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      Saturday, June 09, 2007

08:29 AM - 06/09/2007

The topic: The hard part


I know that a few of you have been there, but we’re at the point with Lonee right now. She’s had pretty loose stool for close to a year. Sometimes it’s perfect. Other times, it’s just brownish liquid. And she gets thinner and thinner.

I can’t feed her differently from the others, because at least one of the others has no respect for her age (she’s over fifteen) and steals the good food away from her. If I do anything to stop Ron Howard (AKA the Little Sh!t) from pushing his way into whatever I’ve put out for her, not only does he run, she runs, too.

I’ve tried to grab her up and take her into the bathroom to feed her, but she sits by the door and cries. She won’t eat. She’ll sniff, but she won’t eat. She did one time, she hasn’t since. And when I let her out, I can’t get close to her for at least three or four days.

I could try to get her in a carrier and take her to the vet, and they could run a multitude of tests. And they would tell me “she needs this medication and she needs this medication and you need to do this….”

And I may need to do it, but it’s hard enough to do with a cat and raised domestic, close to impossible with cat born and grown up feral (she was at least three when she came to live with us). She’ll let me pet her, she’ll purr for me, but if my fingers get close to her face (to wipe a booger from her eye or nose), she’s gone.  

And being that she’s as old as she is, and the memory of the hoops I jumped through last year to keep a cat going with no good end, at least not for me, well, we’ve discussed it and we’re just going to let nature take it’s course. She’s not ready yet, but when she is, she’ll let me take her in without fuss, I’m sure.

I hate this part of cat guardianship, I surely do. 

Huggles, huggles, huggles to you!  As you know I am still grieving Parker also…....*sigh*

Posted by DonnaB @ Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 7:00:30 PM


Posted by Bobbie @ Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 7:18:46 AM

I’m not sure what you have tried on Lonee yet but I’ll tell you Rosie’s story.

Rosie started having diarrhea in the litterbox for a year or so then she would not make it to the litter box and left spots around the house.  And she lost weight. 
I took her to UW vet school where they did an ultrasound, colonoscopy and biopsies.  The vet started her on Budesonide EC 0.5mg a day which I eventually weaned down.  They are time released little specks of prednisone (like the old 12 hr. Contac) that you can sprinkle over food.  The other thing I tried on my own was a carb free diet based the specific carbohydrate diet for humans (http://www.scdiet.org).  She just got cooked chicken the last 2 years of her life (supplemented by calcium and gluten free multivitamins).  It took a couple of months but she gained weight and had nice formed bowel movements for the rest of her life.


Posted by Kathryn @ Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 8:40:56 AM

I’m sorry for what you are going through.

My ferals came to me as kittens and tamed up so I’ve never been in your shoes, I can only imagine how sad and helpless you must feel.
Poor Lonee.  I hope she rallies and sticks around feeling good for a while yet.

Posted by Naf @ Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 1:20:56 PM

I KNOW that you are doing your best.  It is so hard to look after ferrals as they will only allow us to do things with them to a point, and then, well, they just will not co-operate.
I look to you and what you are doing to give m pointers ad advice and you are an inspiration.
I have an old gitl (Wily Coyote or Old Mother) and after coaxing her into my yard for warmth, food, protection and afection, she got up and went (and only comes back for food in the evenings now) as in my effort to make her happy, I was putting out food for her a few extra times a day, got a nice warm bedding placed in her favourite spot, instead of nasty garden bits which always got stuck in her fur -anyway - I will start removing som of the special stuff ad not bring her food apart from the evening… she is starting to make moves to stay in the yard again…
If only we could read their minds ad their bowel movement to know exactly what to do…
I am thinking of you and praying for your and your little Lonee.. best of luck!

Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Monday, June 11, 2007 - 6:36:02 AM

Have you tried Acidophilus FOS powder from http://www.vitaminshoppe.com?  It works wonders with diarrhea.  Pumpkin with some meat baby food works well too, or meat baby food with FOS.  I live and breathe that stuff for my cats!!! You can also give immodium, the real stuff, not generic. 1/2 tab 2x day.

I believe grains in cats foods do horrible things to them. I’ve had them off grains now for a couple of months and the nibbling and licking of the fur on their tummies has virtually stopped. I’m using Innova EVO kitten and Wellness Core kitten, they both have no grains and are high in protein.  I also feed Organix wet and Artemis wet.

Posted by BaileyShelbyCody @ Monday, June 11, 2007 - 2:55:17 PM

Hmmm - I am sure that you have already thought of this - but it is worth mentioning just in case….
How about locking Ron Howard in the bathroom until Lonee is through with her meal?
I had to do that with my Bob (also a ginger boy) - his nick name is after the fat scotsman in the Austin Powers trilogy “Fat B*stard” - which will give you an idea as to why we used to isolate him when the otehrs were eating - itherwise the others wouldn’t have had much of a chance…
Funny thing is that now he is used to eating less adn has lost weight, he gorges less and is happier and more active!
Anyway - I wish you th best of luck! (& hugs!)

Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 1:31:26 AM

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A couple of nights ago, I was able to crate Lonee for the night. With yummy food.

She didn’t eat a bite.  She hated it. She was very stressed. So, crating her is out.

As for putting Ron Howard somewhere else, he’d tear the place up.  I’ve even put him outside and shut all of the doors so he couldn’t get in.  She nibbled a little bit, then didn’t want anymore.

Brian’s father gave up when he was in a residential care facility. He just quit eating. His body had just deterioated from age stuff, he had long since lost his will to live. And that’s how he ended his life.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 6:03:35 AM

Oh, I do hope your little Lonee hasn’t given up, but then again, if she has made a decision then…...
We often have to honour the wishes of another soul as much as it may pain us to do so…
I send you my best wishes ad I know that your old girls wellfair is absolutely your intent. 
Take care of yourself,

Posted by Kerry LSM & Kitties Mum @ Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 6:25:19 AM

Oh dear, I am so sorry to hear this. :(

Posted by CK @ Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 8:30:31 AM

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