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    Miss Kitty got backed up

    A few days ago, Miss Kitty's appetite was decreasing, and she was lethargic and depressed. And she has been dealing with congestion.
    I took her yesterday to be seen. We took xrays to make sure that her lungs were clear and that her mass in her lungs hadn't grown.
    The mass had grown a little bit, but the big finding was that she was constipated, lots of hard stool in her colon.
    She got fluids under the skin to hydrate her to get things moving and an antibiotic injection for the congestion.
    The hope was that she would have a bowel movement overnight. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
    I took her back today, and she got an enema.

    If you have ever seen an enema in action, you know how messy it is. Miss Kitty was also slightly loopy because I had given her gabapentin to relax her.
    So it was hard for her to get out of the way of the mess, but it was a success. Everything came out. I had to clean her up with a butt bath.
    The plan is to observe and make sure that she has regular bowel movements.
    Miss Kitty always had trouble with her poop, because all the water she drinks goes to the kidneys to keep them going.
    She had been on lactulose for a couple of years, but then she couldn't tolerate it anymore, then I tried miralax. It made her sick as well with vomiting and diarrhea.
    I'm hesitant to use any stool softener, but if necessary I will try again.
    For now it's canned food only with some pumpkin.

    This was a rough day for an 18-yr old cat, but she seems to be doing ok.
    Willa (5/1/1997-3/17/2018)

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    Canned pumpkin should b easy to find these days, and may be gentler on her.
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    Big Hugs and Purrrrs to Miss Kitty and you, Heidi! Here's hoping the canned food and pumpkin make things work much more easily!

    from Sparkler and Galaxy and Pat
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    Thank you, Karen and Pat!
    Even though I cleaned Miss Kitty, she is still omitting a nasty smell of poop and chemical odor (from the enema). I wiped her down with baby wipes and put a blanket on the couch. She's cleaning herself as well, but it may take just a few days before she's back to smelling pleasant.
    Willa (5/1/1997-3/17/2018)

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    AWWwwwwww.. Miss Kitty, I'm so glad you're getting better. You've got the most wonderful Mom in the world!

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}} and ~~~~PURRRS~~~~ and from Pat and Galaxy and Sparkler
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

    -- Terry Pratchett (19482015), Sourcery

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    Thanks, Pat! Obviously, I meant "emitting".
    Willa (5/1/1997-3/17/2018)

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    Yes, that's what I saw it as!

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

    -- Terry Pratchett (19482015), Sourcery

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    Miss Kitty already smells much better. As crazy cat lady, I'm always smelling my cats, because a different odor probably means something's wrong.
    Willa (5/1/1997-3/17/2018)

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