Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
My morning text from my wonderful petsitter, Sylvia read as follows: the boys are settling in for a post breakfast snooze on their individual Snoozy Sleepers. They seem to like their new Snoozy Sleepers-supposedly Kodak fell asleep immediately, and started snoring! They aren't going to want boring mom back! I'm so glad they are happy and doing well! They are being taken care of by a wonderful person!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I received a text message from my pet sitter last night-my daily update on the boys! Kodak was getting a special treat to coax him into eating before his insulin-wild salmon mixed with dry food. Lucky boy! And then they all went to the couch to wait for their pet time! Spoiled little boys! I wouldn't have it any other way!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It looks like the boys were very happy to see my pet sitter this morning! They sat on her lap and were super loving! They are such good boys! And they love their pet sitter!!! She is a rockstar! Thanks Sylvia!!! I do miss them though!!! My baby boys!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
A note to the person who left the anonymous comment last nite-thanks-but I know Kodak will live longer than 1 year and it's ok if the pet insurance doesn't help after that! I'd pay it no matter what! And I believe ever bit counts! He only has a lifetime limit of $1500 anyway for this-but once again every little bit counts! Especially right now with the WGA strike at the holidays-I'm out of work so in the true sense every little bit counts!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Must go to the pharmacy and pick up Winton's prescription. Good thing they can now give cats the generic. i remember when I was paying $80 for his medication-I always wanted to claim it under my health insurance. He's family-why cant i? ha. But now that he has the generic it's about half the price.
Last day the vet is open before I leave for tennessee. I must go get more Royal Canin LP pouches for my Kodak-still the only food he'll eat. But Perf likes the Wysong cans, Winton wont touch it but loves his K/D and Neo-it's like their bodies know that the food they like is good for them-really odd! I'm going to miss my boys! They always are on my bed in the morning to wake me up when my alarm goes off and then it's a mass congregation in the bathroom-that's baby and mommy time.
Friday, December 21, 2007
My vet called last night about Winton's blood pressure-much better to hear things from the vet than the vet tech-he didn't give me everything I wanted to hear. Winton's blood pressure was between 166 and 170. She would like it down below 160 since he's taking 1/4 tablet of Amlodipine 2x a day. Mind you it's gone down from 200 so we're on the right track. She wants to re-check his blood pressure in 6-8 weeks. About the same time Kodak goes back for his re-check as well. Fun times in this household in January and February!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!
It was 8:15 and they were all tired of me sleeping! They wanted fed! I realized I had forgotten to fill the bowls up last nite with a bit of dry after feeding them their canned food before bed. Kodak was ready for his food and his insulin! He gobbled up his Royal Canin-I'm thrilled he's eating canned food!!! never thought he would! Perf loves the Wysong Chicken gourmet and Winton-thank goodness loves his renal food. I bought him Hi-Tor Neo for a bit of a change of pace since he's only been eating the K/D lately. I'm just thrilled they are all eating!!!
I'm still waiting to hear back from the vet about Winton BP. I was hoping to get a call yesterday but didn't-must call today.
I went to the local shelter yesterday, The harbor shelter in Los Angeles, to donate some canned cat food that my cats aren't eating anymore-and yes I had to go in and see the dogs and cats. When I went into the cat room I saw this beautiful girl named ZILLA - ID#A901160. She's 10 years old and has been in the shelter since the 15th September! She is a beautiful cat-incredibly loving! And was taken to the shelter because her owners were moving! That breaks my heart! She rubbed up against me for 20 minutes. What a love bug! I so want to find her a home! I cant imagine having my pets for 10 years and then giving them up!!! If you are interested in Zilla call the shelter immediately Harbor Animal Care and Control Center at
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Winton and I just got back from the vet where he had his blood pressure taken. It's still high but surprisingly lower than it was the last time he had it taken. Today it averaged out to 172. The last time he had it taken it hovered around 200. So we are waiting for the vet to view his chart and then decide how she wants to proceed with his blood pressure medication.....after the vet. I stopped the car and let Winton go into the back and look out the window-he never gets to go in the car-and my car had lots of windows and lots for him to see.
