Poorly kitty

chaps89

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My lovely big cat is about 16 or 17 now. He's had a heart murmur for years and has been on 5mg of felimazole a day for maybe the last 2 years.
Over the last 6 month's or so he's been intermittently sick, maybe once every 3 weeks or so. He's seen the vet, all his blood work is normal, heart no different and vet isn't concerned.
But in the last month he's started being sick every couple of days and today bought his breakfast and his dinner up.
He seems absolutely well in himself and bright and perky, just not keeping food down.
I'm going to get him to the vets asap.
I've had this wonderful amazing cat for 11 years and he's been with me through an abusive relationship and several ups and downs in my life. Unlike most cats, he is an utter people person and his favourite pastime is to see how firmly he can wedge himself into you (and in more normal cat territory, wake you up at 5am with demands for breakfast... the less said about that the better maybe)
I'm just really really hoping he is ok. In the meantime does anyone have any ideas on anything bland I could feed him? He gets James wellbeloved senior biscuits in the AM and Royal Canin digest sensitive in the PM normally - it's the biscuits that usually disagree with him but previous diet changes have resulted in a runny bottom even when done gradually, so I've been reluctant to change anything too much.
 
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poor kitty! Bland diet is usually cooked chicken, white fish and boiled rice. Perhaps you could feed this in very small amounts say a tablespoon every few hours. Hope you get him sorted he sounds a real sweetie.
 

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It's difficult to say but your lovely cat is getting on a bit now and like people they can get digestively sensitive. If you can't take him off the dried try soaking it or sticking to just one and seeing if that makes a difference. Whenever mine throw up it is usually because they were hungry and scoffed too many biscuits too quickly . Good idea to have the vet check him over. xx
 
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Yes I would also try him on a bit of cooked chicken, just a small amount, and see if he keeps it down. If he has a dicky belly before after changing his food I would give him just a couple of chunks at a time. Hope he gets better, let us know how it goes, and what the vet says.
 

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Thankyou everyone
He has his thyroid levels checked every 6 moths to check that the medication is doing it's job and he gets kidneys and liver checked at the same time to check it's not compromising their function.
I do fear it is old age catching him up, always hard to reconcile when they're as bright as a button but there body is letting them down.
He's booked into the vets for next week but if he gets any worse I will absolutely be taking him sooner.
In the meantime I will absolutely try him on plain chicken and white fish - I suspect he'll be very happy with that!
 

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I thought I'd just do a little update.
He's lost a fair amount of weight and his heart rate is faster than usual although no change in the murmur. The vet couldn't feel anything abnormal so we ran his bloods.
His thyroid levels are now at 120. The vet said normal is 10-30, when he was first diagnosed his levels were 60 and up until his last blood test in July were back to normal (16 in July)
So we're doubling his meds and back for blood tests in 3-4 weeks.
Poor kitty :(
 

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Poor puss! At least you know what is wrong with him and can increase the medication. I have a human friend whosw Dr wasn't sure that she needed any meds for her thyroid problem and started her on a very low dose. After a few reviews, where the meds were increased every time she was on a doe about 10 times higher than the original. I guess animals are the same.

I hope he responds well to the increase.
 

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Poor puss! At least you know what is wrong with him and can increase the medication. I have a human friend whosw Dr wasn't sure that she needed any meds for her thyroid problem and started her on a very low dose. After a few reviews, where the meds were increased every time she was on a doe about 10 times higher than the original. I guess animals are the same.

I hope he responds well to the increase.
Pearls right, the heart's racing because the thyroid function has changed again, upping the meds should help level him out .
Hope it works too. xxxxx
One of mine has developed very bad gingivitis, probably breed related and i'm really stressed about it , animals are such a worry
 

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Thankyou everyone.
I forgot to give him his extra tablet the first morning but have remembered since. Waiting for them to kick in now as he's still telling me he's constantly starved!

Shady, I'm sorry to hear that. If it helps, mine had that and had a dental and most of his teeth out and hasn't looked back. As you say, it is such a worry isn't it. I hope yours is alright.
 
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Thankyou everyone.
I forgot to give him his extra tablet the first morning but have remembered since. Waiting for them to kick in now as he's still telling me he's constantly starved!

Shady, I'm sorry to hear that. If it helps, mine had that and had a dental and most of his teeth out and hasn't looked back. As you say, it is such a worry isn't it. I hope yours is alright.
Is he keeping his food down now?
 
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Cats have amazing ability to appear to be at deaths door & then perk up. My 17 year old has CRF & gets renal dried food along with normal biscuits, vet suggested wetting slightly & he loves it like wet food. Grain can cause cats to be sick so might want to check that. When my boy is feeling low I give the recovery wet food you get from the vet to get weight up & then back to normal diet. Hope yours picks up
 

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He's only been sick once a tiny little bit in a week - but he's also been on chicken and rice and I cut the biscuits out so not sure if it's the diet change and/or the increased meds.
Either way I'm glad for both of our sakes that there's been a let up in the vomiting! Asides from the endless hunger he seems happier too which is good :)
I didn't realise cats have 2 thyroid glands - the vet thinks only 1 was affected originally and now the 2nd one is too and that's why we saw such a change in him. Every day is a school day as they say.
 
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