update

- Ping is recovering from pancreatitis and a worsening of his kidneys. There were a few rough days last week, but he is so much stronger this week and he even gained a pound.

- Sprocket’s undiagnosed twitchy condition flared up a week or two ago but not nearly to the extent it was last November/December.

- No one else got a cold after Chun.

- The other Miao Kitties have been quite well.

- I will be back with photos when I can.

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21 Responses to update

  1. It’s good to hear the Miaos are better, but you take care yourself too! Sounds like you had a busy few months. Take your time, gather your energies.

    It just occurred to me—a friend who had his leg amputated years ago after a motorcycle accident is now complaining of muscle cramps and spasms in the thigh area. His doctors don’t know what’s causing it, but it’s apparently common among leg amputees. Is it remotely possible that’s what’s happening with Sprocket?

    • littlemiao says:

      I wish Sprocket could tell me what exactly he’s feeling! I think your suggestion is at least as likely as allergies (which is the vet’s pet theory but I am not convinced). When he has episodes, his ability to move in his natural three-legged way isn’t affected, only his desire to move. He gets super jumpy and has to run back to his safe spot to calm down or wait out the back twitches (which may cause his anxiety or result from his anxiety). Feline hyperesthesia is the other possibility and it is itself kind of a mystery. The vet didn’t think there was any musculoskeletal involvement, but then again he has never been symptomatic at the vet. I got the feeling that when I tried to explain the symptom patterns in detail, the vet tech tuned most of it out, and while I agree with Papa Miao that we should not change vets, I am still upset by how they handled things last year.

      Thinking back to November/December when it was bad, there really were a lot of signs that pointed to some kind of low back spasms exacerbated by movement that didn’t hamper his ability to run/hop/jump.

      • Veterinary specialists are really expensive, but it might be worth looking into finding one that knows something about musculoskeletal issues in cats. Is there a veterinary school nearby that might be able to help Sprocket?

        My amputee friend is able to move around fine when he’s having spasms and cramps. He says its just extremely painful and makes it hard to rest. I told him about Sprocket today, and he was sympathetic. He says there are all these nerves that are traumatized after a leg is amputated, but there’s been very little research into why an old, old injury suddenly starts to give a person pain. He goes to a massage therapist to help him “roll the kinks out.” Maybe you could try giving Sprocket deep muscle massages, if he doesn’t object?

      • e2thec says:

        have you thought about getting a second opinion? So sorry to hear about the various Miao troubles, and hope you’re all feeling better asap!

  2. So happy to get an update and we’re sending positive energy that Ping will be fully recovered soon and Sprocket’s mystery issue can be resolved at some point. Must be frustrating for him and for you (!) seeing him with the twitchiness and having no real clue what’s up. Will truly look forward to some pictures of the gang soon……Take care of yourself too!

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

  3. leendadll says:

    gah – i’ve missed so many posts. sorry to read about Ping. Pancreatitis killed my first “baby” (Mocha) so it’s nice to read that Ping is doing better.
    sending soothing juju to Sprocket

  4. aubrey says:

    So glad that your dear ones are on the mend. Do take care of yourself as well and I look forward to some more photographs: all cats are beautiful, but the Miaos are just sublime!

  5. Mark's Mews says:

    OMC, we are so late visiting. Our purrs to Ping and Sprocket!!!

  6. Redscylla says:

    I am even later visiting! Come back with pictures as promised! Hope Ping is still doing well and all the other Miaos.

  7. leendadll says:

    I’m hoping it’s just the heat/humidity that are bothering Espressa but, realistically, her kidneys have probably gotten way worse recently.

    How are you doing?

    • littlemiao says:

      :( sending good thoughts to Espressa. I haven’t checked anyone’s blog for a while; I hope things are okay.

      I’m really trying to get back into the swing of things. Rough year and all that. I keep thinking about how getting back here would be a good thing but then I don’t.

      • leendadll says:

        thanks. Espressa is doing well this week.

        seems a lot of people are feeling the same as you about blogging. I periodically take names off my blogroll if they haven’t updated in more than a month (but I keep a backup list in case they return). My list was reduced by 50% on this last round.

        I still need to blog for my sanity.

        • littlemiao says:

          I probably need to blog for my sanity too. My mother’s husband – he was my friend and we got along way better than my mother and I ever had – died after being sick for a while and I started getting anxiety attacks in the winter and just generally couldnt hold it together, and even though it has been a few months, I’m just not myself.

          I do plan to be back though. Ive said it before but one of these times it will be true.

          Sent from my Samsung Epicâ„¢ 4G Touchthe miao chronicles wrote:

          • leendadll says:

            that’s why you’re still on my blog roll.
            if it’s any consolation, i was having a severe anxiety attack at the gym… based on nothing but bad enough that I had to leave rather that risk crying for no obvious reason.

            • littlemiao says:

              thanks for not giving up on the miao chronicles!

              somehow yeah, it is consolation. misery loves company, i guess. my anxiety is usually worse at night. luckily i haven’t broken down in public.

              • leendadll says:

                i broke down in public a couple times – the breakdown was far larger than any concern about being judged by others. and now it’s funny to look back on and imagine how freaked out strangers must have been!

  8. Laurie says:

    Hi, LittleM, I’m only just catching up on this now — I must have been well behind in June when you posted. My condolences on the loss in your life and I hope all the Miaos are hanging in there. A tip for not breaking down in public (lord, how often I have done that) is to engage your left brain to disengage from your emotions — (in your head) try to list all 50 states alphabetically, do times tables, stuff like that.
    Many hugs.

  9. SingingTuna says:

    I’m very late arriving so I hope everyone (including YOU!) is doing well by now.
    (((((hugs)))))

  10. SingingTuna says:

    Oh…I just read about your Mother’s husband. ((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))))You OK?

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