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Update on Ish

Ish went to the vet this morning as arranged. When they weighed him he had gained 200g since last week (which is nearly half what he'd lost). We'd switched him to a bland diet -- a dry food designed specifically for cats with sensitive stomachs, plus plain steamed chicken. He's been eating well, and is very happy, sociable, playful and comfortable. The vet decided, in light of this, not to go ahead with the biopsy, as this makes inflammatory bowel disease seem the more likely diagnosis. Instead, they are doing a blood test, and we are keeping him on the exclusion diet for the next three weeks. He also has to stay in for two days so that the condition of his rear end products can be detected. (Yes, I need to inspect the cat pooh.) The hope is that he will be producing less soft, pale products. He'll get another scan in 3 weeks and we'll proceed from there.
This is, by and large, good news. Cancer isn't ruled out, but the alternative is seeming more likely. And he's doing very well, apart from being put out that he's not being allowed outside.

The new dry food (and its associated gooshy in pouches) is a French brand, so the variety is described in large print as 'Sensible' ('sensitive' is in small type). You can imagine that this makes us giggle every time Horus eats any of it, since sensible is not a word we tend to associate with him. All 3 cats are on the sensitive food, and eating it happily. Ish is getting the bulk of the chicken at present (though Horus and Moon get some, of course). He's getting through 5 to 6 saucers of it a day, and I am becoming an expert chicken steamer.
Horus, I discovered earlier in the week, is afraid of greaseproof paper. Of course. It's famously vicious and cat-eating. (Like the ironing board and the marquis' older ski jacket. Sigh.)
Thank you to everyone for all the good wishes. It's been helping. I am unreasonable about my cats and I know it. You've really helped me cope.

Skirt of the day: denim


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Sep. 14th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Well done Ish and well done you. Humbug used to have the 'sensible' cat food so Leicester ate it too. Maybe they'd be even sillier if they hadn't...
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear this, and I hope he keeps improving. Royal Canin, yes? It hasn't helped make ours any more sensible, unfortunately. I also tried the Beaute, but of course they're already beautiful. Actif didn't have the desired effect either.
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Royal Canin. The gushy has proved acceptable, too, which is good.
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
:( - sorry to hear this.

As you know, Dog A had eaten something and blocked his bowel. This passed and turned out to be stuffing from a toy. He had a week of chicken and sweet potato, something he seems to prefer to his usual food.

Dog B then started the same symptoms. After a day or so, she finally threw up a BALL OF STRING - not a piece of string, but she'd managed to swallow the entire ball.
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they're both okay. But all the same, the things that dogs eat!
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope he's okay!
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
That sounds like good news. My best wishes to gorgeous Ish.
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
That is good news!

We have Royal Canin sensible for our boy cat, which seems to have prevented his occasional urinary issues; so of course the girl cats eat it too (but they all seem to like it, so that's all right!)
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Excellent updates! The Local Felines and their housegirl are pleased.
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)

So glad Ish is doing well and that cancer seems to have been taken off the table!

Horus, I discovered earlier in the week, is afraid of greaseproof paper. Of course. It's famously vicious and cat-eating.

I thought everyone knew that! :p
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Was lovely to see Ish looking so well this morning.
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear the good news - avoiding (or even delaying) a biopsy is always good news!

Keep us posted!
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
One can never be reasonable about cats.

I'm so glad to hear it's good news. Or not-bad-awful news. Either way.
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
hurrah for Ish! (we fed our cat the Sensible kibble. didnt do much for her sanity but a fair bit for her upset tummy :) )

also, you're not being unreasonable about your cat - you are worried about a family member.
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that Ish is doing better.
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Good to hear this!
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