Posting continuously helped me before to deal with Shadow so either don't read this or just understand. Emotion: smile It's been a week and a half since changing Shadow over to EOD prednisone, 10mg. He has been on 5mg daily since I couldn't ween him down any further due to his IBD. He got horribly nauseous when messing with the pred. After the recent thread about Cushings, and his recentgood blood work results, I knew it was time to go EOD if he could deal with it.

He's been doing very well. He still has chronic diarrhea but that was never helped with the pred, only the nausea. Since he is isolated from the meanies during the day, I can tell the diarrhea is probably once or twice a day so it isn't voluminous, but it does seem to cause some pain while he "goes"... I imagine cramps. Once he's done, he is fine. If only I could find the trigger, but I suspect his poor intestines are pretty shot. I know the fight in him and he is mostly happy when he's not being picked on, and even that doesn't seem to stress him most of the time because he sometimes taunts the meanies.

He just all of a sudden gets scared and runs rather than play back, he certainly sends out signals that he is playing. He has a great appetite, and I've noticed on the "off" pred day he eats well but not as much as the "on" pred day. That's fine; he eats way too much if he can, and begs and hunts down Bonnie's dry food. I let him have some of it if she leaves only a few pieces of her dry in her bowl (bowls are washed daily here!) He even plays with toys (chase type games with Da Bird) and forgets for a while that he is afraid of the meanies, and they look at him wierd when he runs around in front of them as if he doesn't see them.

Belly wobbling. Then he notices them and runs to his safe place. His only real maintenance problems are his eyes.. they run for some reason. His ears are better with (I think) the B complex, and his anal glands and poop sticking to his butt (which is shaved bare again) and the vet takes care of his anal glands.
I just worry about this cat. He is a good bud. You'd have to see how he acts with me to know what I'm talking about. He loves my singing. He doesn't wake me up in the morning even though he is not free-fed and the steroids make him hungry all the time; he just jumps on the bed around wakeup time and steps on my hair to wake me up. If that doesn't work he scratches the mattress, and he doesn't scratch any other furniture, so this is to wake me up. lol When I say "5 more minutes" he lays next to me and purrs. When I cry, he comes to headbutt me from wherever he is. Not sure how he knows, but he does.
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I just worry about this cat. He is a good bud. You'd have to see how he acts with me ... When I cry, he comes to headbutt me from wherever he is. Not sure how he knows, but he does.

Awww. Shadow is such a trooper, and such a grand old cat. And you deserve and award for the awesome way you've cared for him. But I guess every day with Shadow is that reward :-)
Hugs,
Sherry
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on 24 Feb 2004:
Awww. Shadow is such a trooper, and such a grand old cat. And you deserve and award for the awesome way you've cared for him. But I guess every day with Shadow is that reward :-)

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I'm starting to stress this coming summer when I'm going to be able to take a vacation; first since he got sick. My mom said she'll stay at my house while I'm away but he's on so many things. When I made reservations last summer I honestly didn't know how he'd be by then. I even thought he would pass. I'm happy to see him doing so well. I think the thought of him being FeLV+ was going to be a quick demise for him with his other problems but he is doing so well! Emotion: smile I'll have to talk to his vet and let her know when I'm going away but she doesn't know about some of the "homeopathic" remedies I'm giving him. Nothing drastic, but probably some things she'd laugh at.
I wouldn't worry about the vet laughing. Let them know what he's on just in case it might interact with something else.
I know what you mean about stressing over vacation. Try not to stress now. Wait until it's closer to the time and you can stress (or not) then depending on how Shadow is doing.
Your Mom sounds like a real peach. Can I borrow her when we go on vacation? lol
W

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on 24 Feb 2004:
Awww. Shadow is such a trooper, and such a grand old cat. And you deserve and award for the awesome way you've cared for him. But I guess every day with Shadow is that reward :-)

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I'm starting to stress this coming summer when I'm going to be able to take a vacation; first since he got sick. My mom said she'll stay at my house while I'm away but he's on so many things. When I made reservations last summer I honestly didn't know how he'd be by then. I even thought he would pass. I'm happy to see him doing so well. I think the thought of him being FeLV+ was going to be a quick demise for him with his other problems but he is doing so well! Emotion: smile I'll have to talk to his vet and let her know when I'm going away but she doesn't know about some of the "homeopathic" remedies I'm giving him. Nothing drastic, but probably some things she'd laugh at.
Posting continuously helped me before to deal with Shadow so either don't read this or just understand. Emotion: smile ...

Cheryl, hugs to you and Shadow. May you have many purrs together. Annie
"Annie Wxill" dumped this in on 25 Feb 2004:
Posting continuously helped me before to deal with Shadow so either don't read this or just understand. Emotion: smile ...

Cheryl, hugs to you and Shadow. May you have many purrs together. Annie

Thanks Annie, and everyone.
I think it was Hailey who had concerns about the "homeopathic" remedies I give him, and I should run them by the vet. I probably will but I've checked for interference with his two prescribed medications and there aren't any. They are more like amino acids, or EFAs, vitamins and one herbal. Slippery elm, B complex, Salmon oil and L-glutamine. I've done a lot of research on this stuff and while I haven't consulted a homeopathic vet, if I read about something else that might help, I probably will.

Cheryl
Shadow sounds like an awsome kitty..
Linda
I just worry about this cat. He is a good ... he is. Not sure how he knows, but he does.

Awww. Shadow is such a trooper, and such a grand old cat. And you deserve and award for the awesome way you've cared for him. But I guess every day with Shadow is that reward :-) Hugs, SherryCheryl,

I didn't see the original post, but I think of you and Shadow often and am sending hugs and purrs your way. Emotion: smile
xo,
K
Posting continuously helped me before to deal with Shadow so either don't read this or just understand. Emotion: smile It's been ... When I cry, he comes to headbutt me from wherever he is. Not sure how he knows, but he does.

Cheryl I am amazed by your strenght to hang in there and with Shadows fighting - sounds like your made for each other.
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