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Sky Blue's Journey into Tripawd
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13 January 2019 - 5:25 pm
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It really has suffered. I’m a fresh freak and will pay more for local produce. The produce they carry now is pathetic and mass produced. Probably GMO. 

There is less as well – I’ve noticed that they have removed a lot of shelves so less selection.

So sad. 

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13 January 2019 - 5:29 pm
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Agreed. I don’t know where you are, but I’m in Lexington, KY. They just made a new one here and i picked up a cucumber that my thumb went through 🤮

I think i like Trader Joe’s better now, lol.

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Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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13 January 2019 - 5:35 pm
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I’m near Portland, OR. I like TJ’s too! Munching on their Mochi Rice Nuggets as I type this. big-grin

But we have some good quality local markets as an alternative to Whole Foods, so when i want really fresh I go there. 

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Hi Rebecca!

I am really glad to see that the CBD is coming in handy. Mitch (the puppers)  gets his twice a day and it has done a world of good for him. I have played with the idea of giving it to Oscar to “destress” him but I have not read enough on dosages for kitties.. all of my research has been powered by canine need. 

Since the Huckster and the Bo pup, Oscar is really a lot more high strung. I don’t think he likes sharing the company. He is fine with Andy, but Andy was already here when I took him in and Oscar was only 5 weeks old so neither Andy nor Mitch are a threat to his alpha kitty hood, lol. Andy actually played surrogate papa to Oscar and really helped him developmentally. Mitchell has never been a threat to anybody and he was also here first. 

I started trying to mix it with their food (I have flavorless capsules for Mitch as well as flavorless oil) but that kinda shut down quickly because the cats are constantly changing bowls at night so I want to make sure I am dosing it correctly. I may have to just syringe it to him. Andy is also a good candidate because of his anxiety. 

I have heard of it helping with tummy issues, I know for fact it helps with people and tummy issues. I am anxious to see how Blue does with it. 

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What’s working for me, is giving Sky his prednisolone and CBD in a spoonful of baby food.  He loves it! It was Louise’s recommendation and it works. I get turkey or chicken pureed Gerber food. He doesn’t like the beef as much.

Hope it helps!

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23 January 2019 - 4:07 am
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I am glad he is so good about taking medicines like that for you!! I have some of those squeeze up treats which they will follow me around the house for, lol. Probably similar to the baby food, and much more controllable. I also have some tuna cubes in the freezer that I made with tuna juice. I know at least Oscar will probably be amicable to that. Andy (even though he is the biggest) is the fussiest. 

Oscar has taken to sitting by my arm at meal time like a pup trying to beg whatever meats I have on my plate… I swear he was a dog in his last life 🤣🤣🤣

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23 January 2019 - 4:26 am
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I’m replying to your posts here:)

I don’t want to hijack this thread, but Holly just wanted to let you know that I spoke with St. Louise yesterday. She has never heard of CBD helping with IBD but said she would be pleasantly surprised to add this to her arsenal if it works. So this is experimental for the IBD as far as she is concerned. And I’m going to give him the CBD at night so it might help us all sleep through the night! Duh. Why couldn’t I think of that? whatever

Pred dose is down to 2.5 mg each day from 5 one day alternating to 2.5. Fingers and all extremities crossed that it works. Do that for a week then every other day barring any backsliding.

I’ll post on Sky’s thread after this. Thanks for your info!!!

R & S

YAAY of course Saint Dr. Lousie is on board it’s best to be guided by the vets or them to know what you are trying god forbid something goes awry. We are guided by our holistic vet and I trust him whole heartily. As I mentioned earlier we gave it to Purrkins when he was first diagnosed with cancer a human formula also prescribed by the holistic vet this was before it was so popular like it is today. And now for the past 8 months to Saxton. Our instructions are am and pm always has been with both kitties. It needs to be consistent no off days CBD doesn’t work on an as-needed basis. I would have been afraid to do it on my cats metabolize supplements and drugs so differently.

Be careful on the baby food its high in calories and its great to have on hand we used it for years and only on occasion now. I know you don’t have weight concerns with Sky just a heads up on three and weight gain;)

Inaba Churu makes a lickable treat that is loved just as well as the baby food and low in calories. Best of luck on the pred reduction! We don’t know unless we try and you have other options to exhaust if needed.

One day at a time & fingers and paws crossed.
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23 January 2019 - 10:58 am
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Thanks for the great info as always, Holly! Putting weight on Sky has been a goal so I wasn’t concerned about too many calories. He just made it back to the weight he was before losing the leg this week! He was too thin so having him filling out is terrific. But I will keep an eye on that as I know too much weight will put too much strain on his remaining back leg.  Also, getting him off the Prednisolone  – if we can do it without other repercussions – will reduce his hunger and food intake.  It’s all trial and error, isn’t it?

I’ll make a note of the lickable treat as I may need to switch if Sky keeps gaining weight. For now, it’s good that he gets the calories. 

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Hi Jackie,

Thanks for the reinforcement on the squeeze up stuff for meds.  Tuna cubes are brilliant!!!

I love having puppycats.  Sky is very much like a dog and I had a fabulous Maine Coon who was also like a dog. Friendly, outgoing, social – so much fun!

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23 January 2019 - 12:20 pm
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It is all trial and error, unfortunately, but I do believe you will find an alternative route to the pred. I also know we do what we have to and we have to weigh the pros and cons! I am hoping for a smooth transition for Sky off the meds! Yep keep an eye out being on three adds weight constant tweaking so enjoy gaining & not worrying about it for now!

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Hello Friends!

It’s been a while so I thought I’d just check in and let you know that all is well.  Sky is curled up on my lap as I type this.  

We have adjusted to our new normal and life goes on.  Sky has gained weight and now weighs more than he did pre-surgery! With the IBD that is an accomplishment.  The Slippery Elm has been a godsend! No prednisolone since Feb 1.  Thanks!

His stools are hit and miss but mostly good and firm. 

He has me well-trained to pick him up on the furniture and the bed…despite the fact he manages the stairs very well… but whatever he wants! He wrestles with Marlowe, my Cavalier, and is just my sweet, loving Sky!  That did not change one bit. He’s happy!

I’m doing the CBD oil but not sure if it makes a difference. Can’t tell. Because he does have some spinal issues he is getting gabapendin twice a day and adequan once a week.  High maintenance but nothing like before.. whew!

Just want to wish you all well and send my appreciation always for helping us through a traumatic time!!

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Awww Rebecca, thank you for checking in. What a joy to know that Sky is thriving, this made our day! 

You are such a great parent to him, and I’m sure Marlow helped him along through recovery too. What great news to know life is good! smiley10Give the critters extra lovin’ from all of us, we are so hoppy for you.

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24 May 2019 - 1:57 pm
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Thanks so much – yes life is good! All 4 pets are happy and healthy so that means I am as well smiley4

They all care for each other and it’s my privilege to do the best I can for them.  

Thanks again for this site and for all the support. Man, that was a tough one smiley5

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