April 27th, 2010, 03:11 PM
My year old cat, Mittens, has lymphangiectasia (very rare in cats). He is on prednisone at the moment, but I am unsure what to feed him. I know he needs a low fat, high protein, grain free diet, but is there one that works? I know switching him to the raw food diet might be best, but I want to know what type of raw diet as well. I would really appreciate any help. He also has haemobartonella as a result of this lymphangiectasia, so we are hoping the medication and new, strict diet will be the best way forward. I appreciate your thoughts on this.
April 27th, 2010, 03:53 PM
Welcome to the board, Jennie, though I'm sorry it isn't under better circumstances :grouphug: I don't have any advice but I do want to send along some :goodvibes: that the meds and diet change will do the trick for Mittens.
:fingerscr our cat gurus will be along shortly with suggestions.
April 27th, 2010, 05:35 PM
Hi Jenny ~ ditto on the welcome. I think you are absolutely on the right track with raw. Total control is what you need. As Hazel noted the cat-persons will chime in. Be a little patient if you can for all the answers to come in as a few of our catxsperts are away from the board for a day or so.
April 28th, 2010, 06:29 PM
My year old cat, Mittens, has lymphangiectasia (very rare in cats).
So sorry to hear that. How was the lymphangiecteasia diagnosed?
He is on prednisone at the moment,
Is he on any other meds or supplements?
but I am unsure what to feed him.
What does he eat now, and what was he eating when diagnosed?
I know he needs a low fat, high protein, grain free diet, but is there one that works? I know switching him to the raw food diet might be best, but I want to know what type of raw diet as well.
A raw diet using a single novel protein source would be your best option. Any chance you can get your hands on some raw rabbit? It tends to be very easy to digest and lower in fat than something like chicken.
It's also important to supplement the fat soluble vitamins (E, D, A) and you might want to ask your vet about cobalamin (vit b12) injections.
He also has haemobartonella as a result of this lymphangiectasia,
I'm actually not sure how these are related. Haemobartonella is a mycoplasma infection transmitted by ticks and fleas.
May 3rd, 2010, 01:23 PM
Wishing you all the best as you look for answers for your little kitten Mittens.
May 3rd, 2010, 01:25 PM
Thank you all so much for your replies. Mittens is still not well. He is still on prednisone and is now taking something to fight intestinal and other infections. He does NOT have haemobartonella after all. The DNA test was negative. He still has a fever though, and is not eating anything. We have to syringe his food and water still. He was diagnosed through a biopsy that showed negative FIP and either IBD or lymphangiectasia, but they figured the latter was more likely based on all of the blood work and the look inside. My vet says although FIP was ruled out, it doesn't show on early biopsies and that it may be FIP after all. So many diagnoses, not one answer. He was eating normal kibble and wet food. NOw we are trying to get him to eat EVO or raw venison, even canned EVO. He doesn't eat anything we give him. He was eating chicken and tuna, but he has no time for it now. Is it a good idea to take the results to another vet?
May 3rd, 2010, 02:05 PM
Is it a good idea to take the results to another vet?
Or maybe get a referral to a specialist. Have you tried any appetite stimulants? A feeding tube may also be necessary, and aren't as scary as they sound (had to resort to using them on 3 separate occasions for my kitties). Here is some info on that: http://www.catinfo.org/feedingtubes.htm
Hope you find out what's going and your kitty makes a full recovery!
May 3rd, 2010, 03:23 PM
Thanks SugarCatMom. My vet did mention a feeding tube but she said it doesn't really help either diagnoses in the end, it only prolongs things for a short while. We also talked about a specialist, but she has been conferring with specialists around the country for my cat. Internal Medicine Specialists at Royal Canin have also been involved. They are the Drs that said it was likely FIP :-( I will likely need to go to a specialist, as I can't imagine anything else for my kitten. Have you had a cat with FIP before?
May 3rd, 2010, 05:13 PM
Have you had a cat with FIP before?
No, thankfully. It's a heartbreaking illness with no cure, so I pray that's not what Mittens has:pray:. There is a ton of excellent info on the subject at these 2 websites, if you want to read more about it:
Good luck! Let us know what happens. :grouphug:
May 6th, 2010, 07:09 PM
I just wanted to let everyone know we had to say goodbye to our gorgeous boy today. Thank you for all of your help, he was too sick, sicker than we thought and is now in a better place. Thanks again.
May 6th, 2010, 08:12 PM
Oh Jennie, I'm so sorry! How heartbroken you must be. Were the vets ever able to figure out what was wrong?
May 7th, 2010, 07:06 AM
Oh I am so so sorry. Mittens could not have been in better hands during his all too short time here. Sounds like you did all you could and more to get some answers.
He is whole and healthy again running at the Bridge waiting for you :angel2:
May 7th, 2010, 12:15 PM
I'm so sorry, Jennie :grouphug: You're in my thoughts and prayers.
May 18th, 2010, 12:54 PM
Thank you all so much for your kind words. Mittens had FIP in the end which is what they originally thought, but then changed it to lymphangiectasia and back to FIP. This has been one horrible roller coaster ride. Even though we tried our best to save him, nothing would have been enough. I don't understand how a 15 month old kitten can be taken away from this world. It's so sad. I still feel like I didn't have enough time with him. I never would have had enough time. I take comfort in knowing he is happy and healthy again. It's all we ever wanted for him. Thanks again xxx
May 18th, 2010, 12:57 PM
I am so sorry :cry: :grouphug:
I know it is never a good time to say goodbye to our beloved pets, but it just seems so much sadder when they have not had the chance to live a full live.
:rip: Mittens :candle:
May 18th, 2010, 02:55 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. :candle::rip: Mittens :candle:
Sorry I did not see this earlier. I had just lost one of mine on Apr. 26 who was not quite 3. I know how hard it is to lose them young. If it's any consolation FIP is not curable. :grouphug:
We have a forum for pets that have passed. Maybe you would like to remember precious Mittens there?
May 19th, 2010, 12:34 AM
:rip: sweet :angel2: Mittens :candle: He is playing at the Rainbow Bridge (http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html) with those who've gone before :candle: :grouphug: