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#1 April 27, 12:57 pm
Toes needs Purrs
Last Thursday night Toes ate his dinner as usual.
Friday morning when i put his breakfast in front of him, he sniffed at it and walked away. i thought to myself...okay he just doesnt want turkey this morning. There is plenty of dry food accessible so i didnt worry about him fading away. He weighs 17.8 lbs!
Friday night at dinner, again i put Toes's food in front of him and he acted nauseated by the sight of it and walked away.
By Saturday morning when he would not eat i became very concerned. i called our regular vet but Easter weekend...you know the deal. So i put in a call to our other vet, Dr D. He agreed to meet us at 8pm at his clinic.
We took him there and after examining Toes, Dr D was convinced he had a UTI but that he wasnt blocked. i knew that because i had kept him in a cage by himself the night before to monitor his output.
He was given an injection of antiobiotics and some Cefa Drops to take for 10 days as well as an anti-spasmodic for his bladder to reduce the swelling and make him able to pee more easily. Dr D told us that Toes should be on a Urinary Care diet for the rest of his life, which really scared me. If one of them needs special diet there is no way i can keep them apart.
Saturday night Toes slept and slept and slept. He felt hot so i washed him down with cool cloths which made him purr. i had to force feed him as he was not eating. i also gave him water the same way.
Sunday was much the same. Sunday night i thought we were going to have to take him to the ER vet as he was very hot and lethargic. i kept up the force feeding and the meds.
Monday morning i went to his cage and he was sitting up. i stroked his handsome head and he felt much cooler. i put some food in there and he began to eat. i was so relieved. i gave him his meds and he slept most of the day. Monday night i kept him in his cage to monitor him and by Tuesday morning he had peed so i let him out of the cage. He ate a little breakfast but no where near his usual amount.
i called our regular vet and she said to watch him and bring him in if he got worse, otherwise she will see him a week after the meds are done and do a urinalysis to see where we are. She seemed to think that once the UTI was gone and as long as he really doesnt have crystals that arent dissolved that then, and only then, should we consider a Urinary care diet for Toes. i was so happy to hear this. Not only do most cats not really like the UR food, it is only available AT THE VET and usually has to be special ordered and expensive. No doubt they want you to put them on this for life! Toes is just 4. We highly recommend getting a second opinion where costly ongoing costs (ie: food FROM THE VET) are concerned! Also for the benefit of the cats health as well.
Last night i left him out of the cage and this morning he ate some breakfast. He is now hiding from me when he sees the meds so im guessing he is feeling a bit better today. He was asleep in the bathroom this morning and did come upstairs when i called them all for breakfast, a very good sign.
i think the meds knock him out so hes resting down in Stinkys room right now.
i will continue to watch him and hope his appetite increases.
Thank you for all the purrrs. We know they have helped.
Last update on April 27, 1:21 pm by Dale Eggers.
The Archangel Crew~~
#2 April 27, 6:56 pm
Oh Toes!! My family and I are really purring for you!! There are so many of us here, we are on double shifts 24/7.
#3 April 27, 7:24 pm
I hope Toes continues to improve.The only thing I would suggest is he probably could have used some Sub-Q's? It would keep him hydrated plus flush his system of the infection.

I know you know exactly what to do for Toes,he is lucky he has such a good mama.winkiss
The Dirty Dozen
#4 April 27, 8:26 pm
i am syringe feeding him water as much as possible and i agree, things could have gone differently Saturday night but the night before Easter i was happy to find a vet who would see us that was NOT an ER Clinic. He probably would have received mostly the same treatment for a lot more money!
Tonight when Neil made a plate for the outside cats, Toes asked to test it out! He ate big mouthfuls.
The Archangel Crew~~
#5 April 27, 9:32 pm
Yeah Toes!!!!! I still have all the sub-Q equipment here from Missy.I agree,I hate using the ER clinics! They are the ones that threw Missy into kidney failure.
The Dirty Dozen
#6 April 27, 10:07 pm

Purrs Angel Missy. You keep a close eye on Toes.
#7 April 27, 11:33 pm
Well thats just terrible April. i know Missy is watching over Toes. Sweet Missy~~~
The Archangel Crew~~
#8 April 28, 1:27 am
So glad to hear Toes is eating. That is definitely a good sign.
I absolutely agree with your second vet; if there are no crystals present, there should be no need for that "special diet".
Don't get me started on the subject of censored "vet recommended" diets...

Will keep Toes in our thoughts, sending lots of purrs for positive recuperation.
Last update on April 28, 1:27 am by Furmonster Mom.
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#9 April 29, 11:27 pm
It is I, Toes!
i am feeling well enough to speak fur myself.
Wow, i was a sick kitty.
i did not feel good at all. i normally enjoy the company of
many of my brofurs and sisfurs on Mom & Dads bed fur my afternoon nap, but
i was hiding in the closet instead! When i stopped eating Mom knew
something was really wrong. i DO love my food.
So anyway, im still taking some medicine and its not too bad. i dont
give Mom a hard time because i want her to keep calling me "her Toe Boy"!
Thank you for the PoP!!
#10 May 4, 2:31 pm
Yaay Toes! Glad you're eating and feeling better!
#11 May 6, 7:50 pm
So happy you are better Toes! Big HUGS!!


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