Thursday, February 7, 2013

Eric Update.

Eric:  I ate better yesterday and have eaten some today. It is probably the injection that the vet gave me that has helped my appetite and will last about 2 weeks.  Mum spoke to the vet this morning so I will let her tell you what he said.

Mum Jackie:   Eric's blood results came back and his kidneys and thyroid function are both good. The liver function results are not as good. The vet said it could be the gall bladder is not working properly and a liver biopsy would be the way to find out. Neither he, nor Ivor and myself really want to do that as it is an invasive procedure with general anaesthetic. Eric has reacted very badly to GA in the past. Although it is on his records to avoid the type used, it is better if he doesn't have to undergo a general if at all avoidable.
The vet has asked for us to bring Eric back at the end of the month to do another blood test to see if anything has changed. We also will be trying him on another wet food which has a higher protein content and is 100% natural. He is very fussy with his food. He likes Gourmet Perle and when he is well would eat us out of house and home! If we try to give him something different, no matter how good it is, he will turn his nose up at it, so let's just hope that he will decide he likes the new food.
Depending on the blood test at the end of the month, if the results haven't improved, he will have a liver scan which will only involve a light anaesthetic.
Thank you for all the purrs and kind words for Eric. Please keep our boy in your thoughts.

76 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, well Eric, we sure hope you will eat the new food. Maybe mix it with something you like.It is never easy when the kitties are sick. We will keep on sending tons of purrs for Eric.

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  2. So sorry to hear Eric is not completely well. We will hold your sweet ginger boy close to our hearts and pray for him. Sending love and purrs. xxxx

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  3. Eric, we hope that you will eat up the new fuud and enjoy it. We are sorry that your liver values are a bit off but we are purring that this is just a transient infection and you will soon be back up to full strength.

    Rumbly purrs from
    Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx

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  4. We are not regular visitors to your blog but have been following you from afar. We wanted to mention that there is a appetite enhancing drug called Periactin, which we sourced here in France for Ginger Jasper, which can work magic in making cats eat. If you would like us to send you some, we would be happy to do so, as it is not available anymore in the UK.

    The Poupounette Gang in France

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  5. Still a mystery for now, but things will become clearer before long. We send healing vibes and purrayers for Eric.

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  6. There are two good pieces of news there, that his kidneys and thyroid results are OK. Purring for a good appetite and liver results being not worse in a month's time.

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  7. Thank you for the update about Eric. Poor little guy. I think you are doing the right thing by not putting him under general anethesia unless you have to.

    We really hope that he likes the new food! Please eat, Eric, it is good for you and we want you to be well again.

    We put Eric's purrs and prayers badge on our blog, so we know he will gets lots of purrs coming his way!

    Purrrrrrs,
    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

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  8. We are purring that Eric east the new foods...maybe mix some of the food he likes in with it?? We purr that his liver values stabilize and do not get any worse.

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  9. We're keeping Eric in our purrs and purrayers and hope the new food makes a difference.

    ***

    Kim here...I don't know if you're able to get something like Purina's FortiFlora there (it's a probiotic, very tasty to cats), or something similar, but I sprinkle a bit (like a seasoning) on Derry's canned, to get him to eat it, because he's such a kibblehead. Not necessarily FortiFlora...Just something Eric would find tasty, a bit sprinkled on the canned to entice him. If needed?

    Good luck.

    It's so incredibly stressful when our fur "kids" are not well, especially if there's no firm diagnosis. :-/

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  10. Precious sweet Eric...we are so sorry to hear you are feeling less than purrfect. Please please try your new food your Mum and Dad would be so happy. Keeping you in your purrs...Marg had a button on her blog so we 'borrowed'it for our blog.
    lots of hugs to one of our oldest kitty blogging friends.
    Madi your bFFF

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  11. Thinking of dear Eric and sending love. Little Nicky sends purrs. Hugs to your Mum and Dad.

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  12. We're purring that you will eat some of that good food, Eric. We'll be purring extra hard that everything will be okay and for your parents are they are worried about you.

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  13. We are keeping our purring motors revved up Eric and hope it helps to make him feel a little better. It's good news that his kidneys and thyroid are good but we know how worried you will be still.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  14. We're purring loud and hard for you. we hope you like your new food an that the next tests show improvement.

    The Florida Furkids

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  15. Sweet Eric, we are purring (and mum is praying) for you. Sparkle the Designer Cat had a post the other day about some sprinkles they tried over their food that made them want to eat the food they didn't like. If your mum is interested in trying it, we will order it for you and send it to you if they don't ship over to the pond. Here is the link to the post: http://www.sparklecat.com/diary/authentic-kitty-sprinkles-taste-test

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  16. Oh, dearest. Bless your heart. And liver. We'll keep praying and purring, honey pie.

    Grayson is my picky eater. Whenever I hear "pet food recall" and panic just a little bit at the thought that I might have to try to transition him.

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  17. We're gonna keep purring for you, our handsome furriend!

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  18. Sending huge purrs to you Eric and all of the rest of you. We want you liver to be back doing what it should.

    Please get the good foods your mum is getting for you.

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  19. We are purring like crazy for our good pal Eric. We know how the power of the purr works. Eric we love you!

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  20. We are pleased your kidneys and thyroid function are good, but look after your liver. You need to eat, buddy. Loads of loud, loud purrs for you Eric. We love you loads.
    And we'd like to ay that the Poupounette gang have been brilliant with their help for us, and have the most helpful #1 ever. Also, I am a very picky eater but LOVE Fancy Feast - it is so hard to get in Europe though but if you have an American blogger friend, maybe they could send some over.
    Paws are much crossed.

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  21. Oh dear! We completely missed the other post and feel terrible that we didn't know you weren't feeling well. Please get better, Eric, and start eating like the old days again. We will purr hard for you!

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  22. Eric, please please please eat your new food. It will be yummy, we promise. Food is always yummy, isn't it? We are purring and purraying for you.

    Love,
    Tazo

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  23. does he like meat baby food?? adding that to the food you want him to eat would increase the protein a little and encourage eating.. :)

    Have you considered Milk Thistle?
    http://www.holisticpetinfo.com/conditions/liver.htm

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  24. Crossing our paws for Eric here too. That's a lot of paws. We hope he likes his new food and that his blood tests in a month will show better liver function. Purrs and pawtaps

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  25. That's good news .. sort of. We hope he continues to improve.

    Meredith Ann has a sort of crush on him. She told me to tell you to tell him.

    Purrs,
    JC And The Purr and Fur Gang

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  26. We are all sending you our best purrs Eric and we sure hope you will give the new food a go!

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  27. I'm still purring for you Eric and sure hope that the new food you are being given is to your taste and you make an effort to eat it.

    Purrs,
    Genghis

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  28. Good news on the kidneys and thyroid - now we're gonna purr for your liver to be well. We dunno 'zactly what a liver is, but we hope yours is in purrfect shape and you like your new food and your next blood tests show there's nothing wrong anymore. Purrs & love from all of us!

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  29. eric...dood...MOR blessings oh st francis ta ewe....N thiz iz knot like just another fish storee....ask yur mum if her wood get ewe sum real for sure peepul tuna...if ya LIKE fish...tuna haza way oh gettin de appetite on de roll...could be tuna in oil ore tuna in water...itza grate source oh protein N haz jumped started me appetite many times...

    XOXOXO sauce of fishbone N de crew heer in TT

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  30. We have our purr machine on TURBO for Eric!

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  31. Oh Eric--we are purring hard for you. The Siamese who came before had liver issues and that is no fun.

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  32. We're sending best wishes and purrs from our house to Eric!

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  33. I am continuing to purr for you, Eric - I hope the vet is able to prescribe something to help your liver function! My human sprinkles stuff I find tasty over my food sometimes. For me, that means freeze dried chicken or turkey, or sometimes my regularly-scheduled treats. That helps me eat more of it.

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  34. oh, sweet boy, blessings on your head--and liver!! hope you will keep eating and stay well!! don't worry, though, there are lots of things humans can do to help you along to a long, long life! we all purrs and prays for you an' yer mommy an' daddy!!!

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  35. This seems to have come on so suddenly. I hope that Eric can fight this. I remember reading that Ginger Jasper ate like a shark after he was given some medicine, after suffering a loss of appetite. I've no idea what he was given. Could that help Eric?

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  36. We are coming over from Marg's to send you our support. We are sorry we had to mee this way:( We hope Eric regains his appetite and feels better soon. Our Mama likes to mix something we like with new food...anything from yogourt to a dab of butter to fresh chicken to raw beef! There are many of us here to give her the runaround when we feel unwell :p

    Love,and hugs to your Mama

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  37. Oh Eric I was so hoping the report would be better. I am Sending you my very loudest purrs and mum says her prayers are for you.. Come on my friend we need you to eat that new food.. Hugs GJ xx

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  38. So sorry to hear Eric is not completely well!!

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  39. We continue to send PURRS and PRAYERS to Eric, and send great big (((HUGS))) to you.
    We updated the post on the Cat Blogosphere, too, and are directing people here to your blog.
    Give the big lovey boy some extra chin scritches from us.

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  40. Eric, my dear friend! I only just heard about this thru Prancer Pie's blog. Please get well soon! I'm sending massive one-eyed bonks to you for healing purposes.

    We're thinking of you!

    Concerned purrs,
    Selina

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  41. Oh dear. Poor Eric! We send lots of purrs and hugs to him and for Flynn too. Hope he will get better without anything needing to be done! xox

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  42. Eric, we are revving up the purrs hoping you will eat!

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  43. Eric, sweet boy, please be positive!I'm sending lots of purrs, love and good energies to you!
    Love
    Luna - WE LOVE LUNA and prayers from mom Léia

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  44. We continue to Purrrr for you Eric! Just do your eatings and stay strong!

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  45. We are glad that you are all getting closer to figuring out what ails Eric. Eric, please eat those new foods, okay? We love you, buddy, and will keep on purring and praying for you.

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  46. We hope that new food tastes awesome! We hope Eric can't get enough of it! We hope and purr and pray that his next tests come out well!!

