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      Wednesday, June 28, 2006

07:55 AM - 06/28/2006

The topic: Ciara update


I haven’t written about her since Friday.  Because I don’t exactly know what to say. 

The holistic doctor said she has osteoporosis.  She got two injections, B vitamins and calcium.  She has to get these three times a week.  Today will be her third treatment.

He also prescribed some supplements.  Herbal remedies in Pet-Tinic, vitamin C, taurine and other stuff.  Some drops called “calcionate”.  When I asked about something for her pain, I got another bottle of herbs in Pet-Tinic for bone pain. And amoxicillan drops (which I’ve switched out with tablets, since the drops are so messy, along with all the other drops of stuff she’s getting).

He said I should be “cautiously optimistic”.  He said it will take at least two weeks of treatment to see any progress. 

I watch her.  I’m hopeful.  I see her doing things.  Is this good?  Is this a fluke? Is it….wishful thinking?

I dunno. 

She’s eating well.  She loves her Hill’s A/D.  She’s eating about two cans a day.  Plus other stuff, like baby food or Nutro veal pate (one she’s always liked). She’s not drinking at all.  She did lap up some goat’s milk earlier this week, but hasn’t been interested since.

She’s pooping.  The first couple of days, she didn’t, then Monday night I found she’d gone in the carrier, most of it still stuck to her tail.  I cleaned it off (it wasn’t nasty runny stuff, it was good looking poop) and yesterday morning, she went a whole lot in the litter box.  Of course, I had my hands around her belly supporting her, since she’s not putting weight on her back legs. Her left leg has more strength than her right, which has none at all, but it does have more feeling.  Just gently touch it to find out.  It hurts. I hope (wish/pray) this is a good sign.

The drops are nasty.  The one with the calcionate is sticky.  She gets four droppersful twice a day.  The immune drops, she gets three droppersful three times a day. And the bone pain drops, she gets three droppersful twice a day. This morning, she fought me for the first time. She actually was looking for a way to get out of the carrier (it’s one of those that has plastic things on the side that just pop out so the top comes off; much more convenient than trying to pull her out when I need her….here at home, I’ll put the top on, but I don’t attach it). A good sign?  I dunno.  I hope so.

Monday the vet said that her bones didn’t hurt so much.  He knew this by her reaction when he squeezed one of her front legs.  I think at the joint.

We’ve got an appointment today and I have to make another one for Friday.  I don’t know how it will work next week with the holiday, I’ll ask this morning.

I haven’t heard a word from the vet who was going on about MRIs and surgery.  It’s been over a week.  I don’t care right now.

I took Bart in for the recheck of his eye yesterday and I didn’t say anything about Ciara.  When Bart’s exam was over, the vet asked me about Ciara.  He mentioned the vet who spoke of MRIs and surgery.  He warned me that they like to do all of this expensive testing and in the end, it wasn’t worth a cent.  I told him I hadn’t heard from them and I mentioned the holistic vet.

He said he was all for that, he could get behind that type of treatment.  He asked me some questions about what was being done for her and then told me if I needed any help with her, that he would be there for me.

I hope (wish/pray) that she does show definite improvement by the second week of July.

Because this ain’t no way to treat a cat.

Is it only pet people and parents who talk about what the poop looks like? My husband asked this morning if the kittens were pooping more solid, when I got to work I was thinking about it and thought it is an odd way to say good morning to your spouse. Hehehe, even one of my fellow workers asked about it, and added that his cat was haveing soft poops that were sticking to her “pantaloons”.

Posted by kattonic @ Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 10:02:34 AM

I remember two years ago when someone on a chat board I belong to found a days old kitten.  We all waited to hear the reports of whether or not little Trooper had peed or pooped and a description of said pee and poop.  Trooper is now a very healthy beautiful cat.

Posted by Lisa @ Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 11:08:40 AM

I’m so sorry about the Osteoporosis diagnosis. When I was diagnosed at 35 with it (in my spine and hips), I was in extreme pain. I couldn’t stand or put any weight on my feet or legs for weeks. It took a month of Fosamax before I was on my feet with a cane and able to get around.
I hope the pain goes away for her. I say some more prayers for her and you.

Posted by Melanee @ Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 11:52:36 AM

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