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22-07-07, 21:49

Please could we all give Nic and Alex some BIG hugs as im sure they will realy appreciate them, Nic and Alex have had to take Walnut thier beloved cat to the emergency vets because she is unwell.

I do hope walnut gets better soon , have some hugs from me !!


22-07-07, 21:53
BIG HUGS FOR NIC AND ALEX!!!:hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:

Hope Walnut gets better soon!!

Love Nikk xxxxx

22-07-07, 21:54
s:hugs:ending you both hugs and hope things turn out well for walnut:hugs::hugs::hugs:

22-07-07, 22:01

I hope Walnut is better soon :hugs:

Karen xx

22-07-07, 22:06
Big hugs :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:

Love Piglet :flowers:

22-07-07, 22:07
Aww thanks Andrea, Nikk and Lorraine

We have just got back from the vets. :weep:

I noticed Walnut wasn't well earlier this evening and called the emergency vet who said we could take her in if she got any worse.

She wasn't breathing properly and was opening her mouth to breathe which we guessed wasn't normal for a cat!

It is an out-of-hours emergency service so we had a 45 minute drive over there and expected for them to say she was ok and would be fine.

Turns out she has fluid on her lungs and has a heart arrythmia and is really not very well.

They have taken her in to get her on oxygen for the night so they can calm her breathing down so she can have more tests tomorrow under sedation.

He said that if it was a heart condition then it could be weeks, months or at most 2 years before she died or it could be pneumonia.

The next 12-24 hours are critical for her so we have to trust that they will do all they can.

I really don't need this at the moment - it seems to be one thing on top of another and I am mega stressed and feeling rubbish. :weep:

I will let you know what happens.

Thanks all.

22-07-07, 22:09
Thanks Piglet and Karen too.

22-07-07, 22:12
I am sorry Nic and Alex, I hope everything is ok with Walnut :hugs: I will be thinking of you :hugs:

Take care,

Lou xxx

22-07-07, 22:16
Oh Nic :( Poor little Walnut, such sad news...big hugs for all of you in this hard time...please stroke Walnut for me :(
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22-07-07, 22:32

love to you both and to walnut too
Trac xxx

22-07-07, 22:35
Will be thinking of you all.:hugs:

Night night.

Love Pig xxxxxxxxxxxx

22-07-07, 23:02
Big squashy hugs to you both and lots of strokes for Walnut, my fingers are firmly crossed. You really have had some tough times recently mate but are coping SO WELL. Hang in there and things will pick up again.

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22-07-07, 23:09
Thanks for the update Nic. I hope Walnut makes real progress overnight and tomorrow especially.

Big hugs coming your way


Ray x

22-07-07, 23:29
Aaw, hope tomorrow brings better tidings for you..

..try and have a restful night.



23-07-07, 00:27
Thinking of you all :hugs:

Lisa x

23-07-07, 00:41
Aw Walnut - come on girl, hang in there and get well soon.

Nic and Alex, I so feel for you at the moment. You know I love kitties too ^_^

Hugs for all and fingers crossed for better news tomorrow.

Eeb xx

23-07-07, 01:34
Nic and Alex and Walnut :hugs: I'm sending you all massive hugs and as today Walnut is my birthday an extra specal birthday hug for you. :hugs: xxxxx

23-07-07, 07:38
Walnut is in our prayers:hugs:

23-07-07, 08:08
nic and alex...
not very good with words but am sending you both big :hugs:
and for walnut.
you are all in my thoughts

23-07-07, 08:24
Aww Nic I know how much you love Walnut and this must be so worrying. I really feel for you :hugs:

I really hope today brings better news. Will be thinking of you.

Karen xx

23-07-07, 08:51
Sending you one of my biggest hugs i can. Hope all goes ok



23-07-07, 09:36
Oh Sweetheart,

I'm so sorry. :weep: I'm thinking of you both and

BiG BIG HUGS :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: to Precious Walnut.http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/16/16_1_20.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZCxdm594YYGB)

Take Good Care Let us know how it all goes honey.

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23-07-07, 10:35
:hugs: :hugs: :bighug: :hugs: :hugs: for you all will be thinking of you and hope and pray today brings good news.