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  47. Just keep getting better, Eric, and they won't have to do those other tests!! Keeping you in our thoughts....

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  48. Eric, please get well soon! We are purring like crazy for you.
    --Jasper

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  49. Eric, we really hope this works for you! We'll keep purraying for you.

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  50. Sending more purrs. Can never have too many purrs, I think. purrs

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  51. Eric, We sure wish the vet had some answers for you and your mommy. We are still sending healing thoughts and prayers your way and plan to check on you often. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at www.thecatonmyhead.com, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Lisbeth, Astrid and Calista Josette

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  52. Eric, My lovely friend..You know I love you don't you ? I make the best Best purring , Prayer and paws crossed for you. Your new food will make you feel better my friend. Please Please eat it.
    Many Hugs to yoyr Pawrents
    Lots of love
    xoxo

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  53. Oh Noos Eric , sorry to hear that your liver test wasn´t all good :(
    Sending lot of (((purrs))) and keep my paws crossed that you LOVE the new good food !!
    XOXO

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  54. hello we're new here and we're coming from prancer pie's site. we will add our purrs and prayers with the rest of the catblogging community.

    emma and buster

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  55. Oh my goodness Eric! We hope that you get back to eating really soon, and put back on that weight! Many hugs and purrs and purrayers are being sent to you from all of us and from Maw and Paw!!!

    Luf, Us and Maw and Paw

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  56. Oh, no, we're sorry to hear that Eric's blood test wasn't as hoped. We're purring very loudly for him to eat his new food so that he feels stronger. Pawhugs to Eric, Flynn, and your worried parents.

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  57. Hai sweet handsome Eric! I so sorry to hear about your liver but glad to hear you are eating, that is furry important. I know us kitties like to be furry difficult but you needs to eat my furriend. We all luvs you lots! Thank you for stopping by and wishing momma well wishes to gets better. She is well on her way. Purrrrrs and Nosetaps to you Eric and Flynn!

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  58. Oh,no! We are very worried about Eric. We will purr and pray for all of you. Cuddles and skritches to Eric and Flynn.
    Cupcake,Clancy and Kate

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  59. Eric
    you've got all of us all over the world purring strong healing purrs for you. We all want you to get better and feel better.

    Start your purr engines kitties.

    xoxoxo

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  60. Our purrss are joining efurryone elses purrrsss and {{HUGS}} for your mum and dad

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  61. We all keep purring and praying for Eric. Here's hoping (and purring and praying!) that the end-of-month blood tests indicates his return to normal!

    Love,

    Marilynn, Grace & Company

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  62. We are so sorry that your liver isn't working as well as it should. We agree with your decision concerning the biopsy. The liver is such a complex organ but it is one that can regenerate itself if conditions are caught early.
    If your doctor says you can tolerate protein, Forti-Flora
    a probiotic which has protein, sprinkled on your food may make it more palatable. The gold standard for us, when we really go off food, is the medication The Poupounette gang got for Ginger Jasper.
    We love you and pray for you throughout our day.

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  63. Ah Eric! Please feel better buddy!! Big purrs to you pal!!

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  64. We hears your names all the times around the Blogosphere but don't think we have "officially" meeted. We saw on Manx Mnews that you needed some purrs so we came by to join in (*I* purr MUCH better than my Human does, though). We are glad Eric is feeling a bit perkier and hope all goes well for him XOXOXO

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  65. Oh, Eric...we're so sorry you're not feeling well. We're sending you our very best purrs and hope you do well with the new foods and make some improvements before you're back at the vet. We'll be thinking about you, sweetie.
    xo, Katie & Glogirly

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  66. Eric we are purring for you. We are hoping the injection will give you time to heal and when you go back everything will be normal. Paws crossed and healing purrs, love & hugs ~Socks, Scylla, Tuiren, Fenris, Mister & Alasandra

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  67. Eric we are sending huge purrs to you. We hope you start eating better and that your blood values return to normal. We pray for peace while your parents decide what is best for your care.

    {HUGS}

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  68. my paws are crossed Eric and I have my purr motor going sending you strong healing vibes

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  69. Oh Eric, we're purring like crazy for you! We's so sorry we's just now hearing about it. Mommy had an awful, miserable week at work and is just now able to help us catch up with our friends....

    We'll keep purring that you eats LOTS of noms.

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  70. We are Purring our very best purrs for you, sweet Eric. Please get well soon.

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  71. Eric, now is not the time to be picky with your foods. me thinks yous should nosh and gets better.
    Me is purraying for yous every night!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  72. Sorry we missed this Eric, we were in the Nemo storm so Mom stayed off the computer in case the power surged.
    Remember Eric, you gotta try the new food.....it's for your own good....you can do it. Get well, pal=^Y^=

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  73. We've come over from CB for an update on handsome Eric! We continue to send many purrs and healing hugs his way and we hope hope hope his new diet will help!! Take care
    x

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  74. Sweet Eric we so hope that your appetite stays good and you eating the new food makes you all better. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers sweetie. Hugs and nose kisses

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