Friday, 8 June 2012

Fab Friday

We've been a bit worried about Stran-veli as he produces the world's most stinky, liquid ripuli. Äiti can spell this more easily in Finnish so she will stick to that! But honestly, when he trots out to Poo Corner, the trots literally stream out with loud sound effects and smells that would knock out the Finnish Army. Stran has had ripuli for a long time but it has got worse so he was packed off in the Box of Doom to ystävämme eläinlääkäri. He was incredibly brave for his blood test and sat proudly being weighed in at 5,3kg - no change for 6 months. And his blood sugar was magnificent - like his appetite. 
Anyway, his tests came back as excellent except for one that indicates his pancreas is a bit icky, which indicates IBD (inflammatory bowel disorder). Now Äiti is of course worried about this but was very relieved that this is all the tests show. Stran-veli will have to brave again for another injection to help treat this, and we will be looking at better food for him. Here he is destroying a pile of Royal Canin Digestive 38. 
So we are all very proud of Stran. Äiti is prouder of him than she can ever say, because he looks after us all. He had an awful start in life on some of the roughest streets in Bristol - where cats were frequently used for shooting practice - Stran-veli had an air gun pellet in his tummy.  He has got excellent blood tests results which Äiti says is incredible. He has calici virus, and half the sight in the one eye he still has. So we are keeping our paws crossed for him continuing in the best of health. And if any loyal readers have advice or comments about IBD and suggestions, they are very welcome.

12 comments:

Prancer Pie said...

Great work on those tests, Stran! We haf always felt close to Stran, as all of us started life on the mean streets, too. Him with his rakish good looks an all. We'll purray his IBD comes under control easily and doesn't give you any more trouble. xoxo

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We are glad he did so well and that his problem can be fixable. We hope he starts feeling better.

Sparkle said...

I am sending lots of purrs Stran's way. I hope some of your readers have suggestions. The only one I know of is using slippery elm bark, although it may not work for him, since it involves his pancreas and slippery elm bark is for soothing irritated stomach and intestinal lining. You can google more about it, and this link has info (although it is to a CRF site, it addresses IBD since many CRF cats have that too): http://felinecrf.org/holistic_treatments.htm#SEB1

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Rumblemum keeps looking at the last photo - I think she is in love with you!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Lots of purrs to Stran from us!

There is, or used to be, a good Yahoo group for feline IBD. They're bottom line always was feeding raw, or failing that, single-source grain-free canned.

But really, whatever works for Stran is what's best for him.

Just Google...there must be tons of info out there, apart from that Yahoo group. Good luck!

Nerissa said...

Oh Stran-veli... I'm so glad you passed all the tests at the doctors with flying colours. That's great, buddy! Be brave 'bout the next injection. Those doctors and your mom will have you all fixed up in no time. But just to help things along, I'm gonna send some of my best extra-strength purrs. In fact, all twelve of us cats here at my house will send purrs. That should help, I think. purrs

Terri said...

I have a cat with bowel issues. She is apparently intolerant of some common additives in canned cat food. I initially thought it was some types of protein. She was later challenged on the proteins and is doing okay so far. Watch out for guar gum and carrageenan. My cat eats Nature's Variety Instinct brand now.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

We are filled with admiration and respect for the great Stran!

Purrs,
The Chans

Eric and Flynn said...

We are glad you had mostly good tests Stran. We hope the good food helps keep his IBD under control.

Katnip Lounge said...

How about a little pumpkin? We've heard this works wonders. Not that WE would eat it...

Naukulan Mamma said...

O-ou. Toivottavasti Stranin vointi paranee! Urheita olette olleet sielläkin!

Kari said...

We have always held Stran in a special place in our hearts. Handsome, regal, wise and wonderful, a cat's cat to be sure. Pancreatic issues are one of the few ailments we've never experienced(touch wood). We'll keep our hero kitty in our prayers. Please give him hugs and kisses from us.