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Kitty Update [Oct. 1st, 2007|08:19 am]
Lanette
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We woke up very happy. Midnight howled all night and acted bad, licking the walls, bathing himself, being his normal psycho kitty. We figured he was perfectly great and we were just going to keep an eye on him. Then the vet called.

He had acute renal failure. A normal toxin level is 14. His was 175. He almost died. We should have taken him to the animal hospital Saturday night.

He feels much better now, but I have to stay home today to watch him and get him back to the vet for more tests to see if those levels really are back to normal.

Now, the awful part. We don't know why. He could have been poisioned, but he hasn't been outside and there are no chemicals he could have gotten into. He is indoor only and all cleaning supplies are locked in a child proof cabinet. We checked his food, it isn't on the recall list, but we are still getting him new food and feeding him soft food until he is all the way better (more moisture is in the soft stuff).

The worst case scenario is that it is genetic, will happen again, and that means he could die. The fact he's recovered well leads us to believe that it could be his food!! He is smaller than Ashley, and she hasn't been acting as perky or energetic either since she switched to the Science Diet senior formula. We are putting them both on this organic, made in the US wet food for a week to see how they do even though it's like twice as much money. We are researching what safe food we can feed these guys and will ask our vet once we get back his test results.

Craig and I are very scared based on these results that we could lose him, but he was even grooming himself this morning, so there is hope.

Update: We have a vet appointment at 11 to get him retested and extra fluids. Hopefully the results will go well.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2007-10-01 03:24 pm (UTC)
Poor Midnight kitty!!! Sending happy/healthy kitty kidney thoughts...

My CC kitty is getting on in years and I was just thinking last night how much I would miss her if she got sick and passed. :(
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-01 03:28 pm (UTC)
The one hopeful thing is the vet said if it WERE genetic, it would be very unlikely he could have recovered this quickly. The fact he is so much better means that him digesting something poisoned is more likely. He also isn't that old of a cat.
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[User Picture]From: mstorijones
2007-10-01 03:38 pm (UTC)

live plants?

if you have any live plants or cut flowers, check them as some of these are poison to animals and humans when eaten.

this was just the first thing that came to mind after reading this post
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-01 03:42 pm (UTC)

Re: live plants?

We did check them and no plants (I only have 2) have been bitten. Craig got me some Stargazer Lilies for our anniversary and we took them out of the house today. They also didn't show any signs of damage on them. I guess there is a slight possibility one of the petals might have fallen off, but would one petal be enough to make him that ill?

Just to be safe, I'm taking the 2 real plants I have to my office. I don't think it could be the plants though as they haven't been disturbed.
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[User Picture]From: mstorijones
2007-10-01 03:49 pm (UTC)

Re: live plants?

Ask the vet and let them know what you have. I know (as an example) the leaves of the tomato plant are poison

I would hate to see you go through more over something silly like a plant leaf

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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-01 03:58 pm (UTC)

Re: live plants?

I checked my 2 small houseplants against the toxic list, and they are both safe. The only thing on the list was I did have a vase of Stargazer Lilies, and although they appeared totally undisturbed, they are dangerous to cats, so I will not bring them inside again (which sucks because they are my favorite flower).
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[User Picture]From: the_tatyana
2007-10-01 06:08 pm (UTC)
You said he licks the walls -- could there be something in the paint? Or maybe something toxic spilled on a wall and dried invisible before you moved in? Maybe there was rat or bug poison sprinkled or sprayed around the house (by the past owners)?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-02 03:45 am (UTC)
The past owners had 2 little kids and were very careful. We got every cabinet childproofed on move in. :) He's always licked walls and cabinets, and so far is only doing so upstairs and when he feels well. I think it's his way of marking.

The most likely cause was stargazer lilies. It is possible one petal fell off of a flower and he licked it. Lilies are very toxic to cats, but I didn't know that. They are my favorite flower and I've had TONS of them around Ashley and she's never gotten sick.
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[User Picture]From: prairieflower
2007-10-01 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh my. I do hope he pulls through and will be okay.

*hugs* to you
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-02 03:46 am (UTC)
thank you! *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: aimgrrrl
2007-10-01 07:20 pm (UTC)
Poor kiddo. I'm glad he's ok.

For wet food check out Spot's Stew. You can get it at Petco, and our cats LOVE it. They also have a recipe online if it's too expensive in the cans. It's all organic and really good for them.

If you want dry food we've switched to Castor and Pollux which our boys love as well. Sheldon picks out the pieces of dried fruit and eats them first. Super cute to see him searching for banana chips!

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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-02 03:47 am (UTC)
That is a riot! Banana chips? Thanks for the suggestions.
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[User Picture]From: enchant
2007-10-01 09:20 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
**good kitty wellness vibes**

Thompson
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[User Picture]From: missusmoonlight
2007-10-01 10:11 pm (UTC)
i'm so sorry about your poor little kitty.

my dog jazz was poisoned from that tainted dog food from china last fall. she had irreversible kidney failure and had to be put down because she was suffering so much. i still tear up thinking about it. she was the sweetest 11 year old black lab and she was completely healthy at her check up last summer. it was so sudden and devastating. she was completely unable to eat.
:(

i hope midnight is able to make a complete recovery.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-02 03:49 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. That is really awful.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-02 03:48 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: kanderson321
2007-10-01 11:52 pm (UTC)

You'd be surprised

I had a cat that had chronic hepatitis infections. I was perplexed -- she was an indoor-only kitty, and hadn't been outside since she'd been rescued by the shelter I adopted her from years before.

The vet could only tell me that indoor cats pick up random things more often than outdoor cats do.

Though I was hearing the other day about a connection between the flame retardant coatings put on carpets and other fabrics, and kidney failure in cats. It may be that we're inadvertently poisoning our fuzzy friends.

You and Midnight are in my prayers.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-02 03:49 am (UTC)

Re: You'd be surprised

Thanks. It really scares me that I could be the cause of him getting so sick. He is better today, so I just hope he continues to improve.
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[User Picture]From: dragonjaze
2007-10-02 01:40 am (UTC)
yay for kitty feeling better, but I hope you guys figure out what caused it. that would terrify me!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-10-02 03:50 am (UTC)
thanks. He is getting better. I just hope he is back to normal soon.
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[User Picture]From: shonao
2007-10-02 04:21 am (UTC)
Get them OFF Science Diet!!! Unless you have _no choice_ and it is a prescription food, get them OFF of it!!! SD is horrible food...fillers, crap they can't even digest, and more fat than you can shake a stick at!!
It's about on the same level as Ol'Roy in terms of generic pet foods...so horrible.

Also, the most effected foods were the wet foods. So be UBER careful.
There is one company that I KNOW makes cat food along with their dog food, and is one of only a hand full of companies NOT at all effected by the recalls...Canidae (for cats it's called Felidae (sp?))
Their older animal recipe is fantastic. There are no fillers, no undigestible ingredients, and no fatty, uneeded fillers. It also has 7 (if I'm remembering corectly...5 or 7) natural protein sources.

So after all of this you might want to look into a new food. Canidae/Felidae's wet food was also not effected by the recalls.

I'llkeep my fingers crossed...but I think you are right...sounds like a food issue....
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