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    Cole had his checkup today

    All was well except he has ballooned to almost 20 lbs in spite of having mostly weight loss food in his diet!

    My vet attributed this to his arthritis. He and Oscar both have it in their hips. Oscar was caught in time - the fish oil added to his food really helped and his weight is fine. With Cole, however, the pain makes him less active, so he gains even more.

    He is on wet food - the Hypoallergenic food - for now (no dry) and has 2. ml of Metacam per day. I have a free sample dose and we'll see how he does on that. He had to have his back end shaved. My vet thought he even might start grooming himself when he realizes there is no pain involved. And hopefully he will get more lively.

    The Metacam may be long term, but at a much lower dose. As for the kidney and liver concerns, Cole had major bloodwork for a dental last year and it was all excellent. I was told that if he develops any kidney or liver issues, Metacam will make it worse.

    Sure glad my boy will feel better!
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    Aww, hopefully all this will help!
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    Thanks, Karen. I had really been measuring his food - and that of the other cats - and felt badly. That so much of the weight gain could be caused by the arthritis which becomes its own vicious circle was somewhat of a relief to me. Easing or stopping the pain may break that cycle and allow Cole to get healthier. And of course, no pain is a real gain for my fluffy boy!

    Next week Oscar goes in. A small wart-like growth on his neck/chin area was checked last year and we decided to keep an eye on it. I noticed recently that it has about tripled in size. It doesn't bother him at all, even if I touch it while giving chin rubs. I can afford for the vet to use a general for about 10 minutes to scoop it out and stitch Oscar up. Of course, that nasty lump will be sent away for tests. I guess older cats - and people too - get funny bumps here and there.
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    Hi Candace, I hope the new food and the Metacam will help Cole feel better and lose weight.

    And best wishes that Oscar's growth will prove to be benign.

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    The metacam should make Cole feel better. Hoping Oscar's little lump is nothing serious. Hugs for all your babies.
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    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

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    Please be careful with the Metacam. It can be toxic for cats over the long term.
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