Thursday, August 6, 2015

An Unexpected Vet Visit

WAFFLES:  So Boss, is it your fault that we're going to the vet again?

KATIE:  I didn't do anything. Don't try and pin this on ME, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  But Glogirly says I'm a ride-along. That means YOU'RE going to the vet.

KATIE:  Yeah well If I'M going to the vet, how come YOU'RE sitting in the seat next to me?



 *2 hours later, back at the Townhouse...*
WAFFLES:  Wow, Boss. Your Sleepypod really smells. 



KATIE:  Yeah Waffles... I wouldn't talk. 



Hello Again, My Vet ♫♩
Our friends that have been with us for awhile know that Katie is being treated for IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She's been doing SO great on her whole food diet. It's made all the difference for her. She's feeling so much better - enjoying eating, enjoying affection, playing... enjoying life. 

But not everyday is all sunshine and rainbows. Every once in awhile her symptoms will flare up, which for her means vomiting. It doesn't happen often... in fact the last flare up she had was about 4 months ago which was the longest time she'd gone without any problems at all. But when her breakfast didn't stay down and neither did a few treats, Glogirly knew she needed a little help.

Some cats with IBD take a daily steroid to help with inflammation in their GI tract. Fortunately Katie takes one only occasionally, whenever she has a flare up. Just to be on the safe side, Katie saw her regular vet to make sure everything was ok and there wasn't anything else we were missing. 

Despite her disdain for the clinic and staff (she's got a reputation to uphold) Katie did so well. She allowed the doctor to fully examine her and she's in great health. Perfect weight (9.5 pounds), healthy vital signs and the silkiest coat of any cat her vet has ever touched. Katie and Dr. Karlin have a special agreement about taking temperatures too. They've agreed it's just not going to happen. 

Katie will be taking just a little bit of Prednisolone (a steroid) for a few days. She had one dose at the clinic and no trouble with her dinner when we got home. 


Waffles– Along for the Ride
As for Waffles, he did great as a ride-along. He comes with every time, even when he doesn't need to see the vet, because he's not too fond of how Katie smells when she comes home from the vet. (It's an actual thing and is called Displacement Aggression) Bringing them both means that any strange vet-smell is on both of them. 

In case you missed it, we did an article on Displacement Aggression last November: 


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44 comments:

  1. I'm glad Katie is feeling better! Sparkle had displacement aggression big time! Now I usually go to the vet with the other cats, not because there is any issue (there isn't) but because I'm getting "practice" going out!

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  2. I'm glad Katie is OK. It's not fun to throw up. I know these things.

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  3. Glad Katie is okay. Mom Paula took Brulee to the vet as a ride-along last time Truffle had to go. We think it's going to be a regular thing for us, too.,

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  5. Sending purrs for Katie to be back in tip-top form soon!
    XOXO

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  6. Hope you're feelin all better soon Katie!

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  7. I am so happy to hear that Katie is feeling better! I also had a vet visit last week with a sore eye. Is never nice when you feeling yuck!

    I am also so proud of Waffles for being such a good vet buddy!

    Purrs Isabella

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  8. We're glad Katie is OK. Mum prefers to take us together to the vet too. Are we dreaming, or did we see a little fart just under Katie's nose, Waffles ? Purrs

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  9. We are pleased that Katie is OK again after her trip to the vet - Waffles just be happy that you only went to the vets as a companion.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  10. Glad Katie is ok & hope she's feeling better soon. We see that fart too, Waffles.

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  11. good to hear Katie is feeling better,xx Rachel

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  12. Phew!! You scared me a wee bit there with that title.. Glad everything is okay ish and she received such a glowing review.

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  13. We hope the meds help Katie get back into top form again. She has come so far... and we don't just mean vacationing and BlogPaws, either.

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  14. I'm so glad Katie is okay. And your comment about her having the silkiest coat of any cat your vet has ever touched made me smile. It's amazing what a difference a whole food diet makes, isn't it?

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  15. We're glad Katie is doing better now. And Waffles, I'm always a "ride-along" when Ernie goes to the vet...so you're not alone. ~Wally

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  16. Sorry for the need to go to the vet but glad it isn't a severe problem. I wonder if her throwing up had anything to do with that empty treat bag..............

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  17. Glad Katie seems to be ok! Cody is on Prednisolone usually about 3 or 4 times a year. He takes it for his skin allergies. As you know, cats do quite well on it but it does increase their hunger.

    I am lucky that whenever either of my boys goes to the vet when they come home the other isn't bothered at all. Maybe it's a "cat on cat" thing?

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  18. Poor Katie - glad it sounds like a short term thing. We are pretty lucky in that most of us don't seem to be bothered by the residual vet smell. Oh - and Mo has one of those magic microchips which saves everyone from the whole temperature thing :)

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  19. You have our sympathies on the IBD, Taffy got diagnosed last month. We had to stop the steroids as she started vomiting last week but is now doing good, except for the two spots she licked raw from the meds. Glad Katie is feeling better, I go along with Taffy to the vet too just like Waffles. Love Dolly

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  20. I am glad Katie already feels better. That is a good idea to take both kitties to the vet. I love the graphic on Waffles- MOL!

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  21. sending love to Miss Katie . ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  22. I am glad you are going to be okay Katie! I would hate it if the woman took me to the vet every time I vomited. I just do so because I eat too fast...

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  23. I had never heard pf displacement aggression, but it makes sense since cats are so sensitive to strange things and smells. I hop Katie gets better soon!

    Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential

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  24. Sorry to hear Katie's IBD flared up. Carmine takes Prednisolone daily for his IBD and gets pumpkin in his food daily for constipation. You can get Prednisolone compounded into medi-melts if it is hard to pill Katie. But if she only takes it occasionally, it may not be worth it.

    I hope she feels better soon.

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  25. Oh yes, we're very familiar with that kind of aggression, and we're glad you found something that works for you. It gets harder with three cats. Tucker used to do that, and even if he was the only one to go, he got crabby at the others later. We'd separate them before we brought him in, and then feed everyone. an hour later, things were normal again.

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  26. Glad you are feeling better Katie
    Snorts
    Lily & Edward

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  27. Glad she is alright. Hugs to her.
    Sue B

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  28. I am glad Katie is okay. I used to get displacement aggression every time Eric went to the vet. The Meezers mom told my mum to rub baby talc on both our butts and it worked. The first time Eric had an anaesthetic, I hissed at him for 2 weeks solid.

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  29. I hope you don't have to go to the vet about this for a long time, Katie. I know what you mean about Waffles not always smelling that great. Cat farts are HORRIBLE!

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  30. Oh my...Our poor sweet Katie...Thank goodness you are OK honey...My girl..Baby Tali..takes Prednisolone as needed for Asthma..she hasn't needed it much lately which is good as it is a nightmare trying to get a pill in that girl!...Be nice to The Boss...Stinky Butt Waffles...lol..

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  31. I'm sure you've tried this, but my Abby had the same type problems, and one thing that helped her tremendously was the organic slippery elm. There is no down side to using it but it's an old medicinal American Indian herb that is used specifically to calm the GI tract. It is recommended to make it into a syrup but it can just be sprinkled on their food. I did the syrup to add some more juice to Abby's food and there was no problem with her eating it, and thankfully the rest of her life we had no problem with digestive problems.

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  32. We are happy Katie is responding to wel to the new diet. A healthy coat is a good sign too. My coat is so miuch,ore silky because of the weight loss diet too. We hope Katie continues .to do well sfter this flare up is back in control.

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  33. I had similar chronic issues for the first two years of my life so I know how awful it is. Glad Katie is better.

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  34. We are so glad Katie is doing so much better and you found out about the IBD! Hope she is back tip top very soon xxx

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  35. Happy to know that Katie is feeling better now. That is really a smart thing to take them both to the vet. Tell Katie I know what she means about having your temp taken. I don't like it either.

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  36. katie....never hurtz ta keep sum blessings frum St Francis ina spare drawer... sew we send sum yur way; him haz plentee ta spare & iz willing ta share...

    N tell yur mom if her follows de IBDkitties blog ore facebook page; dont hesitate to contact Lisa with a question; she's
    veree happee two help ~~~~~

    ♥♥

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  37. I'm so happy Katie is doing well!! You have such a great mommy taking care of all your needs and being vigilant with you and Waffles. All my Love.

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  38. Glad all is well and Katie be duin' good. We du da ride along too, cuz sis lexi dusn't like da stench of da VET on me when me goes.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

    http://dezizworld.com

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  39. Katie, The Baby gets her pred daily and it has SAVED her life. You eat your pills like a Good Diva and for COD'S sake stay away from Rootin' Tootin' Waffles!

    Pee Ess: how would you and Waff like some home made chikkun jerky? Can you eat it? We'll make Mommy send some...

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  40. I love hearing about the wonderful relationship you have with your vet!

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  41. We're sending you lots of hugs and purrs, Katie. Hope you're better soon!

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  42. Oh my, we are so glad you're going to be ok. It's a great idea to have Waffles go along to the vet with you. We hadn't thought of this idea. Our humom loves this idea. Hopefully we won't have to venture out any time soon. You take care sweet Katie. Purrs, Greyson, Mr. Chivers, Tabitha and Chloe

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  43. Waffles, quit stinking up the joint.

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