I haven’t updated you on our cat Samantha’s health for a couple of months now, and things are looking up! When we last reported, Sam was taking prednisolone to treat her possible IBD or cancer and hopefully increase her appetite. Her thyroid was back to normal with the medication for her hyperthyroid, and she had put some weight back on. There were still some issues. When I left for the BlogPaws conference, she was sometimes being difficult about taking all of her pills. The prednisolone increased her appetite but she was still fussy at times. She also had some raw spots behind one ear from scratching.
When I got home, we started weaning her off the pred, and the spots behind her ear seemed to be getting better, off and on. I spoke to our vet tech about it and we were giving it just a few more days before we’d bring her in to have them checked. They ended up clearing up completely, thank goodness. My biggest concern was that she was scratching because of the thyroid meds, but since she hadn’t been doing that from the beginning, we just weren’t sure and didn’t want to give them up just yet. I’m glad we didn’t. I now honestly think they were more stress related. One time we had to try hand feeding her the meds, and she did not like that one bit (neither did we). We gave up on that method, and eventually the pill pockets seemed to work most of the time.
Her appetite when on the prednisolone was crazy at times. She couldn’t seem to eat enough and she gained weight….more than we wanted her to really. But when she had lost so much through being sick, it was difficult to think about cutting back her food. Her appetite stayed good even as the dosages decreased. Now that she is off it completely, her appetite is far less and she’s being extremely fussy about canned food again (she seems fine about eating her dry kibble though). But it’s hard to remember what her normal appetite was like after all the time of her not eating, and then overeating on the meds! She can be difficult about taking her evening thyroid pill but her morning appetite is good, and she always takes her pill then. She hasn’t lost any weight yet so we think all is going to be OK…..knock wood of course.
We are hopeful that she is through the worst of this and that she doesn’t have cancer, or if she does it is very slow growing. As long as she continues to eat and her appetite doesn’t decrease any more we feel like we’re in a good place. It wouldn’t hurt her to lose a little weight anyway, she’s heavier than we like (over 9 lbs, she got to just under 8 when she was ill). Another good thing is that her coat looks much healthier. For a while it seemed to be getting sparse in places, and it just looked….greasy…is the only word I can think of to describe it. The vet attributed this to the thyroid but it didn’t get better right away so I was concerned. It is much better now. The other good thing is that if her appetite does wane again, we know that just a lower dose of prednisolone will probably be all she needs to get it back.
Since we missed celebrating her 13th birthday, we want to have a little bit of a celebration of her good health now, and Sam wants to give away a prize to one of her kitty friends. I won this Jackson Galaxy Cat Crawl by Petmate in the Cat Style Lounge at BlogPaws. Sam already has a tunnel, so we’d like to give this one away as a little token of thanks for everyone’s support. Just fill out the widget below for your chances to win!
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