Wylla's eating well and keeping most of her meals down but this girl just doesn't want to grow. She's still just a hair above two pounds, which is about a pound and a half behind where a kitten should be at her age. This is completely normal for a kitten with Megaesophagus.
I've been doing research on Mega-E and read that acupuncture has helped some dogs and cats with this condition. It can help stimulate those muscles that aren't functioning like they should.
Tacoma has a great vet who practices acupuncture, so I scheduled an appointment for Wylla, and we paid her a visit this week.
Wylla did so great and was calm through the whole session. She only flinched one teeny bit when the tiny needles were inserted in her belly, backside, bum, forehead and one of her paws. Once the needles were in, they had to remain for ten minutes, so she sat and waited quietly. She was the perfectly patient patient. I think our doctor was impressed with how well she did too - most kittens her age aren't so good at being still.
With just one session, it's hard to see if it's made a difference, but since the appointment it does seem that her appetite has been stronger, she hasn't seemed as gulpy and burpy and her energy level has been great. We've got a few appointments scheduled over the next few weeks and I'm curious to see how her body responds to further treatment.
I didn't want to bring my camera for her first visit, but I will try to get some photos next time.
Instead, here are a few post-acupuncture pictures of our adorable girl. I think her chi is flowing.