were_gopher: (Vote)
( Aug. 8th, 2016 03:54 pm)

Mungo was a helpful cat . Here you see him helping us cook, read, play Nintendo and surf the net.

Thanks to everyone who's sent hugs and good wishes this last couple of weeks. It's helped tremendously.
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( Aug. 6th, 2016 01:41 pm)


May Bast guide you to the summer land where the mice are just slow enough and the tuna tin never empties.
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More to follow once I've processed the amount of the output of the Jack Daniels distillery Co it's taken to feel vaguely sleepy.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Jul. 30th, 2016 02:43 pm)
The state of the Mungo is not good.

He went in for his boosters and a glucose curve 8am on Wednesday and seemed OK. At lunchtime the vet called to say he had collapsed and his blood glucose was reading 1 so they stuffed honey on his tongue, put him on a drip and fed him the special food to get him up again.They then took some samples and sent them for testing to find out what was going on.

When I picked him up at 8.30 he seemed alright, no more lethergic and annoyed than expected, and wolfed down his favourite pilchard cat food when I put it down. Because of the crash I was told to not give him any more insulin until I was told to in case it sent him right down again.

The next evening the vet called and said he seems to have gone into remission for his diabetes but his kidney function has deteriorated so no more cat milk and high protein food and here's some powder (Ipakitine) to sprinkle over the renal kibble and move him over to renal pouches, with the powder sprinkled on it. This of course is another thing not available from the pet shop so back to Amazon to order some, due Monday.

He seemed lively enough yesterday, even going out for a walk which he's done very rarely of late. He'll follow us out into the garden but not go out himself so we think this may be a good sign. Had fish and chips for tea and the usual dividend was asked for and recieved with relish.

He's spent today mostly lying on the kitchen floor near his dishes, drinking, and has even ignored tuna. This cat never ignores tuna.

We're taking him back to the vet at 4. I hope he's coming home but right now I'm not sure.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( May. 2nd, 2016 03:51 pm)
Current status, same old same old.  Curve still to U shaped for the vets liking, she'd like it shallower with lower highs but he seems to be doing ok on it so don't mess with what works. He's showing no signs of hypo etc and wakes alert even from one of those snoozes so deep you wonder if he needs an "I ATE'NT DEAD" sign.

Visit this time included a Senior Citizen check since he's so old. Mostly what was expected, slight anaemia since his bone marrow isn't quite keeping up but this is not uncommon and cats can do quite well if it comes on slowly apparently. Legs a little stiffer but can still make the bed for morning skritches even if it is with a bit of a scrabble. Urine sample not done since he went into captain iron bladder mode (and we found when we went to pick him up he had peed on the puppy pad in the FEV).

All in all, carry on and see you in three months.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Jul. 24th, 2015 09:31 pm)
Another day in the torture chamber vets. Weight back up to 4kg, blood curve bottoming out at 11, slight trace (not visible) of blood in urine.

So vet is happy that all numbers in range, just keep an eye in case of a water infection and come back in three months. Full Mog-O-T done while in the shop so jabs are up to date. All we need to do is check if our glucometer is working and take a couple of tests in the meantime.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( May. 9th, 2015 03:36 pm)
This has been waiting a week to be posted but we had to wait on the vet for stuff.

Last Thursday was a day in the place where nap time is interupted far too much by people with needles and no manners. It has been a couple of months since he was tested and he's had metacam so they wanted to do some extra blood work to check on the kidneys etc as well as take the piss from the puss to check for sugar so there was no way it was going to be a home job.

Glucose curve was a bit higher than last time, as in never went down to single figures, so the insulin dose has been increased to 3 units twice a day. General condition OK, a little heavier than last time but still within the range expected and not really surprising since he isn't very active these days. Urine results again within range but up a little from what would be wanted but this will probably be sorted by the change in insulin dose.

The fun starts with the blood tests which came back Wednesday. Kidneys are not happy. They are not failing but are definately not working as well as they should be. Not surprising since he's spent the last couple of years on a high protein diet and that is known to have a long term effect on kidney function. Easy solution is a low protein diet but this will of course increase the carbs which is the last thing you want with diabetes. Vet and I agree that the cat is an awkward little sod. So she checks what brands of food he's getting (Royal Canin diabetic formula and Applaws senior cans) and goes off to call Royal Canin. They have a think for a day and agree on the awkwardness of said feline before suggesting a slow shift over to their renal formula for the kibble and keep mixing it with the cans.

Tomorrow is blood testing again but we're doing that at home as it's just to see if the change in insulin dose is working and also to see if a less stressful environment helps.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Feb. 26th, 2015 08:49 pm)
I have been reminded that I never did a full update of the background of the pre filk con tweets on collapsakitty so here you go.

