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Uber not Feeling Well :(

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Uber just hasn't been himself the past couple weeks. His appetite is decreased, he only eats about half his meals. When he comes down in the morning he will do this odd crouch where he presses his tummy to the floor and puts his back legs out behind him. On Saturday when he did that he pooped a little and it was more mucoid than his usual amount. He also hasn't been as playful as usual.

Over the weekend we started adding a couple tablespoons plain pumpkin to his meals, which he loves. We also bought a heater for his bedroom at night and since he's had that he hasn't been doing the crouch thing in the morning.

At the vet yesterday we did a CBC and UA for labwork. The CBC shows concern for liver function and when the sample was spun down the serum was icteric. The urine was dilute. On site treatments were sub-q fluids and an injection of Cerenia.

Further suggested treatment was getting to urgent care or ER for abdominal ultrasound that evening but we opted to make the next soonest regular appointment which will be on Saturday. The US will be done at our other Vet. They did Uber's dental and are also an emergency practice.

We are keeping a close eye on Uber in the meantime and will rush him in to the ER if needed. Last night he seemed quite perky, I think the fluids and anti-nausea helped. This morning he was truly asking for breakfast early and ate well. He still isn't quite as active though and we will be refraining from picking him up as much as we can, so not to put pressure on his internal organs if there is something like a mass in there.

I'm trying not to worry too much. (LOL) My husband and I are brainstorming ideas for what we can do to help. The Vet was concerned about possible parasites in the raw food and was hinting at switching Uber off it.

I appreciate the support of this community and am open to any suggestions for things that may help.
 

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Positive vibes are sent. Did your vet ask for a poop sample? If they think parasites might be he issue then I would run that test immediately to check that off the list.
 

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I got a sample on Saturday but they declined having me bring it in, since we aren't positive it's parasite related based on the bloodwork. I have a collection vial and will likely bring the sample to the Saturday appointment this weekend.
 

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They should test and if they don’t I would insist. Did they palpate his abdomen for liver enlargement?


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I reviewed the paperwork from yesterday. They tried to get their own fecal sample but he was empty. They sent us home with a collection vial. The vet didn't say his liver felt enlarged but he did have full bladder. Uber ate a good breakfast this morning but has been napping for the rest of the day so far.
 

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Well that’s good. I was just wondering about the liver because you said his lab work was off. So seeing them on Saturday?


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Actually, the Saturday appointment is now cancelled and I'm trying to get the rest of the day off so we can take him in as urgent care ASAP.
 

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Oh goodness. I’m glad he has you to care for him. This must be very stressful for you, I know.


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@Sheldon13 Yes, this is no fun at all. I called our GP Vet a couple hours ago to ask them to initiate a consult with the e-Vet and as far as we know it hasn't happened yet! Uber is stable and comfortable enough here at home so we aren't zooming off just yet. He's been up to get some water, use the litter box and had a good long grooming session.

It seems like the Vets (in general) are giving us a run around with the ultrasound and getting it is turning out to be much harder than we were anticipating!
 

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Some years ago I went thru something similar and I was referred to a specialist vet (an internal medicine specialist).

From the point the specialist took over treatment, I just went directly to the specialist. We had regular followups with the specialist for anything. Even when my cat got a urinary tract infection it was treated by the specialist. It made sense to me because that's the vet that knew everything going on with the cat. If you have the option to just work with the specialist, I certainly recommend that.
 

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Agreed. Ellie is seen by her neurologist for everything. Well, accept what her cardiologist sees her for.


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I'm wondering if Uber is going to be seeing specialists now. We got updated this morning by the e-Vets on his status.

He's resting comfortably and is alert. He now has two ultrasounds scheduled for this afternoon. The originally planned one for abdominal, and one for his heart because he is presenting with a galloping rhythm.

They will likely keep him for tonight as well, but we will see what the ultrasounds show. They will be updating us this evening. My heart and credit card are hoping for discharge tonight with just a bag of meds.
 

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Sending healing vibes as well as positive vibes. Hope the vet will find what is going on w ith Uber
 

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I hope it’s a simple answer and a few meds will fix it.


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Yesterday Uber's Liver ultrasound came back within normal limits but the cardiologist has issued a diagnosis of Unclassified Cardiomyopathy.

He was held overnight for observation and verification he would eat after introducing the new meds. This morning's report was that he was very well behaved for his morning exam with blood draw he and ate everything they put in front of him, LOL.

I will be taking an extra long lunch today to go pick him up! We miss him so much!

The future holds twice daily medications and regular follow ups with the cardiologist.

We are probably going to give him smaller, more frequent meals for a while to help his tummy while he's adjusting to the meds. But keeping with the raw food.
 

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So glad that you get to bring him home today! I believe my Finn has the same heart diagnosis as Uber
 

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I know how it is to be followed by a cardiologist and give meds twice a day. Ellie got used to it pretty quickly and now it’s just part of our routine. I’m sure you two will get a flow going and it will be easy. What meds did the doc put him on?
 

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It's comforting to have some Heart Buddies on here!

We will be coming home with Plavix, Lasix, and VetMedin.

We have never had to pill Uber before, I hope he cooperates!
 

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It's comforting to have some Heart Buddies on here!

We will be coming home with Plavix, Lasix, and VetMedin.

We have never had to pill Uber before, I hope he cooperates!
Very similar to Ellie. Only difference is she also takes Enalapril.


Oh and get a pill gun. Makes things so much easier.

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I like this one because the rubber tip stays soft. Some others get hard over time and then it’s uncomfortable for the cat.

Jorgensen Pill Gun


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Also, often times they will gag if the pill gets stuck (because the dry pill will stick to the wet tissue). The way to avoid this is to dip the tip of the pill gun in olive oil before putting the pill in. Then it slides right down.


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Glad to hear you can take him home today. Hope the new meds and more smaller portions of food will make his tummy settle down
 

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Thanks for the pill gun suggestion. We've used them in the past but didn't like them. Partly because they were generally clumsy and partly because the part that holds the pill wasn't a good size for the pill. I'm not sure if we will use a pill gun for Uber. I've been able to pill other cats pretty easily in the past just by hand. I will certainly keep the product suggestion in mind, thank you!

That tip about a little oil is brilliant! We've used the Pill Pockets in the past. Those seem to work best for the meds that can be chewed up, and I'm not sure if that is the case for these ones. I am going to check with the Vets to see if the pills can be crushed. We have done some "Home Compounding" in the past- crushing up pills, mixing them with tuna water or chicken broth, and giving by syringe.

We are expecting some litter box adventures in the near future for sure. Between the meds, and the sudden switch off and back on to the usual diet he's bound to have a topsy-turvy-tummy. Poor Boo :(

But SOON he will be HOME! And we can smoosh him and kiss him and make sure he's all snug in his blankies! :D <3
 

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I used to have to give a lot of meds to a sick kitty and I read that just like with humans, it helps to drink water to make the pills go down. So I used to squirt a little bit of water from a syringe right after giving her pills.

If you were feeding commercial cat food, I would recommend adding a probiotic to ward off stomach upset from the meds. However, raw food has probiotics naturally so it will hopefully be enough. Anyway you can keep it in the back of your head just in case.
 

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Uber is officially home and settling back in quite nicely! :) He's done all the usual things, and had some rather enthusiastic rounds with the scratching post. It was so cute to watch him go around to check that everything was still in all the right places and that nobody invaded his domain while he was gone, lol. He is now a much much happier cat, and so are we!

@Condo commando Thank you for the probiotic suggestion. He does eat raw but I will keep that in mind.
 
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