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OboeGal

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My beautiful Ballin (said like "Allen") - struggling through an arduous afternoon.

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And Cirrus, being the angel he is, looking after his mommy with lots of cuddles.

These dogs make me smile, even in times when not much else does. <3

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They really are the best at that, aren't they?

I think I love dogs more than anything else in the world - except maybe music. Hmm....maybe a tie there.

I'm so glad you have them. You deserve all the smiles.
 

elizat

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I'm so, so sorry. Poor sweet little one.
Thanks. I spent most of yesterday crying. He is technically my foster, but we love him and always wanted to keep him. I have had him since he was 1 lb. He is 8 months now. We decided we will try one of the non-fda approved antiviral meds for him. I am working on getting it and hope to get it by the weekend. It is his only chance and there is a lot on the UC Davis Vet School page about the drug, and other groups. It does work, in a good (enough) percentage. It will depend on him though and how he reacts. I know many wouldn't give a drug that is not approved yet, but my only other choices are to euthanize now or euthanize later, when he is too sick to go on.

For now, while we wait for what comes next and instructions on how to get the meds and details, I am just trying to keep him comfortable with whatever food he wants and will eat for me, attention and letting him rest. I bought him a rotisserie chicken last night and also chicken thighs to boil for later. I'm still a mess.

I am angry at the vet. I get that it is rescue medicine and we get less attention, but they told me his blood work was normal in May. It wasn't. I received it yesterday. He had high total protein and high albumin, outside normal and yes, technically normally if he was having an infection of some type, but he had zero infection at the time. He went in for a suspected UTI and didn't have it... so it wasn't infection response blood work. If I had known 6 weeks ago... but I can't go down that road.
 

missy

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Sriracha has dry (occular/neurological) fip. Not much to say other than that. My heart hurts.

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Thanks. I spent most of yesterday crying. He is technically my foster, but we love him and always wanted to keep him. I have had him since he was 1 lb. He is 8 months now. We decided we will try one of the non-fda approved antiviral meds for him. I am working on getting it and hope to get it by the weekend. It is his only chance and there is a lot on the UC Davis Vet School page about the drug, and other groups. It does work, in a good (enough) percentage. It will depend on him though and how he reacts. I know many wouldn't give a drug that is not approved yet, but my only other choices are to euthanize now or euthanize later, when he is too sick to go on.

For now, while we wait for what comes next and instructions on how to get the meds and details, I am just trying to keep him comfortable with whatever food he wants and will eat for me, attention and letting him rest. I bought him a rotisserie chicken last night and also chicken thighs to boil for later. I'm still a mess.

I am angry at the vet. I get that it is rescue medicine and we get less attention, but they told me his blood work was normal in May. It wasn't. I received it yesterday. He had high total protein and high albumin, outside normal and yes, technically normally if he was having an infection of some type, but he had zero infection at the time. He went in for a suspected UTI and didn't have it... so it wasn't infection response blood work. If I had known 6 weeks ago... but I can't go down that road.

I’m so sorry! :(
I’m praying this works. And fwiw I’d do exactly the same thing. Sending you both big hugs and bucketloads of healing dust to Sriracha.

(((Hugs))).
 

Spring Day

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Thanks. I spent most of yesterday crying. He is technically my foster, but we love him and always wanted to keep him. I have had him since he was 1 lb. He is 8 months now. We decided we will try one of the non-fda approved antiviral meds for him. I am working on getting it and hope to get it by the weekend. It is his only chance and there is a lot on the UC Davis Vet School page about the drug, and other groups. It does work, in a good (enough) percentage. It will depend on him though and how he reacts. I know many wouldn't give a drug that is not approved yet, but my only other choices are to euthanize now or euthanize later, when he is too sick to go on.

For now, while we wait for what comes next and instructions on how to get the meds and details, I am just trying to keep him comfortable with whatever food he wants and will eat for me, attention and letting him rest. I bought him a rotisserie chicken last night and also chicken thighs to boil for later. I'm still a mess.

I am angry at the vet. I get that it is rescue medicine and we get less attention, but they told me his blood work was normal in May. It wasn't. I received it yesterday. He had high total protein and high albumin, outside normal and yes, technically normally if he was having an infection of some type, but he had zero infection at the time. He went in for a suspected UTI and didn't have it... so it wasn't infection response blood work. If I had known 6 weeks ago... but I can't go down that road.
I’m sorry this is happening and my heart goes out to you. One of our babies passed on Sunday. We took him to 5 different vets and even drove 3 hours to a specialist and not a single person could figure out what was wrong. And none of them would listen to us about how he was sick like this before when he was younger and now he’s gone and our world is just reeling. He was gone in a matter of a month... I really feel your pain and I’m just so sorry. I know that if I could shave years off my life to give to our babies, I would do it in less than heartbeat. 21AFED21-4798-42D2-8177-CDFBD6EDD57F.jpeg
 

Musia

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Thanks. I spent most of yesterday crying. He is technically my foster, but we love him and always wanted to keep him. I have had him since he was 1 lb. He is 8 months now. We decided we will try one of the non-fda approved antiviral meds for him. I am working on getting it and hope to get it by the weekend. It is his only chance and there is a lot on the UC Davis Vet School page about the drug, and other groups. It does work, in a good (enough) percentage. It will depend on him though and how he reacts. I know many wouldn't give a drug that is not approved yet, but my only other choices are to euthanize now or euthanize later, when he is too sick to go on.

