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 Post subject: Re: Gaga Very Ill
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:16 pm 
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Illnesses are so hard to control in animals. Brian, I am thrilled to know Gaga is home, but hate to hear the news that these seizures could possibly continue. I pray the medication helps, but making sure she gets the medication is the main thing (Raiden is notorious for not swallowing his pills even after holding his mouth closed and seeing the gulp). Until Gaga gets used to the medication, you may see these side effects. I'm sure you got no sleep last night either, but at least she is home with you.

There are pet steps that you can buy so Gaga can get up and down from the bed with no problem. They are actually really cute. Look for a collapsible kennel for Gaga. That way you can fold it up and put it away when you no longer need it. Poor baby has been through so much.

As for the specialist vet -- he must have flunked out of medical school to treat humans. Seriously, the vets that I have encountered are incredible doctors who spend the time needed with you and the patient and who return phone calls and are available to talk with when you need them.

Keep us posted on how she's doing. {{{HUGS}}}


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:10 pm 
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Poor girl. I'm so glad she's home with you now. :thumbup: :celebrate:

I've been lucky enough to not have any pets with epilepsy but both my brother and mother have it and both have been on and off Phenobarb and other medications. It takes a while to balance out in the system but the side effects do lessen as the body adjusts. It's quite an "old" drug for treating seizures, it's been around a long time and it is still one of the most effective.

I'm sorry you've had such a bad experience with the specialist, some of them just have zero bedside manner :rolleyes: I hope your regular vet feels confident enough to take over Gaga's care now that you know what the problem is. If not maybe they can recommend a specialist that is more personable.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaga Very Ill
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:23 pm 
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Poor girl. I'm so glad she's home with you now. :thumbup: :celebrate:

I've been lucky enough to not have any pets with epilepsy but both my brother and mother have it and both have been on and off Phenobarb and other medications. It takes a while to balance out in the system but the side effects do lessen as the body adjusts. It's quite an "old" drug for treating seizures, it's been around a long time and it is still one of the most effective.

I'm sorry you've had such a bad experience with the specialist, some of them just have zero bedside manner :rolleyes: I hope your regular vet feels confident enough to take over Gaga's care now that you know what the problem is. If not maybe they can recommend a specialist that is more personable.


Thanks Donna,

Yes, Gaga's regular vet has stepped up and will be taking over her care for this problem.

An update: Gaga is slowly getting back closer and closer to "normal". She's still confined to the guest bedroom, but we had about a 15min play time yesterday where we played fetch with one of her straws, and she was great, with tons of enthusiasm. When she gets a new pill, there is a period where her balance suffers pretty noticeably, and she gets agitated (meowing and running around with nervous energy) but after that things level out and are much better. She's also now, for the most part, sleeping peacefully through the night. The hard thing is though that when I'm in the room she is happy and satisfied, but the moment I leave the meowing starts. I also have a problem in that I'm going to be going on vacation for a week, the first week of July, so I have to convince my catsitter that Gaga is not going to be a huger burden for her (although it will mean coming twice a day rather than once). Either that or get a new cat sitter. I did discuss it with the vet, and they can board her there for the week, but she'd be miserable there, and it would also be very costly. All-in-all though things are much improved. And most importantly NO SEIZURES.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaga Very Ill
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:09 pm 
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Glad to hear things are going well, Brian! If this happened to Raiden, my vacation would be postponed! Or I would board him at the vet because I would not want to rely on a pet sitter to administer any medications -- and lately, several pets have gotten away from pet sitters and are "lost" in Nashville. I'm sure your vacation has been planned for a while and it may be difficult to enjoy it and have a great time worrying about Gaga.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:56 am 
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In my last town there was a great vet office. They didn't board pets but they had a list of people that would go to your home and a couple of them were vet assistants from their office who were capable of giving medication and administering fluids. But you might be more comfortable having someone stay with your cats. A friend of mine pet sits in people's homes. Maybe you can find someone you trust to do that for you?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:53 pm 
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Having someone come and stay is a great idea, Jill. My worry is that twice a day isn't enough in the event something happens to Gaga. I wouldn't care what it cost to board her at the vet -- mainly because someone would check on her -- and I've boarded a previous cat that they kept in the hospital area rather than the cat room. I know a great pet sitter here in Nashville. I used her for a stray that I was feeding, but I would not trust her with Raiden. He'd escape and be one of those "lost" cats I read about every day. I had enough concerns when I boarded Raiden for a week when I traveled to Florida -- and he was fine, although I was on the phone to the vet daily to make sure he was doing okay. Vacations are to be enjoyed and stress free. I know Brian will do what he feels is right. Just want Gaga to be okay.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:26 pm 
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Poor baby! I am glad to hear she is doing better!

