Monday, April 9, 2018

Truffle Update

Truffle took her last pain pill on Saturday. She's been a little more active, but still taking things easy. She climbed onto Mom Paula's lap for the first time Sunday afternoon and stayed there for quite a while.
Truffle in her onesie hoping for some different food

Truffle is still resisting the prescription diet cat food.



Mom Paula went back to the vet on Friday to buy some cans of the other brands of prescription diet food the vet is recommending. We have some cans of Hill's, Royal Canin, and Purina. Truffle isn't usually our picky eater, but she's being quite stubborn the last few days. She will take a few bites of the food, but then walks away and meows at Mom Paula. Mom Paula has resorted to feeding Brulee in a different room with the door closed because Truffle is pushing Brulee out of the way to eat the regular food. Mom Paula knows Truffle can't go without eating, so she is mixing some of the "normal" food within the prescription diet and even crumbling some treats on top of the food. Since Truffle isn't usually finicky, Mom Paula has some hypotheses:

  • Cats don't eat a lot after surgery
  • Truffle's throat may be sore from the tube
  • The pain meds interfere with her appetite
  • The food is a different texture
  • The food doesn't taste good
Truffle wants to know where her kibble went

Mom Paula is thinking about buying a small bag of some of the prescription kibble to see if Truffle will eat a little more. We know a lot of kibble isn't good for us kitties, so Mom Paula is making sure there are several fountains with fresh water throughout the house.


We know several of our cat friends are successfully on a prescription diet. What steps did your human parents do to encourage you to eat the food? How long did it take? If your cat had surgery to remove bladder stones, how long did it take before she was eating normally again?

Truffle snuggling close to Mom Paula Monday afternoon - back at the vet

UPDATE: Monday Afternoon

I took Truffle back to the vet yesterday because I was concerned about her. She began acting different Sunday night and yesterday morning and I was concerned she was in pain or that something else was wrong. Her temperature was slightly elevated, but within normal range. The vet checked her incision and said it looked good. He did prescribe 3 more pain pills because her behavior indicated she may be in some pain. She was so calm with the vet (she usually tries to get away), so he knew she wasn't feeling well. I did buy some Royal Canin SO kibble for her to try since she isn't eating the canned food. Vet said if she continues to refuse the wet food, we can bring in a nutritionist and look at the labels of the food she likes to eat to see if something can be fed alongside the kibble. She did eat some of the kibble (so did Brulee), but I want her to eat moist food, too. Truffle has been very clingy the last couple of days, which isn't normal for her. She wants to be held or sleep on my lap all the time. I've fallen asleep in the chair in the living room with her in my lap and wake up several hours later with her still there. The vet said she should be okay in the next few days. The results of the lab tests on the stones won't be available for another week or so because they were sent to the University of Minnesota.

The vet assures me that everything is progressing normally from this type of surgery. This is the first time either of the girls have had surgery since they were spayed over 6 years ago. I know I should be patient and non-stressed to help with her healing, but it's so hard. I must admit that I'm a little anxious leaving her next week to go to BlogPaws.

34 comments:

  1. We are happy to hear that Truffle is doing well after her surgery.
    We purr that as she heals herappetite will return and she will not be as fussy.
    Our Georgia,who is prone to constipation, has become a fussy eater too.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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  2. My bet is on it doesn't taste good to her. I hope somebody has some suggestions.

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  3. We've never had any luck with Rx foods. Our internal medicine Vet told us the only one who likes them are the pet food companies. We use the link below as a reference and try to find a commercial food with the same or similar analysis. Purrs to Truffle from all of us.

    https://www.felinecrf.org/canned_food_usa.htm

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  4. I hope she gets her appetite back. I know the prescription food can be pretty unpopular!
    Sending lots of cuddles. xxx - Tom

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  5. Glad she's feeling better. I hope she starts eating her Rx food.

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  6. We're glad Truffle is feeling better. She looks cute in her onesie. Prescription foods are hit or miss around here...though Wally eats a little bit of prescription kidney food...unfortunately the kibble kind...but that's in addition to wet food.

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  7. I think it's that she doesn't like the taste of the food. If it's S/D that was always a hard sell for cats when they had to eat it. Good luck!

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  8. Never had any luck with prescription foods. Maybe she would like some of the higher end regular food, or something home cooked. My cat had the same thing, never ate the urinary s/o, and lived many more years. Her death had nothing to do w her urinary stones, which never recurred.

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    1. Forgot to mention she died at age 16 from cancer:(

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  9. We're glad Truffle is feeling better. We think that the prescription food doesn't taste good, and hope someone has a good idea to help you ! Purrs

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  10. I am glad Truffle is feeling better every day. I have never had any luck with prescription food. I think it probably isn't as tasty as usual food.

