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  • gea@alumni.duke.edu
    Hello, all, We got Malcolm s first bloodwork since he s been on the Lasix and Atenolol (3 wks now) yesterday. Looks like some things are kind of creeping up a
    Message 1 of 8 , May 1, 2001
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      Hello, all,

      We got Malcolm's first bloodwork since he's been on the Lasix and
      Atenolol (3 wks now) yesterday. Looks like some things are kind of
      creeping up a bit:

      Baseline Current Normal
      -------- ------- ------

      CREAT 1.2 1.7 < 2.4 OK
      BUN 26 37 < 36 just over normal
      Amylase 999 1214 < 1200 high
      Potassium 4.1 4.2 < 5.6 OK

      I wasn't familiar w/ Amylase, but I guess it's something that's
      eliminated by the kidneys--not quite as direct an indicator as
      creatinine.

      So... my regular vet is going to check with the specialist on which
      drug to bump down, if either... and we'll check again in a week. I
      guess if he's stable at these values, we may not change anything.

      My current dilemma is that we're going away for a weekend which has
      been set up for months... just from Sat. am. to Sun. pm, and all my
      usual kitty-sitters are either on a camping trip or otherwise out of
      town! I am in the process of getting recommendations for professional
      kitty-sitters but haven't gotten any great ones yet. My vet said
      missing a single dose of either drug was "no big deal". Is this your
      understanding?

      What I'll probably do is mix at least one of the two doses in canned
      food, label it, and put it in the fridge and ask a neighbor to come by
      and just lay it out for him. Administering meds twice a day, for a
      longer trip, is just a little too much to ask a friend... Fortunately
      this is a very short trip. Has anyone come up with any creative
      solutions to this problem? I think I'll just be traveling a lot less,
      which isn't much to begin with.

      Oh, the hair loss... Malcolm is losing lots of hair, probalby due to
      stress (and the season)... but the spot on his thigh... was shaved by
      the vet--d'oh! I guess I'll just give him lots of TLC and wait for it
      to pass.

      Sorry this has been so long--thanks so much for your experience and
      encouragement with this!

      Gail & Malcolm the Magnificent
    • Mike & Linda Irrgang
      hi gail, yes, travel can be a problem...don t you have any folks around duke who would be interested in making a little extra money??? we finally found a great
      Message 2 of 8 , May 1, 2001
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        hi gail,

        yes, travel can be a problem...don't you have any folks around duke who
        would be interested in making a little extra money??? we finally found a
        great girl at my husband's office and she helps us babysit the great
        pumpkin.....keep checking around and that "just right" person will turn up
        when you least expect it!

        good luck with mighty malcolm....it sounds like he's lucky to have such a
        great mom!

        linda and the boys

        -----Original Message-----
        From: gea@... [mailto:gea@...]
        Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2001 8:58 AM
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [feline-heart] First Kidney Check


        Hello, all,

        We got Malcolm's first bloodwork since he's been on the Lasix and
        Atenolol (3 wks now) yesterday. Looks like some things are kind of
        creeping up a bit:

        Baseline Current Normal
        -------- ------- ------

        CREAT 1.2 1.7 < 2.4 OK
        BUN 26 37 < 36 just over normal
        Amylase 999 1214 < 1200 high
        Potassium 4.1 4.2 < 5.6 OK

        I wasn't familiar w/ Amylase, but I guess it's something that's
        eliminated by the kidneys--not quite as direct an indicator as
        creatinine.

        So... my regular vet is going to check with the specialist on which
        drug to bump down, if either... and we'll check again in a week. I
        guess if he's stable at these values, we may not change anything.

        My current dilemma is that we're going away for a weekend which has
        been set up for months... just from Sat. am. to Sun. pm, and all my
        usual kitty-sitters are either on a camping trip or otherwise out of
        town! I am in the process of getting recommendations for professional
        kitty-sitters but haven't gotten any great ones yet. My vet said
        missing a single dose of either drug was "no big deal". Is this your
        understanding?

        What I'll probably do is mix at least one of the two doses in canned
        food, label it, and put it in the fridge and ask a neighbor to come by
        and just lay it out for him. Administering meds twice a day, for a
        longer trip, is just a little too much to ask a friend... Fortunately
        this is a very short trip. Has anyone come up with any creative
        solutions to this problem? I think I'll just be traveling a lot less,
        which isn't much to begin with.

        Oh, the hair loss... Malcolm is losing lots of hair, probalby due to
        stress (and the season)... but the spot on his thigh... was shaved by
        the vet--d'oh! I guess I'll just give him lots of TLC and wait for it
        to pass.

