Tuesday, February 3, 2009



It's Piggers.

Well, we don't know too much more but we have blood test results from yesterday. We know that some things stayed exactly the same as they were on my blood work of January 24th, and some things are more elevated.

After yet another consult with a whole Troupe o' Needle-Waving Vets, we are all baffled.

What was decided is that, based upon the fact I am acting like my usual crazy self, not sick in any way, and even though my tests indicate some massive infection and cell weirdness and I'm losing weight and my lympnodes are enlarged, we are going to try something different and switch my food again; this time to a very hypo-allergenic kind.

I will be allowed to eat as much as I want (WAHOO!). The vet told my mom to watch me very carefully (as if she was not ALREADY driving me crazy with that one) and we have to go back to the vet for a weigh-in (sort of like Weight Watchers, but in reverse) and more blood work.

Mom goes to the vet now to pick up my new food. It is duck flavored! I've never had duck before but the vet said it is delicious (so he's told) and that the Hill's company even has a return policy because they are so sure I will like it. If I don't like it they will take it back and we will try another flavor - either rabbit or venison. When the vet asked my mom to choose a flavor she said, "Um...so he can have Thumper, Bambi or Donald?" And the vet laughed and said that he's never known a cat to turn down duck, so Donald it is.

Grover will be so jealous. Or so I thought. Apparently, we will both be eating this food for a while since we like to eat from the same bowl. Well, that is not exactly true because my mom and Grover are sneaky and think they are fooling me, but I saw that Grover has his own special bowl of food up on top of the refrigerator where I can't reach it. So I'm guessing he'll have our usual delicious food up there and then he'll be eating my duck flavored food down here, too. Harrumph.

I'm excited to be able to eat and eat and eat and not get called a fattie for it!

Thank you for your continued prayers and support and good wishes! We love you all!



P.S. Hi. This is Grover. I will still call Piggy a fattie. Because he is. And I hope he stays that way.

P.P.S. Shhh...please don't tell Piggy, but I am worried about him. I hope the vets all know what they are doing. Mom has confidence they do...but I don't. :(


Niko and Cloud said...

Hi Piggy, nice to meet you!
Our One Who Came Before, Texas, had lymphoma. You can read his story at http://fractiouscat.blogspot.com

Mom is wondering if they have tried steroids yet for you, Pig. Whether you have lymphoma or some other inflamatory issue causing the big lymph nodes, prednisolone would probably help you, and probably make you gain some weight too. But Mom thinks they really should to the biopsy, that would be the quickest way to sort everything out.

We hope that everything sorts itself out soon and that you stay feeling OK!
Our email is catinmd at gmail dot com if your Mom has any questions for our Mom.

Katie and Mea said...

Hi Piggy! I am glad you can eat lots of food stuffs now, and yes, Hills food is quite good. My brotha from anotha motha Kitty had to eat Hills for a long time, too. But I don't know if he had Duck... we forget...

I hope you continue to get better!
Paws Truly,
Katie & Mea

The Meezers said...

Hi Piggy, well eating is a treatment that I would like lots! we hopes that this makes your bloods calm down. it's better than taking auntie's bio-ticks


Sparky said...

Piggy, this is Reggie, a fellow sphynx. I have to get some tests done this Friday so I feel you. I am also excited b/c I can eat food before my appointment! Woo hoo! I eat a lot and my beans call me a little piggy sometimes too.

No, but seriously we hope you continue to get better and get diagnosed with the correct 'stuff'.

My mom hopes my appt. goes well on Friday too; she's a bit nervous but is remaining hopeful. My older brother Marley is totally healthy though for a sphynx.

Sparky said...

Oh, we are on Hill's i/d food because I, Reggie, have stinky cowpie poops, but this food makes them all better and makes them come out in turd shapes now. We love the food and our mom says we figure we would since it costs $17/bag!

Save Moki said...

Hi Piggy,

It's nice to meet you. I hope they find an answer to your problem. We totally understand what it is like not knowing...

We'll keep you in our thoughts and purrs...


Junior said...

We will purr for the new food to work out for you!!

The Creek Cats said...

Piggy, reading your story is like reading my own! On Monday I went in for a "weight watchers weigh in." I had lost some ounces so they stole some blood. We got the results from the chem and cbc last night and my WBC are elevated and I am slightly anemic. My blood work was fine in November so there is definitely an infection going on here. We are weighting on the thyroid panel to come back and if that is normal we go for a pancreatic enzyme test.

We are trying to rule out all the possibilities, although the vet has mentioned the L
word :whispers: lymphoma. Mom is real worried, but trying not to show it. She does not want to sedate me to do the biopsy and our nearest specialist is 3 hours away. I am eating well so that is a good thing!

Best of luck to you!

Karen Jo said...

I hope the new food fixes you up, Piggy. It's awful not knowing what is causing your swollen lymph nodes and your weight loss. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.