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Our Jimmi, 14 year old cat with Osteosarcoma and pulmonary MTS
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Hi Bettina and Gang,
We are sorry to hear Jimmi was having some side effects from chemo. They can prescribe meds to help with the nausea. If they have not presided meds to help, ask.
Rapid weight loss in cats is scary. Can you start weighing Jimmi at home?
I ditto Sally does he need another chemo? Will one more make a difference? I have no experience with chemo just asking?
What about doing a scan now and then decide after you see the results. Has it helped ,any change etc. Iโ€™m glad to hear he is perking back up. We are all hoping the chemo has helped Jimmi ๐Ÿ™

P.S. Some ideas to try for Jimmi getting some weight back on along with his regular food .

-baby food turkey and gravy, ham and gravy, chicken and gravy. Tiny jars are 90 calories and our guys love the Turkey and Gravy.

-Catsure drink we used this on our senior cat and it helped keep some weight on him. He drank it right up.

PetAg CatSure Meal Replacement
Liquid nutritional supplement meets nutritional needs as cats age
Contains flaxseed oil, a great source of DHA
Delicious highly-palatable vanilla flavor
Helps ensure proper fluid intake
Dietary supplement or meal replacement ensures balanced nutrition and fluid intake in senior, sick, or stressed cats. CatSure contains highly-digestible lactose-free milk proteins, amino acids, added vitamins, minerals, trace nutrients and ingredients that are the source of Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids.

http://www.peta.....th/catsure

Catnip can stimulate some cats appetites too.

Thank you for updating us, hope we can get some weight back on Mr Jimmi he needs some meat on his bones to fight this disease!
Give all the furry family extra scratches and treats please. Take care of yourself too ok!
Hugs!
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Here at DaBear HQ, we have many cats and many with various stages of illnesses ( including inoperable brain tumors). One item that does seem to help either put on weight or at the very least stop weight loss is Hill's ( Prescription but you do not need a prescription: that is simply the company's name) Critical Care A/D. It is a very palatable, nutrient and calorie dense, almost pudding like consistency. I always keep cans around in case anyone gets sick. You can also syringe it without it plugging up the syringe ( which is fantastic). The label shows cats and dogs as the same formula is offered for both. It is not inexpensive but is worth it's weight in gold to me.ย 

Here is the link to the Amazon page where you can order it:

Hill's Prescription Diet a/d K9/Fel Critical Care

Has Jimmi ever been tested for hyperthyroidism? Very, very common in older cats AND can cause weight loss and muscle wasting.ย 

Jimmi is ABSOLUTELY the cat's meow! What a handsome guy!!! Sending under ear scratches and head bumps and belly rubs and mousies his way! Best wishes, hugs, and PyrPaws all around!

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Hello dear Tripawders!

I THANK YOU ALL SO SO MUCH for all the recommendations and links regarding weight gain!!! You are all AWESOME!!

Thankfully Jimmi has really good appetite. Today we learned that he lost 200 gramm more weight, all in one he now lost 800 gramm, despite daily slamming down a LOT.

The vet we spoke to today (they have whole team there) said she cannot tell if this is caused by the cancer itself (cachexia) or if it comes from chemo. She said they can never definitely tell, but her guess is both of it.
He is not critically thin, but it would be really great if he could pack a bit back on.
He is very very active, playful and chatty. His blood work again came back excellent as well, she said it couldn't be better.

The best news I have on stock is that today Jimmi had his FINAL CHEMO!!!! Ding ding ding!!!

I was almost tempted to cancel the last one cause of the weight loss, but thanks to SALLY's input I didn't. Thanks Sally!ย 

Before Jimmi was diagnosed we mainly fed grain-free quality food, three different brands, to offer some variety. And sometimes, as a treat, I confess, about two times a week a little can of "Yummy, but not ideal" exceptions.
Since Jimmi became ill, we are sticking with the grain-free brands, additional once a day raw and always adding a bit nutritional Baby Flakes of a german brand. These flakes are usually meant to help rather weak kitten to gain weight a bit quicker. Also found some "Pure Protein" wet food from Grau, to support muscle gain.
The vet recommended us some nutritional paste which we tried, but Jimmi apparently was disgusted. Well.

