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Good news about Guy's heart! One worry down.

When do you find out about the pancreas?

He's such an adorable guy...

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Mike,

That's good news about Guy's heart! Glad to hear it.

Awww, that's a cute pic of Guy! He does look tired, though. Isn't he getting his full 22 hours of sleep a day? ;) LOL

Tracy :kittydrinking:

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Hi everyone. Special hi to Kathy and Gail and Vanessa and Juli and Tracy, all the pets who live with you, and of course, Guy's sponsors. The pancreas test was "equivocal," meaning the levels were elevated but not high enough to say for sure. The folate test was also somewhat elevated, indicating possible change in intestinal microflora. So basically, the suspects are inflamed pancreas, IBD and/or excess gastric acid -- the specialist wants me to run the pancreas test again in a few weeks. Unfortunately, it requires making Guy fast for 12 hours.

The great thing is, other than how skinny he is, you would never know that Guy is sick -- he still does all his cute things, plays and talks, and comes to bed every night. Here's a photo showing that Guy is still king of the jungle ...

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Hi everyone. It's nice to be able to come here. I was let down today by an old friend who made plans that were most convenient for him even knowing that that it would cause a problem for me. It's a nice change to come to a place where people are so unselfish. Thanks again to Guy's sponsors!

Guy tried a new brand of food tonight and liked it. It's IVD Modified canned. He already tried canned Hill's kd, Purina, Eukanuba, and pouch Royal Canin. He eats the Royal Canin (renal LP) regularly and likes the Hill's occasionally for a change. I wonder if the IVD is as good. According to Noreen's pages, the protein is 35% and phosphorus is 0.56%, the same as the Royal Canin, but higher than the Hill's 29% protein and 0.38% calcium. Who knows, if he likes it a lot, maybe he'll gain a couple ounces.

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Hi everyone. It's nice to be able to come here. I was let down today by an old friend who made plans that were most convenient for him even knowing that that it would cause a problem for me. It's a nice change to come to a place where people are so unselfish. Thanks again to Guy's sponsors!

Hi Mike,

I'm sorry to hear that. That's a shame that an old friend would treat you like that. At least you can always come here and be among friends and unselfish folks.

I hope Guy likes the new food and can gain some weight. :luck:

I love that picture of Guy in his jungle. He's so cute!

I hope all turns out well with his next test. IBD can be a pain, but it can also be managed successfully along with CRF. Cody has both. I'll be thinking good thoughts for Guy. :heart:

Tracy :kittydrinking:

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Its been several months since I've been on the IMOM forum (I was out of state for quite some time doing an internship). Anyhow, as I'm navigating through the new Community Forum, I noticed this CRF kitty. (what a sweetheart!). If Guy still needs monthly sponsors, I'd like to encoruage him to apply to Cats in Crisis through the Mesa Fund. We may be able to sponsor through a Mesa Grant. Details can be found at: www.catsincrisis.org

Victoria Hopkins

President and Founder

Cats in Crisis inc.

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Hi Mike,

Lola has thumbs and big paws, and whenever she is in a prime spot near me and Guy comes by, she slaps one of her big mittens on his head to let him know that he better wait his turn.
If I posted this before forgive me as I was sure I had but did not find it here when I came back. I really enjoyed this Lola story as I could so see it.

Suprisingly most people think Minsky is declawed she keeps them in so tightly when batting at anything living (we won't count mice) but she'll sure spread them for the inanimate. It was nice of you to drop by at Baila's and check out little Minsky. Sure hope you know you're always welcome to say hello over there too!

I have a picture of Minsky that very much reminds me of Guy's picture that I think was about your fifth post (yes we've been watching guy from the start). She was sitting up in the doorway of a cupboard the same way that Mike was in your doorway and I got the eyeshine too, love the picture of Guy, just as I love my pic of Minsky.

We sure were glad to hear the good news of Guy's heart but are also wondering about his pancreas. Any news?

Like that last post from Victoria. It sure would be great if Guy could be fully sponsored at last!!

Please give guy many gentle headrubs from Minsky, Baila and the rest of my gang!

MarthaJane and crew

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Hi Victoria, thanks for visiting. Since you see that Guy is a sweetheart, I'm posting for you this photo of Guy sleeping in my hand. What a good guy. Thank you for the info about the possibility of a Mesa Grant; I'd like to look into that. I wish I knew about it a few weeks ago! I just had to spend $800 at the internal medicine and cardiology specialists' offices.