        Sorry this has been so long--thanks so much for your experience and
        encouragement with this!

        Gail & Malcolm the Magnificent


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      • gea@alumni.duke.edu
        Thanks, I know I ll find someone. It s not that tough a job! I ve been notoriously picky about kitty sitters (it s got to be someone responsible who won t let
        Message 3 of 8 , May 1, 2001
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          Thanks, I know I'll find someone. It's not that tough a job! I've been
          notoriously picky about kitty sitters (it's got to be someone
          responsible who won't let him bolt out the door, who won't forget to
          come, someone who likes cats or at least animals, who will maybe pay
          him some attention...), and I guess I'll either have to get less picky
          or just start paying. The friend I've been trading kitty-sitting with
          is camping this weekend and also won't accept money... I'll do some
          more asking around in the next day or so. He's my *baby*, though. I
          know you all know about that!

          --- In feline-heart@y..., "Mike & Linda Irrgang" <irrgang@a...> wrote:
          > hi gail,
          >
          > yes, travel can be a problem...don't you have any folks around duke
          > who would be interested in making a little extra money??? we finally
          > found a great girl at my husband's office and she helps us babysit
          > the great pumpkin.....keep checking around and that "just right"
          > person will turn up when you least expect it!
          >
          > good luck with mighty malcolm....it sounds like he's lucky to have
          > such a great mom!

          Thank you. My fiance says in his next life he'd like to come back as
          my cat. :)

          > linda and the boys

          Hello to you 'n' yours,

          Gail & The Malcster
        • Cynthia Rausch
          gea@alumni.duke.edu wrote: I ll either have to get less picky or just start paying. The friend I ve been trading kitty-sitting with is camping this weekend and
          Message 4 of 8 , May 2, 2001
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            gea@... wrote:
            I'll either have to get less picky or just start paying. The friend I've
            been trading kitty-sitting with is camping this weekend and also
            won't accept money... I'll do some more asking around in the next
            day or so. He's my *baby*, though. I know you all know about that!

            Hi There,

            I don't think your being picky at all, you have not know that who ever
            is going to look after your sweet kitty, is going to do exactly what you
            want.

            Purrs,

            Cynthia, Taffy, Samuel
            Calgary, Canada
          • diane
            You must be one of those people who always say as someone walks in the house make sure that door is SHUT! I m the same way. I ve been lucky in the past as my
            Message 5 of 8 , May 2, 2001
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              You must be one of those people who always say as someone walks in
              the house "make sure that door is SHUT!"

              I'm the same way. I've been lucky in the past as my neighbors also
              don't let their cat out (and he does try)so they are used to it.
              Also all of mine were good about not going near the door, but now
              Kali (youngest) has no fear and almost got out on me last week.
              :( Her claws were stuck on the screen and I opened the door to release
              her, she got down and sauntered out on the deck. Got about 1' away
              and after my shock wore off she was dumped back inside. I hope she'll
              grow out of it, for now we stomp at her when we are using the doors.
              Guess I'll have to keep the inside door closed if having someone
              watch them.


              Diane



              At Wednesday, 02 May 2001, you wrote:

              >Thanks, I know I'll find someone. It's not that tough a job! I've been
              >notoriously picky about kitty sitters (it's got to be someone
              >responsible who won't let him bolt out the door, who won't forget to
              >come, someone who likes cats or at least animals, who will maybe pay
              >him some attention...), and I guess I'll either have to get less picky
              >or just start paying. The friend I've been trading kitty-sitting with
              >is camping this weekend and also won't accept money... I'll do some
              >more asking around in the next day or so. He's my *baby*, though. I
              >know you all know about that!
              >
              >--- In feline-heart@y..., "Mike & Linda Irrgang" <irrgang@a...> wrote:
              >> hi gail,
              >>
              >> yes, travel can be a problem...don't you have any folks around duke
              >> who would be interested in making a little extra money??? we finally
              >> found a great girl at my husband's office and she helps us babysit
              >> the great pumpkin.....keep checking around and that "just right"
              >> person will turn up when you least expect it!
              >>
              >> good luck with mighty malcolm....it sounds like he's lucky to have
              >> such a great mom!
              >
            • gea@alumni.duke.edu
              ... Diane--how did you know???! Malcolm was as stray and deathly ill with Feline Herpes at about 3 mos. when I adopted him. Apparently, if he got out he could
              Message 6 of 8 , May 2, 2001
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                --- In feline-heart@y..., diane <diane@m...> wrote:
                > You must be one of those people who always say as someone walks in
                > the house "make sure that door is SHUT!"

