mooncat_chelion: (pringe grr)
So, Prince, my 14 year old little booger butt of a cat, went to the vet today. He was developing lumps on his upper and lower lips on one side, plus had the scabbed remains of another on his chin. He'd gotten them before but since I just noticed them figured I'd stop them from getting worse. I also had him weighed because he felt thinner to me but nope, he's still 11 pounds. His hips felt boney but that could be age.

The vet checked him out, gave him an antibiotic shot and recommended switching his plastic bowls to metal ones, as that could be the source of the lumps. It's worth a shot. His wet food is in a metal dish already but his water and dry food are in plastic. Hopefully the switch will help.
mooncat_chelion: (pringe grr)
Well, I took Sir Pukes-a-lot, aka Prince, to the vet today because he's been throwing up for the past few days. No other signs of distress, eating/drinking fine, running around like his usual boogery self, just a daily vomit episode (Monday's, I suspect, was due to the piece of plastic I found in the mess Yay, some happy birthday present to me, cat vomit). He'd actually gained a half ounce since his last weight check last month, though I suspect he'd have gained a few more without the puking. So he got another steroid shot, and we'll see how he does in a few days. We may eventually have to start giving him an oral steroid on a daily-ish regimen.

mooncat_chelion: (pringe grr)
His ultrasound came back pretty much ok, there was a small area that the vet noticed and said it could either be irritation of his bowels, or...possibly Lymphoma. He did say, however, if it had been the latter, Prince wouldn't have gained any weight and he did, he gained at least a pound since we switched him back to the Science Diet. So, he will go back in a month, and possibly have another ultrasound in two months.
mooncat_chelion: (blah)
Took Prince to the vet yesterday since lately he hadn't been eating much and he felt thinner than usual. Turns out he was down to 9 pounds...something and for a cat that's normally in the 12 pound range, that's a significant weight change. He was also a little sniffly/congested sounding. He already had bloodwork this past March, but the vet did another round, and also took some x-rays, both of which came back within normal limits. His Thyroid is normal, no sign of kidney failure, etc.

He was also somewhat dehydrated so he got subcutaneous fluids and was put on Cyproheptadine, an antihistamine that is also an appetite stimulant in cats. (giving it to him is an adventure, I never was skilled at giving cats pills). Last night neither of us got any sleep as Prince was up and down off the bed all night, meowing unhappily at us and seeming to want to be petted. He's still a little out of it, but he has eaten...a little...and has enough energy to jump on my desk and demand attention.

Next step is an abdominal ultrasound, so we're waiting for the vet's office to call us back once they can get a hold of the tech that does them. *sighs* I'm hoping it's nothing too serious, but honestly, I'm worried. I do not want to lose another cat so soon after Mojo's passing, and I'm...terrified he might die, if that's his fate, while we're away at Anthrocon. Frankly, I'm kind of hoping it's worms, or something like that, because we can medicate him for that. If it is some form of intestinal cancer, or anything else like that...well, I don't even want to contemplate it right now.
mooncat_chelion: (mighty hunter)
Well I took Prince back to the vet today. he's still not gaining any weight, and has lost another little bit. His recent bloodwork was fine, his teeth are in good shape, so the vet took some x-rays of his chest and abdominal areas, just to rule out any sort of cancerous/whatever masses. Nothing was found, though it did look like his micro-chip had migrated (but that could of how he was positioned for the x-ray). The vet commented that she saw what appeared to be a large bit of fur and food in his gut, and that his poop looked a bit too hard.

So he's now going to get a laxative, of sorts, to get that fur and harder stool out of his system, and she gave him a de-worming treatment, just to rule out tapeworms etc. Both my cats are indoor only, but even then, there's always the chance a flea/tick/biting nasty could have been carried in by me or the hubby. She did also note that, according to Prince's file, his weight does tend to fluctuate a bit.

Poor little guy, we were at the vet for over 1.5 hours, and he's still a little loopy (and I think he managed to lick off some of the Profender, the worm treatment).

He will go back in May for another weigh-in. The vet also recommended putting a jingly bell collar on our older, more dominant cat, since they are still squabbling and that way Prince will know when Mojo's on the move, and this might help him calm down a bit. That won't be fun. Mojo -hates- collars.

In other news, it's freakin' gorgeous out today. Woo.

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mooncat_chelion: (cap'n jack)
Well the food store was crazy, as I had thought, but I didn't anticipate waiting in line for over a half hour to check out. Bleh. Made it home with just enough time to throw the cold stuff in the refrigerator and freezer, grab Prince, shove him in his carrier and zip over to the vet.

Ended up spending almost 1.5 hours there, they were behind, having had some emergencies earlier. Prince did well, but was down 2 pounds from his last exam, and since he's 8ish years old, he's considered a senior cat, so I went with the Dr.'s suggestion of doing some bloodwork, just to see what's going on with him. Should get the results in a few days.

