Namaste an greetinss frum Thee Purrfect Pad!Whew what a wild time wee has had here as all of youss’ know. LadyMum has asked if shee can tell thee story frum her point of view an mee agreed! Now shee mite go into a ‘epic rant’ so pleeze bear with her….shee has to get thiss ritten down an outta her system. All mee can say iss wee are blessed to have Aunty Sheila in our livess ❤ OK LadyMum take it away:
Hi Everyone: The ‘littul Purrince’ is correct. This is going to be an epic rant! This whole saga started back on June 18th when a group member of our Feral Cat Rescue group scared me half to death about Siddhartha Henry’s health & said he NEEDED that FVRCP injection to boost his Immune System. As I knew nothing about Panleukopenia I deferred to someone who I thought knew more than I did. (my 1st mistake). Then July 7th I took Siddhartha Henry to Dr. Melissa & as she knew he had survived the Rhino Virus AND Panleuk she should NOT have given him the vaccine because his Immune System would not tolerate it. (my 2nd mistake). As Siddhartha Henry’s bowels deteriorated I became more & more concerned. When I was offered the Homeopathic route by his former ‘Human’ I decided it might be a safe alternative to traditional medicine. (my 3rd mistake). He started the Homeopathy treatment September 30th & during the first 2 remedies he was doing somewhat better. Not perfect but anything was better than nothing. And then things unraveled & back to Homeopathic Practitioner we went with another fur sample & we were told he had a serious Bacterial Bowel Infection & needed 3 different remedies to make him better. We were told “IF Siddhartha Henry DOES NOT RESPOND TO THESE TREATMENTS HE IS ‘FINISHED!” When I asked what she meant by ‘finished’, we were told “You can take him to a Vet & have him PUT TO SLEEP!” Instead of trying to find a reputable Vet to check him out I agreed to the alternate treatment (my 4th mistake). 2 weeks into the regime of morning & nighttime treatments with remedies that REEKED of ALCOHOL Siddhartha Henry got very sick. He was howling & pacing & freaking out all the time. Eating so much & could not keep his bowels firm no matter what I did for him! The past weekend was a living H*LL for both of us. By Monday I was a wreck & locked in the bedroom crying because of his behavior. Sheila did get an appointment with Dr. Melissa for Thursday…..but by Tuesday morning I knew he needed to be seen that day. Dr. Melissa said she had ‘no time’ for an emergency! WHAT THE H*LL???? What kind of Vet care is that? I then called Dr. Dave’s office sobbing & begging for someone to see him. (I would have be able to take him to the new Vet right out of school because Dr. Dave REFUSED to treat him AND would have to pay full price upfront; no credit line; take it or leave it; so I chose to ‘leave it’!) While this was happening Sheila called Dr. Ian & got us an appointment for that afternoon. She also ran a stool (sludge) sample up to the Clinic to be tested while I was preparing a written timeline of events. I found Dr. Ian to be kind, gentle, personable & caring. He said Siddhartha Henry has NO bowel infection or any infection period. His exam was all normal. Yes he had lost almost a pound but was hydrated & in great shape. Dr. Ian said despite all that was done to Siddhartha Henry he was actually in good physical health except for the Bowels. His diagnosis is IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME due to his previous illness with the Panleuk that weakened his Immune system & made his bowels susceptible to the condition. There is a slight chance it might be IBD which of course we do not want…..so for now he is being treated as an IBS kitty. WE decided to go the route of changing food & introducing proper Probiotics into his diet. So now Siddhartha Henry is eating Royal Canin Gastro-intestinal kibble & wet food. He is taking Proviable-DC probiotic in food daily & that will grow proper flora in his gut. ALL Homeopathic remedies are stopped! If needed I can use Bach’s Rescue Remedy as it does not have ANY alcohol in its’ formulation. Since he has started eating the gastro food his demeanor is that of Purrince Siddhartha Henry from before July! He is lively & playful & calmer & more loving. Also he is finally sleeping properly because he was only napping for 20-30 mintues at the most & always so ‘hyped’ while on the bowel remedies…all that alcohol I suspect?!?!?!’ Already there is no pain in his eyes & he is not all cramped up. I have been doing research on Panleukopenia & have learned a lot. I should have done this when I was first told he had suffered & almost died from this illness as a kitten. I screwed up big time….I hope Siddhartha Henry forgives me; I feel like an idiot! Mind you I have never had a Panleuk cat before so I should not be so hard on myself. **sighs** I can tell you I am very angry with myself & at the group member who scared me witless to get that DAMN FVRCP shot & at Dr. Melissa for giving it to him. A proper Vet would have said he did not need it as he HAS natural immunity because he is survived the illness!!! That shot being a live vaccine made his body think he was ‘sick’ again. I feel just terrible about what I have put my ‘DUDERS’ through. It could have all been avoided. Plus the costs of the Homeopathy is probably not refundable & I only paid a third of the total costs & feel awful because now these remedies are useless to me & a waste of money for his first ‘Human’. The other thing that has infuriated me is me believing he would die if the treatments did not work. I feel like his first Human & I were duped! All this to deal with plus my Pneumonia followed by Viral Sinusitis followed by the awful Flu virus I had this past weekend. My Immune system is also in tatters as are my nerves. Wednesday I slept on & off all day due to the serious fatigue I am suffering from now. It is hard enough taking care of a ‘special needs’ cat when well so trying to care for our ‘littul Purrince’ while being ill has done me completely in! I keep muttering “This Too Shall Pass” over & over.
The moral of our story: Do not believe everything you are told. Do your own research. Ask people ‘in the know’. Follow sensible advice. Question anything that seems ‘off’ or wrong (like a remedy smelling like 150% proof!)
My humble thanks & gratitude go out to Sheila for standing by us thru this entire ordeal with her quiet rational calm (totally opposite to my frenetic hyperactive temperament) & assisting us to getting into a fine & reputable Vet Clinic & for all the times she has listened to me cry over the phone to her about Siddhartha Henry. I’d be lost without you dear friend! And just think….with proper Vet care & a new diet & less stress you won’t have to listen to any more distressed phone calls!!!!!! As Siddhartha Henry would say, “WOO HOO!!”
Mew mew mew you leern purrty quik there LadyMum….deer furendss mee iss not quite ‘out of thee woodss’ an it will take at leest 2-3 weekss fur mee bowelss to settul down butt at leest mee goin inn the rite direckshun. All thee support an emailss have helped us so much. LadyMum will need sum more rest an then wee will bee back vizitin soon. Fank you all fur all thee POPTP; now mee knowss how Aunty Nylablue lived so long with her Bowel Disease! It was yur LUV a devotion to her that keeped her goin…now mee has felt yur total LUV an devotion an mee iss humbulled an so fankfull to call all of youss’ mee furendss….***paw kissess*** ~~~head rubss~~ an ❤ LUV ❤ Siddhartha Henry =^,.^= an LadyMum
Pee S: Wee send out an ‘epic’ FANK YOU to Aunty Susan who helped LadyMum with thee Vet bill an to Aunty Sheila who paid thee rest an iss letting LadyMum pay her back monthlee…..Both of you Ladies are ‘epic-ally PAWSUM!!!!!! 😉