incorrectly. Let me know what the vet says.

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Sudden weight loss would absolutely mean diagnostics, like Dr M recommended. When my queen dropped a bunch of weight it was due to an overactive thyroid, which is exceptionally common. If your vet won’t do diagnostics, find another one.

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Courtney Conaway | 1 year ago
I Have A 2 Yr 8 Mo Old Cat Milo Who I Am Desperate To…

I have a 2 yr 8 mo old cat Milo who I am desperate to find relief for. He has been sick since I adopted him at 4 months. I was told right away by the shelter vet that he had feline herpes, and that he would always be sick, but that we could treat the symptoms. Over the next 2 years, we have found ourselves at every vet in the area, seeking out treatment options for Milo, and have also had emergency visits on 5 different occasions when Milo got to the point that he could barely breathe. Milo means more to me than anything in the world, and I have promised him that I will never stop searching and fighting for an answer to help him feel better.

Milo is getting worse as he gets older. At this point, his breathing is audible 24/7 (snoring/snorting noises with every breath) regardless of what antibiotic he’s on. He sneezes dramatically (sometimes 10 times in a row) to the point that there is snot on many of the walls/windows. He makes choking noises/coughing as if there is congestion stuck in his throat that he is trying to get out. There are times at night when I am woken by his breathing because it gets so loud. He occasionally is struggling so much with congestion that he will find a quiet place to sit and close his eyes while he mouth-breathes.

At some vet visits, he ironically ends up breathing/feeling a bit better when we get there and they’ll tell me “this is a healthy cat!” and I go home only for his symptoms to return.

However, at other visits over the years Milo has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, conjunctivitis, viral URI infection, bacterial infections, etc. We’ve tried Benadryl, terramycin, doxycycline, L-Lysine, Famciclovir, prednisolone, azithromycin, little remedies nasal saline and nebulizing sterile saline. The next step is nebulization of Gentamycin (which I called every pharmacy in the area trying to find and ended up having to order from a specialty pharmacy.) It won’t be in until the middle of next week, and it breaks my heart to watch Milo struggle as we wait for yet another antibiotic that might not work.

Recently we found a vet who suggested they thought Milo has nasal polyps, but said that I would need to see a specialist to find out for sure. At this recommendation, I immediately made Milo an appointment 45 minutes away (and over a month wait). When we finally got in, the specialist told me that it was very unlikely that Milo had nasal polyps, as they are not common in younger cats. They offered to do some preliminary testing to rule out other illnesses first. They did bloodwork and xrays (which cost $900) and found that Milo was positive for Bordatella and Mycoplasma infections. The herpes test came back negative, but they told me that it often comes back with a false negative when the infection is chronic. They put him on an azithromycin paste which didn’t help whatsoever, and then suggested the gentamycin nebulization. They said that if Milo isn’t showing improvement after a week of the nebulized antibiotic, that we could consider a rhinoscopy and a CT scan to check for other underlying problems (such as polyps) which would run around $2600 total.

I should note that all of this is cost-prohibitive for me, but as I’m sure you can tell, I would spend every dime I had if it made Milo better. Any suggestions or recommendations that you have for us are GREATLY appreciated as I feel like we are nearing a dead end. We are 4 hours from your office but id be more than willing to come out there for your help.

Thank you in advance,
Courtney & Milo

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Hello, I’m sorry this has been such a difficult road for you. Here are a few suggestions; 1. Has he been tested for felv/fiv? 2. Has anyone looked for a polyp? In my experience they are more common in young shelter cats than older cats. 3. Has anyone discussed rhinoscopy? That would be my first places to start. Some cats absolutely have chronic herpes with chronic sinusitis. They are chronically snotty cats. I have one who is 7 now. She has and always will be throwing snot on my walls. It is who she is. We live with it. As… Read more »

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Rachel Elliott-Golema | 1 year ago
I Have A 13 Year Old Female Cat (spayed). Recently It Looks Like She Has…

I have a 13 year old female cat (spayed). Recently it looks like she has developed a large hemorrhoid. After researching it sounds like it may be an anal prolapse. I was wondering if anyone has an estimated cost of the surgery to fix this? I’m living paycheck to paycheck, so the more info I have on price ranges the better prepared I will be.

