Re: [FH] Moliere
- Johanna wrote of Moliere:
> Does all this sound familiar to anyone who's had a cat going throughI'm brand new here, but thought I'd try to help answer this. My cat
> this same horrible ordeal? I understand that movement can come back
> to the legs, the vet said I should see some improvement in the next
> three days.
Bastian had saddle thrombosis on March 5th -- lost full use of his
hind end, lost his appetite, had severe lethargy...spent six days in
the vet hospital getting him back on track, in part because they
believed it wasn't thrombosis at the time.
His appetite only returned with the use of appetite stimulant, pepcid,
and easy-stomach high-scent Royal Canin (called Special 33) -- once it
was back, he didn't need those meds anymore, and started recovering
with his hind end a lot faster. Nobody dx'ed the heart issue until
yesterday, but they did find liver cancer, so he has been at home on
prednisolone and buprenorphine (which he has rarely needed).
As of yesterday morning, he *had* recovered his hind end use
completely and was having a great time being spoiled for every little
accomplishment! I have pics of him here from throughout the month:
Yesterday morning was the first recognizable sign that there was a
heart problem... He was napping and just suddenly started having
trouble breathing. Rushed him back to the vet, decided they'd keep
him overnight, and tests revealed last night that it's CHF.
Bastian (5 yrs) -- liver sarcoma / lymphoma dx 3/10, CHF dx 4/6
This sounds just like what Meridith's cat Monkey went through. I hope
she'll reply to you and talk about her experiences and how she dealt with
it. From what I recall, Monkey is doing just fine now.
If you read through the message archives on the Yahoo group, search for
"Monkey" and you'll find a lot.
Best to you and Moliere.
----- Original Message -----
From: "zultar1be" <johannapieterman@...>
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 5:17 AM
Subject: [FH] Moliere
> Hello Everyone,
> I have been lurking on the forum for the last week to try and find
> info on saddle thrombosis, which is what our 17 year old Moliere is
> currently going through.
> Thank you for reading, I just needed to find people who have been
> going through this and it looks like this might be the place.
> Johanna and Moliere
> Orkney, Scotland.
Welcome to you and Moliere. I am sorry that Moliere has been dealing with this problem. Don't give up hope on him yet. There are a few cats on this site that have been through the same thing and have recovered. I hope that you have heard from their owners. When this crisis passes, always think positively, let us know and we can give you some advice for dealing with the disease that Moliere has. If you have any questions, though, do not hesitate to ask us.
Leah and her cats
zultar1be <johannapieterman@...> wrote:
I have been lurking on the forum for the last week to try and find
info on saddle thrombosis, which is what our 17 year old Moliere is
currently going through.
He didn't get this suddenly, but it all started with a limp in his
left leg which was first thought to be due to some arthritis in that
leg, but gradually his limp got worse until he also lost strength in
his right leg and was then, after further testing, diagnosed with a
saddle thrombosis. Moliere was put on aspirin and pain killers on
Monday. The vet thought it best to take him home after having spent
most of Monday at the vet, as he was still eating/drinking, even on
Monday morning when he could still walk a little bit. When we got
him home by the evening, he couldn't walk at all anymore. The next
two days were terrible, as he constantly wanted to move around and
needed to go to the litter tray but then couldn't do anything,
resulting in accidents on the floor. When the vet came to see
Moliere on Wednesday, she felt that he had made an improvement
because she could feel a pulse in both legs again. On Monday she
could hardly feel a pulse in his left leg, so she thought that he'd
actually made a lot of progress in two days. To me, it seemed like
he was still the same, and I have been going through emotional hell
trying to deal with this, discussing euthanasia and then holding out
hope, jo-jo-ing from one to the other.
Moliere had hardly slept during these days and nights, but yesterday
(Thursday) he relaxed a lot more and didn't want to move around as
much, just wanted to sleep a lot. It was as if he'd resigned himself
to the fact that going to the litter tray was futile and that it was
best to just let the pee go whenever it needed to. Same with bowel
movement, which he had last night. I've got nappy-like mats from the
vet to put where he lies, and change them when they get too wet.
He now stretches his legs when he sleep and flexes his toes as well,
but when I lift him into a sitting position he falls over a lot and
when he does want to move he drags himself, after which he re-
positions his back legs underneath himself. He seems quite happy in
a way, resigned and not in pain. He eats tiny bits, yoghurt a bites
of tuna or chicken. Not a lot though, but I try all kinds of things
Does all this sound familiar to anyone who's had a cat going through
this same horrible ordeal? I understand that movement can come back
to the legs, the vet said I should see some improvement in the next
Thank you for reading, I just needed to find people who have been
going through this and it looks like this might be the place.
Johanna and Moliere
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- Dear All,
I wanted to thank you for corresponding with me about my sweet
Moliere, who suffered a saddle thrombus two weeks ago. Unfortunately
I do not have very good news, as about a week ago he started having
breathing difficulties and also stopped eating. Everything has been
done for him, but we had to let him go this afternoon... He has been
our best friend for 17 years, and me and my husband had to say
goodbye to sweet Molly today. The hurt is too overwhelming at the
moment, we both feel completely devastated and cannot believe he is
no longer with us. His little body is, as we are going to bury him
in our garden, but his spirit is gone... moved on to live where
there is forever sunshine and where he is young and agile again.
Anyone losing such a close friend will understand the pain, it so
With much love and intense hope that all your cats will be with you
for a long time,
I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you did everything you could for Moliere. Sometimes, you just can't fight anymore and have to do what is best for your baby. I am sure he had a wonderful life with both of you and will see you again some day on the other side. Again, I am so sorry!
Leah and her cats
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- Thank you all so much for your exceptional kindness, it is so appreciated.
The words of comfort, the poems... it helps so much to know that there are
people out there who feel the same about their cats and have gone through
the same in the past. We miss Molly so much, but have found some peace in
the fact that he is gone. He has given us so many years of love, smiles and
Both myself and my husband are volunteers for the local branch of Cats
Protection here in the UK, and in memory of Molly we have just adopted a
rescue cat who looks so much like a young Molly, all black with a bit of
white on his chest. We have called him Tobias (Toby) and he is booked in for
neutering tomorrow. We don't think he is a year old, still very young, and
very sweet. He isn't going to replace Molly, but we feel that by saving
another cat, just like Molly was when he was young, we honour his memory.
I am making a memory book for Molly, filled with wonderful photos, it makes
it easier to deal with the grief. He is with us in the back garden, right
where he always used to sit in the sun, and there is an engraved headstone
that says 'forever sunshine'...
Again, thank you so much, I can't express how sharing this with people has