kitten with liver shunt

kitten with liver shunt

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concerned

Kennett, MO

#1 Sep 9, 2007
I have a kitten that's been diagnosed with PSS
(portosystemic liver shunt). Has anyone had to deal with this before? My cat is almost 8 mos old and weighs 2 lbs. 14 oz. He shows most of the signs : underweight, lethargic, drools, withdrawn, sleeps all of the time and just looks terrible. I hate to have him put to sleep, but I don't want him to suffer.
Please, any advice/comments would be appreciated.

“Minicoopergal here”

Since: Jul 07

Cameron Mo

#2 Sep 9, 2007
when you have to put him down, just be with him the whole time.. do not let him be by himself as he transfers over the rainbow bridge.
God will be waiting there for him and he will not hurt anymore..
My prayers will go out to you and your precious cat... God be with you
Kennett Mom

Kennett, MO

#3 Sep 9, 2007
Are you familiar with this? My vet said he just feels like he has a hangover all of the time.
I don't know if I should wait a while or what.
The vet said only thing he can do is a lot of labwork, to confirm what he already knows. They can also do surgery, which of course is very expensive and we can't afford that.

Thank you so much for the kind words.
concerned

Kennett, MO

#4 Sep 9, 2007
Sorry, I am using a friends computer and her "name" automatically came up.
So, the above msg was from me.

“Minicoopergal here”

Since: Jul 07

Cameron Mo

#5 Sep 9, 2007
I had to let my bichon go over to rainbow bridge and it about killed me. but I was with him until he went to sleep forever. they did an autopsy to find out why he had passed away at only 2 years old and I have his ashes on my mantle. he was part of my family and I never forget him..
I do understand what you are going through. more than most people would..
me too

Gretna, VA

#6 Sep 12, 2007
My kitten was just diagnosed with this same thing tonight. My vet gave us medicine but warned that it was only a temporary fix. The name of the medicine is Lactulose. It's supposed to counteract the toxins that build up in her system. It seemed to make her feel better tonight. When it no longer works I will put her down, but I just wanted to give her a little more life and have time to say goodbye.
concerned

Kennett, MO

#7 Sep 13, 2007
How old is she? What are her symptoms.
I just don't know at what point do we need to consider putting him down. Sometimes he looks like he is about to die. Then the next day, he may seem better. He never runs and plays like our other cat. He won't let anyone hold him.

It's pitiful!!

Thank you for sharing.

Keep me informed, please.
John_C

Roy, WA

#8 Jul 16, 2009
I apologize as I am not real sure what I am doing here. I am hoping maybe someone out there will share some of their experience with me. I took in a stray that had four kittens 3/8/2009. There were problems with some of their eyes opening, one in particular. Three of the four are normal healthy cats. Xena, my little one, is constantly sick. She seems to have a sinus infection that will not go away. We tried Clavimox, it worked a little, but then she got bad again. Then we tried Zithro, it seemed to start working. She goes into violent sneezing spells, especially when she tries to eat. This past week her problem flared up again, this time blood oozing from her nose. At 1.1 pounds she is about a third the size of her brothers and sister. Now we are trying Doxicyclin. My vet is concerned she may have PSS because she is not growing. Although she doesn't wreak the havoc around the house that my other five do, she gets around. She seems to sleep normal. She follows me everywhere I go; she loves and adores me. I am at my wits end what to do for her. She's like a wild maniac whenever I give her medicine or try to clean all the crud from her nose. My email is [email protected] I'll check this site as well, but as I said I do not know what I am doing. Many Thanks.
Jen123

Toronto, Canada

#9 Aug 29, 2009
I was going through some rough time when I received a kitten. She waited for me when I arrived from work, she sat beside me while brushed my teeth, she woke up the same time as me, she loved being around me. She only asked to be caressed and be hold. I later found out she had a problem when she started drulling, going out of space and falling. I first thought it was a cold she was having but then every two weeks she was going through this phase. One morning I woke up and she didn't. I went to reach her and she was alive but couldn't move. I rushed her to the hospital and later I explained what was going on and what had happened that morning. The vet told me that they went through all the exams and they found that she has shunt. I was clueless and later as I read and found out more information I understood what it was. I had no guarantee if my kitten will make it through the suregery. They gave me a 30% of life. I rushed her to another vet and they told me that she was in bad shape. She was in UID already and some medication to bring her acid down from 21 to 9. Which was bad, all her toxins had already taken its course. THat's why she would have seisures and she was blind. I remember she meow me for the last time and she closed her eyes still fighting. The vet said that I either spent more time in the hospital and have no chance to get her better or put her to sleep.
This little kitten made a difference in my life when I needed the most and now she was going to be taken away from me. I had to put her to sleep and saw her last breath and she was gone.
Now that when I wake up in the morning to brushmy teeth, she is no longer there beside me. I miss her so much and she was my baby kitten.
The other day my mom who used to play with her also dreamed that our kitten was running around the living room happy with energy. Like she used to when she was better. But what my mom didn't know was that, that day I was going to pick her ashes and bring her home.
Now I know she is with god with no pain and she is happy. But I miss her and yes on her last day love your animals.
keila