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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Jan. 12th, 2015 07:50 pm)
All numbers in range, bottom of curve where wanted. Carry on and do another set in three months.

For a beast that will be 18 next month this is pretty good.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Oct. 17th, 2014 07:54 pm)
Vet wasn't happy with the last curve at the start of the month (there was an of odd spike and the curve wasn't quite the right shape) and wanted a more detailed one (every hour). Cat said sod this after the first jab, nipped [livejournal.com profile] murphys_lawyer very gently then went very pointedly elsewhere. This meant a day at the Vet.

Picked him up after dropping Bunny at rangers and vet is pleased. Told to carry on with the diet and dose as is and report back in a couple of months when they may want him in for a fructosine test. Cat pleased to be back home as we opened the FEV in front of a dish already loaded with his favorite gooshy fud.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Jul. 22nd, 2014 01:44 pm)
Abcess seems to have healed. Boosters given. Diabetes currently looking stable but do a curve before going to the pet penitentuary for Worldcon just to make sure.

All in all in not bad shape for 17 1/2.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Jul. 12th, 2014 05:42 pm)
Puss no longer full of pus so now off the antibiotics. Glucose curve tomorrow since he lost a load of weight and is still down from where he was then back to the vet next week for Mog.O.T and boosters plus  checkup and changes to his insulin if needed. Staying on the gushy fud even if it does make feeding time a bit like this.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Jul. 4th, 2014 05:28 pm)


Diabetes stable but he's been in a punchup and has a bite under his chin.

Back at half term we went to Centre Parc so Mungo had to go to the pet penitentiary for a week. When we came back they said he was off his food and we put it down to being in a huff after being incarcerated twice in a month.

A few days later I noticed that his gums looked sore on one side so thinking toothache I picked up some Applaws senior gushy fud from the pet shop and he wolfed it down. Meanwhile a visit to the vet was booked where they said it was a bite and gave him painkillers and antibiotics.

This seemed to do the trick and all looked well until Tuesday when I scritched him under the chin and got growled at. Back in the F.E.V. and this time the usual indignities were added to by having the pus being taken from the puss. More antibiotics. Then last night the final indignity...

He had scratched the sore red raw so no choice. Back to the vet next week...

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( Mar. 15th, 2014 09:18 pm)
Latest curve means insulin dose halved to 1.5 units twice a day. Also need to come in for a checkup next week.
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were_gopher: (Vote)
( Jan. 2nd, 2014 08:47 pm)
After the last trip to the place of kitty torture where we were trained in the fine art of getting more blood out of the cat than he can get out of us we commenced on implimenting same.

Day one: What do you mean you've fed him. It was supposed to start with a starving test!

Day two: sample 1, can't find vein in ear so get blood out of paw.
              sample 2, after several trys to get more blood out of pad cat takes a swipe and buggers off so we decide maybe the auto pricking device is now the way to go and abandon attempt.  Go to vet to get plain needles.

Wait a few days for cat to talk to us again.

Day three: back to ear again after getting a better idea of where to stick the pins and over the day manage to get quite proficient at one holds cat down while other tortures it.  Primula with shrimp supply depleated with bribes. Manage to produce a nice curve and send spreadsheet to the vet.

Result: insulin reduced by 0.5 a unit am but remains same pm. Repeat in three weeks.
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( Dec. 21st, 2013 11:32 am)
Went to pick him up after a checkup to see if the change of diet is making any difference and were told that they weren't sure because the blighter had refused to eat all day and so had produced a lovely straight line downwards instead to a curve. They eventually had to feed him the special gooshy fud with extra glucose to get him to where he could safely take the evening insulin before they cut him loose and we were given instructions to buy a glucometer and come back next week for training in the art of pricking ears and taking samples. Dose remains same for now...

All this on top of having to wait nearly an hour to get him thanks to a couple of emergencys ('towser got into the xmas choccies', and 'yes, I'm sure your vet did say bring him here for aftercare since we do act as his overnight hospital but the message didn't reach us').
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Nov. 22nd, 2013 08:16 pm)
Dose up to 4 units AM, 3 units PM. Checking out diabetic diet kibbles and hoping the pet shop will take back the unopened 4k sack of senior kibble we picked up last week.
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were_gopher: (Dog)
( Oct. 25th, 2013 10:00 pm)
Forgot to do the last update where they upped his insulin to 2 units twice a day. I blame downloading the Bioshock trilogy and Skyrim in the steam summer sale.

Latest trip to the place they do horrid things to good cats means an increase to three units twice a day. While this is not good the beast seems to be acting like an active healthy annoyance and is still bullying us for a share of whatever is cooking and capable of making the extra inch or so leap to the bed necessatated by the new mattress so is probably not doing to bad all things considered. Back in three weeks for further humiliation.
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