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August 09, 2008
My sick little kitty

Mycah is doing... not horribly bad, but not terribly well.

The lab results from Tuesday's visit came back; her blood sugar was a bit elevated, but they wanted to run another test on the sample, so I had to drop by and pony up for the additional test — a fructosamine test, whatever that is. It sure sounds like it's blood sugar related.

Mycah being diabetic, this is a concern. Her diabetes has been under control with diet alone for the past 2+ years, but perhaps she's beginning to require insulin injections.

She's moving better than she was earlier this week; she's resumed her "bunny hop" method of climbing the stairs, for instance. She doesn't appear to be limping in any way.

Her litterbox habits appear to have returned to normal, though her "output" is a bit reduced.

She's lost weight, two pounds since she was checked in April. She's still overweight at 14 pounds, but that seems to me to be too much, too fast.

She's not eating all her food at mealtimes. It looks as if she's having a hard time getting it down. I think I need to record a video and show it to the vet.

Kismet and Packet are getting pushy about the food, too. At mealtimes, I prepare the three dishes and give Mycah hers first, so she has a chance to eat — her hyperthyroidism meds are in her meals. The lads then get their meals, across the room from Mycah; they wolf their stinky goodness down, then start making eyes at Mycah's dish.

Her eating has slowed down to the point that she's not even halfway done by the time the lads finish, and I find myself standing over her to keep them away until she finishes and walks away. If the lads nose into her dish, Mycah doesn't even bother defending her food, she just walks away. She's usually a member of the clean plate club, but this past week she's been leaving food in her dish.

She spends all her time relaxing, sometimes in a PTU with the door removed, sometimes on her gizzy quilt, sometimes deep in the dark recesses of my bedroom closet.

I'm very worried about her. She's been through a lot, health-wise, and I've tried to do what's best for her all along, but at 13 she's not a youngster — I hope she has a few more good years in her.

Update, 8/10: she's not eating much at all now. I've brought food upstairs, and I put some in front of her whenever she comes out of her hidey hole, but she shows little to no interest in it. This is so uncharacteristic of her, I'm getting even more worried. I think another call to the vet tomorrow is in order.

Posted by Russ at 04:17 PM, August 9, 2008 in Animals

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I hope Mycah will be feeling better soon.
Mom has looked after diabetic cats. One is about 18 and the other 15. Both take injections twice daily and are doing very well. Both have been diabetic for a few years,but have no other health problems.
I am sure Mycah will be good for a few years yet and if injections are needed,it is not a big deal.
I'll send some purrs to Mycah :)
Purrs Mickey

Posted by: Mickey at August 9, 2008 05:01 PM

You have purrs and prayers from us in O Hi O too!

Posted by: Parker at August 9, 2008 06:01 PM

Oh, Mycah, we're sorry we haven't been over to see you for so long ... and now we hear you aren't feeling well :-( We're purring like crazy that you're all better very, very soon!

& everybody at Artsy Catsy

Posted by: Artsy Catsy at August 9, 2008 07:21 PM

We're sorry that Mycah is not feeling so good right now, but it sounds like she's in good hands and you're doing the best by her! Sending big purrs and purrayers to Mycah and to you and the two youngsters,

kittyhugs and purrs,

Gypsy & Tasha

Posted by: Gypsy & Tasha at August 9, 2008 11:07 PM

Poor Mycah! We are sending purrrrs and purrayers to her! Feel better soon, please!
Your FL furiends,

Posted by: Samantha & Mr. Tigger at August 9, 2008 11:29 PM

I'm sending purrs and prayers your way, Mycah...and to your humans, too.

Skittles, The Huntress

Posted by: Skittles, The Huntress at August 10, 2008 12:07 AM

Poor Mycah!
Can you look and see if all of her teeth are still intact? Loss of front teeth is linked to kidney issues. That could be why she isn't eating too well.
I hope she feels better soon.

Posted by: Heather P. at August 10, 2008 12:39 AM

Poor Mycah, I hope she feels better soon and the vet can sort out some medicines for her. Sometimes the hyperthyroid medicine can be rough for kitties. I hope your vet manages to stabilise her, it sounds like they are doing the right thing with tests. Get well soon Mycah and Russ make sure you get enough rest!

Posted by: Jane at August 10, 2008 06:47 AM

I hope Mycah is feeling better. We've been through the diabetic critter thing, twice. Our cat responded best to Ultralente (sp?), which is given once a day.

Purrs and prayers to Mycah, and all of you.

Posted by: JT at August 10, 2008 09:39 AM

I will send lots of purrs to Mycah!!!!!!!
I hope the Vet can help you.
Purrs Mickey

Posted by: Mickey at August 10, 2008 08:06 PM

I will send lots of purrs to Mycah!!!!!!!
I hope the Vet can help you.
Purrs Mickey

Posted by: Mickey at August 10, 2008 08:09 PM

I will send lots of purrs to Mycah!!!!!!!
I hope the Vet can help you.
Purrs Mickey

Posted by: Mickey at August 10, 2008 08:11 PM

My very best wishes to Mycah for a swift and complete recovery, with all my heart.

Posted by: Rahel [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 11, 2008 05:17 AM

Good luck for the vet visit today, poor Mycah, I hope there is some good news and she can be helped.

Posted by: Jane at August 11, 2008 07:20 AM

Come on Mycah, eat a good meal or three, you'll feel better.


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