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 Post subject: Re: Gaga Very Ill
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:30 am 
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I just popped on here to have a little nose as I've had major surgery recently and my heart sank when I saw your post!

I couldn't get to the end quick enough to check that Gaga was ok.

SO PLEASED she is doing well.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:51 pm 
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Eggman wrote:
I just popped on here to have a little nose as I've had major surgery recently and my heart sank when I saw your post!

I couldn't get to the end quick enough to check that Gaga was ok.

SO PLEASED she is doing well.


Thank you Debbie, for the concern. She is indeed doing well, and just something that the two of us need to adjust to as the "new normal" but that's ok.

How are you doing? Major surgery doesn't sound too good :sad: It's good to see you around on the forum again though.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaga Very Ill
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:44 pm 
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Good Luck with Gaga's recovery and finding a sitter.

I had a thought, when my cat got rather old I built cat steps for her. Everywhere, to the top of the bookcase, my bed, even the kitchen counter.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaga Very Ill
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:17 am 
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Good Luck with Gaga's recovery and finding a sitter.

I had a thought, when my cat got rather old I built cat steps for her. Everywhere, to the top of the bookcase, my bed, even the kitchen counter.


Thanks Issan, and you are right. Thankfully right now Gaga's balance seems to have returned, and she's climbing everything as before, and playing and such. So no worries right at this time. But you're right. I had to do that with my elderly moggies before I got my current three, and sooner or later I'll have to do that again when it becomes time. Hopefully that will be some years off into the future, but you never know.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaga Very Ill
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:55 pm 
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Happy to hear that Gaga is doing so much better, Brian!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:23 pm 
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Happy to hear that Gaga is doing so much better, Brian!


Thanks Sherry. Yes, for the most part she is. She's gotten very hard to pill though! But it is what it is. She now knows when it's "pill time" and will hide or evade me. When she gets in the room to pill, she usually starts screaming. The pill gun is now useless, because if I take it out and bring it close to her mouth, she start jerking her head away from it, making me "miss" about 90% of the time. Same with the syringe for the liquid. I miss so much with that now that it's no longer usable. The only way to do it is to put a pill in my hand, and insert it into the side of her mouth, and gently hold her mouth closed until she swallows it. Of course she is deceptive and "cheeks" the pill often, so I have to be careful. Either that or she "fakes" like she is chewing it, and spits it out instead.

One positive is that I found an upscale vet near me that only treats cats, and that runs a "Cat Bed and Breakfast" as they call it. It sounds like they provide a nice environment, and can give medicine, so that is unfortunately where Gaga is going to probably have to stay when I travel. I really hate doing that, but I think that is the best I can do.

I'm still going to look for a new cat sitter for the other two though... not satisfied with the one I am using right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaga Very Ill
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:55 pm 
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Brian, I hate to hear that you're going through such a hard time in giving Gaga her medication. I know, I didn't like to syringe Raiden his meds, but he took them and we did fine with it. It might have taken me a few times of bringing him back up on the bathroom vanity counter to get them in them (there were two), but he was really good about it.

Glad you have found a great resort spa for Gaga when you have to travel. And a good pet sitter that you're confident in is so important. I'm sure it will all work out for you.


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