Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nearly Normal?

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It's strange, but Wylla hasn't regurgitated once since December. Prior to that, it was rare for her to go more than a week or two without an incident.  And if it happened once, it would usually happen again, and she often had several days in a row where she struggled to keep meals down.

I've noticed she hasn't been taking her "vertical naps" lately. She figured out a long time ago that vertical is better when she's not feeling well and would sit calmly with her eyes closed while gravity moved food from her esophagus to her belly.  It's been at least a month since I've seen her do this.

And she doesn't sound sloshy, either.  After a meal, if she would run across the room, or jump from a high spot, you would hear the food in her esophagus slosh around.  I honestly can't recall the last time I've heard her slosh.

Her energy has been so great lately and she's been extra-goofy. She definitely more active and she's always flopping over and trying to engage us all (Bean included) in play.

She's gained so much weight recently, too.  When I put on the scale before breakfast yesterday, she weighed 7.5 pounds!

So, something's going on inside of her and it's definitely good.

Once she became an adult, I kind of gave up hope that she would grow out of her Megaesophagus, but maybe it's happening now? We'll just have to watch and see if things continue to improve.  Even if they don't get better, I'm pretty happy with this "nearly normal" place she's at right now!


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51 comments:

  1. She looks happy with her "nearly normal" state as well! So are all of us.

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  2. Well, if she'd got some Maine Coon in her, they don't reach maturity for 3 years. Could be that she's still a growing girl! This is good news.

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    1. This is what I was wondering, too. She looks just like a smaller version of my cat that the vet says is definitely Maine Coon mix, and I know he's just coming to maturity at 3-4 years.

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    2. My "Maine Coon" didn't quit growing until he hit three...

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  3. What wonderful news! Beams for her good streak to keep on streaking!

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  4. Happy tears of joy! Wonderful news! And agree - might well be that Maine Coon maturity thing!

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  5. Wow Wylla! My normal cats yak more than that! :D That's so wonderful!

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  6. I think it's entirely possible for her to "outgrow" her megaesophagus. I had a diabetic cat once, and his blood sugar numbers consistantly ran into the 600's, and I would have to give him insulin injections multiple times a day. But there came a point in time when all of a sudden, his numbers ran perfectly normal. And it continued for months. He never needed an insulin injection again. Unfortunately, he passed away later that year, but he was nearly 20 years old, and had heart problems too. But what caused him to reverse his diabetes? I will never know. I was just grateful that I stopped having to poke him with needles. I hope that Wylla did indeed grow out of her issue, and that she continues to grow and blossom into the beautiful creature that she is! I love you, Wylla Stout!!!

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    1. Some cats go into "self cure" stages. I had a Norwegian Forest cat who went 3 yrs in "self cure". The vets are studying why cats do this in hopes of helping humans.

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  7. Good work, Wylla. And good not letting Mom in on your growth. Having 2 Maine Coons - 3yrs for full size and another year for full coat. Then get a really, really good vacuum because you will be using it almost daily in the spring shedding season.

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  8. Way to go Wylla!! I'm sure all the loving care from your People and Beans ministrations did the trick! Our kitties hack up stuff more often that once every 4 months!

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  9. That's wonderful. Hope she's finally over that condition for good.

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  10. YEAH Wylla! I'm so glad she is feeling better. :)

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  11. I think her weight gain has to do with her improved ability to keep food down. I don't think she's growing, her frame size hasn't increased in some time, I think she's getting fatter.

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    1. She may be full size, and healthier, and technically an "adult" cat... but we all still know she's a kitten. ;)
      Great job Wylla and Laurie!

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  12. Oh sweet Wylla I have prayed nightly for you to heal your condition, so sweet and tiny and small, but a pistol indeedy, you are showing your Mamma and Daddy that you are just fine, be sweet to your sweet sister Miss Charlene Butterbean she is the Queen and your are a true life Princess in my book, happy easter sweet kitteh cat..Keep up the great health and purrs and smooches to you and sweet Queen Miss Charlene ButterbeanX()X()X()

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  13. This makes my day. Yay, sweet Wylla!

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  14. Yay, Wylla! I am so glad you are doing much better! Seven and a half pounds, that is wonderful! Gentle petting and hugs to Wylla and Charlene!

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  15. WOW!!! This is such great news :)

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  16. Soooo happy to hear this great news about Wylla!! Give the little love a scritchscratch from me.

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  17. Wow! What a testimony to love and steady good care. Heartfelt congratulations to the entire team at IBKC!

    Peggy

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  18. Yay Wylla, keep getting better but, you know, don't be too normal. Heehee

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  19. Yaaaaaaaay! Any period of semi-normal eating and overall healthiness is a time to celebrate. Based on her still small frame, she may quickly need her own "I'm not fat, I'm floofy" pic on the side bar just like miss Bean!
    Keep up the good digestion "wee" one!

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  20. Good stuff, Wylla. Keep growing :)

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  21. Wonderful news! It is amazing what a loving family and a determined kitten can do!

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  22. This is SUCH great news!! Whatever the reason(s), we’re all thrilled at this terrific turn of events. Yippee!!

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  23. Paws crossed that she continues like this.
    Gail

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  24. Terrific news, I am wondering if she is finally starting to outgrow this....if I recall, she is about 2 years old now, right ? Or 18 months? Sometimes it takes a while and maybe she has outgrown it...we can only pray !

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  26. In the first photo, Wylla's expression reminds me of her first photos as a kitten.

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  27. Super news -- Wylla's come so far thanks to her humans, her Bean; and her own excellent self.

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  28. Maybe, as she has grown and her esophagus has grown, she finally hit the point where the other muscles were strong enough to get the food down. Or maybe, it was just the power of love. You pick.

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  29. Yay Wylla!! You go, girl! >^..^<

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  30. Hurray for Wylla and hurray for her family. Thanks for such good news!

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  31. This is the best news! Here's to Wylla's current "normal," at least until she gets a new one.

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  32. That look! "Mom? I'm not nearly normal, I'm fabulous!"

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  33. I am so happy for you and I suspect your good care has everything to do with it. You caught it early and have kept her well long enough for her to outgrow the condition (fingers-crossed). They may be re-writing the textbooks thanks to you and your dear little one.

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  34. Wylla, you goofy, floofy, fabulous girl! Here's to hoping you did some growing recently and got past that troublesome Mega-E, and that's all in the past now. How awesome would that be? Definitely something to celebrate! Here's to hoping, wonderful Wylla. These latest pictures of you, you look simply marvelous. Your energetic, playful nature is very clear.

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  35. So nice to hear she is feeling well. The world could use some happy news and we all could use more kitty snuggling time.

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  36. So happy for you and Wylla!

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  37. Hooray for Wylla! Let's hope she can keep it up!

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  38. Fantastic news, so happy the little one is doing so well :-)

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  39. That is great news! As others have noted, my kitty yacks more often than that. :-)

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