Howdy gang, thanks for coming by on Mancat Monday, I hope all is okay in your neck of the woods. Today I’m going to give everyone an update on the history of my battles during the Pee Wars. Those of you who have been with us for a long time already know the history, but I’ve had so many new followers since then and several of you, after my post last week, wanted to know what meds I was on and why. So, here goes.
Back in 2010 the Pee Demons launched a surprise attack. All of a sudden I felt like I had to pee and off to the litter box I went. They attacked again and to the litter box I went. I couldn’t stop going to the litter box. Hardly anything was coming out. To the Vet we went. I was diagnosed with a Urinary Tract Infection and given antibiotics.
All was okay for a little while then the Pee Demons attacked again. To the Vet we went, UTI again, meds again. After a small amount of time another attack came. We went to a different Vet, no, she said I didn’t have a UTI, I had cystitis. Different meds. Same result. More attacks. Oh, I forgot to mention that there were also trips to the Emergency Vet when the attacks came after hours.
This went on for months, but you probably get the picture, it was wearing me down, I could hardly leave the litter box. On one of those late night visits to the Emergency Vets we found Dr. E. and he was a good one. He said he wasn’t going to discharge me until he had better answers for me. He said I had Idiopathic Cystitis, which basically means due to an internal irritation/inflammation, I thought I had to pee all of the time.
Dr. E. communicated immediately with Emergency Vets across the country and that’s how he came up with the drug cocktail to help me. I was taking Amitriptyline due to its anti-inflammatory properties in cats, a liquid pain med called Buprenorphine (an opioid) and Prazosin, which is a urethra relaxer. I was taking these 2 times a day, so basically I’ve been stoned since 2010, but the thinking I needed to pee issues ceased and I declared victory over the Pee Demons. During this time we changed Vets 4 times and that’s how we ended up with our wonderful Vet and the Cat Clinic, which is a cat only Vet place.
Then, last year when I got sick I was referred to our wonderful Internal Medicine Vet (Dr. V.) because of the concern that I might have lymphoma. Y’all probably know that story, after a biopsy I was diagnosed with IBS. Dr. V., as a part of my overall treatment, wanted to get me off of those heavy-duty meds. She said that a lot of times as kitties age they actually outgrow the “Idiopathic” part of the cystitis thing and she thought I’d do fine without those meds. So, we started the long process of weaning me off of those meds. She was right, I feel much better and I’m doing great. I was really surprised and not overly happy to learn there was another male cat living here, his name is Simon, who knew?!?! I do tolerate him though MOL!
They ya go, the Pee Wars history. I hope you all have a fabulous Monday and a wonderful week. Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!