Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Tanner Tuesday

Once Tanner was finished with his vet appointment the rest of his week was pretty laid back.  During the snow days and time off with him, I focused on making sure he ate well.  I did an appetite stimulant to see if that would encourage him to go ahead and eat the kidney diet food, but he still refused.  This food is lower in phosphorus than most other foods and would help bring this number down for him.  
He spent a good bit of time in the sun, soaking up the rays.  Notice his freshly shaved belly again! 
Back to eating...he is doing well, as long as it isn't kidney diet.  I need to order some of the different kidney diets in canned variety to see if he maybe would prefer another one.  He started out liking the Hills KD canned, and will still take a few licks, but will not just eat it.  We waste the majority of the can.  

For those of you with kidney cats, which brand did your cats prefer?  Or did you just not worry about it and feed whatever they want?

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Here's a quick video of Tanner playing on Sunday...he has been extremely frisky lately and he asks to play a lot.  He and Oliver are doing really well about taking turns during playtime!


Monday, March 02, 2015

Mancat Monday

The weather this past week was a special treat for those of us in the South.  We were blessed with two snows in the same week!  The first was just a small amount that was practically melted by the afternoon.  The other left us with several inches of beautiful, heavy wet snow!

The trees were weighted down! 
Oliver and Tanner loved watched the big clumps as they fell off the branches.  Of course the birds were out in mass as well! 
Tanner didn't get tossed out in the snow because of his shaved belly this year...I think he was thankful to just sit and watch! 
Oliver had to endure our fun and games...as Auntie went to sit him down in the snow, he had all of his toes spread out...he really didn't want to get his feet wet!  He quickly ran back inside!  The cold and wet are not for these mancats.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner spent yesterday at the vet school having his monthly recheck.  This involved a physical exam, blood work and an abdominal ultrasound.
The results of the ultrasound were unchanged, so he remains in remission!

His blood work showed an improvement in the kidney values
BUN = 30 (was 71)
Creatinine = 1.7 (was 2.7)

His phosphorus was slightly elevated and will need to be rechecked in two weeks.  If this doesn't go back down on its own, then there is a supplement he can take to help him.

His potassium was within normal limits, so the supplements are working!

He is anemic again...nothing needs to be done at this time.

He has lost more weight.  Current weight is 5.45kg or 12 pounds.  The vet ran a T4 (thyroid) test and we are waiting on the results.  She said if he doesn't come back Hyper-T then next month we will run a GI panel to make sure he doesn't have an absorptive disorder.

At home, Tanner is eating well and playing hard.  He is taking his meds and fluids like a champ!  I will continue to cherish my moments with him and do what I can to keep him healthy and stable.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wordy Wednesday

This week, our Wednesday post will combine all the posts for the week!
We will start with Tanner...who has learned to love sitting on laps these days!  He seems to enjoy snuggling in the evenings while we are watching tv, although he thinks he should be petted the entire time he is sitting there!  He loves his head rubbed, he face and his arm...

Tanner gained a couple of ounces this week, so that is good for him!  He weighs 12 lb 11 oz now.  He has been doing well with his eating, although I am starting to see it taper a bit.  I think an appetite stimulant is in his near future :)  We have decreased the fluids to 50 mls daily, and I wonder if he is starting to feel the effects of slight dehydration again?  I will speak with the vet school on Monday when he goes in for his monthly appointment.  At this appointment they will checking blood work and repeating the abdominal ultrasound to make sure the lymphoma is still in remission.


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We have had a couple of days off work, due to a small amount of snow but a fair amount of ice.  It's been nice to be home with the boys!  I do believe they were ready for us to go back to work today though.  Oliver gets so tired when we are home because he won't allow himself to miss anything...he HAS to know what we are doing!  By the evening, he is just wiped out and can't go any longer.  This is a quick video of him playing with one of their favorite toys.

It's HERE on youtube if the above doesn't work.

We hope everyone is staying warm and safe this winter...we are ready for Spring!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wacky Wednesday

Today's Wacky Wednesday post is brought to you by Oliver...
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Oliver does not like when we mess with the silverware, especially trying to dry it and put it away.  It's quite funny to us, because it doesn't matter where he is, he will talk and tell you to stop :)  If the video above doesn't work, here is a link to youtube.


Have I mentioned lately that Oliver is a nut?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tanner Tuesday

I don't want to jinx us, but I feel Tanner has turned a corner to wellness again!  Last week, he went to the vet to once again check his kidney and potassium values.  The BUN has decreased, and creatinine remained the same.  The potassium level is on the low end of the range, but is at least within the range now!   Symptomatically, Tanner was still experiencing dehydration and not wanting to eat much.  He had lost more weight and now weighs 12 lbs 7 ounces.  The vet wasn't overly concerned about the weight loss, as he felt most of it was water weight from the dehydration.
We devised a new plan to try for a week, and then re-evaluate.  Tanner is getting 100 mls of fluid daily to help with the dehydration.  He is getting a shot of famotidine daily in case his stomach is too acidic.  He gets an appetite stimulant every two days.

This morning, Tanner was the first one down the stairs to get breakfast!  Last night, he did not want to sit still for his fluids...the fight is coming back in Tanner!!  He is feeling better!

He still seems slightly dehydrated to me before getting his fluids, but less than he was a few days ago.  The appetite pills have him chowing down, so maybe he will gain a bit of weight this week for me.  He is on a fish kick right now and prefers those flavors over chicken or turkey.

Notice, in the picture above, Tanner is wearing his new survivor bandana.  According to the etsy site we ordered from, the lime green ribbon is for lymphoma.  I think this looks very pretty with Tanners orange furs.

What's coming up for Tanner?

Thursday, February 12th - Check up with the regular vet, revisit our plan, repeat blood work
Monday, February 23rd - Vet school visit for blood work, check up, and ultrasound

Thanks for checking in on my boy and sending him purrs!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Mancat Monday

This post is mostly about Oliver...he is a mancat that keeps life interesting!
The black tornado at work...getting into cabinets can lead to messes :)  Thankfully, no one tried to eat these pods of  dishwasher liquid!
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Here is a video of Oliver, trying to drink from the bathroom faucet.  He loves running water and wants to drink several times a day.  The problem is, that he seems to snort the water more than drink it!  I don't want him to create a problem, like pneumonia...does anyone else have a cat that just can't figure out how to drink safely from running water?  We have unplugged their fountain for this reason too!


Mancats are crazy!!