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Mona gets to eat kitten food
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16 October 2020 - 6:50 pm
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In our thoughts all day today 💖💖💖

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Mona and I love her new friends joining us at the beach. Sooooo cute, Rene. Thank you!

Still waiting for Mona’s transdermal medication ordered from a compounding pharmacy in Ontario of all places. 

Mona has been eating tuna with liquid from a pet store. She really likes it but it doesn’t have taurine in it so I have to add some other food. Taurine is essential for cats. If I could just train Eli to go kill, skin and chop up a mouse then Mona will have a balanced meal with her required nutrients. icon_rolleyes

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17 October 2020 - 2:33 pm
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Awww I’ll bet if you asked Eli really nicely he would do it! 😉

I’m glad she’s eating today, that’s awesome.

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17 October 2020 - 9:13 pm
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Keep on chowing down that food Mona!!

Aide note to Eli:   I rescued an I hired Vulture (Buzzard) who had been shot thru his beak by a so called  “hunter”.  Anyway, while the beak healed he ate baby food, wet cat food…..and here comes the best part Eli.  I would go to a pet store and buy frozen deceased mice, skin them and slice them into small pieces for uim. And no, I didn’t  enjoy this at all!!  Eventually he healed enough to be set free….but he still came around for a handout from time to time.  So Eli, my point is you don’t have to exert yourself and catch a mouse, just have your hooman go to a pet store to grocery shop for Mona.  

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Mona News!!

She went to the vet yesterday to have her thyroid glands aspirated to relieve the pressure on her trachea. The vet said she was unsuccessful because the glands were too hard. The vet said she’d never seen this before. But then, I’m sure she’s never had a kitty like Mona before! 

I bought Mona some of the mousse recommended by Fuzz. Mona loves it smiley_clap And it has taurine in it! The problem is that she is now officially spoiled and turns her nose at other blended food I’ve made for her. So the plan is to feed her pieces in gravy when she’s hungry and give her mousse for dessert.

So the good news today is that Mona’s snoring, snorting, choking has lessened. Her snoring did not wake me up through the night. Maybe the vet was able to give her some relief.

Thank you for such a great idea Sally smiley5 It is something to consider… Perhaps I could develop a Mouse Mousse recipe? 

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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18 October 2020 - 3:18 pm
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Woooah, i didn’t even know the thyroid could do that to the trachea! But of course, Mona is an original. Just glad that he’s doing better and yep, probably feeling better too.

YAY for the new Mona meal plan too! Spoil that girl rotten, she sure deserves it.

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18 October 2020 - 5:02 pm
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Did you guys start an oral med while waiting on the compounded ones?

Oh dear, I’m not sure what that means being too hard nodules, maybe? The thyroid is causing way too much ruckus for dear Mona.

If you did not see this prior, Tanya has a massive page with info on hyperthyroid – http://felinecr…..oidism.htm worth a read! I’m glad to hear perhaps the aspiration did give Mona relief.

AWE, Sally 🥰 soo glad the baby V had you to rescue it! I would have done the same thing, although eek & blah, but yep we do what we must to help another.

You can also buy by feeder mice unfrozen too hehe but that would require Eli to hunt;) I always wanted to buy a couple for the boys, but i know it would be different when i see the little mice and end up with pets;)

Glad to hear you found other treats for Mona, and yep she will refuse the normal now. Keep on spoiling, and we will hope to hear the meds help get that thyroid settled and heart smaller.

We will keep our paw/hand crossed as we only have the one paw;)
Feel better, Mona!
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18 October 2020 - 6:54 pm
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Disregard if you have seen this. It is all chunked down in one easier to manage & save than Tanya’s site. Pro’s and cons of treatments etc.
Hopefully, it will be helpful.
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2016 AAFP Guidelines for the Management of Feline Hyperthyroidism

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18 October 2020 - 8:12 pm
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Holly, thanks for reminding me of Tanya’s page. It’s excellent. I looked at it a couple of weeks ago before the vet suggested hyperthyroidism.

It’s all so confusing because Mona’s blood tests do not indicate a thyroid problem. I think the vet is hoping we’ll see a difference in a couple of weeks once Mona is on the thyroid medication. I did not want to give her a pill because I’m afraid of her choking on it. She scared me when she coughed far too long on a little piece of tuna. So I hope the medication arrives tomorrow.

I will read all of the sites recommended. 

I weighed Mona today. She is now 8.0 pounds, up from 7.8 a week ago. I’m sure Eli has gained weight too, sigh….

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Really excellent information! It’s funny (ironic, really) my Minnie had surgery on one side,  then a couple or years later on the other.  When i read about that being common I thought about her. I never knew that was a common thing. 

I’m sure Mona has had all the tests necessary,  your doc sounds like she’s all over it.  I do remember though,  that the T4 can come back normal range but Free T4 found it several times in cats showing symptoms with otherwise regular bloodwork.  

I hope her meds are in tomorrow,  and YAY for putting on a bit of weight.  I know you are working like crazy to get her better💖

Sending hugs and pawsitive waves your way 💘

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Keep on chunking up Mona!!!   Proof that KITTEN FOOD works, right??!!

Interesting I fo from Jackie and Holly…as isual!

And as usual, sending  love and hugs

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

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Yeahhhhh…  I am glad she liked the Mousse… Fuzz’s order from Chewy came in part yesterday and  remainder today..  he was not happy when I smeared the glop of nutrient high calorie gel in his mouth but then he ate  a good amount of a small can of blue buffalo kitten pate and was up waiting and meowing for canned food at 530 am today … my chewy order was huge with 3 different dry foods and at least 7 or 8 different brands and flavors of wet food (mostly kitten food) along with several squeeze pouch treat/food additives and several bags of cat treats…at this point I am trying anything and everything to keep food going into him for as long as I can and maintaining an appetite so that he does not fade away… I hate to turn to medications but know that is available and as an option if he snubs all these decadent treats and smorgasboard buffet I am providing.. my other cats seem to be enjoying leftovers though.. hahahaha…

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Lookin’ good Fuzz! There’s gotta be stuff you will love eating in that huge shipment of goodies. Keep us posted.

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Checking on Mona
How are you guys doing? I understand about the oral meds. The choking, coughing has to be terrifying! Hopefully, the transdermal has arrived, and things are improving?

Yay for ounces gained. Keep it up, Mona, and yes, I figured on Eli;)

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Mona seems about the same. Thanks for asking. I give her the medication twice a day from a fancy device that measures out the amount dispersing it from a sponge tip that I apply to the bald area in her ear. Mona doesn’t mind at all.

I don’t notice any changes in her other than now she sometimes sleeps on the heated tile floor in the bathroom but then she was doing that last winter. 

One thing that is different is that Eli is watching over her while she sleeps. The only other time he did that before was when she was recovering from her amputation. Eli also watched over me after my hip replacement. By “watching over” he sits close staring for many minutes. When I woke up this morning he was staring at me from about 6 inches away. He didn’t move until I spoke to him and he touched my nose with his paw. I’m choosing not to be creeped out by this. smiley5

I think I have Mona’s menu planned to something that she doesn’t choke on – I’m alternating with mousse (my friends think I’m saying “moose”) and blended chunks in gravy.

I’m trying not to worry so I made a list of all the things she enjoys and she’s still doing them all. Right now she is purring (loudly) in the sun. sp_hearticon2

This is harder than her amputation. smiley6

Kerren, Tripawd Kitty Mona, Eli

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