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Desperately need help!! IBD or FIP ??

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Toot's_momma, Nov 14, 2019.


  1. Toot's_momma

    Toot's_momma PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    I am desperate, and don't know how to help my kitty. He is 5 years old and started vomiting brown water about 3 weeks ago. Turned out he was extremely constipated. He was hospitalized, had 3 enemas and got lactulose. After 48 hours at the hospital he needed surgery because one piece was still in there. They surgically removed feces from his lower intestine. We stopped lactulose and started Cisapride. He was miserable, didn't want to eat and vomited one more time 48 hours after surgery. It seemed to make him feel better after vomiting. Than he was on IV fluids and seemed a bit better. He had to be force fed, but he survived a week and finally pooped on his own week after surgery. I became hopeful. We force fed him and gave him Cisapride twice a day. It's been 7 days since his last poop and doctor suggested steroid and lactulose. He vomited 2 hours after steroid (after 11 days of no vomit), but looked much better apart from that. His appetite picked up and he was walking all over the house for the first time. Today I gave him steroid again for the second time and he's looking like he's going to puke any minute. I have no idea what to do. Why is he not popping? Doctor things it's FIP, but honestly it doesn't look like it. It seems like he has a piping problem. Anyone has similar experience?
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    I'm sorry you are going through this. I have asked a moderator to move your thread to the correct section.

    What's his diet? Did the vet notice any abnormality during the surgery? Has an ultrasound been done? Your cat may need to see an internal medicine specialist.
     
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    Toot's_momma PetForums Newbie

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    He used to be on Royal Canine Urinary SO, because his buddy Blue had urinary issues. Now I just let him eat whatever - which most of the time is deli ham. I know that's not ideal, but it's the only thing he will eat since the surgery! I also mix canned food for sensitive tummies mixed with a little pumpkin. We didn't have an ultrasound, but 3 xrays. What specialist are you talking about? I didn't know there were specialists for cats.
    Also, can you please let me know how to post a thread in a correct location? I had issues to find the button to create a new thread, it's not that easy to navigate this website.
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Here are all the sections of Pet Forums:

    https://www.petforums.co.uk/

    As you can see as you scroll down there are sections for various species of animal, and under each species sub forums such as for health, or breeding and so on. The moderators moved your thread to Cat health and Nutrition.

    Yes there are many specialties in veterinary medicine. I would ask your vet about a referral to an internal medicine specialist. An ultrasound is a better diagnostic tool for bowel issues in cats. It may show bowel abnormalities, thickenings, masses, that won't show up on x rays.

    While certainly any food is better than no food, that ham is not good for him. It is full of sodium and preservatives. It's been over two days since your original post. Have you spoken to the vet?

    How is he doing?
     
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    Toot's_momma PetForums Newbie

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    Yes, we visited the vet again yesterday. This time he got an enema. My vet told me to start with wet hypoallergenic cat food after surgery, but if he doesn't want that to give him anything he will eat. It so happens that the ham was the ONLY thing he would eat. He tried some roasted chicken breast and liked that too. I'm just a little scared that it's not moist enough and in his condition will cause more constipation.I was overjoyed that he was even interested in food at all! Today I got a can of tuna and he loves it. I mix in water with a little tuna and he slurps the whole thing. I'm very happy about that, because I can put lactulose or Miralax into this mix and he will just eat the whole thing. I know it has a lot of sodium, but it's either that or nothing. Just the fact he is eating on his own is a miracle. After enema yesterday I was told he will be messy on the way home. To my surprise there was zero mess, he was just meowing in the car trying to get out of his carrier. When I put him in the bathroom, he sat for a minute and marched to the litter box and pooped out two inch long pieces. No leakage, no mess. I wish he pooped out more, but this is better than nothing. This morning we started Miralax. He continues to get Lactulose (1 ml twice a day), and much higher dose of Cisapride (2 ml twice a day).
    I'm really worried that he did not poop more, but he doesn't seem to be in pain. From time to time he has a gag reflex. I hope he will not vomit again :(
     
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    Sounds like you are doing all you can for him. Yes, he has to eat. Keep trying periodically to get the better things into him. Rather than roast chicken, poach a few chicken thighs. Keep the skin on, the fat in the borth is excellent for him. The meat will be lovely and soft and wet, and the broth with be very good for him too (don't skim the fat). Break the meat up into small little slivers, rather than chunks. Cats seem to like it better that way. Try the broth on it's own, and mixed with the meat, or all mashed together.
     
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    Toot's_momma PetForums Newbie

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    This is a great advice! Thank you. After trying several different brands of cat food, he seems to like Fancy Feast tuna meal. His favorite is still plain can of tuna in water, but giving him cat food at least I know I am not giving him too much sodium. Just as an update, he pooped on Sunday - quite a lot! I was never this happy to see a poop in my life! The poo was hard and formed into small balls. No wonder he couldn't get rid of it. Today, he is doing a lot better! His nausea ended a couple days ago, I finally don't see him licking his lips every 2 seconds. His appetite is ferocious, and he pooed again yesterday. After over 3 weeks of intensive care he is finally recovering. The vet still has no idea what happened to him. He things that there is an underlying cause for this. I'm just wondering if he's one of those chronically constipated kitties? Anyways, I just hope that other people don't give up on their kitties easily. My vet suggested last week that it's time to think about euthanization, because he's just not pooing on his own, but I'm glad we didn't give up on him.
     
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    @Toot's_momma -

    I'm very pleased to hear he's doing better and pooping now. Excellent news! :) Does the vet have him on lactulose daily?

    Poo forms into small hard balls when it has sat in the colon or rectum a while and a lot of the moisture has been absorbed through the bowel wall. Constipation can be diet related and to remedy it needs a diet high in moisture as well as some roughage (human foods such as canned tuna or ham have too much salt [as you know:)] and not enough roughage)

    The thing is to make sure he poops at least once a day, so faeces do not sit in the bowel for too long. If he is eating normally and doesn't poop regularly once a day then I advise you to consider adding a gentle laxative such as lactulose to his food, to get him regular again with his poops.
     
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