We are heading to the vet today to get Winton's blood pressure taken. I realized he hadn't had it taken in about a year so I'm dashing in to get it down before I leave town for christmas.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Winton goes to the vet tomorrow to get his blood pressure checked-it's always a joy...he's not a big fan of the vet and it never fails his blood pressure is elevated when he's there!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
This morning Winton just could not settle down. He cried and everytime I called his name the dog jumped off the bed to go hunt him down....sometimes the animals drive me nuts! I wouldn't change it for the world but AAAHHH!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Kodak and Perf will not leave the dog's new crate...well they are out now because the dog is in getting acclimated to "crate life" since she'll be going on a flight soon...and the cats will be in the house without the dog in the VERY capable hands of my amazing pet sitter!!! I was going to drive cross country with all of them but it ended up being more expensive to drive than to fly! And the boys will be very happy by themselves!
I just bought a new chair at a garage sale for my bedroom-I'm sure it will turn into the cat chair!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Yes it seems Kodak and 3 Perf like the dogs new travel crate better than the dog does! It's got a nice comfy warm pad and they are in there snuggled up. It's cave like so they like it.
I'm still in a food dilemma....I was in the middle of hunting down levels of carbs and phosphorus the other day when I was called into work...I must continue to find food that I can feed all of my cats. And I need to buy it so my pet sitter has food over the holidays!
I found out today that the insulin syringes for Kodak are cheapest at my vet! Amazing! I thought I'd be able to find them cheaper online but my vet scores big! I get 100 Ulticare 1/2cc 29 gauge x 1/2" u-40 syringes for $20 from my vet and there aren't shipping fees! And the insulin seems to be cheap thru my vet as well....no shipping charges!
I may ask my vet why kodak is on the PZI Vet insulin. It cost so much, over $100-but lasts a very long time....but there is cheaper insulin out there-just wondering if the PZI is better...does anyone know?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A CRF cat should be on a low Phosphorus diet, whereas a diabetic cat:
Feed your cat wet food.
Feeding your cat non-dry cat food is the best thing you can do for your cat, diabetic or not. A cat is an "obligate carnivore." That means the physiology and anatomy of the cat are suited to eating a high protein, meat diet. Dry food, even prescription diabetic food, just cannot meet this requirement.
A low-carbohydrate, high protein, wet diet has been associated with remission (disappearance of symptoms) of diabetes in cats. You can feed your cat a raw or cooked diet that you make yourself or there are many excellent high protein canned foods available. As a cost-conscious compromise, you can feed readily available low-cost canned foods, such as certain varieties of Fancy Feast.
Do your cat a favor and feed her protein.
So what to buy that wont harm both of them?????
On another note...Kodak has a canned or pouch food he will eat!!! Hoooray! It's the Roayl Canin Renal LP. I'm going to check all the protein, phosphorus etc levels on it and see if it's ok for a diabetic cat to eat-but so far it's the only canned food he has shown any interest in. I even went out and bought a bunch of Fancy Feast-thinking maybe he'd be drawn to the "kitty junk food" NO! I'll check the levels of the food and post in a bit.
Monday, December 10, 2007
had a great list of some canned foods that have No wheat gluten in them and are below 10% carbs so off I go today! He goes into the vet at 12:20 to get his levels checked....
I also joined the CRF group on Catster. I've been dealing with CRF for much longer but now that I have a CRF cat and a diabetic cat I need to make sure each are getting the appropriate foods! Check out this website too: http://www.felinecrf.com/index.htm
Sunday, December 9, 2007
BRRR the boys are really noticing the chilly damp weather we are having here in sunny southern cal...it's been rainy and cold-I love it but it's given me curled up cats! All they want to do is sleep and keep warm...they are so cute! And they are great warmers!
You know what I've noticed-Kodak's arthritis has improved-at least he seems to be walking better and I haven't been giving him his glucosamine as much. I'm wondering if the insulin or his improved sugar levels are making his arthritis more manageable!???
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Amount paid by insurance $144.62
Pet Owner's Responsibility $166.91
All in all I would say it's worth it so far! And the check came much quicker than if I were to file a claim for myself!
Today I went and bought food for the boys: DM for Kodak and his diabetes, Winton got canned K/D and the pouches of Royal Canin renal. I checked to see if they had Royal Canin pouches for diabetes-but it seems they don't! Bummer because Kodak really liked the renal pouches! I really want him to eat more canned food but what a stubborn little cat he is!
