I have been told it is rare, but my one year old cat has megasophogus with persistant right aeortic arch. Does anyone else have a cat with this, and go through the ups and downs of keeping her healthy???
My dog, Lucy, had a lot of regurgitation problems, and they thought it was megaesophagus. She had to take a bunch of meds, and for a while the vet had us feeding her by hand, making sure to elevate her head. This helped slow down her eating, and assisted the food in moving through her esophagus, instead of catching there. They also recommended giving her ice instead of water. We did have the barium test on her, and they determined it wasn't megaesophagus, and she grew out of some of the problems. So, I agree, if you haven't, I'd get the barium test done to be sure. But, good luck to you and your cat, I know it was a lot of work trying to figure everything out.
thanks for the replies, Yes, I had her to Guelph University at the veterinary college there. They did the barium series there and confirmed that she did have megasophogus, as well as a persistant right aortic arch, which is where an artery is wrapped tight around her asophogus as well. A double whammy. She has been at the brink of death and back again many times. She wont give up the fight so neither will I!!!! I do feed her with her food elevated, as well as motility drugs to keep the food going. I work in a veterinary hospital, and have never heard of another case like hers. And neither has my boss. I was just wondering if there is anyone else out there with a special cat like this!
My cat has megasophagus as well. He is 4 now and he was diagnosed a little more than a year ago. I use a blender to blend up a kitty cocktail of dry & canned catfood along with water and Vita gravy so he gets an extra dose of vitamins. He doesn't really care for water on its own as he seems to get enough of it in his food mixture. I feed him in a cage with a crock attached to the side of it about a foot and a half off the ground. He then reaches up and drinks his food so it falls into his stomach rather than getting caught in his throat. I have 3 other cats and 4 dogs and I constantly have to search the house for dry food crumbs so he doesn't get his mouth on any, or else he'll throw up for sure. He does like to go outside during nice weather, so that can be a bit interesting, as he decides to hunt mice, etc. and finds blades of grass to chew on, so I have a lot more messes to clean up in the summer time, but all in all he seems to do pretty good. Before we had diagnosed it as megasophagus, he did lose a lot of weight, but he's since put it all back on and continues to have a healthy appetite despite his condition. I'm actually really happy to find someone else out there who has a cat with this condition because I really felt like I was the only one. I'm still unsure of why it happened to him, but I'm just really glad he's okay and can live a semi-normal life. My vet did think that there might be a drug used on dogs to shrink their stomachs that might actually help to shrink the esophagus back to normal, but the place she normally got the drug from no longer carried it. Have you ever heard of any type drug that might help in this case?
I havent heard of a drug that can do that. Although Canada is a bit behind with new drugs compaired to the states. Lacey has had her problem from birth. I got her when she was 4 weeks old and bottle fed so didnt even realize she had a problem till she was a bit older. I am told this is usually a birth defect. Not only does Lacey have the megasophogus she has this obstruction around the asophogus as well which narrows the opening to the size of a string. I have her on metaclopramide which is a drug to increase the speed she digests her food to ensure it goes down fast and stays down. (she also has reflux, so she tends to vomit as well, without the meds to speed up the process) Does your cat vomit alot too? I have put lacey on k-gluconate to help her blood levels so she doesnt become weak , and her glucose levels dont decrease. My boss says that this is a medical problem that is very difficult to deal with, but is all in the managing of it. If you can manage the feeding and meds, there is no reason they shouldnt live a great life. Alot of people wouldnt put up with it, but the special people like you that have the love and patience, and are willing to put the time into their pets will help them to have a long healthy life. It is nice to talk to someone who is going through the same thing. I have lacey on a high calorie food from medi cal called Recovery diet which I also mix with water. I feed her on the counter, as I have 4 other cats. I prop her bowl up on a coffee mug which is just the right hight. She has never been interested in kibble, but keeping her away from people food is a problem. I will also puree turkey and gravey or potatoes for her for treats, and she loves the occasional tuna juice!
Well you're lucky that you have found the cause of megaesophagus in your cat. Why don't you try the surgery???????? If you consider operate should do it as soon as possible so the musculature is functional and she has beeter chance to regain normal function after surgery.
Our 13 year old cat has just (last Monday) been diagnosed with megaesophagus. He lost a lot of weight before we figured out what was going on. I like the idea from HottKoko. I'd love to see a pic of the feeding set up. Our old boy is having problems taking his food upright. So we're still listening to and cleaning up a lot of throw-up. I'm concerned to try to get some weight back on his bony frame. Is Vitagravy from the vet?
Any high calorie can food is great. I use Medical's recovery formula. High in calories and great tasting for them. Water it down with either water, or milk if their GI will take it. I set her bowl on a very tall coffee mug (she is quite small) but it is at the perfect height for her when she stands. I also have Lacey on metaclopramide. It is a great drug that gets things moving faster so they dont get a chance to vomit it back up. As well, famotadine to calm the stomach. Keep in mind that with alot of vomiting their electrolytes can go very low and cause them to get very weak. This happened to Lacey and she ended up with asperation phnemonia. (vomit in the lungs) This is the # one thing that causes a cat with megasophogus to not make it through, not the megasophogus itself. Lots and lots of small frequent meals. Once you are on a schedule, everything falls into place. It took me about 6 months to figure out how often to give meds. and meals, but once you have it all figured out, it is really quite easy. Dont give up too soon.