Did get to meet two friendly dogs who were there at the same time I was, both named Rosie, one a Golden Retriever and the other was a Pitbull/Lab cross. Very sweet girl. Then got licked by what looked like a husky mix (i almost wanna say he was part Shiba Inu, from his face) on the way out.

Now just to sit back, relax and wait for the snow to start.
mooncat_chelion: (grumpy mojo)
He went to the vet yesterday, got his distemper shot, and I'd wanted him to be checked out after the antibiotics. Turns out the follow-up test for Bartonella is about 6 months after the treatment we won't know until January-ish if the treatment worked. But, the vet said his mouth condition was considerably improved, and he's put back the weight he lost during all the 'fun' of his assorted treatments.

Got my hair cut yesterday too, chopped off a good 6-7 inches, much to the dismay of the stylist. Hehe. (Though perhaps it was more out of caution...I'm sure people have gone in before wanting their long hair cut off and then flipping out afterward...bah) It feels weird, and will take getting used to but it'll be easier to care for, especially at Anthrocon, where letting it air-dry as I usually do would waste a good few hours, and I hate blow drying my hair when it was as long as it was. It just gets in my face a bit more now, but I can deal with that...or get barrettes or something.

Must remember to get it re-trimmed for vacation trippage later this year.
mooncat_chelion: (grumpy mojo)
He started on his new meds today, and while they didn't smell all that great, he didn't seem to mind the taste. New stuff is thicker than the previous antibiotics and is harder to get out of the syringe.

The Vet never called me back about the infection in his nail, so I tried calling today around 1 but they work half days on Saturday, I guess, because they were closed. (Though it's great that they have any hours on the Weekend, we don't, but we have two late nights to compensate) So I left a message. That's twice they haven't called me. Granted, this time she'd (the doctor) said for me to call if I hadn't heard from her by the end of the week, but I'd called previously about Mojo's hair loss and they never responded. Now, I know from experience that it gets hectic in any variety of Doctor office, goodness knows we have days that make us wonder if the looney bin exploded and dumped all its residents on our doorstep, but even a quick 'hey, I haven't found out anythig yet but I'm still looking into it' type call would be appreciated. Ah well.

19 more days of this new antibiotic, then hopefully no more Bartonella and Mojo will be free to spend his days without being rolled up in a towel daily and having medicine forced upon him. He does seem to be doing well, though, he was even begging for his dinner, like the little booger he was before all this started. :) I was quite glad to hear that demanding meow at food time.

*hm I need a Mojo icon, if I'm going to be recounting all his veterinary adventures. For now, Prince will have to suffice* Edit: grumpy Mojo pic ahoy
mooncat_chelion: (wistful)
Took Mojo to the vet this morning for his follow up. He will be on the antibiotics for another week, since his gums were good, but not great. The culture results had come back, showing normal bacteria present in his mouth, but he did test positive for Bartonella (since he's an indoor cat we don't have to worry about fleas or ticks acting as a vector for it), which might explain why he lost that third tooth. The vet also examined the bare patches on his neck and saw no trace of fungal problems, or fleas, so he's likely scratching himself out of stress. She recommended getting a flea comb, because it does help pull out extra fur when grooming, so he doesn't ingest it if he's licking himself a lot. There's also a possible infection in one of his nail beds.

Once he finishes this week of antibiotics, he gets another three weeks of a different antibiotic which should hopefully clear his system of the Bartonella. He's not gonna be happy with us for the next month. *sighs*

Then after that adventure, it was off to catch the second half of the Cape May Furmeet. Picked up a few neat toys, a cat toy (of which both Mojo and Prince approve), candy, some sandalwood incense and a nifty little soapstone burner. Feet are hurting a bit, I really should get new sneakers, my current ones should have been replaced a long time ago.

I need to get out more, because even that small crowd made me nervous, shy, and twitchy. Bleh. I is a hermit.

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mooncat_chelion: (blah)
It appears that he's lost another tooth. I don't even know when, since I can't get a good look in his mouth when I'm trying to give him his antibiotics. Lower left canine now. *sighs* Well, he's got an appointment with the vet on Saturday, we'll see what they say then. I only hope I wasn't too rough with him, trying to get his mouth open this whole week, but his teeth were probably doomed for a while now. Still feel guilty, like any pet 'parent' would.
mooncat_chelion: (cybertooth/geek/computer posts)
He's getting better at drooling out the antibiotics. Sneaky lil bugger, but he's definitly feeling better. He's out and about in the house, tail's higher and he seems more confident now. Only 5 more days of antibiotics to go.

The new Star Trek was really good, I'd even go so far as to say great. :) We saw it at the IMAX theater in Atlantic City today.

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