Angus Nomicos: best Manx cat in the world….
Brief History of recent health:
Born April 2007. Parents were BOTH nearly tailless Manx cats (unknown to us they were BOTH tailless when we acquired Angus). We found out this was not a good pairing…
Very healthy and active until about 2009 when he developed signs of Manx Syndrome and was nearing “mega colon” which necessitated enemas, Reglan etc and CHANGE of diet to GRAIN FREE. Meds prescribed: Reglan PRN, BID: Cisapride and lactulose (morning and night). We know by x-ray he has “large kidneys
” but nothing else structurally visualized.
2011-2012: one severe illness (cause or diagnosis unknow) which left him profoundly anemic (H&H= 7 and 21 or so), lethargic, clingy, with fast loss of weight to almost 7 1.2 pounds) resolved over time.
Relatively uneventful course with one more episode of possible obstruction (drooling and general severe malaise) went to TLC 2012 afterwards for Internal medicine eval with Dr Miller.
April 2014: GI upset and change in behavior: took him to Cat vet – Dr Karg (more cat expertise than regular vet and very familiar with Angus tricky GI situation) his weight was 9.94 lbs feels very solid.
April 2016: clingy behavior, not eating properly, seems lethargic- went to cat vet again. X-ray and labs OK. weight= 8.94 lbs but still feels fairly solid.
August 2017: regular vet visit and vaccines. Expressed concern to Dr Chris Griffiths about his loss of weight. Weight= 7 ½ lbs. PAINFULLY thin. Labs drawn, nothing too far out of normal range. Cannot tell if muscle or fat atrophy occurring? Maybe NOT absorbing nutrients?
Able to jump and move around well as usual, no loss of balance or agility…
No appreciable change in behavior other than NOTABLE clinginess. Must be fed small controlled portions or he vomits entire meal despite meds already prescribed and religiously given. Stools hard small. No diarrhea or leakage. Urinates well as far as we can tell.
Food: grain free and mix of MOSTLY wet (Earthborne holistic, CORE, Wellness, etc) and dry small grain free pellets slowly thru out the day. Appetite good but increasingly picky… no human or raw foods.Current meds:
Reglan PO 2-3 times a week (or more if he vomits more than 2 times in a day)
Cisapride PO BID
Lactulose PO BID
Psyllium powder: one cap opened and mixed into one can of food split 4 ways between all 4 cats (so he gets maybe ¼ cap dose once a day)