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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  smile.gif

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


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Don't you love when they sleep in your hand like that?

Hugs to Guy!   catwatching.gif

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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.gif

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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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QUOTE

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.gif 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!" smile.gif CRF can be a roller coaster ride, like Kathy said; take any victories you can get smile.gif 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.gif


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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.gif

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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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Sounds like Guy is on his way to having a nice little belly, like Wally smile.gif

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

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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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And if he doesn't, Wally does!  wink.gif

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Hi Julie, thanks for sharing the supplies.  I'm sorry Friday is no longer with you -- what a cute cat!  

Guy's main dry food is the Hill's k/d, but since you are sending me some other supplies, go ahead and send the k/d to Wally and Vanessa.  In fact, I saw on Wally's forum that Vanessa is picking up a case of fluids -- maybe she could use some of the fluids you have, so please feel free to send her a couple cases.  

Thanks again! -- Mike


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Julie,

Friday looks a lot like my Button.  I love the tabby and white kitties!  Thank you again for sending the supplies to Mike.  

Juli




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Just checking in Mike. Glad to see you are getting more supplies! Always love the Guy pics! Hope he is doing well!

Julie, It is very kind of you to make sure you supplies go to a good place. Friday is darling. Like Juli, I'm a sucker for Tabby and whilte. I love the little spot on the front L. paw. Is there any chance Friday is actually a Torbie?

Purrrs and Nuzzles to All!

Martha Jane and Baila

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Thanks Julie and Juli for setting Guy up with some supplies.  Hi Martha Jane.  Here's another Guy pic for your enjoyment.  What a soft tummy he has!  

Unfortunately, he's been sneezing a lot the past few days.  I'll call the vet tomorrow.  

Thanks again to Guy's sponsors!
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Awwww!!!! I love the pic - so cute! I'm sorry Guy is sneezing. Hopefully it's nothing serious.

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Well, Guy's follow-up pancreatitis test came back ... equivocal again.  So it looks like he has mild pancreatitis, but as long as he seems to feel well enough, the vet says to do nothing about it.

Guy says hi to all his visitors!


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Sorry to hear Guy has mild pancreatitis.  Is he eating well?

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Hi Mike, you were right, I LOVE the picture of Guy soaking up his belly rubs. Aaaah, such contentment. Sorry to here about the mild pancreatitis. The vet said do nothing? Not even any suggestions to help prevent it from getting worse?

Otherwise how is Guy these days? Still spry and healthy behaving?

Thanks again for the latest picture!

Martha Jane

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Hi Mike,

I'm sorry Guy has pancreatitis. I hope it stays mild and doesn't get any worse.

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Hi Mike and Guy,

I am so sorry to hear about your boy's pancreatitis.  I hope that his sneezing has stopped.

The photos of Guy are so precious, especially of his belly being rubbed.

Take care, Gail and kits minichat6.gif

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Hi Mike, checking in on Guy. How's he feeling?

Any more delicious belly photos you'd like to share with us?  smile.gif

Laurie

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Mike, I've been enjoying the Guy updates & pictures. How's he doing?  How about more cute Guy pictures?

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Hi everyone,
I'm a little confused, because I posted on Nov. 2 that Guy was eating well and that the vet said there's nothing to do -- the treatment would be steroids, which have side effects.  I don't see that post now.  Oh well.  The important part of it was that I had an appointment with Guy for a belly-rubbing photo shoot, so hopefully we'll have some new pictures for his fans soon.  Stay tuned!


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Thanks for the update!

We're delighted that Guy is eating well  banana.gif  banana.gif and will look forward to his next photos!!

Martha Jane and Baila


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It's very reassuring to have you all visiting and wishing Guy well.  Since his photos make you all so happy, I have a new batch.  It's a quiet night here on the homefront ... captured in this photo of a relaxed Guy.

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