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Thanks Pookie. Unfortunately the gabapentin has to be specially compounded for cats.  There is no pill or capsule of the right dosage and the human liquid contains xylitol.

The suspension liquid the mail order pharmacy makes does not have to be refrigerated so it can be sent by mail. The solution liquid the veterinary specialty clinic dispenses has to be kept refrigerated so I will have to pick it up.

Jennie had some more broth but only a little poached chicken.  I hope by tomorrow, with no more of that suspension gabapentin, she will be feeling better. I have enough of the solution to last about 3 more days probably.

If they won't give me more than one month at a time..well I took Christmas Eve off so I can go up that day, then there are holidays in January and February I can drive up there, or I will have to take a vacation day, if the weather is bad on the holidays. In March and April I will have to take a vacation day, if Jennie is still with me then.
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GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Last post by Pookie on Today at 09:23:36 PM »
Just wondering . . . is there a (human) pharmacy (think Rite-Aid, Walgreens, CVS) near you that also handles pet prescriptions?  If so, maybe the vet can call in the prescription to the human-pharmacy and you could pick it up from them.  Just an idea.

Sending GoodVibes GoodVibes GoodVibes GoodVibes GoodVibes
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Cat Chatter / Re: Some Diva pics
« Last post by Pookie on Today at 09:17:24 PM »
Happy Birthday, Diva!

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Thanks for the Buddy update.  I was wondering about him, too.  I'm also glad Miss Diva is back to her usual eating habits.  As for her post-vet behavior, I don't recall Pookie or his sister behaving like that, but then, they didn't get angry or need to be sedated while at the vet.  Just a suggestion:  talk to Diva, and tell her everything's ok, she's safe and you love her, but she needs to give you a little more room when you're doing things because you don't want to accidentally hurt her.  And keep talking to her about it.  Maybe she'll finally realized she's safe and relax a bit.  Which reminds me . . . maybe some Rescue Remedy would help?  Or Feliway?  And I would definitely use the Feliway with her the next time she has to go to the vet.

Thanks for the pics!  You can tell she loves her Daddy!  heartbeatgif
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Cat Chatter / Re: Some Diva pics
« Last post by AK49BWL on Today at 02:16:39 PM »
Yes she is eating normally again. She's never been food motivated at all, and she's a grazer to say the least.. But she does eat everything before the next feeding is due to go down, so I guess I can take comfort in that.

Buddy is still around, tho he spends more time with the kids across the street who feed him as well these days. He's still the loviest kitty ever, and he and Diva often play through the living room window lol. I really so think I should bring another kitty into Diva's life... But I don't think I can handle another one. I want..But I don't have time. I'm probably too busy for the one I have already...
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I really think this  new gabapentin is not helping her as much, even though she does seem to tolerate the taste better.  I don't know what to do. I can't drive to the specialty clinic every month to pick up a bottle can I?  It's 100 miles one way! I wonder if they'd double or triple the prescription for me, so I'd only have to go up once every 3 months. I think I'll call them tomorrow and ask.

I just can't STAND to think of her in any pain.  And it is clear by her behavior today that now, after 36 hours totally on the new med, that it is not helping her. At least not as much. I feel so frantic.  I do have a little left of the other and will be returning to that tonight, and maybe it will last until I can get more from the clinic.  If I HAVE to drive up there every month I will, but maybe they'll have a heart for my situation.

Edit again. Also I think I mentioned early on that I thght it was upsetting her stomach a bit (the other does not) and now I am sure of it.  She's started to go off her food a bit, and just now vomited her lunch. What little lunch I had managed to coax her to eat  Jennie NEVER vomits.

I am glad I am on vacation this week.  I hope I can drive up there on Wednesday and get a refill.  Mazy cat will be at the vet. Her appointment is in the morning, 8:10, but since she's going to be getting anesthesia, vet is going to keep her there for half a day after. So I can drive up there, get the meds, and get back in time to pick Mazy cat up.

Later: I've kept Jennie on poached chicken and broth for the remainder of today.
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She gave you on h.... of a scare! Your vet does not give you his cell for acute emergencies?

Heck no, those vets have made themselves almost completely un-accessible now.  It didn't used to be that way.  They have no private voicemail and no private e mail, let alone cell number.  If you want to ask a question or talk to a vert during hours you have to talk to a receptionist first and hope the vet calls you back.If you have an emergency after hours you call the line and get the exchange and the exchange tells you what clinic is on call (there are a couple who rotate).

They are really the only decent clinic in town (the other is a kitty toe chop shop) so maybe they just got too busy and are trying to protect their staff vets from burn out I don't know. I've complained a number of times about the new practice but no one cares.

A vet tech I used to know and love long long ago who actually worked for the kitty toe chop shop left there (shortly before I did when I found out about their eagerness to chop off kitty toes) and went to vet school. 

I only just learned on Friday that he recently set up his own practice a few miles away.  I have e mailed him to ask him about his policies on raw feeding and declawing.  I may be  switching, at least Jennie and Queen Eva, if he shares my views. I won't change Mazy cat it would be just too difficult for her.
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General Discussion / Re: Finally bought an air purifier
« Last post by Middle Child on Today at 10:58:15 AM »
Will a duvet cover do the job?

Yes it is covered. I have two duvet covers so when one is being washed (and drying, no dryer here so it takes a couple days) the other is in use. But those covers are large and heavy to wash and my 'portable' washer is on it's last leg and I don't wish to push it.  As it is I only wash a few things at a time.  Including only one bedsheet at a time  funny2.

I am doing okay without it for now.
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Cat Chatter / Re: Some Diva pics
« Last post by ThreeStep on Today at 10:11:56 AM »
Very happy birthday wishes to your beautiful girl!

Is she back to eating normally? As far as her being clingy - female and cat. What else can one say? Enjoy it while it lasts.

Her make up is simply beautiful.
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General Discussion / Re: Finally bought an air purifier
« Last post by ThreeStep on Today at 10:07:20 AM »
Will a duvet cover do the job?
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She gave you on h.... of a scare! Your vet does not give you his cell for acute emergencies?
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