Dawn from Northern Ireland is worried about Baranoff…

Dear Nellie Cat,

I apologise for this rather stupid question, but this thing has been bothering me since I got back from a visit to the vet late last week. My Russian Blue Baranoff is fourteen years old now and we’ve found out that he’s suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which means he needs to be given daily doses of Corticosteroids that the vet has now prescribed. But getting Baranoff to take the medication has not been easy, so the vet showed me a way to pound the medicine into flavour tabs by adding pieces of fresh salmon. So far it works!

But my problem is this Nellie. I’m beside myself with worry and I’ve not slept a wink for the past few nights. The vet went to great lengths to explain that Baranoff would need to take the Corticosteroid medication daily for the rest of his life but then gave me only two weeks worth of supply.

Does this mean that Baranoff has only two weeks to live?

Dawn, Belfast, Northern Ireland


Dear Dawn

Ouch! I see what you mean. Poor old Baranoff. It’s not unusual for veterinaries to do this you know, it’s a sneaky way of telling you that your kitty has only so long to live but at least you have time to prepare. Luckily I mentioned your deeply concerning question to our friendly veterinary Mildred and she guffawed in that irritating manner she does.

Apparently Corticosteroid medication is only one step down from nuclear waste, it’s not to be prescribed in great quantities so two weeks supply of medication is perfectly normal. Mildred says it doesn’t mean that Baranoff has only two weeks to live. But one of my sisters quite rightly pointed out that veterinaries also give short supply because they make more money than supplying medication in bulk, and dearest Mildred confirmed this may well be the case.

So our collective advise is not to worry Dawn. Unless Baranoff shows distinct signs of DIC (Death is Coming) on day thirteen then just continue things as normal. Of similar interest is the recipe you use for the salmon flavour tabs, do you use fresh line-caught salmon or that tinned stuff you find on supermarket shelves?

There’d be many of our readers interested in that Dawn.

Nellie The Ship’s Cat

August 2018

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