Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Moki - Moving From Bad To Worse...

For those of you who may be unaware, Moki is now battling a life threatening URI in addition to the blood in his urine...
As of yesterday, he was congested, dehydrated and running a temperature. He also weighed in at 4.5 pounds. As of today his condition has gotten worse and he is now refusing to eat or drink anything. At his current weight he cannot afford to lose even an ounce! To be honest I have not seen Moki this sick from a URI since whatever virus originally attacked him got a hold of him. (Despite being extremely congested, Moki is still purring and walking around on his own, which are both promising signs...)
However their is a chance that Moki may not pull through this. If Moki is continuing not to eat or drink on his own as of tomorrow, we will be left with no other choice but to have him hospitalized and hooked up to an IV.
Moki needs our prayers and help now more than ever...
If anyone can spare even a dollar or two to help out with Moki's medical costs it would be deeply appreciated. Deb and ML are currently holding a raffle on their blog, and we will be accepting direct donations here on ours.
----------------------UPDATE---------------------
Moki is continuing to hang in there. He is also taking to the force feeding pretty well. Mom has been giving him water and feeding him small quantities of food every two hours. Because she has been breaking up the feeding times, she has been able to get half a can of food down Moki today. Hurray!
-------------------2 Update----------------------
The purrs and prayers are working! Yesterday momma in a attempt to get Moki eating on his own today, mixed in some Lickables Super Charger with the food she was force feeding Moki. The Super Charger is a appetite stimulate which momma has used on Moki numerous times in the past with great success. Well, it worked! Every night before momma bean goes to bed, she carries Moki past his food dishes and to the litter box. Last night while caring Moki to the litter box, she noticed him turn his head towards his food bowls as we passed them. After Moki went potty, she decided to place him by his food bowls since he was showing some interest in them. To momma's great surprise and relief, Moki started chowing down on the dry kibble which stood before him. He didn't just have a bite or two, but ate for a full 30 mins! He then walked over to his water dish and took a few small drinks. By the time he was through, momma bean could feel his now round full belly. She was so HAPPY!
As of this morning, Moki's eyes look much brighter, and he is continuing to eat on his own. He is still congested, and not drinking a whole lot, but we are seeing positive signs of improvement! As for the blood in Moki's urine, it is getting lighter as well. We are not sure if the improvement in Moki's urine is a result of the antibiotic or the sub-q-fluids. So based on our updated findings, here is what we are going to do. Moki is going to go back to his regular vet for another round of sub-q-fluids and we are going to speak to the vet about starting Moki on Tamiflu for the URI. The sub-q-fluids will help keep Moki hydrated until he starts drinking enough on his own again. If after receiving the sub-q-fluids today we see a further decline in the amount of blood in Moki's urine, then we may have some thing to go on helping us to explain it's cause. For the most part we have ruled out the cause of the blood to be a result of Moki not fully expressing his bladder as a result of his neurological condition, if this was the cause of the blood then we would all expect to see scar tissue on the ultrasounds which have been done and we are not seeing any. However, if today's sub-q-fluids cause a further decline in the blood level, then we may have to re-examine the possibility, since the sub-q-fluids actually force Moki to express his bladder more often...
Tamiflu has always worked wonders on Moki's URI's in the past, so we are going to try giving it a shot. As long as Moki continues to eat on his own, and doesn't show any further signs of decline, then we are going to work with the doctors and try to keep Moki here at home since it is less stressful, if however Moki starts to slip, even a little, we will have him admitted to the hospital for his own good. Fortunately the hospital is open 24 hrs so we can check him in anytime if need be.
--Momma Bean Thinks She May Be On To Something--
As many of you know momma bean has been super busy these past couple of weeks, with school starting and all, so she hasn't really had much time to stop and think everything over in regards to Moki, at least that is until yesterday. Some thing was eating at her and she couldn't quite put her finger on it. On Thanksgiving we shared the happy news that the blood in Moki's urine had completely cleared up. (You can see the pictures or re-read the posting by clicking on the Thanksgiving link.) At that time we attributed the blood clearing up to a shot we had given Moki. When the blood came back a few days later, we tried in vain to duplicate the results we received from giving Moki the shot which we believed clear up his urine, but nothing worked. Over the following weeks we tried breaking the shot up in individual dosages, tried up-ing the dosage, but still nothing work. We just could not duplicate the results. On Tuesday we gave Moki another shot (a different one) and some sub-q-fluids. Immediately the blood in his urine started to get lighter, it didn't completely go away, but there was a noticeable difference. At first I, as well as the doctors, attributed the changes in Moki's urine to the shot. Then this morning while in the shower it donned on me, we gave Moki sub-q-fluids last month, and at some time during the month the blood in his urine went completely away. We then gave Moki sub-q-fluids on Tuesday and since we have seen a marked improvement in Moki's urine. If I went back through and looked at Moki's blog, could I make a connection between the dates that we gave Moki sub-q-fluids and the dates that Moki's urine started to show signs of improvement? Well after taking the time to go back through and look at everything, the answer was an astonishing YES! Could this be the break through we have been hoping and praying for??? Could it be that Moki's doctors and I have been on the wrong path assuming that it was the drugs which have been helping to clear up the blood in Moki's urine? Could we possibly have overlooked the most obvious answer??? I will be discussing my findings with Moki's doctor today at 4:00 p.m. when we take him in for more sub-q-fluids. I'll let everyone know what he has to say after our appointment. In the meantime, let's all keep our fingers crossed that mom may be on to some thing here!

