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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #345 on: August 31, 2018, 02:34:38 PM »
Is 20 days the longest she has ever gone?
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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #346 on: August 31, 2018, 03:38:16 PM »
Is 20 days the longest she has ever gone?

21 days is her longest.  July 2015, the week my mother died.  That's when I discovered she had healed enough to have the beneficial fasting periods between meals.  I was gone 12 hour days for almost a week, and she never puked once during that week and for two more weeks after.  One other time she went 20 days, that was two years ago when she was having that dental/mouth problem that she couldn't eat and I was hand feeding her canned gruel and bone broth. Usually her long spans are 10-14 days.  She's had a few 18 days over the years.

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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #347 on: September 01, 2018, 08:06:34 PM »
She's varying her usual pattern.  Skipped two days instead of one before puking again. Now..if she follows pattern she will vomit for the next three days in a row, plus this morning.

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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #348 on: September 03, 2018, 09:10:01 AM »
Skipped another day (yesterday)! Hmmm........

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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #349 on: September 03, 2018, 06:44:15 PM »
I can't decide to be happy for her or nervous...
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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #350 on: September 04, 2018, 06:21:08 AM »
Skipped again.  You can be happy for us, this is new and welcome.  HeadButt

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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #351 on: September 04, 2018, 07:17:10 PM »
Brought her first supper pre-meal up with a huge wad of fur and her denosyl from lunch time.  I'm glad she got that fur up it would have blocked things pretty badly if it had tried to make it's way out the other way.  The denosyl caught up in it is typical of that, as I mentioned before.

Still this has been way better than other times when she went that long. Way better.

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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #352 on: September 09, 2018, 07:52:48 AM »
 Mazy cat never did have that 3-4 days in a row spell of vomiting after her long span!  I attribute it to the increase in her s.boulardii. I doubled her dose to a full capsule a day (1/2 am 1/2 pm) during Jennie's campylobacter treatment to help her fight off any potential contagion.  That was when she had that long 20 day spell, so I've kept her on that level.

She vomited a meal 2 days after, then 3 days after that, then 4 days after that (yesterday). Yesterday's had that foul smell, so I know something is blocking.

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Well darn, as I was writing that she was down stairs playing her Solitaire Singing Game (right after eating her 2n breakfast serving, which is unusual) and then I heard the unmistakable sound.

I wasn't surprised really as she was acting over eager for her 2nd meal and that often means she has something she needs to bring up.  I could have waited a bit longer to feed her, but I really don't think the outcome would be any different.  It was foul again, so she's got a wad of fur working it's way out the other way and until it gets out, she's going to have trouble.

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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #353 on: November 12, 2018, 08:22:26 AM »
Mazy cat had her check up and blood work last month.  Her liver values (ALT) remain steady at 129 which is elevated, though not outrageously so.  100 is high nomral.  It may be the denosyl is keeping it from going higher but vet wanted to put her on another course of baytril, and recheck.

I agreed to the baytril and again brought up the issue of x ray and mouth exam under anesthesia and she has agreed to it.  Mazy cat will be gassed down for a very short time, the x rays will be done, the mouth exam will be done, an in house blood draw to check the liver, and they can do her anal glands again too, since those always need doing.

She won't be out more than 5 minutes, but it will ease my mind to have her mouth looked at.

When I was looking for information about gabapentin when Jennie was put on it I discovered that this drug is being used to sedate cats who can't be examined properly during vet visits (like Mazy cat).  I am trying to decide if this would be a better way to go in future, rather than full anesthesia, for Mazy cat needing her mouth checked and x rays.

 I am going to talk to the vet about it.  For some reason I feel like anesthesia is the lesser of the two "evils" here, but I don't know why. I think it's because, under anesthesia she doesn't know anything at all.  I worry being drugged up will just make her more anxious.

I know anesthesia is hard on their kidneys, but a few minutes of Sevo really shouldn't cause any problems.  I'm really torn.  The dose of gabapentin must be pretty high, and from what I read you have to start it well before the appointment for it to be really effective.  I just don't like the idea of drugging her up like that.

 Jennie is having no sedative effect on her dose of 50 mg 3 times a day, so the dose has to be a lot higher than that. Any opinions?

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Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Reply #354 on: November 12, 2018, 07:51:33 PM »
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I am going to talk to the vet about it.  For some reason I feel like anesthesia is the lesser of the two "evils" here, but I don't know why. I think it's because, under anesthesia she doesn't know anything at all.  I worry being drugged up will just make her more anxious.

Good point!

Unfortunately, I don't really have any advice on this, other than to say "go with your gut."  If your gut is telling you it's better to go with anesthesia than gabapentin, then you should listen to your gut, IMO.

I think one of my concerns (and in my VERY brief search, I didn't find the answer) is:  how long has gabapentin been used as a sedative in cats for this purpose?  My guess would be that it's use this way is much more recent, and if that's the case, perhaps it's better to go with something that vets have been using on cats for a long time (anesthesia), where they know the risks and how to handle them, than to use something that's fairly new and lesser-known.  Just my  2cents.
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