                Diane--how did you know???!

                Malcolm was as stray and deathly ill with Feline Herpes at about 3
                mos. when I adopted him. Apparently, if he got out he could pass it
                on, etc. But I am pretty tuned into when the door is open (which it
                isn't for long!) When he does sneak out, though, he usually just
                sniffs the grass then we pick him up. I just don't know if he'd let
                someone he didn't know as well do that.

                Gail (Malcolm's overprotective mom)

                > I'm the same way. I've been lucky in the past as my neighbors also
                > don't let their cat out (and he does try)so they are used to it.
                > Also all of mine were good about not going near the door, but now
                > Kali (youngest) has no fear and almost got out on me last week.
                > :( Her claws were stuck on the screen and I opened the door to
                release
                > her, she got down and sauntered out on the deck. Got about 1' away
                > and after my shock wore off she was dumped back inside. I hope
                she'll
                > grow out of it, for now we stomp at her when we are using the doors.
                > Guess I'll have to keep the inside door closed if having someone
                > watch them.
                >
                >
                > Diane
                >
              • diane
                ... Just a hunch from an overprotective cat mom who yells that multiple times a week when someone happens to come over! (probably why we don t get many
                Message 7 of 8 , May 2, 2001
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                  >--- In feline-heart@y..., diane <diane@m...> wrote:
                  >> You must be one of those people who always say as someone walks in
                  >> the house "make sure that door is SHUT!"
                  >
                  >Diane--how did you know???!


                  Just a hunch from an overprotective cat mom who yells that multiple
                  times a week when someone happens to come over! (probably why we
                  don't get many visitors) :)

                  Don't you hate when people go to leave and then stop to talk half way
                  out and keep the door open?

                  "In or out, I don't care, but close the damn door!"

                  I'm lucky that Tim is as much against letting them out as I am, but i
                  am by far the one that yells more about it. I don't care if the
                  screen door slams, as long as it closes *quickly*



                  Diane
                • Mike & Linda Irrgang
                  wwe always have kitty round up before leaving the house to make sure that all are in the proper location inside and that no one leaves as we or someone else
                  Message 8 of 8 , May 3, 2001
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                    wwe always have kitty round up before leaving the house to make sure that
                    all are in the proper location inside and that no one leaves as we or
                    someone else exits....my husband (or son is the one who started it) go
                    around whooping for kitties to get away from the door....it's just
                    crazy.....the boys love it....when we come home and have to enter the house
                    mike does camel commands to get the boys to move away from the open
                    doors.....geez....what a housefull of nuts we are!

                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: diane [mailto:diane@...]
                    Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 3:27 PM
                    To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [feline-heart] Re: First Kidney Check


                    You must be one of those people who always say as someone walks in
                    the house "make sure that door is SHUT!"

                    I'm the same way. I've been lucky in the past as my neighbors also
                    don't let their cat out (and he does try)so they are used to it.
                    Also all of mine were good about not going near the door, but now
                    Kali (youngest) has no fear and almost got out on me last week.
                    :( Her claws were stuck on the screen and I opened the door to release
                    her, she got down and sauntered out on the deck. Got about 1' away
                    and after my shock wore off she was dumped back inside. I hope she'll
                    grow out of it, for now we stomp at her when we are using the doors.
                    Guess I'll have to keep the inside door closed if having someone
                    watch them.


                    Diane



                    At Wednesday, 02 May 2001, you wrote:

                    >Thanks, I know I'll find someone. It's not that tough a job! I've been
                    >notoriously picky about kitty sitters (it's got to be someone
                    >responsible who won't let him bolt out the door, who won't forget to
                    >come, someone who likes cats or at least animals, who will maybe pay
                    >him some attention...), and I guess I'll either have to get less picky
                    >or just start paying. The friend I've been trading kitty-sitting with
                    >is camping this weekend and also won't accept money... I'll do some
                    >more asking around in the next day or so. He's my *baby*, though. I
                    >know you all know about that!
                    >
                    >--- In feline-heart@y..., "Mike & Linda Irrgang" <irrgang@a...> wrote:
                    >> hi gail,
                    >>
                    >> yes, travel can be a problem...don't you have any folks around duke
                    >> who would be interested in making a little extra money??? we finally
                    >> found a great girl at my husband's office and she helps us babysit
                    >> the great pumpkin.....keep checking around and that "just right"
                    >> person will turn up when you least expect it!
                    >>
                    >> good luck with mighty malcolm....it sounds like he's lucky to have
                    >> such a great mom!
                    >








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