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Re: [FH] Advice needed again -- Big Footsie

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  • Westgold
    yes, keep giving her whatever she wants, keep that Fancy Feast out all the time. It s easier to stop her from losing so much than to try to put on weight
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 2, 2009
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      yes, keep giving her whatever she wants, keep that Fancy Feast out all the time. It's easier to stop her from losing so much than to try to put on weight after she's lost a lot --
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      From: Kristen G
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 10:51 AM
      Subject: Re: [FH] Advice needed again -- Big Footsie





      My cat Duffer (will be 7 years old in July) was diagnosed with HCM and started Lasix in April. She has lost around 1.5 pounds or a little more. I was concerned about this also and my specialist said that it was probably the lasix and that she wasn't worried about it. Because I have been worried about it, though, I started trying to feed her more of her favorite canned food. It seems like she is eating a whole lot more in the last few weeks, but I haven't weighed her to see if she has gained any weight back. She has always been a pretty small cat and is now down to 9.2 pounds.

      So, I guess I don't really have any advice, but just wanted to say that I understand and the same thing happened to my cat when first going on the heart meds. Maybe it really is the meds.

      Kristen

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      From: Susan Loesch <pipercatmom@yahoo..com>
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:05:32 AM
      Subject: [FH] Advice needed again -- Big Footsie

      Footsie has done so well for the last couple of months -- he goes to the doctor every Friday for a blood pressure check and a listen to his heart and lungs. His pressure is down and stable, and other than occasional periods where I need to add in the albuterol inhaler again his asthma is stable. I weighed him again this past Friday and he has lost 2 lb since early April. He looks, to me, like an old kitty who is losing his body fat - but he is just 8 1/2. I mentioned this to his vet and he said the weight loss was probably fluid since he is on lasix bid. Somehow my gut feeling is that it is more than that.

      Have any of you had this experience with HCM cats on medication - that they lose weight? I was wondering about giving him digestive enzymes, with or without added vitamins - maybe the meds are messing with the absorption of nutrients? A friend suggested a product from Only Natural Pets, a company whose products I've used before and been happy with.

      The product I was looking at mentions containing vitamin K -- red flag??? But on this ingredients list it either isn't there or I missed it. What do you think about this? Or about the idea of digestive enzymes in general?

      Thanks for your input.


      Guaranteed Analysis per Four Tablets:

      DL-Methionine 10 mg
      Cystine 5 mg
      Linoleic Acid 25 mg
      Calcium 50 mg
      Phosphorus 25 mg
      Potassium 0.25 mg
      Magnesium 1.5 mg
      Iron 1.5 mg
      Copper 0.030 mg
      Zinc 1 mg
      Iodine 0.040 mg
      Selenium 0.0035 mg
      Vitamin A 900 IU
      Vitamin D3 50 IU
      Vitamin E 5 IU
      Menadione 0.002 mg
      Thiamine 2 mg
      Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 2 mg
      Pantothenic Acid 5 mg
      Niacin 5 mg
      Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) 2 mg
      Folic Acid 0.002 mg
      Biotin 0.002 mg
      Vitamin B12 0.002 mg
      Choline 5 mg
      Taurine 200 mg
      *Gamma Linelenic Acid 10 mg
      *Ascorbic Acid 20 mg
      *Inositol 2 mg
      *Para-amino- benzoic Acid 2 mg
      Betaine HCl 10 mg
      *Lecithin 5 mg
      *Lipase (2.5 USP Units) 2.5 mg3
      *Pepsin (4.5 USP Units) 1.5 mg1
      *Papain (3 USP Units) 1.5 mg1
      *Bromelain (0.9 GD Units) 1.5 mg2
      *Protease (26.0 USP Units) 1.5 mg1


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    • elfinmyst@aol.com
      Hi None of my HCM cats lost weight, in fact they gained it once they were feeling better. Have you had Footsie s thyroid checked? That can affect cats of his
      Message 2 of 6 , Jun 3, 2009
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        Hi

        None of my HCM cats lost weight, in fact they gained it once they were
        feeling better. Have you had Footsie's thyroid checked? That can affect cats of
        his age and is usually shown by weight loss, looking thin and eating
        loads.

        The other thing may be his metabolism has speeded up and he needs more
        food. Also, has he been wormed recently and you might want to consider a high
        calorie food. When mine lose weight, a few weeks on the kitten food bucks
        them up.

        :) Lyn

        _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)


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