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  12. Truffle, you look like you are getting used to that onsie. Are you gonna want to start wearing fancy dresses when you start to feel better? I don't care to wear clothes, myself, but every now and then Mom tries me in a sweater or shirt. Tee hee hee. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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  13. When my Sammy had bladder surgery, he was eating again by the next day. I am lucky that he is a piggie and even likes the Hills prescription diet he is on to prevent stones.

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  14. My Darya had surgery for bladder stones almost 20 years ago. As I recall, she never did take to the canned prescription food, but she ate the prescription dry food for most of the rest of her life. In her last couple of years, she got some regular canned food too.

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  15. Truffle, you are looking so pretty in this picture. We can tell you are starting to feel better.

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  16. What kind of stones did she have? What was she eating before? She's so lovely, sorry she's dealing with this. Prescription diets are usually hard to get cats to eat.

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    1. There were stones in her bladder. They've been sent to the University of Minnesota for analysis. She's eaten RC Persian kibble and a variety of canned foods from Wellness, Weruva, Nature's Variety Instinct, Royal Canin, and some other high protein/grain-free products.

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  17. You have our sympathies over the prescription diet. Our Harvey is 'supposed' to be on a 100% renal food diet but, like Truffle, I have to mix something 'normal' in before he will eat it, so you are not alone there.

    I KNOW you must be worried but, hang in there. If the vet says things are going OK but that a nutritionist is on hand to help - you have another option to tempt herewith. Persian girls eh?

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  18. Thanks for keeping us updated about Truffle. You're an amazing cat mom, you notice the slightest change and off to the vet you go - they're so lucky to have you. I know what you mean about the prescription food. When my cats had surgery and were given those special diets they refused to eat them, and no matter what I did to try and make them taste better nothing worked. Perhaps a home cooked diet would work in her case!!

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  19. I think your anxiety is totally normal and I would be the same way. I don't have any experience with bladder stones. When our former cat was in kidney failure, she pretty much refused the prescription food. Our vet felt it was more important that she eat something so we started mixing the prescription food with some food she actually liked and that helped.

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  20. Maybe the smell was different, too? Kitties can be so picky sometimes. This is a great progression because it shows the ups and downs after surgery sometimes. (YAYDog Clare)

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  21. Patience! I know from experience that kitties take time to turn back to their food. :) Glad it's all for the better now!

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  22. Truffle, you're lookin' so good after your operation. You really are. And that picture of you snugglin' up to your mum reminded me of how Andy snuggles up to Peep #1 when he goes to the doctor's. He says he wants to get as close as he possibly can to the peep 'cause he's scared, 'cause he's not at home where he's used to bein', and maybe not feelin' 100% up-to-snuff, you know? I wonder if you're snugglin' up to your mum 'cause you're still feelin' a tad under the weather, still recoverin' from surgery, and that that's makin' you a teeny-tiny bit scared. If so, you keep on snugglin'! Doin' so will make you feel more comfy. Your mum loves you SO MUCH and she wants to reassure you that you're safe with her and that she'll take care of you and all that stuff. But remember, Truffle, you need to eat some, too. I mean, cuddles are great, but eatin' is important as well. I sure am glad you're on the mend there, my friend. PURRS.

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  23. You are doing an amazing job and I always say if the vet does not want to keep her overnight then everything will slowly fall into place. I know about anxious as every time something happens with Layla I sit up all night watching her while she sleeps. Sending prayers your way

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  24. She looks so sweet cuddling you. I can only imagine how stressful it is but remember to take care of you too. It takes time to heal, and usually longer than you think. Hoping she feels better very soon and good luck with the food.

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  25. Oh poor Truffle. It's not an easy recovery. Many pets have a sore throat after surgery from the tube & will eat soft food. I have mixed in warm water to 'liquify" the food a bit & see if they'll drink it or top w/ tuna/salmon juice or something liquid they finds irresistible. I hope she feels better soon.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  26. I think that paying attention and bringing up ANY concerns up with your vet is a good thing to do. Your vet should work with you closely on that. As well as Jasmine's vet always provided a little timeline of what to expect with every surgery or treatment.

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  27. Glad that she's starting to feel better and wishing her a speedy TOTAL recovery! ~ Dear Mishu

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  28. Oh Truffle. I'm so sorry you are still not feeling like your old self yet. Mom's doing her best.Hmm I remember when Dusty was ill and lost her appetite and had to take RX food,she hated it. A trick I used was to buy a can of Fancy Feast (chicken flavor) and mix in 1 tsp with the RX food.(I know FF isn't the best, but my first priority was hydration and getting her to eat something) It worked. I used that trick and slowy weaned her off to better food as her appetite improved. Get well soon Truffle!

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  29. Awwww, nothing like a 'mom cuddle' to make you feel better. It's nice to have the assurance from your vet. I hope she feels better soon xx

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  30. I am glad her surgery went okay. I wonder if maybe she is feeling pain and a little stressed if that would impact her appetite too. Also, with it being a new food she doesn’t normally eat, she may be resisting the change of food since she has already been through so much already. Just some thoughts!

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