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Hello, In my experience these occur due to a few reasons. It is as important to figure out why it happened as it is to fix it. Call all of the local rescues and shelters and ask for a referral to a vet who can help you affordably. At its minimal it would cost about $200 t fix at my clinic with a sedative or general anesthesia to allow the colon to be replaced and then sutured to close and hold in place. For older cats I worry about intestinal parasites, constipation and other age related diseases that might either… Read more »

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Lisa Crabtree | 1 year ago
Dear Dr. Magnifico, I’m Writing To You About My 19-year-old Cat, Molly Who Was Recently…

Dear Dr. Magnifico,

I’m writing to you about my 19-year-old cat, Molly who was recently diagnosed with FCE or IVDD. I have a few questions which I hope you can answer for me.

Two weeks ago tonight, I left home for a few hours. Molly was fine when I left. When I got home, I found Molly under the bed with her back legs paralyzed. Although Molly was paralyzed, she did not appear to be in pain. Molly has always had a strong appetite. I fed her canned cat food through the night by slipping it under the bed. She ate normally.

I took Molly to her vet on Thursday morning. The vet did an xray and said that she thought Molly had either FCE or IVDD. Molly had no movement in her back legs, but she did have deep pain sensation in both back paws. The vet told me that if Molly had FCE, then she had a 25% chance of recovering significant leg movement within 2-3 days. If after 2-3 days she still hadn’t recovered any use of her legs, the chances that she would ever recover decreased to 10%. The vet said that if Molly had IVDD (which is the diagnosis she was leaning toward) then she had no chance of recovery of function in her legs. The vet recommended waiting until the following Monday to give Molly a chance to recover some leg function. If she didn’t show signs of recovery by Monday, she recommended euthanizing her. The vet gave me a prescription for prednisolone and gabapentin and I brought Molly in to the office 3 days in a row (Thurs. Fri. and Sat.) for a laser treatment.

Between Thursday and Monday, I did some reading and watched some YouTube videos about FCE and IVDD. What I learned appeared to be at odds with what the vet told me. There is a YouTube video showing physical therapy exercises one man did with his dog who has FCE. This man’s dog was paralyzed for 2 months. In the third month, the dog began to walk again. I watched every video you made about Hank and his recovery from IVDD. Hank appeared to be in worse shape than Molly was in the beginning. Molly lost back leg function, but her front legs were fine.

On Monday, I told Molly’s vet that based on what I’d learned about FCE and IVDD, I was planning to give Molly more time to recover. The vet said that she was very skeptical about Molly’s chances of recovery but it was my choice. She recommended that I continue to bring Molly in for laser treatments. Other than that, she gave me no advice or guidance on how to help Molly.

Molly has other health issues. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism at age 14. It’s been under control with methimazole since her diagnosis. She was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 17. Her kidney values have remained stable since her diagnosis. Also at age 17, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Her blood pressure has remained normal since she began taking a small dose of amlodipine daily. So, Molly has some health problems, but everything was under control with medication.

Since the time that Molly was diagnosed with kidney disease 2 years ago, she has used the litter box frequently – about every 2 hours. She eats a lot of canned food and drinks a lot of water. The vet has said that she’s not dehydrated. I give Molly a potassium supplement and B12.

Molly seems to feel good. Her appetite has remained normal. She is alert and affectionate – she has continued to be this way since developing paralysis two weeks ago.

Right after Molly’s paralysis, I thought I saw some small movement in her back legs. Two weeks later, I see some unmistakable movement now in both hind legs. But the movement I’m seeing is far from normal movement. On Christmas Day, I made a video which I uploaded to YouTube of some of the movement I’m seeing in Molly’s legs. I’d like to know if this movement is a step toward Molly recovering her leg function or not.

Molly Saying Hello – 19 seconds – Dec. 24, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDf0NvJnA4M

Molly Leg Movement – 3:30 seconds – Christmas Day – In addition to the movement seen in the video, I’ve seen Molly stretch her leg backward and curl the toes of both feet on multiple occasions.

In the very beginning, when the vet said Molly’s condition might be FCE, I found a YouTube video on physical therapy for FCE (https://youtu.be/T_l_OWRT0ck). It was basically moving the affected leg in a bicycle motion 25 times 4 times a day. I did that with Molly for a few days. I did it very slowly and gently. It didn’t cause Molly any pain (she often fell asleep as I did it). After I started thinking it was more likely that Molly has IVDD, I became concerned the PT exercises were the wrong thing to do and almost discontinued doing them. Now, I wonder if that was a mistake because Molly’s legs have become much stiffer than they were in the beginning. I can no longer do these exercises with Molly because of the stiffness in her legs.