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Tracy, it's really nice to get your well wishes. I would like to know how you found out that Cody has IBD. According to the vet, there is no simple test for this. They would have to do an endoscopy to know for sure. Best wishes!

Martha Jane, I'll be sure to pass on those headrubs :)

--Mike

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Awwww!!! Another sweet picture of Guy. What a love he is! :wub:

I would like to know how you found out that Cody has IBD. According to the vet, there is no simple test for this. They would have to do an endoscopy to know for sure.

Mike, You're right - there's no one test for IBD, unfortunately. Cody's diagnosis was arrived at by elimination of other possible causes that do have tests, such as lymphoma. The vet also did some x-rays, to see if there was a mass, gave antibiotics to see if it was just an infection, and prescribed Kaopectate. When the meds didn't work and the x-ray revealed no mass, we did the endoscopy. Two vets palpated his abdomen several times during those visits - I think we made 3 or 4 visits in about 3-4 weeks to try to figure this out. They always told me they felt thickening of his intestines, which they told me is a symptom of IBD. That, and the endoscopy results, led to the diagnosis.

I'm sending good thoughts for you and Guy. I hope he's feeling well this week.

Tracy :stripekitty:

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Guy is still cute today. Just thought I'd keep you all posted on his cuteness.

Tracy, what were Cody's symptoms that prompted you to have all the diagnostics done?

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Mike,

Guy is still very cute. How is he feeling? Did they ever determine if he had pancreatitis?

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Hi Juli. The PLI (pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity) test was "equivocal." Guy's level of 11.3 microgram/L was out of the reference range of 2.0-6.8, but still below the very high levels of cats with serious pancreatitis. The lab suggests retesting after a few weeks, so I will have the test run again at Guy's next blood panel, which will be next week.

Meanwhile, I am happy to report that Guy has gained weight. He was 9 pounds most of his life, 8 pounds when diagnosed on March 1st, 7.5 pounds by mid-April, and dropped at one point in June to nearly 7 pounds. He stabilized at 7.5 pounds for the rest of the summer. The past few weeks, with the extra fluids and some new food that he likes, he has climbed back to 8 pounds!!! You should have seen me dancing around the scale pumping my arms in the air as if I'd just won the lottery. :banana:

Best to Ava, Cali, Cooper, and Tori

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Hi Mike and Guy,

That is terrific news. I hope Guy continues to gain weight and do well.

CRF is such a roller coaster ride- you take joy in the small victories.

Guy is absolutely adorable-

Kathy

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Tracy, what were Cody's symptoms that prompted you to have all the diagnostics done?

Hi Mike,

Cody's throwing up became very frequent - sometimes he'd throw up several times a day. His appetite started to wane, his weight dropped, and he started having diarrhea.

I'm glad that Guy has gained weight. :banana: I know the feeling of wanting to do the happy dance around the scale - Cody got weighed by the vet on Saturday. When she told me he had gained weight - several ounces - we both said "YAY!" :) CRF can be a roller coaster ride, like Kathy said; take any victories you can get :) Good luck with Guy's next pancreas test. I'm glad that, at first glance, his levels don't appear to be in the range for serious pancreatitis.

And yes, Guy is forever cute :-)

Tracy :stripekitty:

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I just notice that Guy is now fully sponsered ! Wonderful news for Guy and Mike.

I wish you both many happy years together. CRF has a funny way of making us closer to our babies than we ever could have imagined.

Kathy

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I'm glad Guy probably doesn't have pancreatitis. I hear that is hard to manage.

Good news on the weight gain. It is enough to .... :banana:

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I can hardly believe it. Guy is now fully sponsored. Thank you so so much to Guy's newest sponsors.

When I drive home, sometimes just being on the roads makes me feel like I'm in a foreign world, a place where people don't care about each other at all. Then, when I come here to IMOM, the contrast is amazing. There is so much support and generosity. For the newest sponsors, here is a picture showing how content Guy is.

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Awwww!!! Another cute Guy pic :) He is so precious. Mike, I'm so glad Guy is fully sponsored. You both deserve it.

Tracy :stripekitty:

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Hi Mike, I'll be shipping some supplies to you for Guy (Juli e-mailed me your address). I'll probably be able to send by end of the week (if not, early next week).

One question though - I read an earlier post about what Guy eats and didn't see the k/d dry food mentioned. Just want to make sure before I send it - do you think he will eat the k/d dry? If so, I will be happy to send that as well as the fluids & other stuff.

In memory of Friday. April 1989-September 22, 2006. Rest in peace.

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