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UPDATE ON ABBY - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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A fellow senfen suggested I post the GoFundMe updates here as they're easier to read, so here's the latest posted this morning around 3am:

"Well, it's time for another update and, while Abby is doing fine, the fact is she threw up Thursday night, which technically was right on schedule. You may remember from a previous update, the mobile vet has Abby on the anti-nausea medication with a "4 days on and 7 days off" schedule, while giving the new diet a chance to take hold.

The first cycle started on a Saturday and ended on a Tuesday and, for the four days "on", there was no vomiting, but on Thursday, day two of the "Seven days off" - she threw up. And so it went for the remaining "off" days, with Abby vomiting about every other day. As it happened, the second cycle ended on the Tuesday before the vet appointment, which made Wednesday "Off Day One", which is why it was technically on schedule when she spit-up on Thursday, day two.

There were a couple of things though that gave me pause; one of course being that she'd had major surgery, but the vet didn't warn about the possibility of it causing or triggering vomiting, but still....

The other was that I'd forgotten there was only one can remaining of her newest food, which she ate Wednesday night - only 3oz., as instructed. But that meant on Thursday I had to give her a packet of some boxed-up food awaiting a return label. It was purchased back when the vet suggested trying grain-free with limited ingredients - and before she said to change to the "Novel Diet".

It was just plain chicken breast with pumpkin in chicken broth (meaning nothing but chicken juices and water), so I thought it would be safe (which makes me a stupid cat owner - or stupid owned-by-a-cat-human). It was only *after* she'd scarfed it down that I remembered the full description of "Novel Diet" which is you don't give them anything they've eaten before. And it was also *after* she'd scarfed it down that I remembered chicken is the first protein cats can develop an intolerance for as they grow older. Yes, I know, I lose even more pet owner - or owned-by-pet points. Anyway, she spit-up three hours later.

Compared to every other episode, this was almost insignificant as it was so little and the same color as the food. Even her yowl was different; it was more of a half yowl/half meow, at which point I picked her up, put her on the ground, stuck a paper towel under her, where upon she obligingly spit-up. She then moved back, sat up and watched me throw it out and test the carpet, which wasn't damp. She then jumped on the bed and took a bath.

It's now technically Saturday (3:00 am) and she hasn't thrown up since Thursday so I'm really hoping she continues in this vein. She now has more cans of the Nature's Variety Instinct, thanks to a friend who picked up a few to tide us over until the larger order, due Wednesday, arrives.

Basically, the next week and a half (from this last Wednesday) is important. If we make it past the the length of time the antibiotic shot lasts (5-7 days) without anti-nausea medication and no vomiting, we may have found the answer, namely the infected teeth and/or food intolerances.

But if the vomiting continues, then, as the doctor said, we move to the next phase; ultrasound and possible exploratory surgery.

Right now I really just want to put some weight back on her and keep her happy.

By the way, as mentioned in several different updates, when we find the problem, and everything's taken care of, if there's money left in the "kitty", I'd be doing refunds (less the fees). Some have already let me know they don't want theirs, but because I'm a positive thinker and thus believe - must believe - that between her new diet and the removal of those teeth, we might have done it. But I still wanted to remind you of the offer and ask that you just let me know that, if we reach that point, you do indeed want a refund.  So please drop me an 'e' ASAP!

Thank you all again and don't worry, I'll keep everyone informed as we go through this next week and a half, so keep those good thoughts, and crossed fingers crossed, even if you have to type/text with your toes! And keep spreading the word...just in case.


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pattrose From: pattrose Date: November 6th, 2016 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
You won't be paying me back anything. Just saying. :)
From: cybelesundays Date: February 25th, 2017 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)


I haven't been keeping up with LJ for quite a while, but I see that Abby was quite ill. Dare I ask how she is now?

alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 25th, 2017 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abby

Hi, Judy,

I lost her on the 13th of December. And still cry at the drop of a hat, and think every morning, when I wake up, that I musn't disturb her.
From: cybelesundays Date: February 25th, 2017 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abby

Hi Aly,

I am so sorry to hear this. You must be very sad. It sounds like Abby had lymphoma. Several of my cats had cancer, and I recognize the fear, anxiety and sorrow that goes along with taking care of a seriously ill furbaby. And, then, the awful loss.

I still feel Nandy and Lily here, and I know Abby will be with you for a long time if, not always. I don't think they leave us, which is a comfort.

Please accept my condolences. I know you loved and still love Abby very much.

From: cybelesundays Date: February 25th, 2017 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abby

Hi Aly,

I need to make a correction. I was foolish to say "still love"

I know the correct phrase is "will always love"

You will always love Abby.

alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 25th, 2017 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abby

I knew what you meant. 💓
alyburns From: alyburns Date: February 25th, 2017 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abby

Thank you so much, Judy. And (((HUGS))) to you too. And yes, I agree on the Lymphoma. I learned a lesson the hard way, but in the future, I'll know what to do (yes, I'm finally ready to get a new fur-baby). I WILL tell the vet when inside, something is telling me they're wrong!

I know mothers often go through this when their children are ill and doctors won't listen, and it's true for we animal lovers. The question is; lymphoma is becoming the #1 killer of cats, but why? What is it that's causing it? The food? Litter? Abby wasn't sick a day in her life until just before I started the GoFundMe campaign.
From: cybelesundays Date: February 25th, 2017 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abby

Hi Aly,

Lymphoma is very common among older cats. Most of my cats died from lymphoma when they were elderly. No-one really knows why it happens, or from what. Lymphoma could be the result of an FIV infection, or the Leukemia virus infection. Either one could have always been there and then converted to lymphoma years later. And/or,lymphoma could be the result of the aging process when the immune system becomes more frail and is not able to fight off pathogens.

I agree that listening to yourself is always the best option. I know when my gut instincts are wrong, but, I always know when they are right.

I wish we had a magic wand to make everything better, but, we don't. And, I'm so sorry that Abby died so quickly. It gave you so little time to be with her towards the end. It's so damn unfair, isn't it. I am just so sorry.

erin_riwen From: erin_riwen Date: November 21st, 2017 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry Aly. I rescue cats, 17 at the moment and each is precious and loved and missed when they go. We lost 5 last year. My heart aches for you but she knew she was loved and I believe with all my being that they greet us when it's our turn to pass.

I hope time has eased the ache of your loss and that you're doing well.

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