I just need some guidance about how well or badly Molly is doing and what to do to help her recover going forward. I plan to continue working with Molly’s current vet but would like input from someone knowledgeable about IVDD.

Thank you so much for sharing your opinion and thank you for the wonderful, helpful videos on IVDD. I wish I lived near your clinic because Molly would be your patient tomorrow if I lived near you.

With appreciation,

Lisa Crabtree

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Hello Lisa, Wow. This is an impressive and interesting case! Here’s my honest advice. Go to a vet who specializes in feline medicine. My impression is that this isn’t IVDD as it doesn’t seem to be associated with pain or the typical presentation. I would be more inclined to hunk it is related to the high blood pressure and might be a thromboembolism. She would need more tests done to diagnose this. I also think that a consult with a neurologist might be hugely helpful. Lastly, and most importantly, your cat is your decision. If she is happy and you… Read more »

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Kelly Ray | 1 year ago
Hello Why Does My Cat Throws Up From The Dry Cat That’s Like 9 Lives…

Hello why does my cat throws up from the dry cat that’s like 9 lives or friskies but is fine eating wet food any help

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Wet food is easier to digest than dry food. And many cats over eat with dry food. Try smaller amounts of dry food. Or feed canned. Also ask your vet about this. I always like to do an exam and inquire about parasites with any vomiting Cat.

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Hello,
Try small watery meals every few hours. If that doesn’t help ask your vet to check for parasites (via fecal exam) or even check an X-ray or ultrasound. You can try a prescription gi friendly diet too

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Sarah Falzon | 1 year ago
HEALTHSHARE Hi Yesterday I Noticed That My Cat Was Losing Hair From The Back Of His…

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Hi yesterday i noticed that my cat was losing hair from the back of his neck and today the hairless patch grew… also now im noticing red marks which seem watery … i made an appointment with the vet for tomorrow but i am really worried… can you maybe give me some advice? She seems to be acting normal , she is eating and playing but i am still worried.

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Have you checked for fleas? Dirty ears? Etc. Hopefully your vet can help tomorrow. It sounds like you are safe waiting until then. Let us know.

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Sarah Wood | 1 year ago
I Am Currently Located In Ukraine. I Have Been To The Vet A Few Times…

I am currently located in Ukraine. I have been to the vet a few times already for my cat’s abscess. All of the advice I have found online in dealing with a cat’s abscess tells me to ask for a vets advice, but that is very difficult to do where I am located. How can I heal my cat’s abscess at home without antibiotics? Is this possible? Her abscess burst and now 4 small holes have appeared. I clean them with saline/salt water and I try to push some of the puss out of them as much as I can. I put a warm cloth on her face a few time a day, which made the holes appear. The images are uploaded are from the day I found her in a dumpster, the day she scratched the abscess and it burst, showing a single large hole, the other day, and today when four small holes appeared. Is it getting better or worse? Am I doing the right procedures? Any advice? Thank you so much!!! (Please excuse the makeshift cone of shame, I have had to be pretty resourceful here)

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Okay, i am going to say something you dont want to hear. Even if you find a way that helps you handle this without seeing a vet, you should still probably see a vet. I understand its hard for you to see a vet from where you are. I can hardly aford a vet, so i can completly understand, but if that was my cat i would some how find a way to see a vet, even if that meant asking for money from family and friends, even if that meant being in dept. In the begining you say, you… Read more »

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Good morning. Thank you so much for helping this kitty? The main concern is infection. And considering the severity of the abscess, and the fact that you can see the infection (puss) and the location of the abscess…. you really need to try to get her on some antibiotics. Keeping the wound clean (peroxide can help too with keeping it clean) is fantastic, but if it is so full of infection and spreads you will be looking at a whole host of other issues that will be hard to fix. Best of luck to you!

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A friend of mine just went through this with her young male cat. It took a series of very aggressive antibiotics over the span of like 3 months, plus multiple vet visits for checks and medication changes. She NEEDS antibiotics if she’s going to heal…which means you NEED to get her to the vet.

