Archive | December 2015

Cats and Strokes

Do you ever have one of those years where you should have stayed in a locked room with all the windows bolted shut?  I feel that way this morning.

Moose, the Chocolate Lab, has been doing relatively well.  He actually had a real stool specimen yesterday instead of diarrhea, which is always a good sign.  He’s getting up by himself and continuing to eat well.

Ralphie, on the other hand, not so much.  Ralphie is my “failure to thrive” kitten that I adopted from a Shelter where I volunteered.  I think I posted about him before.

Anyway, I went down the hall to the office to do a little work and he was in the sitting room.  I heard him cry out….which he does when he can’t find me, so I didn’t think too much of it.  I called for him and he came in and jumped on his chair.  Then he started looking back at his back legs like something had bit him.  Then he started walking in circles.  THAT freaked me out.

I got him back into the sitting room and he seemed okay.  He jumped up on the couch back and took a long nap, snoring because he has a stuffy nose.  When he woke up, he went right back to the circling thing.

I grabbed my trusty homeopathic book for cats and  gave him Aconitum (200c) and another dose 30 minutes later.  He continued to walk in a circle.  After checking other websites, I opted to give him some Belladonna (30c) and 30 minutes later, Arnica (30c).  He finally settled down but I didn’t get much sleep last night.

No more circles this morning.  He’s quite weak, keeps bending his front paw when he walks and he’s dragging.  Wasn’t quite sure what to do with the dry cat food, but he did manage to eat his wet cat food (made wetter with some bottled water).  This is a cat that jumps off the bed 4-5 times a night to munch, mind you.

He used his litter box this morning and he actually played with his sister and with a string attached to one of his toys.  He’s now on Conium (30c) for 10 days.

He’s resting comfortably on the rug in our sitting room.  That isn’t common.  Usually he’s up on the couch, on his scratch post or on my lap.  This is going to be a tough one.

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UPDATE:  I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Vestibular Disease.  The more I read, the more I think (hope!) this is what Ralphie is dealing with.  Check out this blog:  http://felinevestibular.blogspot.com/2007/07/feline-vestibular-syndrome.html.

I gave him one pellet of Nux Vomica to help with his dizziness.  He’s been sleeping a lot (as cats do) but he does get up and wander around for a few minutes, then goes and lays back down.  Here’s hoping.

 

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Holiday Miracles

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You know that Moose has been struggling for a long time with laryngeal paralysis and a host of other ailments.  Well, you can probably add kidney problems right along with everything else.  For the past several weeks, he’s been very wobbly and continuously fell down when trying to urinate, walk past his sister, or even walk around the living room.  Last Friday he couldn’t get up on his own.  He looked like death warmed over and I really thought he wouldn’t make it through the night.

Moose is nothing if not a fighter though.  I did a lot of research in my 2 favorite homeopathy books – Dr. Pitcairn’s and Homeopathy for Dogs (I also have Homeopathy for Cats) and decided to try a little Plumbum Metallicum.  The description on the label says for paleness, BUT….the Homeopathy for Dogs book states:  “This remedy may be indicated in those conditions where excessive wasting over the lumbar region is accompanied by a tendency to paraplegia or weakness of the hind quarters.  Other signs of incipient paralysis may arise such as difficulty in retaining saliva.  Extreme constipation is invariably present.”  Moose IS constipated, but hasn’t eaten much over the past few days.  However, since giving him the Plumbum Met. twice a day since Friday, he’s eating better.  Not great, but better.  Also, he has been walking on his own, going outside and coming back without falling over once.  He’s still a bit unsteady, BUT….to go from having my husband and I having to lift him up on his unsteady feet, to him getting up on his own truly is a miracle.  (And a good homeopathic!)

I also gave him one dose of Mercurius vivus for his uremia.  Uremia can cause ulcers in the mouth, bad breath and increased saliva, which contributed to his unwillingness to eat.  He’s been smiling all day today, which makes me very happy.

Something else I just started giving him (because I am a little slow sometimes!) is Vetoquinol Epakitin Antioxidant Supplement for Dogs & Cats.  I’ve been giving it to Henry for months and it seems to have slowed her kidney digression, so I thought….gee….why not try it on Moosie?  I sprinkle it on lunch meat (one of the few things he’s been eating).  I am cautiously optimistic.

References:  

Dogs – Homeopathic Remedies, George Macleod, MRCVS, DVSM, Vet FF Hom
Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats, Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
Vetoquinol Epakitin Antioxidant Supplement for Dogs & Cats – purchased from Chewy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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