Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mom's A Little Worried

She's worried because I've lost a lot more weight. Yesterday at the V-E-T my weight had dropped to 14.25 pounds; 12 ounces in just a week. Dr. C is concerned too and he and Mom talked about it. Mom knows I'm hungry, because I'm always telling her. She just doesn't understand that I want something other than what she's giving Me. We've eaten Goodlife Recipe ever since the gluten scare, but I'm tired of THE same old brand.

Dr. C told her to start giving me the pepcid every day instead of every other day and feed Me anything I want, even baby food. Baby food isn't usually recommended as a staple for Cats because it doesn't contain enough an amino acid that is important for Cats. Mom usually only uses it to feed Me my crushed L-lysine, and I love baby food, especially ham. Dr. C said some nutrition is better than nothing, so Mom doubled up on that last night. She also recently discovered Feline Greenies and I absolutely love those In fact, that's what I'm holding out for. But Dr. C said too many kitty treats can cause diarrhea.

So Mom went shopping yesterday and came back with an armload of different canned and dried foods. I suspect we're going to be doing a lot of taste testing over the next several days. I've already decided that the only kibbles I want is Purina's Kit & Kaboodle. Mom's not real happy about that because of the ingredients, but since I'm the one who's sick, I win. Usually Mom is of the organic and all-natural persuasion, but she also believes that something is better than nothing.

On the other hand, Dr. C is pleased with my blood counts. They are holding steady within normal limits. I don't care about that and I don't like getting the needle stick. But he thinks basically I'm doing good and that means only a few more weeks of this round of chemo.

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At Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh Rascal I hope you are just holding out for better food. Georgia's favorite treat, which we usually find at our local food coop that has pretty decent food (though our vet is not thrilled with the quality control) is called Precise. There is one in a yellow can with flowers that is like precise plus which we just chow down whenever we get it (it's sort of a canned treat). It is at least human quality ingredients if not actually organic.

We hope that you start eating more and putting that weight back on!

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 11:02:00 AM, Blogger Renee said...

I know that when beans are on Chemo they like different foods too, so perhaps that's what's up with you. It is really too bad that beans can't speak cat and vice versa. I hope you get everything figured out soon. I also hope that the taste testing goes well for you.

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 2:08:00 PM, Blogger NinjaCat said...

Sending purrayers and good wishes for your return to health. Eat up all that good food!!

Brenda & Ninja

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:03:00 PM, Blogger Tina T-P said...

Oh, Rascal - sorry you've been losing weight - I hope the new foods help you gain some back. I'm glad to hear that the blood counts were good. Those needle pricks only last a few seconds and I'm sure you'll forget them right away.

Neelix went to the V E T this morning because he has been having some diarrhea problems that I couldn't get solved. The V E T couldn't find any swellings or anything and thinks it's maybe something he ate (maybe those vishus sheep are trying to poison him!!) So they shaved his butt so the stinky would not be quite so "stinky" and we have antibiotics and some IP cat food that costed the moon! But he liked it and if it stops his problems, I'll be grateful! I'm sure he will be too.

Give your momma a head bumpie for me :-) T.

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:08:00 PM, Blogger Gandalf & Grayson said...

Wow, that is an alarming drop for one week. We hope you find something you want to eat! Do not tell Mom that too many treats cause Diarrhea. Please.

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rascal, we know if anyone knows eating its you, and you will pull thru this minor hickup just fine. Make sure to eat as much of each sample as you can while you can get away with it!

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 6:05:00 PM, Blogger Sunny's Mommy said...

That's a lot of weight to lose in one week. I hope you find a few things, amongst all the things your Mom bought, that you really love. It's important now that you start eating more, so chow down.

For your Mom, when I had a very ill kitty we gave her ground up rare roast beef from the deli to get her to eat. Whatever it takes, even if it's a lot of baby food, will be good for him. I think the increase in pepcid will help, if he's having upset stomach. I hope the next time you update, Rascal's eating better.

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 6:10:00 PM, Blogger The Furry Fighter said...

hiya rascal - i am sorry to hear you lost some weight, if it is any consolation my weight went down to 3kgs during the chemo treatments (that's about 6.5 pounds I think). my meowmie went out and did what yours did, she got all the food brands under the sun..and do you know which one i wanted? the processed stuff of questionable ingredients - and if it was tinned (oh the horror!) that was even better! my vet said the same as yours, if she eats it and gains weight that is all that matters. i am now back on better more natural foods, and of course my catfish prescription food.

sorry we haven;t been around alot lately, my mum is so busy at the moment, and i am GUTTED that we missed your birthday - belated headbutts and purs for you - here's to many more xxxx

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 9:06:00 PM, Blogger momsbusy said...

we is gonna purray yu finds sum good foods to eat ans that yu gain baks yur wate.


At Friday, April 18, 2008 3:30:00 PM, Blogger Parker said...

Eat Rascal! I bet your Mommy finds something that you will love!
Purrs and smooches!

At Friday, April 18, 2008 5:29:00 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

Our Mum said you should eat even if it just pleases your Mum...they get so worried about us when we eat or don't eat. (We like the cheap fast-food cat foods too, but we aren't allowed to have anything like that. Mom says we have to eat "high quality protein" whatever that is.
Personally, we think a good mouse is just what you need! Bran the Raven says so too.
You are in our Mom's thoughts and our purrayers. Hug Catzee too.

Shadow and the Airy Zona Gang
(Shadow who passed a kidney stone the day Amanda the Sheep was having babies!)

At Saturday, April 19, 2008 10:00:00 AM, Blogger Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

Oh, we hopes you find a food you like soon and start gainin' your weight back!! We're glad the counts are good. Purrs to you all.

At Saturday, April 19, 2008 1:16:00 PM, Blogger The Furry Fighter said...

hiya rascal - just spinning by to see how you are doing, i hope things have improved...take care xxx

At Sunday, April 20, 2008 9:31:00 PM, Blogger William said...

Are you sure it's not Catzee who's been chasing the weight off you? Seriously, I hope you find a bunch of foods you want to eat. (But isn't baby food the best? Maybe if you get some cat vitamins that would be OK for awhile.)

At Monday, April 21, 2008 9:29:00 AM, Blogger Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

Nonsense. I get treats all the time and I don't get diareah. How silly.


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