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Hello, In my experience abscesses go one of two ways. They heal after they rupture and the. Go away. It may take a few weeks for this. But it is possible. Two, they fester for a long time. Months of years if deep enough and the correct treatment (often in antibiotic form is not provided). Some are so persistent we have to open them surgically to place a drain. If you don’t have access to antibiotics I am going to worry. I just find they do much much better with quickly administered antibiotics. You can try to continue the warm… Read more »

Deanna Montgomery
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Is it possible where the access is located it could be a infected tooth? Did the vet check her teeth on that side. If it is a tooth it would have to be removed before the infection would heal. Also I would put peroxide in the wound. Best of luck.

Laura
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Hi Deanna, peroxide is not recommended for wound care anymore. It damages healing tissue.

Deanna Montgomery
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Hey Laura M, I know “they” are no longer recommending peroxide. However I totally disagree! I continue to use peroxide on infections. I have tried other methods but nothing works like peroxide. My results say otherwise. My 2 go to products are vinegar and peroxide depending on the problem.

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Hello all!
I just want to say that I always discourage peroxide. The only time I think it helps is with a really dirt embedded wound. Initially to clean out gunk it’s helpful. After it’s not. There are really good options out there. Try a chlorhexadine solution like hibiclens. It is over the counter. Even soapy water helps. Peroxide that gets into a hole can cause problems and it does slow healing cells. There are scientific studies to help support. I really appreciate all the advice and personal insight. Just want to help everyone. Be well. And thanks.

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Kennedy Massa | 1 year ago
My Cat Is Chewing Up Everything In My House, What Should I Do?! I Really…

My cat is chewing up everything in my house, what should i do?!
I really love my cat, she is the world to me but she has pica, and she has been chewing up gloves, flip flops, paper, the leather coach, wires, her food bag, and more. I dont want her eating something then getting sick, and i dont want her eating all of my stuff. I try getting her toys but she just chews that up too. I just want her to be happy and me too. And i dont have a bunch of money to buy her more toys. I just want some advice on how to protect her and my stuff at the same time.

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Good morning. Have you discussed this with your vet? If not, I would request bloodwork to rule out any underlying conditions. I know that sometimes diabetes can cause pets to eat things they shouldn’t. If there is an underlying condition adding to the pica, then proper meds and/or diet may help the situation. You also might want to try spraying thins your cat ianprone to chewing with an odor she doesn’t like? I would discuss options woh my vet to find the safest one. But I have seen “repellent” sprays- I have to admit that I have never used them… Read more »

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Hello, It sounds to me like your kitty is bored and trying to keep herself occupied the best she can. Here’s what I do. One, maybe a companion for your kitty will help? I really believe that two cats (who like each other and play together) is far easier than one hat drives their owner crazy. Two, lots and lots and lots of toys. I swear by the big corrugated cardboard scratching mats. The bigger the better. Smeared with catnip applied weekly. (Always buy organic). Then play! Play! Play! You have to dedicate loads of time to playing. It really… Read more »

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Kennedy Massa | 1 year ago
My Cat Keeps Playing In/ Spilling Her Water In Her Water Bowl, What Should I…

My cat keeps playing in/ spilling her water in her water bowl, what should i do?!
My cat keeps putting her paws in her water bowl. Lately it has gotten worse, she is now spilling her water everywhere on the floor. I give her fresh water everyday. I am thinking about getting her a filter moving water bowl, but im afraid that will be a wast of money and she will just spill the water in that too. The result of my cat spilling water everywhere isnt just a mess on the floor, she isnt getting water because of this. She has no water inher bowl and the water on floor either dries up itself or i wipe it up. I really dont know what to do and need advice!

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Good morning? We had a cat once that would tip her water bowl and drag it around? I actually ended up having one big water dish for her and all the dogs- a stainless bowl for dogs that is sort of “ anti-tip” in that it is made where the sides flare out on the way to the floor. (Sort of like a volcano) It has rubber on the bottom as well- and frankly is too big for her to drag around anyway. Hope this is helpful. Happy Holidays!!

Krista Magnifico
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It sounds like she is playing. Can you provide her a place to play with water? Like Sarah mentions above? Even a water garden that grows Cat grass? Or a cat tree, scratching mats, or a car garden for her. Cats love to play and love organic materials. Make sure they are safe and in a safe place.