For now, while we wait for what comes next and instructions on how to get the meds and details, I am just trying to keep him comfortable with whatever food he wants and will eat for me, attention and letting him rest. I bought him a rotisserie chicken last night and also chicken thighs to boil for later. I'm still a mess.

I am angry at the vet. I get that it is rescue medicine and we get less attention, but they told me his blood work was normal in May. It wasn't. I received it yesterday. He had high total protein and high albumin, outside normal and yes, technically normally if he was having an infection of some type, but he had zero infection at the time. He went in for a suspected UTI and didn't have it... so it wasn't infection response blood work. If I had known 6 weeks ago... but I can't go down that road.
3 of my cats are from the Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood city. They announced recently (maybe 6 months ago) that FIP is now curable, they successfully treated at least one kitty (it was expensive, maybe like $4000, I don't remember and may be mistaken). Their funs were raising money for the treatment. All were ecstatic it was possible to get kitty healed. Maybe you can contact them and ask questions. I am really sorry your baby got FIP.:cry:https://www.ninelivesfoundation.org...vHIS-s1fqBBmV_D1Wjk65Hx6vF2BSerrLXA4lmozGlAsU
 

Musia

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Happy birthday King!!! You are a handsome handsome baby!
Thank you! He is also well behaving around neighbors' cats now, we got the proof for it yesterday:lol-2::lol-2::lol-2: IMG_2120 (2)'.jpg At least with the cats that can't move, but it is a big step in the right direction.
 

Musia

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I’m sorry this is happening and my heart goes out to you. One of our babies passed on Sunday. We took him to 5 different vets and even drove 3 hours to a specialist and not a single person could figure out what was wrong. And none of them would listen to us about how he was sick like this before when he was younger and now he’s gone and our world is just reeling. He was gone in a matter of a month... I really feel your pain and I’m just so sorry. I know that if I could shave years off my life to give to our babies, I would do it in less than heartbeat. 21AFED21-4798-42D2-8177-CDFBD6EDD57F.jpeg
Sorry about your terrible loss :cry:. I was born with severe allergy for cats. But I decided that I want them in my life no matter what. Gradually over nearly 30 years my body adopted to them and I am able to live with 5 cats now using only fast acting inhaler for developed moderate asthma. I understand what you are saying about giving your years to your babies... I only am able to give them room in my house so they can have a loving home and a family. We have 3 boxes with ashes waiting for being mixed with ours when we pass away. One baby had died from terrible pneumonia at the age of 10 months, her brother turned 4y.o. 2 weeks ago. Your kitty was gorgeous :love:.
 
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elizat

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@Musia thank you! I have been reading the UC Davis site- it is really helpful. I have had two fosters before with FIP, but this time, it's different. He isn't crashing like they did. The others, they just crashed within a day or two. My others just crashed so hard, out of nowhere, where nothing could be done, even if the rescue would have been able to pay for meds, which we can't. It's just too expensive normally.

He is hanging in there, but going slower, still eating (albeit less), still willing to jump on the bed, plays some. He has just more fight in him, I think and a stronger immune system.

It feels like he has a stronger chance than the others. Maybe we caught it early enough to help. Plus, we were going to adopt him anyway. If he's well enough to try, so are we.

We get his meds tomorrow night to start. We are going to try and that is the best we can do. Just hoping he can hang on and that his little body doesn't give up.

He ate two meals today on his own, probably only 4.5 oz of wet food if I can estimate, plus broth/water. I am switching the appetite stimulant tomorrow to the transdermal. Maybe that will help as well.

The estimate for his meds is $2700 plus the supplies. I will very happily pay that if Rachi can pull through and be healthy.
 

elizat

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I’m sorry this is happening and my heart goes out to you. One of our babies passed on Sunday. We took him to 5 different vets and even drove 3 hours to a specialist and not a single person could figure out what was wrong. And none of them would listen to us about how he was sick like this before when he was younger and now he’s gone and our world is just reeling. He was gone in a matter of a month... I really feel your pain and I’m just so sorry. I know that if I could shave years off my life to give to our babies, I would do it in less than heartbeat. 21AFED21-4798-42D2-8177-CDFBD6EDD57F.jpeg
I'm so sorry. What a beautiful boy. I feel like finding a vet that understands cat medicine is hard. It is different medicine than dogs.

When they go, they take a piece of you with them. It hurts so much when it happens, especially when there are no good answers. So very sorry for the loss of your boy.
 

OboeGal

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@Spring Day, I'm so, so sorry. It's so hard. Like you, I would give them some of my years if I could and if they were good years.

