We are quiet here this week. Elizabeth has recovered (from idiopathic cystitis that flared up in late September that required hospitalization); Myrna's mouth issue has recovered (from late September). Bette saw the vet for a check-up yesterday and blood and urine are fine. We have a few weeks of visits as one cat a week goes to the vet for a check-up: Elizabeth, Katharine, Jimmy (fructosamine retest), and Baby. Then in November, Elizabeth will return to MSU for a bladder scan to see if the bladder is more normal and not inflamed.
Myrna hasn't been feeling well enough, had trouble eating (the spoiled sweet potatoes being the possible reason), is having trouble chewing again (although not as badly as last month), and had enough energy but just wasn't as up as usual. I had her blood rechecked. A month ago in September, her BUN and creatinine had ticked up and her urine specific gravity was low. This time, good news: potassium is 4.3; BUN is 31, down from 41; creatinine is almost normal at 2.8, down from 3.5; urine specific gravity is up at 1.020, up from 1.004. USG-urine specific gravity-is complex and is associated with how well the kidneys are processing waste; if the cat's hydrated or dehydrated; if there's kidney damage, etc. As usual, Miss Myrna presented with something unusual: hypothyroid, which is suddenly down to 0.6, down from a norm of 1.2. Just something to keep an eye on but could be the reason she's a tad run down (along with spoiled food, heart meds, heart disease.)
If you are feeding your cats baby food bananas or sweet potato for the extra boost in potassium, do taste it each week to make sure it isn't spoiling. Same would go for jars of other flavors if you are using them to supplement a cat's diet. I hadn't realized that the jar of sweet potatoes was spoiling although Myrna tried to tell me all week long when she tried to spit out the mixture that I syringed into her mouth and wouldn't eat her food when it had the sweet potatoes mixed in. It wasn't until I opened the jar this morning that a bitter smell wafted out. I tasted the food and YUCK! It was bitter. Lesson learned.