Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Questions and Answers

Since I don't have much time left- it seems likely although not certain I will be helped to the bridge tomorrow evening-I wanted to answer some questions. See, sometimes people get to my blog by searching on cat health questions. Well, me and Mom aren't betternarians, so you should always double check with a betternarian, but here are our best answers to some of the questions that have brought beans and cats to my blog.

1. "cat help smell of vet fighting scared of other cat". We guess the question there is something like how do you prevent two scared cats from fighting? Well, a product called FeliWay, which is very expensive, managed to keep me calm when I was at the bored place, and it seems to help in multi-cat households.

2. how to handle a fractious cat
WITH GLOVES AND GOGGLES! Seriously, when bathing me, Dad has giant thick hawk-tamer type gloves, and these "SteemPunk" goggles he made. He uses them for woodcutting, and also for bathing me!!

3.my cat hematocrit was 19, what should i do?
Well, if you know that your cat's hematocrit is 19, odds are a vet told you, and they should have further instructions on what to do. But this means that your cat is anemic. The minimum hematocrit for a cat to not be anemic is 28-30%. Around 15% or so, vets usually want to do a transfusion. So, 19 isn't a great place to be, but if your cat is being monitored by a vet, this should be treatable. Anemia can be caused by kidney issues, cancer, chronic illness, and many other things. I think even severe stress can cause anemia in a kitty. Again, please talk to your betternarian for details.

4. Although not specific, we saw searches indicating people have concerns about the cost of chemo drugs. It varies greatly depending on where you live, your vet, what protocol and cancer your cat has, and also other factors. For instance, I am so fractious I needed to be anestatized in a box before each treatment. If you get the IV anestesia, or don't need any at all, this can save your bean up to about $200.00 a treatment! Treatments are often done weekly initially, and then bi-weekly after a few months, but again, it depends on the treatment. Mom spent around $500.00 a treatment on me, but it depended greatly on how many tests and medicines I needed, and how anestitized I was. Some cats don't get nauseus and anemic like I did, and the medicines to treat those issues probably totaled to around 50.00 more dollars a month. So it varies quite widely from cat to cat, even with the same protocol, cancer, and vet office.

I hope these answers were helpful. Please, please, talk to your betternarian for more information.


ratmammy said...

Great advice.. i had a kitty that had all sorts of diseases, including feline Aids, but he finally developed leukemia (he already had FELINE leukemia, this is the cancer leukemia) and so i did chemo. every week. i used credit cards. i'd do it again. he fought the cancer, and the oncologist was so shocked at how good he was doing. but by the end of that month, he became anemic(we were told the warning signs... his skin turned colors) and we took him in for emergency transfusion... anyway... glad you took care of your kitty for as long as you could... he will meet my kitties alice and gertie at the rainbow bridge soon...

Brownie said...

Thanks for the informashun! It's good to hear from you :)

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It is so nice of you to be thinking of other kitties at this time. We know you need lots of snuggle time with your humans.

Smeagol and Strider (Mystery and Gizmo too!) said...

Texas, you're furry nice to be helpin' others when you're not feelin' good.
You (and your beans) are so brave and strong, and we are so thankful to have met you.
Keep snugglin' and we'll keep you all in our purrs and purrayers.

Team Tabby said...

We are still keeping you in our thoughts and purrayers.

Mindy & MOe

Southbay Girl said...

Texas, We hope you are getting lots of snuggle time with your mom and dad! We are thinking of you lots and think that you and your beans are pretty amazing people to be thinking of other kitties during this time!! We are purring for you!!!

Mom and Kodak, Winton, 3 Perf and Blossom

Karen Jo said...

I hope you are getting and giving lots of cuddles and snuggles, Texas. It is so kind of your beans to be thinking of other kitties at this very stressful time. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Sen and Tom said...

Hi Texas. It is so generous of you, at such a difficult time, to think of others and try to help others. You are a great guy and you will always be with us.

In the meantime, snuggle, snuggle, snuggle.

Your Pals,
Sen-Chan and Tom

Whicky Wuudler said...

Texie, you are such a sweet cat to be thinking of helping other kitties when your time is short and you are feeling so unwell. I have the greatest admiration and respect for you and your beans. I'm purring for you all and hope you spend much time together snuggling and wrapped in love. xx

Parker said...

Texas, I think it is very sweet of you and your beans to be thinking of others at this most tender and sad time.
You remain in our whole family's thoughts and prayers - we love you and think that you are so very fortunate to have such a wonderful Mommy and Daddy.
Smooches and hugs to you my friend!
ps - the photo of your Daddy made me giggle!

The Island Cats said...

Thanks for those answers, Texas! We hope we don't ever need the chemo!

Hope you are hanging in ther!

Wally, Ernie & Zoey