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25 June 2021 - 7:01 am
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Hello Harriet's moms! So sorry for not replying sooner. Very glad to hear Harriet is doing better, eating and being active and getting her subQ fluids well. (I've been there with renal failure kitties and senior kitties, sigh... the special diets! Sharps containers!) Our Yum Yum kitty (14 y/o front leg amputee, she has a thread in the forums here) had some "sleepy" days during her recovery in between active periods. It's totally normal to worry over it and also totally normal to need extra periods of rest when there's so much healing to do. 

Please give sweet Harriet extra chin scritches from us! sp_hearticon2

PS really good to know about the PH differences in subQ fluids. Whenever I did it the vets always prescribed ringer's lactated solution, but of course each case is different depending on the kitty's health condition. In any case, so glad you found something that works well for her.

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25 June 2021 - 12:50 pm
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That is so nice of you Jessica! Thanks for checking in.

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26 June 2021 - 12:09 pm
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Hi everyone!

Harriet’s doctor appointment went well. Her sutures were removed, her incision is healing well and we just need to keep a tshirt or onesie on her for another week to ensure she doesn’t pick at it. Her kidney levels were a tiny bit better than they were pre-surgery (but still in the stage 3 range, so better is not fabulous, except onsofar as they are not a lot worse). We are to wean her off her pain meds, and stop the antibiotics she was on. 

She seems to be doing really well for the most part! We’ve noticed though that yesterday a couple times she just sat in her litter box for a few minutes after peeing or pooping. And today she has gone back and forth from her bed to her box multiple times within the same span of time - so, within 20 minutes she went back and forth 4 times or so and is seeming unsettled. I’m hoping it’s constipation, but am worried it’s kidney related. But then her numbers were ok. Any ideas?



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26 June 2021 - 3:09 pm
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Glad to hear that overall Harriet is doing well. She is just amazing! Frequent trips to the litterbox like that could be UTI, but I guess could also be constipation too. I would keep the box extra clean and try to monitor her when she goes in. UTI can make them have to go frequently so they only go small amounts. With her on the antibiotics it really sounds unlikely that it's a UTI? Watch to see what her poop looks like. If she does not pass any stool and keeps trying you might want to have her doctor take a peek. If she cannot poop they can give her something to help with that. 

I wish I could be of more help. I have seen both things many times and the biggest thing is being watchful, try to encourage fluids, and see how she does over the next bit of time. How is her appetite?

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26 June 2021 - 8:29 pm
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Other than the litter box behavior,  Harriet really is doing amazingly  well!  

Jackie gave you some good feedback on possible  cause of the litter box trips. And then there could be some constipation  on top of that.  Ugh.  You're doing  a good job of monitoring  her 👍

And us know what? Kidney levels that are a "little bit better"....yeah, we'll take it!

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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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27 June 2021 - 10:50 am
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I'm so glad things are overall pretty good with her! She's such a strong kitty. I'm with Jackie, observe and hydrate as best you can. It's possibly constipation but you said she went earlier without any issues so I just don't know. Keep aware of her behavior, jot it down and let your vet know if it doesn't changed. Is she eating OK? Pacing and anxiety are pain signals too, so it could be that. The sitting down in the litter box after going makes me think she was just really tired from the activity and needed a break to recharge. So I guess yep, just observe over the next day and see if she keeps doing it. Let us know!

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28 June 2021 - 11:02 pm
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Hi all! Thank you to everyone who is weighing in! Now we are also experiencing record heat here in Harriet’s town, and we are doing our best to keep her tolerably cool with a portable AC unit (which, fighting against our 102 degree heat, is barely keeping the living room 83 degrees!). So - we think this is impacting her appetite I think. She ate her breakfast but was pokey about it. She only ate about 1/4 of her dinner. But she’s gotten fluids today, has been drinking water, and in her multiple litter box trips we’ve observed her either peeing, doing nothing productive but moving her tail and anus like she wants to poop but can’t (aw, Mom! Don’t talk about my anus on the internet!), or she has actually pooped - she pooped a few tiny poops overnight, and then today she produced two large fully formed but slightly squishy logs, about 20 minutes apart. Since then she’s settled down to rest more, so perhaps it is constipation? The 20 minutes apart makes me think so. She is already on miralax. 