Anyway, a couple of days ago I gave in and bought some usually 'no-go' (cause not grain-free, but better quality) cans from Gourmet and let Jimmi have what he desires the most. I just want him to eat as much as even possible and I want him to enjoy his food.
About three times a week I'm also cooking, chicken hearts, turkey or beef.

In three weeks they will do a cat scan to see if the chemo was successful, I am pretty nervous and sooooooo hope it had the wished effect.

Here is a picture from our way home from his last chemo, still in the car in his carrier.

Oh - and FINALLY his hair is coming back! Our boy is wearing pants again!

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I'll keep you posted!ย heartheartheart

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Thanks for the update!! And YAY! NO MORE CHEMO!!

And just to clarify, I think I was "suggesting" that in many cases with dogs, many Vets recommend just four rounds. So I was "suggesting" talking with your Vet to see if she felt there was proof it woukd be advantageous to do the sixth round since he was having some "issues",'or if you could stop at the four (or was it five?).

Regardless, he's done with chemo! YAY!

A d the GRRRREAT NEWS IS THAT JIMMI IS FEELING WONDERFUL!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ His vloodwork looks great!!

Now Mr Jimmi, let's fatten you up a bit!! Just to keep things "interesting", Jerry recently did a blog on grains not being the "no-no" they used to be according to some studies! Crazy! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

So if Jimmi likes the Gourmet I say go for it!! It is wonderful that he has such a good appetite!! That's really good news too!

I loooove that picture of him! And his tail is so pretty!

Thanks again for the update! Looks like his Guardian Angels are doing their job! How is your Dad's cat doing?

Love and hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Yeah chemo is over๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ Yeah Jimmi!

I would give Jimmi whatever his little heart desires and then some!๐Ÿ˜ปย 

I can see he has lost weight, but he looks great! I bet he will gain his weight back now the chemo is over๐Ÿ™

Sending pawsitive energy the chemo worked and did what it was suppose to do.

Jimmi is still symptom free right ?ย 

Keep it up Jimmi we are rooting for you Mr! You are one special guy!

Thanks for the update!

Take care of yourself too please!

Hugs to you and the furry family

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Congratulations Jimmy, you handsome fellow! Chemo is over!

I asked my tripawd kitty Mona what you should eat and she said canned kitten food of course. It is high in fat and protein and she loves it. The vet gave it to her after her amputation and she went wild over it. She doesn't normally get so excited over food.

Hugs and chin scratches,

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Monaย heartheart

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Congratulations on finishing chemo!!! ย 

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016. ย Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016. ย Lung mets August 25, 2016.ย ย Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016. ย  Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.ย ย 

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Hi Everyone!!

Thanks again for all your input and recommendations!!

Before I switch to nutrition I want to let you all know that Jimmi had his after-chemo-scan and it turned out CHEMO WAS SUCCESSFUL! YAY!!!!!

The single larger metastasis he has shrunk a little and the micro spots around the larger one show no progress and didn't spread any further. Nothing entirely disappeared, but we didn't expect this anyway. The vet told us in advance the best result we can get is to STOP the progress and we are so happy Jimmi reached this goal!
Usually, the vet told us, diagnosed at this stage there isn't much time left. Normally, if there are metastases already, osteosarcoma in cats tends to spread drastically within 6 weeks. Jimmi got diagnosed last october, so this is really good news.
We asked if we now have to worry about progress after chemo is over, the oncologist said statistically the effect of a chemo withย Doxoribicin lasts about 1 year - we can hope for one year Jimmi being stable now.
Nobody can tell for SURE of course, but this is how the situation statistically looks like.
They will keep him monitored, in 2 or three months he'll have his next scan.

