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8.28.2005

Megacolon


I was going through pictures of my cats and I came across the picture of Cinnamon, my kitty who passed away 2 years ago. I posted a picture of her before, she was a brown tabby, but because she was in poor health, her colors were not pronounced. We got her when she was still a little kitten and even then we noticed that she was very sickly. She had diarrhea often and when she got well after these bouts, she would stop going to the litter box all together. Her stomach became distended and her fur was all fuzzy and standing. She was diagnosed to have megacolon. According to her vet, this condition is not common in very young cats and this happening is a 1 in a million chance. I got that 1 chance, but I'm not sorry I had her.

Megacolon is like a severe case of constipation. The muscles of the colonic wall do not function properly and the fecal matter cannot pass out. This would result in blood poisoning if not tended properly. She was prescribed laxative for life and her meals would only be soft food with bran mixed in. She also took a medication for hairballs. Tummy massages were a daily must for the stool to pass. When there were days that this would not work, she would have to be taken to the clinic for enemas. In some cats, surgery is an option. But Cinnamon was so small and weak, the doctors decided against it.

We would have weeks when she was okay, then suddenly she would just be lethargic and refuse to eat and at times develop a fever. This was a signal that something was wrong again. She would stay for several days in the clinic. She would be waiting for us inside her cage when we visited her. Cinnamon was a really good patient, maybe she was getting used to staying in the clinic. This went on for several months. But as long as she was fighting to live, we were not giving up on her.

She went to the Rainbow Bridge on June 19, 2003.

6 Comments:

  • So sweet, Cinnamon kitty. =^_ _^=

    Thanks for your nice post to Blackie! I told him he is not alone in the world of incomplete jumps! Your site is so adorable. Love all you kitty links! =^..^=

    By Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails, at 12:54 AM  

  • Cinnamon was a beautiful kitty. It is so sad that she had such a difficult life, but she was with the bestest people in the world - well done. She will always be remembered.

    By Blogger Oscar the Wonder Cat, at 7:59 PM  

  • Hi Lyn,

    Thanks for dropping by. Blackie is such a beautiful kitty.

    By Blogger catgirlph, at 5:34 PM  

  • Hi Oscar,

    It was hard to let her go but in the end we had to think what was best for her. Thanks Oscar, it was so sweet of you to say that.

    By Blogger catgirlph, at 5:37 PM  

  • I have a kitten, Scar, who was born without a tail (not even a stump) and one ear is only half an ear. He was diagnosed at 6 months old with megacolon. I know how difficult it is to deal with a sick kitty. He is now 3 1/2 years old and hanging on. He usually goes to the vet every other month to get "cleaned out".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:34 AM  

  • My cat has same problem, megacolon. We have it under control and no problems for more than 2 years by:

    Change from dry food to wet (canned) food. Mine likes the expensive Fancy Feast 3 oz. cans.

    Lactulose added to food. I add 1/2 cc per ounce of canned food and mix in. Mine has sweet tooth and likes lactulose (tastes like corn syrup).

    Brush everyday to keep hairballs to minimum.

    By adding lactulose to food in amount according to amount of food, I keep an even anount in his system. If too much, the stool gets watery, then I cut back a slight amount.

    Problem solved.

    By Blogger BA, at 12:09 AM  

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