Friday, August 7, 2015

Katie's Quick Bounce-Back to Feeling Frisky Fine

KATIE:  I feel Friday-frisky-fine! It's almost Caturday... International Cat Day no less. And nothing's going to get this kitty down!



 WAFFLES:  Uh, Boss? Hate to tell you this, but the treats are gone.



KATIE:  What do you mean the treats are gone? 

WAFFLES:  I mean the treats are gone. 

KATIE:  Gone how? 

WAFFLES:  Gone gone. 

KATIE:  Gone, you broke into the treat cabinet again gone?




WAFFLES:  I didn't break the treat cabinet. I just opened it. 



Update on Katie
Thank you SO much for your concern and well wishes for Katie yesterday. She's doing just fine and is already back to her footloose and fancy free self. We'll be giving her a small dose of a steroid for just a few days to safeguard against any inflammation in her digestive track... something that is very common in cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD.

The steroid Katie takes occasionally is called Prednisolone. In the form of a pill, it's very bitter. So to make it more palatable, our vet compounds it for us. That means she turns it into a liquid and flavors it. Katie's flavor is bacon.

It's fairly easy for Glogirly to administer. She holds Katie in her arms and uses a small plastic syringe to squirt the medication into her mouth. Even if a little spills, Katie still gets a good amount of it.

We're pretty excited though to try out something new our vet has looked into for us. The next time Katie has a flare up, our clinic is going to have the Prednisolone compounded into a soft chew chicken-flavored treat. We think that's a brilliant idea. ...of course it will only be successful if Katie likes the taste. But talk about easy! Katie doesn't like to be picked up and isn't exactly crazy about a syringe of liquid squirted into her mouth.

If you find yourself struggling when it comes to giving your cat medication, check with your vet about compounding. As we understand it not all meds can be compounded, but many can! It's made a huge difference for us and it might be something that will help you and your cat.


NOTE:  We have an awesome vet, but we are NOT vets ourselves. Please seek out your own veterinarian whenever you have questions or need medical advice. Compounding is not something you should do on your own. Please leave that for the qualified medical pros!




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32 comments:

  1. Compounding is an absolute godsend...don't know what I would have done without it through the years. Hey Katie, don't let Waffles get your meds by stealing those treats!

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  2. Glad Katie's feeling good again. She sure is looking adorable! That first pic got one big Awwwwwwwwwww

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  3. I'm glad she's feeling better. She sure landed in the perfect townhouse.

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  4. I'm glad you are doing better, Katie! Can you believe that Binga is easy to dose with a syringe? I was surprised too!

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  5. We're glad you're feeling better, Katie ! Purrs

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  6. Oh mannnnn - Relief!!!!!!!

    Sorry guys! Relief it is.

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  7. We're glad you're feeling better Katie! Hope your treats get restocked very soon.

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  8. It's good to hear that Katie is doing better.

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  9. The pictures of Katie and Waffles are so lovely today. I'm glad Katie is feeling better. Our vet had the prednisone compounded into a chicken flavored liquid for Gracie. At a time that she was so sick, being able to give her delicious meds was such a relief.
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  10. We are so happy Katie I feeling good again. Thank for the tip Lin compounding pills into something chewable. That. Is a great idea.

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  11. We use a compounding pharmacy for medications we may need to take. They can compound meds into flavored liquids, or chews or even transdermal gels. We usually go with the chews and that works out well.

    We're glad Katie is feeling better but sorry the treats are all gone.

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  12. Those compounded meds sound like such a great idea. Katie, just don't eat all the treats at once and don't let Waffles break into them!

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  13. We get out pills with peanut butter and never know the difference! Love Dolly

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  14. I am glad Katie feels better. You will have to be careful that Waffles doesn't steal the chicken flavored treats that are meds.

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  15. you get those as chicken flavored treats and you are going to have to find a Waffles-proof lock :)

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  16. So glad you are feeling better Katie! And I'm so happy that you are a bacon kinda girl :) Chicken is chicken, but bacon... ummmm!

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  17. you are NEVER going to believe this. Cody takes Pred a few times a year for allergy flare-ups. When I don't have pill pockets in the house, do you believe he COMES TO ME to take his meds? He is really unusual. Doesn't run away at all. BTW whenever he is on Pred I add some pumpkin to his food. Pred is notorious for causing bowel blockages. Cody had one once from Pred so the second he starts a Pred regime, I add pumpkin to his food. Not sure if Katie can have pumpkin, but if she can, I would add it. So glad she is doing well and is back to herself!

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  18. I iz so very happi dat you feeling better Katie - mom told me yesterday you was not feeling 100%, but she wouldn't let me online to tell you I purring for you.

    Pawsome news - ohhh and Waffles needs to keeps his paws off 'da tweats

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  19. Pigeon hates hates HATES medication. Fortunately Angel Scribbles was very good about taking his pills when he was taking so many in his last weeks.

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  20. I am so glad Katie is better!! Waffles, sure you didn't break in! the very idea!!!!!

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  21. I am glad to hear that Katie is feeling better. Flynn has a low dose of Pred. every day. I crush it and mix it with a little water and give with a syringe. I didn't know it tastes bitter. That explains why Flynn always goes for a drink of water afterwards.

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  22. I'm so glad you are feeling all better Katie...It's like a wrestling match to get Baby Tali to take her Prednisolone...that girl is so strong...I didn't know it tasted bitter...I will ask our Vet about compounding and the new treats...yippee!...lol...hopefully we can get her an alternative to the nasty pill...Thanks for the advice!...Oh and Waffles...the treats are not supposed to be a whole meal..that's why they call them treats..mol..

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  23. We are so glad you're feeling so much better Miss Katie!

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  24. Hooray! We're so happy to hear you're feeling better, Katie! :)

    Waffles, thank you for clarifying about the difference between "breaking" and "opening." We'll have to remember that!

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  25. katie....veree happee yur doin better ....but if we may....uh....chcikn flavored ????....hay, how bout toona flavored, hot dawg flavored, pizza pie flavored, mice creem flavored , cake & donuts, pork chopz flavored, anything but ...BURD ~~~~

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  26. You're so clever Waffles! Nishiko xxx

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  27. We didn't know Katie was sick but we're glad to know she's better. We have a great compounding pharmacy and have used it many times. They're wonderful and it really helps make administering meds easier.

    The Florida Furkids

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  28. So happy Miss Katie is feeling better. The more mum reads about IBS, she wonders if that might have been bothering Derby. He always had a sensitive tummy.

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  29. Poor Katie but I’m glad she bounced back. I have some of that same stuff in pill form for any asthma flareup. Apparently it’s a wonder drug that cures everything.

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  30. I'm so happy Katie is doing better!! My Samantha also had to take Prednisolone and our Sasha too. Both for skin allergies. Samantha takes the pill. It's a small pill and I got the hang of it to pop it in her mouth. She's not on it anymore. It's a medicine not recommended to take for too long, it can affect the organs. Your Vet knows what your cat needs. They know the dosage and the amount of time your cat needs to take this med (a good vet I have and you also have for Katie and Waffles). Samantha is now on Atopica. Less worrisome side effects.

    Katie, do not fret, you are in goods hands. Love you lots. Xo

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