76 comments:

Pixel said...

We are purring realy hard for moki

Pixel and Samba

Forever Foster said...

Oh Moki. We are purring and purring, little buddy. Fight your hardest, sweetie.

Laila and Minchie said...

Oh, Moki sweetie, we are purraying harder than we ever have for you little buddy! We luvs you so much! St. Francis of Assissi, please watch over our little guy.

(((HUGS))) and purrs.

Laila, Minchie and Mom Peggy

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Crystal, We can't make the chat tonight, but we do want to leave a note for you. We are thinking of Moki and praying for the best for him!

Jan & JFF

meemsnyc said...

Oh Moki, we are praying for you!! Please get better soon!! We are all so worried!

Yaffa, Sebastian and Dante

Sweet Praline said...

I am purraying very hard for Moki!

Fin said...

PUUUUUURRRRRRR

MoMo said...

Oh Nosssss, I dash over to add my purrs for Moki!!!! Please get well soonest!!!

mog said...

We are purraying and purring for Moki. Hang in there little guy.

Anonymous said...

Put the poor cat down. It's cruel what you are doing to him.

jenianddean said...

Poor Moki. We are purring and praying for you. You are constantly in our thoughts.
--Jasper, Josie, Huggy Bear and Maggie

Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Purring for Moki.

Anonymous, if you want to leave an opinion, please have the decency to show yourself.
Auntie Deb

ML said...

We're purring for sweet little Moki and for Mom Crystal and Orange Boy.
Much love from ML and the Sherwood Bunch

PB 'n J said...

Oh Moki, buddy, you're not looking too good. We're purring for you to fight as much as you can. Our Mommy is our of town, maybe we should come on over and keep you warm and maybe cheer you up enough to eat? Please take care sweet friend.

Sending our purrs to you all.
Pearl, Bert and Jake

LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

We are purring hard for Moki. But we hate ta hafta say this. There is allus a right time fer Beins ta let go of us.

We know ya dont wanna, but when it is time, it is time, ya know? We are very sad ta say that Moki might be happier over The Bridge...

Tears for a brave little cat...

Lc, Ayla, and Iza

Asta said...

I am pwaying fow Moki ..I just hope whatevew happens he is pain fwee and knows how much he is loved..I'm cwossing my paws fow a miwacle
healing smoochie kisses
ASTA

Save Moki said...

Dear Anonymous,

You probably thought I would delete your comment from this blog but you where wrong...

I want the world to see your stupidity. You see, the next time a person you know gets sick, I want you to walk up to them and tell them, that there will be no cure for them today, because you where too selfish to help keep an animal alive who needed you and held the answers to their possible cure...Further you can explain to them that because of the mere inconvenience the animal would have caused to your life, you had it killed. At this point you should probably expressed to the person that since you are obviously a rather selfish person, should the sick individual become to much of a hindrance to you, you will pull the plug on them as well.

Sincerely,

Crystal Fogg
Moki's Mother

HotMBC and Robyn said...

Moki, we're purring for yoo lots and lots!
PURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRS,
Alla the Hotties

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Purrrrrs and purrrayers for you Moki!! Purrrrrrrrrrrrrs and hugs from our house to yours!!!
Your FL furiends,

Save Moki said...

Hi LC, Ayla, and Iza,

When it is time for Moki to go, we will let him go, but we will not send him on his way before his time. Moki is still a happy boy despite all that he is going through, he still purrs and walks around on his own. If it where not for him having lost so much weight recently, the URI would not be placing him in a life threatening situtation.If he had a pound or two to spare the issue would not be so urgent. Hence the best thing we can do for him is to place him on an IV for a few days so that he can hopefully recover and start to regain some of the weight he has lost. Our goal is to give Moki every possible chance to fight this just as we have always done. God will take the rest from there.
:)

ratmammy said...

I've been reading the notes about Moki and I know that you all are loving parents, trying to hold on to something you love. However, as a cat owner and lover who has also gone through similar trials... i had a cat that was positive for feLV, Fiv, and everything in between.... we fought the battle and even when he had cancer, i took him to chemotherapy weekly.... but once he stopped eating, and could no longer stand, we knew it was time to put him down. He was not enjoying life, he had no strength, the cancer was finally winning. the greatest thing we did was to put him down, so he could die with dignity.

