Buddy the Zombie-Wonder Cat Update

I keep meaning to post a Buddy update. Buddy was diagnosed with lymphoma in January, 2010 and he is still with us. I actually suspect he had it for a lot longer.

Recently he stopped eating, and his diarrhea returned with a vengeance, and I thought this was it. We tried a few things and nothing worked, and for seven days I gave him injectable steroids, pepcid and an antibiotic. He got better, but when I stopped he went right back to not eating and the diarrhea started to slowly return.

Once again I thought this was it, but then the vet switched him from prednisone to prednisolone, and his appetite returned. I started going after the diarrhea with:

1 teaspoon of slipperly elm daily.
1/8 teaspoon of canned pumpkin with rice bran mixed in.
A pinch of l-glutamine, saccharomyces boulardii, Prozyme, Pet-Dophilus (given in pill pockets).
And I resumed monthly b12 injections.

The diarrhea was under control within days and he’s gaining weight again. So wow, Budd. You keep hanging in there. This could all turn around again, but for now he’s good.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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10 thoughts on “Buddy the Zombie-Wonder Cat Update

  1. So glad to hear! Prednisolone and B12 sound just right. And the acidophilus has got to be helping, too! How’s he like pumpkin? Good Buddy!!!

  2. Thank you so much for the update! I’m a big Buddy fan and I’m happy, today at least, to know that he’s as comfortable as a cat in his situation can be. Purr on, little buddy.

  3. Yeah. The only thing is, the prednisolone has increased his heart rate. His xrays and other tests ruled out any emergency situation, and he seems fine otherwise, but it freaks me out seeing his chest rise and fall so fast.

    But thank you everyone for all the well wishes!

  4. I wish I had known about that concoction for my diarrhea boy. I’m so glad it’s working for Buddy! Keep up the good work, the both of you!

  5. I’ve been reducing his prednisolone and right now we’re down to 1/2 a pill a day! His respiratory rate is back to normal, and the diarrhea hasn’t returned and his appetite is still good at this low dose, so I’m crossing my fingers.

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