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#1 vinandtonic

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:19 PM

Atticus is 9 and was diagnosed with feline Irritable Bowel Disease about 4 years ago, after he lost over 4 pounds and had a lot of vomiting and diarrhea. He has since been on prednisone to alleviate his symptoms, which so far has worked fairly well. Unfortunately he has started to lose weight again...2 pounds in 6 months, which for a 12 pound kitty is a lot.

So we're going to try b-12 shots for a few weeks and hopefully that will induce him to gain a little weight.

Could we please get some vibes for our little man? He's a total mama's boy.

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#2 TEO

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:28 PM

Be well Atticus :heart:

#3 Karen

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:30 PM

((Atticus))

Elayne, the B-12 shots work miracles! Our Sage is 17 and has kidney and liver issues and the B-12 shots have her in great shape.

Sending lots and lots of healing vibes to your sweet boy!! :heart:

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:41 PM

(((atticus))) which is such a great name :) :heart:

#5 vinandtonic

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:39 PM

thanks ladies! and thanks for that info Karen :smile: the vet says if he doesn't gain weight after about 6 weeks of shots he'll have to have another ultrasound. :plain:

#6 mamapajama

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:40 PM

:heart:

#7 Rayzeeday

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 10:14 PM

Sending lots of love and hope from our home! Ray:eek:

#8 nancykind

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:59 AM

good vibes for Atticus :heart: :heart:

#9 seany

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:01 AM

(((atticus))) which is such a great name :) :heart:


^ this :heart:

#10 sillyolbear

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 04:32 AM

Eat hardy atticus, like a viking.

#11 vinandtonic

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:03 PM

Great news..we've been feeding him a lot of extra canned food and he put on a pound in the last week! :jump: We also learned how to give him the shots so he'll get one once a week for the next 5 weeks, and then we'll reassess.

Thanks for all of the vibes--I know they helped. {{{boardies}}} :heart:

#12 Karen

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:10 PM

This is great news! (((Atticus)))

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#13 sums

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:15 PM

:bliss:

#14 TEO

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:53 PM

:ura1:

#15 nancykind

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:00 PM

:woot: happy to hear that! :)

#16 Rayzeeday

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:06 PM

This is great news!:ura1::ura1::ura1:

#17 vinandtonic

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:42 PM

giving shots to a cat who doesn't want them is a rodeo...1st try was unsuccessful..we got the needle in but were unable to press the plunger before he squirmed away (and I was HOLDING him down). he's now hiding under the bed. :plain:
we'll have to try again when he's settled down.

#18 Karen

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:14 PM

Ah, the old squirming trick eh? Clever kitteh ;)

I hold Sage by the scruff of her neck when she is getting shots and this seems to work pretty well. This way the cat can't 'slink and squirm' as much. Have you tried that?

(((kittehs and medicines)))

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:15 PM

kitteh vibes :heart:

#20 vinandtonic

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:05 PM

Ah, the old squirming trick eh? Clever kitteh ;)

I hold Sage by the scruff of her neck when she is getting shots and this seems to work pretty well. This way the cat can't 'slink and squirm' as much. Have you tried that?

(((kittehs and medicines)))


you obviously haven't met my boy :funny1:
even the vet is amazed by how squirmy he is when he's upset.
we're going to try having chase hold him on the next try.

#21 Karen

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:51 PM

:funny1: Atticus, aka: Squirmicus

Good luck!

#22 vinandtonic

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 04:32 PM

we've been taking him to the vet for the vet techs to do the shots. they only charge $5 and it's better than having him hide from us for 6 hours after each attempt, and then run away when we approach him. :sad:

he's maintained his weight so far but yesterday I saw more blood in his stool (not unusual for him but definitely not something I want to be seeing).

#23 Karen

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 05:23 PM

$5 is very reasonalbe - glad to hear you have that option!

May you be well Atticus :heart:

#24 Karen

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:07 PM

How is Atticus doing? :gop:

#25 nancykind

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:33 AM

it sucks that they don't understand why we do these things to them. sending good vibes to Atticus :heart:

#26 vinandtonic

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 05:59 PM

we had a great vet visit yesterday :jump: the vet says he looks fantastic and she's really pleased with his progress. he put on a few more ounces and is now almost 11 pounds. his coat looks great and she said his intestines feel good and not as gassy as before. So we're going to continue the once a month B12 shots for now and see how he does.

and finch lost a pound, but that was good because she was getting a little too chunky. all of their bloodwork came back fine too. :smile:

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:00 PM

yay for good news!! :)

#28 Karen

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:02 PM

:ura1:

#29 Spidergawd

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 07:37 PM

:thumbup: :heart:

#30 sums

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 04:01 AM

:) yay!

#31 sarah b.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 01:37 PM

Cool.

#32 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 01:49 PM

Yay for healthy fur-friends!!! :bresse:

#33 TEO

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 05:03 PM

:clapping: :heart:

#34 LisaMarie

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:41 PM

Glad things are going well. What a great kitteh hang out spot by the window.

#35 vinandtonic

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:24 PM

bump so I don't lose this thread :)

#36 Rayzeeday

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:17 PM

Sooooooo happy Aticus is doing well and getting back up to speed!:ura1:

#37 Royal

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:30 AM

Hi E,

Sorry I wasnt frequenting this forum when atticus was needing vibes. I'm sending him some "just in case he needs them" vibes

~~~vibes~~~ Oh, another thing! I look forward to seeing you at moe.down this Summer.

#38 vinandtonic

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:14 PM

thanks Ryan! I can't wait for moe.down :)

#39 vinandtonic

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:12 AM

6 month checkup for both tonight and the vet says they look great! Atticus is now 11lbs 2 oz (although I think some of that may be poop weight since he hasn't pooped yet today) and Finch put back on the weight that she lost, but she is still looking good. :) {{{{our babies}}}} :heart:

#40 Rayzeeday

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:37 AM

Greeeat news! :bigsmile:

#41 vinandtonic

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:28 PM

Had another 6 month checkup yesterday..he is up to almost 12 pounds and looking great!

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 03:16 PM

good to hear he is better.