- Hello all,
We're new here; been lurking for a few months. Here's a brief overview of my
boyz, and I'll post a question soon:
Rum and Raisin are brothers, Maine Coone cats, 15 years old this month.
Raisin has had some serious health issues. Rum is a bit larger and heartier,
but has minor version of most everything Raisin has. Both were ~22lb at
peak, and are ~19 now; both are big-framed cats. At their peak, Rum was a
bit overweight but not much; Raisin was a bit more overweight. The point is,
neither were those ginormous cats you see pictures of; they were just big
cats who should have been a pound or two lighter.
<> They both have the bladder thingy, well controlled with Rx diet for a
number of years until a few years ago, when other issues required they go
off the high-sodium Rx bladder diet. Raisin transitioned to a kidney diet
(more on that later), Rum to a senior diet (RC Mature WK dry), with no
further bladder issues.
<> Raisin began having seizures in 2004, and they are well controlled with
generic keppra and phenobarbitol. No seizures for ~3 years (off the top of
my head). I keep him on the meds, tho, because I will not risk the damage to
his heart from a gran mal seizure. But cats have other, more minor
neurological symptoms (e.g., over-grooming).
<> Rum had high blood pressure, which we discovered quite accidentally. We
took him off the high-sodium bladder Rx diet, and the blood pressure has
been normal ever since.
<> Raisin had an episode of congestive heart failure (CHF) ~2.75 years ago,
treated with lasix injections and the oxygen box, from which he recovered
completely. No lasting effects, no requirement for meds.
<> Raisin has chronic renal failure (CRF). He was already on Rx renal diet
(as noted above), so we simply monitored. When the time came to begin
sub-cutaneous fluids, we began slowly; he received less than the vet
recommended because I just found myself resistant (for reasons I did not
understand). He had another episode of CHF after only 4 weeks of sub-Q
treatments. Another stint in the oxygen box and more lasix, and no more
sub-Q fluids. He has not recovered completely from this bout.
<> Between the joint and bone issues of Big Cats, and the heart disease and
blood pressure, the boyz get low-dose aspirin. I don't recommend this
without GREAT care; aspirin is extremely dicey for cats; that's why I'm not
going into detail about dosing. It's a decent risk for these boys because of
their medical issues, and their size can manage it.
<> They have both always drunk lots of water, even as kittens before any
health issues showed up.
<> Rum continues on RC Mature WK dry, and won't touch anything else. Period.
Raisin now gets meals that are 1/2 Hill's k/d wet and 1/2 something else
that approaches renal values, mixed together with a little water added.
So. Raisin still wants to be here. He gets up the stairs several times a
day. He enjoys his food; eats drinks poops pees; brings me toys; asks for
attention; purrrrrrs. So I'm helping him stay with us as long as he wants
Thanks, folks. I'll post my question momentarily.
Cher and the Boyz