Kodak goes to the vet today at 4pm to get his glucose and fructose checked.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Kodak has a new hiding place! It's in the closet in a laundry basket of old clothes that I've kept for sentimental reasons! He probably found this place because of the DOG! Yes everytime I take his insulin out of the refrigerator and start to roll it, it hits my ring and makes a "clink" sound-it's very rhythmic! Because I have a cattle dog-yes VERY SMART-she now knows that this means the cat gets a shot. So she has taken it upon herself to find Kodak-it is her job to find him. He was hiding under the bed when he heard the dog coming but he smartened up...he found the laundry basket!
The boys were really playing the other night. I bought a few more toys and so did my pet sitter-she loves to baby the boys! Well they were batting around the toys the other night. It was wonderful to see. They stopped playing when the dog came into the house because she always wanted to get in there!
Perf LOVES balls-well unfortunately so does the dog.....so the only time he can play is when I put a ball on my bed and give him "kitty play time"....the dog hates being left out!
It's cold here in California right now-the boys are hunkered down on warm wool blankets! They love to snuggle at night when I'm on the couch!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Winton, as he normally does, cried from about 4:30am this morning.....he settles down but it's always right before the sun comes up. He didn't sleep on the bed last nite not sure where he was but Perfy did-wrapped around my head snuggled in my hair.
I'm heading camping today for a couple of days. I'll be back on Turkey day. My dad will be down taking care of the boys-I had thought about taking them with me....Kodak and Perf would have been fine by Winton is a horrible traveller-he would have been crying the entire time in the car.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Due to the WGA strike I'm spending alot of time at home-my animals love it....
But they don't always like the dog-Winton in particular HATES the dog and really beats up on her! He's good though..very rarely uses nails-only when she's particularly pesty!
Winton on the other hand is sleeping alot-even though this morning he raced around like a dervish chasing after something-who knows what! I think now he's sleeping. he's still eating his k/d food but I'm wondering if he's got other ailments...
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Yesterday, I took Kodak into the vet for his glucose spot check-he's been on insulin now for a week. He's such a good cat, everyone thinks he's the best patient! Great news, his glucose game back 173! Much better than the 433 he was! The vet is very happy with the number. It was taken 6 hours after his insulin injection. So we're right where we need to be! He'll stay on his 1 unit of insulin every 12 hours and we'll re-check his glucose and fructose levels in 2 weeks.
I don't think Winton is feeling well this morning. He threw up all his food. I may have to take him into the vet now. He still beats up on the dog though! One of his favorite pastimes!
I have ASPCA pet insurance for Kodak so I'm going to submit some of the invoices for his diabetes and see what they pay and what they dont pay.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
And Kodak doesn't seem to be eating his food...or at least when I want him to eat his food! I'm going to scream!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Symptoms of CRF
CRF can only be accurately diagnosed with clinical tests. There are some symptoms and behaviors that indicate the likelihood of CRF and, if these are observed, the cat should be tested as soon as possible.
The most telling signs are increased thirst (polydipsia) and excessive urination (polyuria). As the condition progresses, your cat may experience loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, poor hair coat and emaciation. Only 30% of kidney capacity is needed for normal functioning. Therefore, no symptoms will be seen until approximately 70% of renal function is lost. It is important to begin treatment as soon as the first symptoms appear.
Even with diet control, drugs and fluid therapy, you will eventually see at least some of the symptoms on the following list. Not all cats will exhibit all symptoms.
- Excessive urination
- Increased thirst
- Nausea and gagging
- Licking lips
- Grinding or cracking sound in jaw
- Vomiting (both clear/foamy liquid and food)
- Hunching over the water bowl
- Stomach irritation (uremic gastritis)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Muscle wasting
- Poor hair coat
- Halitosis (ammonia smell)
- Sensitivity to sound
- Eating litter
- Oral ulcers
- Detached retinae
- Convulsion, low temperature, coma (end-stage)
I've been dealing with CRF now for 4 years....I know Winton will eventually die and it sucks but I've been trying to make his life as wonderful as possible! As of today, Winton has high blood pressure-which is a common symptom of CRF. he takes medication twice a day for his high blood pressure as well as eating Hills K/D both canned and dry! He loves it thank goodness! I went thru a period of time when I was attepting to feed him raw food but honestly it was very expensive so now I occasionally give him a raw patty.