Last year we had to put down our cat Alice after months of battling her dementia.. she stopped using the litter box months before and we let her use our house as a litter box... but she was still eating, although she had no idea she was walking in circles all day long. the day she was not able to stand on her own legs to eat was the day we decided to put her down. She had started at a whopping 15 lbs and got down to about 8. She's a big boned cat, and that was pretty thin for her. But she could no longer walk, and her mind had already gone. We put her down Jan 31 2008. It was the hardest thing to do, but it was also the right thing, as she had suffered so much from one infection to another. (yes, she had blood in her urine too).

We are purring for Moki, but from the photos we are seeing, we think he is ready to cross that rainbow bridge.. he knows you've done all you could. he will not hate you for letting him go.

Chesney Cats said...

Moki & Mom Crystal, we are purring & purraying as hard as we can for all of you. We know Moki is very strong to survive all the problems he's had. We don't have much, but we will donate some green papers, cause we think he has a chance to make it & if we can help in some small way, we will. Hang in there Moki, we have faith in you!!

Everycat said...

Oh Moki sweetheart, we are all purring very hard for you. Little fella, you have been through so very much and we hope you can get through this.

Love and hugs to Crystal too.

Whicky
Angel
Oliver
Gerry
& Mum

Milo and Alfie said...

Dear Moki, we are purring really hard for you here in England. You have been so brave and we so want you to get better.

Milo and Alfie, and our MOM

peggy and The Cats said...

Dear Moki,
We hope getting fluids will help you as much as they have helped Babe. We went from thinking she was only going to last a week, maybe two. But after two days at the vet getting IV fluids she did a 180 and now we are talking about the next check up in six months - and she has gained over a pound in the last three months. We truly hope you will get the same kind of results.
love you,

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

We are praying hard for you Moki! Your mommy shows boundless love for you little mancat! We all care so much and wish you would win this brave battle...if wishes could only do it, then you would be leaping like a leopard through the jungles!
Leaving you a big basket of hope, dreams, strength and most of all love...
Your Miss Peach

Daisy said...

I am sending my very best purrs for you, Moki! Stay strong, little buddy.

Stoney said...

Moki, we are purring hard for you to pull through and feel better. We love you Moki!

Parker said...

All of our love and purrs are coming to you Moki! We are so very worried about you...

Kaz's Cats said...

Oh Moki, we're purring and purraying really hard for you and for your family. That's a promising update about you eating, so please keep trying to eat little dude. We think that your has done a great job helping you, so we're sending special purrs and purrayers to her as well.

{{{hugs}}}

Gypsy & Tasha & Karen (Mum)

Boy n Beethoven said...

Purr purr purr purr purr purr purr purr purr purr purr purr purr purr

Fight on Moki! We're all puwwing all we can for you!

Boy

Honey P. Sunshine said...

moki baby darling, hugs and kisses sweetie

Cory said...

Moki, we are purring really hard for you. You are loved!

Kiddo said...

You can do it, Moki! We are all here for you and purring for you! I send all my warmness to you!!
Kiddo

-d ma said...

hang in there moki.

Laila and Minchie said...

We can't get you off our minds, sweet Moki. Glad to hear you are eating good with the force feeding. It's a nice bonding time for you and your Mom. Have to have your strength to fight this off!

We luvs you tons!

Katie Katz said...

We iz purrin and purrin!

luv,
All da kittehs at
Da Katie Katz

DEBRA said...

Mom and Moki

We are purring and purring and purring. We love yoo Moki and we is sending all of our healing vibes to you, get well our little furfriend. We are all purraying for you.

Abby,Boo,Ping,Jinx,Gracie and Mom Debra

The Crew said...

Oh, poor little guy. He's been through so much. We're sending healing purrs.

Junior said...

We are gonna purr constantly for you Moki. You are such a fighter and we love you. You have a wonderful Mom who wants so much for you, and we think you will let her know when and if you are done fighting.

Cafe Cats said...

We all purrin' for you, Moki and Mama Crystal.

castle diva said...

Moki, we're very concerned about you. We'll continue to send purrs for you and your mother Crystal.

Love and hugs to all of you!

Ms. P, Cinza and Mom

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

Moki, we're sending lots of purrs that you'll be better soon. We know that your family loves you and is doing all they can for you.

Purr, purr, purr, purr,

Charlemagne and Tamar

The Island Cats said...

We are purraying for you, Moki!

The Creek Cats said...

God bless Moki!
We are sending our strongest purrs to you!!
XOXO

Rebecca said...

We are prrrrrrrrrrrrrrring and wagging our tails hard for you Moki and Crystal!

