Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Moki Not Feeling Well...

We wanted to take a moment to address some of the health concerns being raised about Moki...Over the weekend, Moki had a really bad upset stomach. His urinary tract infection got much worse, he was gassy, had diarrhea, was having a hard time walking, and absolutely did not want to be picked up, which is rather unlike Moki...

I was starting to get rather concerned about Moki. This wasn't like him, and so I was determined to try and figure out what was going on...After watching Moki for awhile, I finally put what I believe to be two and two together, Moki was having a side effect from his medication.

I called Moki's doctor first thing Monday morning, and spoke with him about the possible side effects of Doxycyclin. As many of you are aware, Moki picked up a URI (upper respiratory infection) while at UC Davis. The URI was nothing serious, just some sneezing. However with Moki we want to nip everything in the butt as quickly as possible so that it doesn't become serious...

So since the medication Moki normally takes Clindamycin, wasn't working to control the sneezing, we discuss various options with our vet. Doxycyclin, was one of the medications our vet told us about which could be used to treatment URIs. Our vet however warned us that if we choose to go with the Doxycyclin, Moki's UTI (urinary tract infection) might get worse since Doxycyclin is not a broad based antibiotic like Clindamycin. In other words the Doxycyclin would only take care of the URI. What was a bean to do...


Well we went with the Doxycyclin and it did in fact clear up Moki's sneezing, unfortunately, it also allowed Moki's UTI to get much worse, and caused what we now believe to have been the symptoms we where seeing in Moki over the weekend, the gasiness, upset stomach diarrhea, trouble walking and so forth. Moki has now been off the Doxycycline since Sunday night, and he seems to be doing much better. Last night he started taking the Clindamycin again. He is still not drinking as much as normal but I think in a day or two, if the Doxycycline is actually behind all this, he should be just fine...so for now there is no need to worry.

Moki did want to show off his nifty new food bowls. We had been looking for an elevated food and water bowl system for Moki for quite some time. Eating and drinking from bowls which sit close to the ground is really hard for Moki. He often would lose his balance and roll over in his wet food. The new system since it sits higher makes it easier for Moki to eat out of and keeps him from rolling over in his food, should he actually lose his balance. The cool thing about this system is that the top actually separates from the bottom so that food can be stored in the plastic underneath. Since we already have air tight containers for our dry cat food, I decided to use this feature for something else. I filled it up with a ton of ice cubes and water, then I put the top back on. The ice cubes underneath his metal water bowl, help to keep the drinking water cold for everyone, while the ice cubes and water stored in the bottom of this system actually add weight, so that if Moki does fall over, the system stays in place instead of spilling all over him...how cool is that... I'll add some better pictures later on, showing the top and the bottom and how it all works...

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In Other News

Tomorrow is Moki's Gotcha Day!

21 comments:

Stoney said...

Keep on feeling better Moki! It's no fun to have an upset stomach! :headbutts:

Happy Gotcha Day!

Love,
Stoney

Poppy Q said...

Moki thanks for showing us your new super bowls.

I hopes you feels better soon my wee tabby friend.

Happy happy happy Gotcha day!! You did a good job of picking these beans.

Smooches.

Alasandra said...

Moki, we hope you get to feeling better soon. ~S, S & C

Whicky Wuudler said...

Moki your Mum is brilliant the way she does the detective work with your medicines and side effects. I hope the new antibiotic agrees with you better!

Babs (Beetle) said...

Hope you feel better soon Moki. I love your food bowls!

Purrs, Sukie x

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Poor Moki, if it isn't one thing, it's another. Hang in there.

That's a neat bowl set and sure appears to be multi-task useful.

An early Happy Gotcha Day, Moki, just in case we don't get back tomorrow.

Junior said...

We are so glad you are feeling better Moki! We really like those new bowls too!

Honey P. Sunshine said...

we are so sorry that yor tummy was upset, maybe yoo drinked too much pool water when yoo were swimming

DEBRA said...

Moki
We are all so happy to see you are feeling better. There is so much that is troubling going on right now it is wonderful to have some good news. Keep getting better every day Moki.

Purrs
Abby

Daisy said...

Moki, I am glad you are feeling better. That water/food bowl station is fantastic! I do not think you could have a better home in all the world!

Tesla said...

Haz moki eveh been on Clavamox? Iz antibotic- plus, it halps with uti.

Might be worth a try? or, Amoxi-tabs or liquid?

Sum aminals do haz diarrheas from Doxycycline...

-d ma said...

hope Moki feels better soon.

I love those fancy bowls. I'm gonna have to look for some for the boyz...

Camie's Kitties said...

We are glad that Moki is feeling better. That is a nifty feeder. We like that is won't tip over now, and neither will Moki.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody, Camie and Miss Jade

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

We sure hope it was just the medication making you feel yucky. Purrs and love from all of us.

Cool bowls! We could use those too - would keep Rascal and Grr from spilling everything all the time (on purpose - they like to eat and drink off the floor).

Lux said...

Moki, I'm glad the beans figured out the medication thing and that you're feeling better.

Your food bowls are cooler than cool!

ML said...

Moki, you's gotted a real smart bean, you know that?
i's like that bowl set, real cool.
Hope you feel better.
Purrs,
KC

Forty Paws said...

Hang in there bud. Hope the nasty antibiotics get through your system and things work out ok. Luf your food bowl system.

Luf, Us

Katie and Da Katz said...

Happy Gotcha, Moki!

And you hang in dehr purrtee boy! You is such a neet babee. We stopt by cuz we saw you swimmin in a comment foto.

Congrats on feelin a little bettur and new dishes! you iz a luckee fella.

Katie Too.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Wow, dem dishes is really cool...Happy Gotcha Day Moki mancat! Hope yoo feel better today.

catsynth said...

Happy Gotcha Day!
We hope you feel better soon.

Karen Jo said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Moki. You have a really smart Mom. I am glad that you are feeling better now and over your URI. Now just get over your UTI and you will be doing good. I love your new food and water bowl system, especially the part where your Mom figured out how to keep your food and water cold and from tipping over at the same time.