TreatmentThere is no cure for CRF but the condition may be managed for a time. The cornerstone of CRF management is to control the amount of waste products that are sent through the kidneys. Since the remaining nephrons are limited in their ability to process waste, the idea is to reduce the amount of waste to a level that the nephrons can accommodate. This is done through a combination of diet, medication, and hydration therapy (diuresis).
CRF is a terminal disease. The only questions are how long and how well the patient will live until the end. With proper treatment, the cat may have from months to years of relatively high-quality life. As the cat's caregiver(s), it is up to you to determine when the quality of life has decreased to a point at which prolonging life no longer has value.
As CRF progresses and toxin levels rise, cats become more uncomfortable with an overall sensation of feeling unwell. Human patients with a similar condition don't report "pain" but describe their condition as feeling poorly. Dehydration, in particular, can make the patient very uncomfortable. Aggressively treating CRF, especially with subcutaneous fluid therapy, should not be thought of as "prolonging the agony" as there is no significant pain associated with kidney failure until the end-stage. Even then, unless the patient convulses, the chief symptoms will be malaise, weakness, nausea and discomfort.
1. Increased water consumption and urination
2. Increased appetite
3. Weight Loss
Diabetes Mellitus is a disease caused by a deficiency of insulin or a reduced ability of the body's cells to respond to insulin. Without insulin, sugar cannot enter the cells of the body and it builds up in the blood and eventually passes into the urine. This causes increased urine production and thirst. Hunger increases because the body cannot use the sugar in the blood and the body tries to cope by digesting it's own muscle for energy. Diabetes is diagnosed by detecting high sugar levels on blood and urine tests. It's not curable but can be controlled with proper insulin, oral hypoglycemic and diet.
I was hoping he wasn't diabetic but at 11 years old it had to be something. And since he was racing for any running water I turned and he had lost weight..well the signs were there. So I took him in for a blood test and a urine test. I received the results this week-of course Murphy's Law I was out of town working! So here I was trying to deal with a newly diagnosed diabetic cat and work in an area without cell reception! It was horrible! I so wanted to come home but luckily I have the BEST petsitter in the universe and an amazing dad!! They were able to hold down the "kitty fort" until I came home and could throw myself full force into treating my stubborn diabetic cat!
Kodak's glucose levels were 433. The normal range is 70-150 and he had glucose in his urine....he is diabetic! So off we go!
He went to the vet last wednesday and received his first insulin injection. He's getting 1 unit( 1cc which equivalent to 1ml) every 12 hours of PZI Insulin-which was rather expensive at $109.57. ( I'll be looking in to see if I can find the insulin any cheaper elsewhere!) His Insulin syringes are U-40-1/2CC which were bought in a bulk of 100 for $20. But at 1 unit every 12 hours the Insulin will last quite awhile.
On saturday November 10th I took him in for my first "diabetic" appt. I was given pamphlets and instructed on how to inject the insulin. The first thing one must do is mix the contents of the insulin-DO NOT SHAKE the bottle, gently roll the bottle in your hand. My vet said for about a minute. Also remember, insulin loses it's effectiveness in sunlight and heat so it must be stored in a refrigerator. Also the needle is directional-it's has a little hole which should be pointing up so that when the needle is injected it causes as little pain to the cat as possible. I was also shown what areas were best-the fatty areas around the shoulder etc. My Kodak has a few of those areas so he really isn't too bothered by the injections yet!
As for food...well here comes the fun part! Yes my boy is very picky about his food! And if he doesn't like the smell-well he wont eat it! My vet told me to really try to get him to eat the canned diabetic food because he has seen cats go into remission by eating the canned diabetic food- so I bought both canned Purina DM and Hills M/D to try out-and luckily my petsitter bought Dry Purina DM....for my stubborn Russian is not a big fan of canned food! Well as you guessed-he will not eat the canned food! Turns his nose up at it. And I'm not going to force feed canned food! So Purina dry DM is where we are in the food world-at least he seems to tolerate that so far!
We go back in 5 days, this thursday, to have his blood glucose levels checked again. They've started him off on a low level of insulin just to see how he's responding and if it's even making a dent in his glucose levels......might have to up it after our vet visit on thursday. I have pet insurance on Kodak and 3 Perf so i'm going to check to see if any of these expenses are covered. I don't have insurance on Winton because he was diagnosed with CRF 4 years ago and they wouldn't cover him.....