When Jimmi was under anesthesia and they intubated him they noticed one of his canines and some molars don't look good. They recommended to take care of this immediately instead of laying even more stress on him with another appointment and another anesthesia, so we agreed. They pulled his right lower canine and removed retaining roots of 3 molars.
When he arrived at home he first looked really distressed, restlessly scampering around with a long string of bloody drool hanging out of his mouth. But thankfully my own crisis about this was worse like Jimmi's. After only two hours he started eating and playing and was all himself again. Our little cat man is such a trooper and I'm so relived the affected teeth are out, one thing less to worry about, and it's evident he feels much better without them.

They weighed him, he did not lose more weight (good), but didn't gain any, either, despite of eating really really good.
We bought some sort of critical care in a tube, which he refuses to eat (can't blame him). Mixing it under his food didn't work, either.
But we additionally give him some protein/vitamin flakes and those seem to go down well.

We stopped limiting his diet to grain-free cat food, currently we just let him eat what he craves the most, always good quality though.
Gaining weight is more important now.

He is SYMPTOM FREE, nobody could tell he's already 15 years old and went through so much. He's super active, talkative, playful and a really happy boy!

While I'm typing this he's exploring the "benefits" of his slim shape - all happy that now he's able to cram himself into even smaller boxes like beforeย laughing

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Always on the bright side of lifeย heart

Sending bags full of love to all of you. This of course includes all your furry ones!!!

Bettina

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GRINNING EAR TO EAR OVER HERE! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Terrific update!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Chock full of soooooo much good news!! ๐Ÿ™‚

JIMMI IS A MIRACLE KITTY! Nothing stops this young senior!!

And that picture is absolutely adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for taki g time to chronicle what's been going on with Jimmi! He is a true inspiratiin! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hugs and ear scratches to sweet Jimmi!:-)

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Bettina this is just the most wonderful news! Congrats on achieving the "stable disease" cancer status we all hope and pray for when we're going through the journey. Jimmi might be 15 but he has the fightin' spirit of a much younger kitty! It's definitely because of the fantastic care he gets from you and his vets. LOVE IT!

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Jimmi is a starย superstarsuperstarย Jimmi is showing us great results without losing weight. He looks fabulous in the box - it must be cozy.

Thanks for the update. I'm very happy for both of you.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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THANK YOU both! I hope Jimmi's story can help others in their decision whether to amputate or not.
I can really say we don't regret anything. He made it through chemo without dramatic side effects and it's such a joy to see how he is enjoying life to the fullest.

In the most cases with existing metastases I read of vets saying as soon it spread they don't recommend amputation anymore.
I can't tell if our story is an exception, but we definitely would do it again.

All our fingers, toes and paws crossed for similar cases. We don't know what the future brings, but 7 months symptom-free after amputation to us is a victory already.

I'll sure keep you posted!ย 

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THANK YOU, Kerren!ย heart

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clapYAAAAAAY๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ CHEMO WAS SUCCESSFUL!!!
That is the best news! NO more weight loss is also great news!
Hopefully Jimmi will now start adding his weight back on! Give the boy whatever he wants and craves ๐Ÿ™‚

Jimmi will most definitely help another kitty & kitty parent one day! Have no doubt on that!
Jimmi being a senior kitty and having osteo & mets & successful chemo !
Symtopm Free Jimmi is a TriRock Star!superstar

I know you guys have a weight lifted ! Celebrate! Enjoy, being off for a couple of months!
Jimmi you keep on kicking that cancers Rear! You are doing a great job at it buddy!
Jimmi is proof of those statistics they don't mean squat!
We could not be happier for you !!

You always have team Jimmi rooting for him here! We will continue to keep all things crossed here & sending Positive energy that way!
Chin & ear scratches to the furry family
Extra treats for our TRI-ROCKSTARsuperstar Jimmi
Hugs!
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Wow! ย That's great! ย I hope he gets the year and many more!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016. ย Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016. ย Lung mets August 25, 2016.ย ย Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016. ย  Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.ย ย 

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