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hutch0
Date: 2008-09-19 23:30
Subject: state of the cat
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Well, mystery solved.
As I said earlier, we took Kuron up to the Royal Veterinary College before we went away, and they did some more tests - mostly repeats of the earlier ones to see if anything had changed - and the ultrasound scan showed he had an enlarged pancreas and nodules on his liver. So they decided to forego the gastroscopy and open him up to see what was going on.
Apparently the surgeon who did the operation had never seen nodules like this on a cat's liver before, which is par for the course.
Anyway, they took biopsies of his liver, pancreas and digestive bits and bobs, and it turns out he has inflammatory bowel disease and very mild hepatitis and pancreatitis which may well be linked to the inflammation. The nodules, whatever they are, are not malignant.
The IBD is the reason he was losing weight, and there's a fair chance that it can be managed with steroids. We brought him back on Tuesday evening - shaved in some different places, in particular his tummy - and the doctor who was treating him told us to keep an eye on him until Monday. If he's not behaving weirdly by then, he starts the 'roids. One tablet in the morning, one in the evening, for a few months. If that works, we start tailing the dosage off, although he may have to have some kind of medication for the rest of his life - we don't know yet.
While he was at the hospital, they fed him the kind of diet we'd been feeding him before all this started, and he didn't throw up once. Which suggests he was just intolerant of the single protein-single carbohydrate diet.
So, it's not cancer, it's not feline HIV, it's not feline leukaemia. It's only inflammatory bowel disease.
And they phoned us every day while we were in Poland with updates, even when there was nothing to tell us. If I ever get really sick, Bogna has instructions to drive me up to the Royal Veterinary College. I can't speak highly enough of them.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-19 23:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's been a while since we had to give him any tablets, so we'll have to see. We've never had to do the towel-and-scissor-jack thing with him, although he does get tired of having stuff poked down his throat. We gave him the antibiotics mixed with some gravy from a pouch of Tesco's cat-food and he wolfed it down, but Bogna thinks that to make sure he gets all of the steroids we'll have to crush them up, mix them with water and give them to him via a syringe. Cue hours of low comedy.
He's not as bad as Kasia, to whom you can give a tablet with apparent success, only to watch her two hours later spitting it out.
Nah, we'll be fine. We'll sort it out somehow. I'm just glad it's something we can address with pills; the mechanics of getting the pills into him is a small price to pay.
Going right off that, I've got Fourtold. Very nice stuff. Very nice indeed.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2008-09-20 08:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My mum and dad have three cats, and while all three are soft and placid by nature, only two of them will succumb quietly to taking tablets. Poppy, a little black female, only has to hear the sound of a pill bottle being cracked in the next room and she launches into chainsaw mode. Mum's tried all sorts of devious methods -- adding doctored gravy to her food is a good one -- but Poppy is wise to 'em all. It becomes a running battle of wits. I was thinking of Poppy when I made the towel and scissor-jack comment. Anyway, hope you little fella is perky today. And thanks again for buying Fourtold. The paper quality could be better, and here and there the formatting isn't what it should be, but by and large I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-20 23:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's hard to say how he'll react to being given pills. He might be fine, he might not. I suspect, like with Poppy, this is going to turn into a battle of wits, but we'll see. He certainly seems perky. Indeed, he's never seemed ill - his behaviour hasn't changed at all throughout any of this, which just goes to show how hard it is to tell that a pet is actually unwell. If I had what he has, I'd make certain everyone knew about it.
I think the paper quality and the formatting of Fourtold look just fine; I'd have been perfectly happy with it if it had been my stories in there. I understand the paperback's coming out soon, too. (Yay!) The fiction is brilliant; if we ever get beyond NW2, expect a call. I'll big it up the next time I do a book update.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2008-09-21 10:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you ever venture oop north, I'll look out for you. Many thanks for the compliments.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-21 21:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We do very, very occasionally get up to Staffordshire - Bogna has family up there - but not your neck of the woods. Although I did visit once many years ago, on the way to see a friend who was studying at Keele, and was rather charmed by the place.
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