Update Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-10-09 Thread Lance Linimon
Thank you Jane, MC, Marylyn, Caroline, Tonya, Belinda and Wendy for your thoughts and advice. I wanted to wait for a week or so in order to report back what I hoped would be a uptick in Ember's weight. Unfortunately, she's still hanging around the general 9 1/12 pounds area. Probably

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-10-06 Thread catatonya
Yes, if you go this route ask for a full thyroid panel. There is a 'basic' test. I don't remember which one.. which can come out negative when your cat really does have a thyroid problem. t wendy [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Hey Lance, Checking the thyroid is a good idea because cats

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-10-06 Thread Belinda
FreeT4 is the test you want to do if there is any possibility of the T4 being incorrect. Fred's T4 was normal but his FreeT4 showed he was in the early stages of hyperthyroid, so we caught it early and he only needed a very low dose of iodine when he had the treatment and I got to bring him

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-09-30 Thread wendy
Hey Lance, Checking the thyroid is a good idea because cats with thyroid issues often can't gain weight no matter how much they eat. Let us know how the test goes. The test is called a T4, and some vets also take a free T4. I don't know what else to tell you about the weight loss. Did your

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-09-28 Thread Belinda
What were his creatinine, BUN, phosphorus, potassium and HCT, those are the big numbers concerning CRF? What lab were they sent to? -- Belinda happiness is being owned by cats ... Be-Mi-Kitties http://bemikitties.com Post Adoptable FeLV/FIV/FIP Cats/Kittens http://adopt.bemikitties.com

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-09-28 Thread catatonya
I don't know. I was floored recently to get two totally different reads on Bob's cbc's when I took him to a new vet. You might try going for a second opinion. My 'old' vet said cbc looked fine. My 'new' vet said the values showed the beginnings of crf and wants to start fluids and

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-09-28 Thread MaryChristine
there are a couple of websites you can find with just normal searches that explain what all the test values should be, so you can help evaluate your vet's evaluation. i think i found them through a, feline blood test results search. (i'm still not back on my main computer, so can't find half my

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-09-27 Thread Jane Lyons
Hi Lance, Nina suggested I try feeding dry 'kitten' food (any decent brand) because the caloric value is much higher. I did, and MeMe has been eating it and steadily gaining weight. If Ember likes Sheba, I would bump it up. If she needs to gain weight I'd offer her anything (again, decent

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-09-27 Thread MaryChristine
i think that many of us have found, no matter what WE might have thought, that sometimes the best diet for a cat--especially one with an underlying problem--is whatever the heck they'll eat we all know 20-year-old cats who've never seen anything but meowmix, after all. sigh. wondering if you

RE: Ember and weight loss

2007-09-27 Thread Caroline Kaufmann
We had a 19 year old cat that ate nothing but wet Whiskas (microwaved!) her entire life!!! My mom and I laugh and laugh about that now that we are spending so much money on Wellness and supplements! Who knows?! I try to tell her that now with the proper food and supplements, maybe our

Re: Ember and weight loss

2007-09-27 Thread Marylyn
@felineleukemia.org Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 6:22 PM Subject: Re: Ember and weight loss Hi Lance, Nina suggested I try feeding dry 'kitten' food (any decent brand) because the caloric value is much higher. I did, and MeMe has been eating it and steadily gaining weight. If Ember likes Sheba