{{{{HUGS}}}}

Zeke, Sushi, Tiger Lily and Ruckus

Angus Mhor said...

Hey, there, buddy. How ya doin'? I'm glad to learn you've had a bite to eat-that's good news! You rest, and let your mom do all she can, 'cause she loves you!

I'm purrin' for ya!

Your friend,

Angus

Little Big Man said...

Moki,
My meowmy and all of us are purrin' and prayin' for you cuz you're one special doood! We love you and send gentle, gentle head bonkies and loving purrs your way.
Love,
Little Big Man
Pookie
Tobias
Scooter
Pumpkin

Cats and Dogs Naturally said...

Moki you are so brave to keep fighting. I have put you on many prayer request lists to help you thru this. You are loved by many.

Cheri and all the cats at Wildcat Woods

Artsy Catsy said...

Moki & Mom Crystal, you are so much on our minds and in our hearts today and we keep checking in, hoping for good news. Moki, we're sending you our very warmest and most healing hugs & purrs & purrayers. Hang in there, brave boy!

Purrs,
Rocky, Mom Sharolyn
& all of us at Artsy Catsy

Riley & Tiki said...

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Cat Street Boyz said...

Moki, your poor lil body has gone through so much, many are watching over you......you are not alone. Prayers & purrs Moki, the Cat Street Boyz

WhimPurr's Whim and the Whiskers said...

Poor little Moki, we pray your suffering will end soon! *purrs*

herecomesharry said...

Hi Moki,
My name is Harry, I am so sad to see you are sick. We, my mommy, siblings, and family and me, will keep you in our prayers. Sending lots of soft purrs your way.
Harry and family

felinesopher said...

dear Crystal & Moki,

you're always in our thoughts & purrayers since we know you last year. We admire you both, for everything you have been gone through. Stay strong & keep the faith, we're positive you can make it dear Moki:)


Much love to you & kittyhugs,

Meaouwy Troops & Felinesophy

Niko and Cloud said...

Moki, please pull through! We know you are a fighter and can do this!

Monty Q. Kat said...

Come on, little dude!

snowforest said...

Oh Moki we are so worried about you. Please recover and get well soon. Sending you many many purrs and hugs.

bunnygirl said...

Hang in there, Moki! Your furriends are pulling for you!

Cliff and Olivia said...

Brave little cat! Get better soon!

Pumpkin said...

We're continuing to purr fur Moki. purrrrrr, purrrrrrr, purrrrrrr......

Aoise said...

C'mon Moki. Don't give up. Here come my purrs to help you. purrrrrrr purrrrrrr purrrrrrrr

pansylovr said...

Keep going, Moki! Glad to see that you are eating on your own more-keep up the progress. We are all purring for you here in Illinois.
Taz, Runt and Charles (and their personal caregiver, Anna)

Misha said...

We've been flat out here sending healing purrs to you, Moki. So glad to hear that you're doing a little better today :)

Laila and Minchie said...

Stopping by for quick healing purrs. Way to go Moki with the chowing down! We'll check back later.

Luv you bunches!

possumlady said...

Oh, I feel SO much better. I was teary-eyed this morning reading your first post and just didn't know what to say. But now I do---HURRAY FOR MOKI!!

Christine and all the cats at Possumlady Place

Junior said...

WOO HOO!!! You go Moki! You go Momma Crystal!!!!

We will keep up the purrs!

Everycat said...

Moki, little fella you have a will of iron! We are so happy you have started eating on your own and drinking a little. Paws crossed that the Tamiflu will help you again. We'll continue sending the hard core purrs to you and Crystal

Whicky & Family

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

We're so happy to read the latest update! Mega Purrs from all of us here are non-stop. Get well Moki!

Sniffie said...

We're glad to hear that things have improved a bit. We hope that the fluids are the break through that you've been looking for. You're a wonderful CatMom and Moki is very lucky to have YOU!!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

castle diva said...

Moki, we've been checking in every so often to see how you're doing. We are so thrilled to hear that you're eating on your own -- a most encouraging sign!!!

We'll continue to send purrs for you and Crystal.

Ms. P, Cinza and their servant

Karen said...

Crystal & Moki,

I am not a blogger, but have been following your blog for months. Crystal, your boundless love for Moki is heartwarming and inspirational. Moki, you are a fighter in every sense.
I pray you get the breakthrough you both so very much deserve and Moki continues to get stronger every day.

You are in my thoughts.

Sweet Praline said...

I just wanted to drop by again and check on Moki. I will continue to purray for him.

Hansel said...

FIGHT MOKI FIGHTS!

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Purrs are still heading your way in a big way!
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Lisa said...

I will be praying that the subq fluids may indeed be the key to keeping Moki's pee blood free (lots of rhyming there...) and that maybe you can start giving him these at home (or not with his other problems). Adding my prayers!

Lisa