Monday, November 30, 2015

Mancat Monday

Carmine is sitting on one of his boxes.
Hi everyone, it's mes, Carmine!

The Mom put an update about mes on Facebook, but mes knows not everyone is on Facebook, so mes will tell you what is going on.  

Last week, my blood test results came back.  I will let the Mom explain those because mes doesn't understand them (and neither does hers, MOL).  The fill-in vet (our vet was on vacation again) told the Mom that it is time to get mes an ultrasound.  The Mom says that it won't hurt - hers has had thems before on hers kidneys and wrist - but mes still doesn't like the sound of this.  

Hopefully this ultrasound thingie will tell the humans whatever it is they wants to know because mes is tired of going to the Stabby Place.  

In other news, do you know what mes gotted to nom over the weekend?  WHIPPED CREAM!!!  Mes LOVES whipped cream!  Mes heard a rumor there is still some in the freezer, so maybe the Mom will give mes some more.

Mes will let the Mom explain the test results nows. 

The Mom here: Carmine is right - the fill-in vet said it is time for him to have an ultrasound.

She called me last week with the results of Carmine blood tests, and unfortunately, they weren't all so great.

Carmine's phosphorus level was a little low, but I'm not sure what that means.  His pancreatitis level came back at 3.6 (with the high end of normal being 3.5).  The fill-in vet said that when she sees cats with pancreatitis, their levels are usually 7-10, and his was barely elevated.

The one that is very concerning to everyone is Carmine's ALT level, which came back at 201 (with the high end of normal being 158).  She said vets worry about this level a lot when it is elevated, and that is why he needs the ultrasound.  She said Carmine has liver damage and that it could be caused by inflammation, hepatitis, or a liver tumor.

I will admit, it is very difficult not to let my mind go to the worst case scenario and worry about it.  I've been trying to stay positive and strong for my baby.

Appetite-wise, Carmine hasn't been eating a whole lot.  He did enjoy quite a bit of his Natural Balance Chicken and Green Pea for Thanksgiving, though (the silly mancat didn't want to eat turkey).  I've been keeping detailed notes about his socialization and eating behaviors for the vet to help her with her diagnosis and treatment process.

Carmine is laying on my jacket on the couch. The graphic says, "Thank you!!" above Carmine.
I want to thank everyone so very, very much again who donated to Carmine's blood tests and/or ultrasound!!!  Without your donations, we wouldn't have been able to get him either of these tests, and who knows how much more damage his liver would have suffered in the meantime.  I am beyond thankful to have so many wonderful friends who care about me and precious Carmine.  We will continue to keep you all updated on his diagnosis.

Please continue sending Carmine your purrs and prayers.  Please pray that whatever he has is manageable or easily treated.  I cannot even begin to imagine a life without my little soul kitty in it.

If you would like to donate to Carmine's care, please go HERE.  Thank you, Dad Terry, from Brian's Home for setting up this fundraiser for us! 


  1. We are sure purring for you Carmine. I've had an ultrasound and they aren't that bad, so don't be nervous pal.

  2. Well, Yay for the whipped cream! We're purring that your next tests come back much better!

  3. We are purring sumfing furry fierce dear Carmine fur your health and tests to show your mom whats am wrong... and dats you can gets betturs. We will donates when we can...
    Loves and Purrz from the Katie Katz.

  4. I am sending LOTS of purrs to Carmine - and to you too, because you also need them so you can take care of him.

  5. I am sending over lots of healing purrs to you, Carmine. And I sure hope that you get some more of that whipped cream!

    Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs, Spike William

  6. dood...we iz knot on facebook & we iz sorree bout all thiz.....noe knead ta ask uz as we all wayz send de blessings oh st francis ....him haz plentee ta spare & heez willing ta share....we troo lee hope that all thiz can be werked out with proper diet, medisin.....♥♥♥♥

  7. We're still sending prayers for Carmine, and hoping he's on the mend soon

  8. Lots and lots of purrs for Carmine. We hope you can get to the bottom of what's making you feel bad so you can feel better soon!

  9. I am praying the ultrasound gives you answers and that it is something than can be cured. I am going to donate soon.

  10. Weez sendin' lots of purrayers and hope it's sumfin' easily tweated.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  11. Carmine, we're purring like crazy for you and hope the ultrasound helps bring some answers.

  12. Wishing you well, dear Carmine! Tell your mommy that whipped cream has amazing curative powers.

  13. Carmine, we're sending lots of purrs that everything will be okay and the vet can help you feel like eating more again soon.

  14. We will definitely keep up our 24/7 purr-a-thon, and Mom will continue to pray. Keep eating. Don't worry about that ultrasound. It won't hurt at all, but they may shave your belly. Hope you get more of that whipped cream. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  15. After that ultrasound you should deserve a big bowl of whipped cream, MOL!

    We are purring most fur-vently fur you, Carmine. And pawyering fur the best.

  16. We are sending lots of POTP your way Carmine! ♥ ♥

  17. I am purring for you Carmine! Don't worry about the ultrasound, my mum has had several and said you won't feel a thing. They will most likely shave some fur and put jelly on your belly so they can see what is going on.

  18. Carmine our Dad the Nursey Man says that ALT can be elevated from your poor appetite and weight loss, infection or immune issues. We are purring and praying that yours is from your needing to eat more so please dig in dear furiend.
    Love you you Orangie Man Cat you!
    Timmy, Dad and Furmily.

  19. Sending lots of gentle healing purrs, Carmine, little buddy xxx

  20. Our thoughts are with you sweet Carmine... xoxoxo from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

  21. saw the update on facebook that it is NOT cancer so that is pawesome, pawesome news! Still sending purrs and prayers catchatwithcarenandcody