Melbourne, FL

#10 Dec 29, 2009
I started fostering this kitten and I fell in love with him. He is about 8 weeks old now and weighs only 440grams. I have recently found out he has a portosystemic shunt and I am trying to do everything I can for him. Since he is waayyy too little to have an operation, he was started on Carafate, milk thistle and vitamins as well as the k/d diet. This was about 2 weeks ago and now he has very bad diarrhea to the point that it drips out of him almost at all times. My doctor had me switch to the z/d diet because the diarrhea would kill him first if that was not treated. I don't know what else to do for him. I am trying to give him as much love as possible but I don't know if I am being selfish and should just have him be put to sleep. Before he started showing signs he was the cutest kitten ever. He would run over to greet me even when other people were playing with him and he loved to go up on my shoulder and I could just walk around with him there. I am just torn and don;t know what to do. Anyone have any advice or anything I can look into?
Pet Lover

Palestine, TX

#11 Dec 29, 2009
concerned wrote:
How old is she? What are her symptoms.
I just don't know at what point do we need to consider putting him down. Sometimes he looks like he is about to die. Then the next day, he may seem better. He never runs and plays like our other cat. He won't let anyone hold him.
It's pitiful!!
Thank you for sharing.
Keep me informed, please.
Are you sure it is PSS.....if they haven't done lab work them that can't be confirmed, right? He may be diabetic. That sounds like the symptom that mine had and she was only 4 months old. The vet, here in Kennett (Embry) did blood work on her and that is what he said that she had. He also done an xray on her before he had done her blood work. Who did you take your cat to?
Jackie

United States

#12 Jan 31, 2010
Good web site under livr shunt in cats called "Newt the cat" Many people talk about their liver shunt cats. My 4 year old liver shunt survivor takes Lactulose prescibed by the vet and a special dry food from Science Diet Cat Foods called L/D for liver problems. My cat has beat the odds and is doing well. I hope your cat will too.
Laura

Laveen, AZ

#13 Apr 25, 2010
My little kitten was just diagnosed with liver shunt. I noticed when I gave him wet food he would drool and be very lethargic. I stopped giving him wet food and he was ok, still not the friskiest cat, but ok. Recently my roommate gave him wet food and he got very ill. I took him to the vet thinking it was an allergic reaction. They did several tests and said he has a shunt. He is 7 mos old and weights 3lbs.
I love my little guy so much and don't want to lose him. My vet suggested I put him down. He said the protein in food poisons his blood & cats are carnivores by nature, so he will have major problems if I try a veg diet. Of course surgery is very expensive and he said my kittens chances of survival were poor to grim since he was so small and he thinks his liver is may be really small or already damaged.
Jackie's story above gives me hope. Am I just being selfish by not putting him down? After the last wet food episode, he seems back to himself and it would kill me to put him down if there's a chance of him being ok by altering his diet.
catherine

Stone Mountain, GA

#14 May 10, 2010
Laura wrote:
My little kitten was just diagnosed with liver shunt. I noticed when I gave him wet food he would drool and be very lethargic. I stopped giving him wet food and he was ok, still not the friskiest cat, but ok. Recently my roommate gave him wet food and he got very ill. I took him to the vet thinking it was an allergic reaction. They did several tests and said he has a shunt. He is 7 mos old and weights 3lbs.
I love my little guy so much and don't want to lose him. My vet suggested I put him down. He said the protein in food poisons his blood & cats are carnivores by nature, so he will have major problems if I try a veg diet. Of course surgery is very expensive and he said my kittens chances of survival were poor to grim since he was so small and he thinks his liver is may be really small or already damaged.
Jackie's story above gives me hope. Am I just being selfish by not putting him down? After the last wet food episode, he seems back to himself and it would kill me to put him down if there's a chance of him being ok by altering his diet.
please don't rush to put him to sleep. I had a cat for 9 1/2 years with a liver shunt and I did not have surgery to repair it. Liver shunt kitties cannot metabolize medicine well. I know alot about these kitties and I had my katya under control with food and care. I knew how to deal with the seizures as well. I had to learn. Despite what people think, they don't go blind with the seizures. They cannot handle light after the seizure. It hurts..so after a seizure I kept her in the dark with mimnimal noise. I know lots of other tips if you want them. She was the most wonderful cat in the world and slept with me every night. She passed away july 3rd of last year. If you would like more tips, and I have a lot. please contact me. Canned food with less than 6 % protein and dry food less than 28 % protein, and katya hardly had any seizures.
catherine