We are taking her in to see her regular vet tomorrow. We kind of panicked and called in and since they had an opening we took it. 

Other than that - she is walking/hopping herself to her box, she has been giving her self more of a bath rather than just a few licks, and she leans into scratches and pets. We are so nervous that we’ve hurt her more than we’ve helped her. I know that’s ridiculous given she would have had to have an euthanasia exit but for the surgery. I’ll update tomorrow evening after her appointment!

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28 June 2021 - 11:28 pm
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Well sounds like a bit of constipation could be the culprit to some of the back and forth to the kitty litter.

And the heat would certainly  interfere  with her  desire to eat a lot.  So several small meals throughout  the day may be easier f9rnhermto handle.   Good that she's getting her fluids though. 

She really is doing very well.  Kitties  a lot younger  often are not as far along  as she is.  Being  mobile,  groom herself, etc.....all great news!

Yiu def did this FOR Harriet, o,ah👍  Her spar is com back, slow but surel.

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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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29 June 2021 - 4:08 am
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Glad she pooped, also glad you are taking her in. Has she ever been obstipated? Have you always given her Miralax or is this a new thing? The weather definitely impacts all of our appetites and it could def be as simple as that. Personally, I am glad you are taking her in just for a looksie. If she is constipated/obstipated they should be able to tell fairly easily. Please let us know how you make out.

Ok Harriet.... time to chill out girl smiley2  I think your moms have had enough excitement to last quite a while! 

As Sally said, you did this FOR her, not TO her. I don't think this has anything to do with that. More baths and leaning into loving is a really GOOD sign! Don't forget what led you to this decision in the first place, ok? The alternate decision would not have her there with you worrying about her poop and all in all she sounds like a pretty happy kitty sp_hearticon2

Sending you all hugs and pawsitive vibes!

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3 July 2021 - 2:36 pm
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Just stopping by to say hey and join everyone else in their amazement over Harriet. What a gal! Hope the last few days have been good for her! 

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3 July 2021 - 3:02 pm
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Update Saturday: Harriet is doing ok! The vet gave her a shot for a uti, and sent us home with more meds. Her trips to the box are fewer but still more than normal. As I write this we are sitting in the front yard with Harriet in her baby carriage, sleeping. 

Other excitement - one of our 8lb terriers snuck into Harriet’s recovery pen and got into her litter box, and ate some litter.  This resulted in an ER trip for the dog and 24 hours of panic for the Moms. Abbie (dog) got her stomach pumped and the vet said they got 3 tablespoons of litter, yikes! So it could’ve been very serious, and now Harriet’s pen stays zipped up. Hopefully after the uti is under control we will see more progression from Harriet re interest in moving around other parts of the house. We are not sure when we will be able to move her out of the recovery pen.  Maybe it’s a feature of our living room that will be here for the rest of the time Harriet is with us? We will do whatever she needs and feels best with!

I tried to post a photo but haven’t figured it out yet.  Sorry about that!

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3 July 2021 - 3:14 pm
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Hey I tried to start a blog page for Harriet, for photos. Here is (I hope) a link to a photo from today! https://grandol.....t-harriet/

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3 July 2021 - 5:29 pm
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Aounds like the UTI will fade away soon and there will be even more improvement!  I think she actually  is enjoying her little sanctuary  and may decide she likes that better than any other parts of the house.  Sweet Harriet just  melts my heart with her personality. 

 ohhhmyyy goodness!  So glad Abbey is okay!!!  You sure don't  need any ore hurdles to overcome!  Ofcourse Harriet and Abbey are completely  oblivious  to the fact that there jave been any hurdles at all😎

Thanks for the update.  Hope you can all have a relaxing weekend👌

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

PS.....no worries.....a techie will come along and fix the link so we can see some more of Harriet!

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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3 July 2021 - 10:15 pm
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Here is another attempt at a link to a photo. I started a blog page so I could post them somewhere and link but don’t know if it’s working.  Harriet in her nighttime onesie: https://grandol.....leepytime/

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Didn't work 🙁

I think you just need to go to your Media library, copy the picture link, and paste it here.

Test: I clicked on the picture View, then copied the link from there.

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