@elizat, like missy, I would do exactly the same thing as you are as long as I could scrape up the money somewhere. I will be sending healing dust his way as hard as I can. I've had the same experience as you with finding out far too much later that I was not accurately briefed on blood results. I've learned the hard way to insist on getting my own copy of the blood results, discussing them in depth line by line, and looking up things I see there on my own as well, every single time. I'm so sorry that they failed you, and him, in that way.
 
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Musia

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@Musia thank you! I have been reading the UC Davis site- it is really helpful. I have had two fosters before with FIP, but this time, it's different. He isn't crashing like they did. The others, they just crashed within a day or two. My others just crashed so hard, out of nowhere, where nothing could be done, even if the rescue would have been able to pay for meds, which we can't. It's just too expensive normally.

He is hanging in there, but going slower, still eating (albeit less), still willing to jump on the bed, plays some. He has just more fight in him, I think and a stronger immune system.

It feels like he has a stronger chance than the others. Maybe we caught it early enough to help. Plus, we were going to adopt him anyway. If he's well enough to try, so are we.

We get his meds tomorrow night to start. We are going to try and that is the best we can do. Just hoping he can hang on and that his little body doesn't give up.

He ate two meals today on his own, probably only 4.5 oz of wet food if I can estimate, plus broth/water. I am switching the appetite stimulant tomorrow to the transdermal. Maybe that will help as well.

The estimate for his meds is $2700 plus the supplies. I will very happily pay that if Rachi can pull through and be healthy.
Hope he survives, praying for his good health and strength. Dry FIP is "better" than wet. Since you are a foster parent with an experience, you already may know that sick kitties love Gerber chicken and turkey baby food. Amazon Fresh sells chicken baby food for $0.98/piece. God bless you!
 

elizat

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@elizat, my heart hurts for you, I'm so sorry. <3. I hope the meds can help Siracha. Sending lots of support.
Thank you! We did our first injection today. I have done vaccines and fluids before. I was not prepared for the noise he made. It can only be described as a version of a scream.

I feel terrible. But it is his only option. I know the injection burns. I feel like a horrible person right now, but we do this or he dies. He still may die, which I realize, but if he lives and recovers... He isn't even a year old. We have to try.
 

Musia

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Thank you! We did our first injection today. I have done vaccines and fluids before. I was not prepared for the noise he made. It can only be described as a version of a scream.

I feel terrible. But it is his only option. I know the injection burns. I feel like a horrible person right now, but we do this or he dies. He still may die, which I realize, but if he lives and recovers... He isn't even a year old. We have to try.
Please be strong and do what you have to do. Poor kitty, he doesn't know how much you want him to survive. Sorry you have to go through all of this horrible experience. He is very lucky that you won't give up on him.
 

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Thank you! We did our first injection today. I have done vaccines and fluids before. I was not prepared for the noise he made. It can only be described as a version of a scream.

I feel terrible. But it is his only option. I know the injection burns. I feel like a horrible person right now, but we do this or he dies. He still may die, which I realize, but if he lives and recovers... He isn't even a year old. We have to try.
I think this is the hardest part of treating a sick kitty - there’s no way to explain to him what you’re doing and why. It must’ve been heartbreaking to hear him scream, but you’re doing the best thing for him and he will forgive you.

I really hope he responds to the treatment!
 

elizat

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Please be strong and do what you have to do. Poor kitty, he doesn't know how much you want him to survive. Sorry you have to go through all of this horrible experience. He is very lucky that you won't give up on him.
I feel like he is showing improvement at 2 doses in but am trying to be realistic about correlation v causation, because dry fip has good days and bad days- even without meds (unfortunately I had two fosters with dry fip that died before this drug was an option a year ago, so I do know that too). I am tracking each day with a picture and thoughts on Instagram. It helps me to justify causing pain and maybe will help someone else by knowing what to expect or by him becoming a success with the drug. I don't write in journals, so putting a post up a day about Rachi is the plan.
 

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I feel like he is showing improvement at 2 doses in but am trying to be realistic about correlation v causation, because dry fip has good days and bad days- even without meds (unfortunately I had two fosters with dry fip that died before this drug was an option a year ago, so I do know that too). I am tracking each day with a picture and thoughts on Instagram. It helps me to justify causing pain and maybe will help someone else by knowing what to expect or by him becoming a success with the drug. I don't write in journals, so putting a post up a day about Rachi is the plan.
I'm so sorry you're going through this @elizat and I'm hoping and praying this medication works. This is so hard. Keeping your sweet kitty in my thoughts, and sending strength to you. (((hugs)))
 

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I’m sorry this is happening and my heart goes out to you. One of our babies passed on Sunday. We took him to 5 different vets and even drove 3 hours to a specialist and not a single person could figure out what was wrong. And none of them would listen to us about how he was sick like this before when he was younger and now he’s gone and our world is just reeling. He was gone in a matter of a month... I really feel your pain and I’m just so sorry. I know that if I could shave years off my life to give to our babies, I would do it in less than heartbeat. 21AFED21-4798-42D2-8177-CDFBD6EDD57F.jpeg
I am so very sorry @Spring Day, losing a furbaby is just awful. You did all you could. I'm sending you comfort and hugs as you make you way through these next few weeks, I know they are really tough.
 
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