Stone Mountain, GA

#15 May 10, 2010
oh, and my sweetheart of a cat loved to play. She just required more maintenance in terms of health. Vets don't know a lot about liver shunts in cats. Its rare in cats and I learned by trial and error because no one could help me. I can give you an email address if you want to contact me that way.
nananinasmoma

Tacoma, WA

#16 Jun 25, 2010
catherine wrote:
oh, and my sweetheart of a cat loved to play. She just required more maintenance in terms of health. Vets don't know a lot about liver shunts in cats. Its rare in cats and I learned by trial and error because no one could help me. I can give you an email address if you want to contact me that way.
I was interested in more information about your kitten with liver shunts. My mom works at a vet and she said there isnt really much I can do, other than try a different foods and stuff. Ive so far made it about 5wks (kitten was found out on my porch, I had a momma cat here, so I had my momma cat adopt her) She does good with nursing, but not milk, im trying Royal Canine babycat instinctive today.

Please message me at [email protected] if you can help me with more information. Thank you
just me

Liberal, KS

#17 Jul 1, 2010
i lover animals sooooo much and in my 60 years have probably had 60 ncats, one who had seizures, the vet didnt know why and neither did i, he died. how are things now with the kitty. i will pray for it
sonja harrington

San Diego, CA

#18 Aug 23, 2010
catherine wrote:
<quoted text>please don't rush to put him to sleep. I had a cat for 9 1/2 years with a liver shunt and I did not have surgery to repair it. Liver shunt kitties cannot metabolize medicine well. I know alot about these kitties and I had my katya under control with food and care. I knew how to deal with the seizures as well. I had to learn. Despite what people think, they don't go blind with the seizures. They cannot handle light after the seizure. It hurts..so after a seizure I kept her in the dark with mimnimal noise. I know lots of other tips if you want them. She was the most wonderful cat in the world and slept with me every night. She passed away july 3rd of last year. If you would like more tips, and I have a lot. please contact me. Canned food with less than 6 % protein and dry food less than 28 % protein, and katya hardly had any seizures.
Hi Catherine,

I saw your post online and you seem very knowledgable!! If you have a moment I would love to talk to you about my poor little kitty with a liver shunt. My Vet is no help and neither are any other vets in my town. Their only suggestion is surgery or death and I dont want either of those! If you have a moment to talk to a fellow cat lover about her liver shunt kitty please email me: [email protected]
butterfly32b

Solihull, UK

#19 Sep 4, 2010
catherine wrote:
oh, and my sweetheart of a cat loved to play. She just required more maintenance in terms of health. Vets don't know a lot about liver shunts in cats. Its rare in cats and I learned by trial and error because no one could help me. I can give you an email address if you want to contact me that way.
Hi

We have an almost 1 year old male neutered birman who has had intermittent problems with digestion, high readings in his bloods, he has always been small, slight in his size and a few other things I have noticed and he seems to be a high maintenance cat in terms of health care, compared to our other birman who is a female and 5 years of age, they are not related. As an owner, I have always had this 'niggling' feeling something is different about the boy.

After months of testing and hospitalisation when the boy was at his worst and had to be put in IV treatment for 2 weeks, our vet is keen to have him tested for liver shunt. The previous scans did not show anything up but this particular test is very sensitive to detecting shunts.

I have looked at the list of symptoms and haven't experienced him drooling, falling over, blood in urine, but lethargy, inconsistent behaviour after being fed, runny stools, loss of appetite, drinking, excessively, can be aggressive and clingy, it's hard to determine what has been 'kitten' or 'male cat' behaviour.

Any help from first hand experience appreciated, I live in the UK

Thanks
ELIZABETH

Colwyn Bay, UK

#20 Oct 19, 2010
JUST HAD BIRMAN KITTEN,AND SHE HAS GOT DRIPPING DIOHRIA.BEEN TO THE VET AND AMONGST OTHER THINGS THINKS SHE MAY HAVE A LIVER SHUNT.HAVE READ MANY OF THE ABOVE,AND AM SCARED IN CASE SHE HAS.I LOVE HER SO MUCH,HAVE ONLY HAD HER 3 DAYS.

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