Brightest Angel Blessings
Mystics :flowers:

23-07-07, 10:38
Hope Walnut is a little better today:hugs: :hugs: :hugs:


23-07-07, 10:39
We have just got back from picking Walnut up and she is now at our usual vet.

She seems much better in herself but they do need to check out her heart so she is staying in for the afternoon so they can do blood tests, urine, ECG, x-rays, scans etc.

Will know more later today.

Thanks for all the hugs - I feel a bit better today though I have had to take the day off work to sort things out and am so tired that I am off back to bed for a while now.

Will update later.

23-07-07, 10:51

Love Piglet :flowers:

23-07-07, 11:50
You take it easy buddy and have a well earned rest.

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Pink Princess
23-07-07, 12:05
:hugs: :hugs:

sorry to hear about ickle walnut what a shame - give her a gentle cuddle from me please and i hope she is better tonight. enjoy your nap xxxxxx

lots of love and hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxx

love minnie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

23-07-07, 12:37
Take care.....glad you're feeling a bit better.....


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23-07-07, 16:23
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23-07-07, 17:46
Ok we are back home again now with Walnut :)

She has Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is basically a disease of the heart muscle that causes excessive thickness of the heart muscle and a reduced heart chamber size :shrug:

She has been heavily sedated this afternoon for all the test so can't stand or walk at the moment and keeps falling over so is not a very happy puss.

She will basically have to be on heart tablets (beta-blockers would you believe) for the rest of her life. This will be fun trying to give her those 3 times a day every day :lac:

She has to go back Friday for a check-up but for now is back home safe with us.:yesyes:

Fortunately we have pet insurance as the cost for last night was £160 and we just paid another £600 for the tests today.

The drugs are approximately £320 a year !!

I need to work out how much we can claim from the pet insurance but thank goodness we had it.

My advice to anyone with a pet is get insurance !! Walnut costs us £10 a month as she is a pedigree whereas Treacle is only £5. That cost per year is nothing compared to the cost over the last day and the ongoing treatment costs.

Thanks for all the hugs - Walnut appreciates them too cos she is feeling very sorry for herself at the moment :wacko:

23-07-07, 17:53
:yesyes: :yesyes:

Thats great news Nic that Walnut is home!:hugs: :hugs:

Hope she makes a speedy recovery.:hugs:

Gosh i cant believe the cost of vet treatment:ohmy: , just getting a new puppy myself i think i had better sort out some insurance straight away.:ohmy:


23-07-07, 18:22
Aww Nic, really glad Walnut is home :hugs: I hope she picks up soon :hugs:

Take care, all of you :bighug1:

Lou xxx

23-07-07, 18:27
Mate, so glad she is home now even if she is a bit wobbly bless her.

You know its going to cost you a fortune in tuna to get those pills into her everyday don't you lol


Trac xxx

23-07-07, 18:34
Nic, so glad Walnut is home. I can't imagine giving a cat a pill as I have a hard enough time giving our dog a heartworm pill every month! I'm so glad she will be okay though with the meds. I never considered pet insurance but I'm checking into it, thanks for the advice. Hope this helps take some of the load off your shoulders.

Huge hugs,


23-07-07, 18:38
Glad everything is ok and walnut is getting better.



23-07-07, 18:47
Walnut says hi and thanks for all the well-wishes...


23-07-07, 18:55
Glad Walnut is home, pets are a worry at times but well worth it, glad you have insurance they are a costly business. Could try hiding the tablet in cheese, used to work when we had cats.

Hugs to you,



23-07-07, 19:08
Glad Walnut is home safe and sound.

More hugs for you and Walnut :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:

Karen xx

23-07-07, 19:15
Thanks Lynn and Karen

We have got her some cheese spread to hide the tablets in and see how it goes!

23-07-07, 19:21
:D awwwwwwwwwwww Walnut is such a sweetie :D so pleased she is back home with you both.:yesyes:

Hope you will be back on your paws soon Walnut.

Nic And Alex take some time to chill and gather strength for your selves again
Love and :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: to you all
Brightest Angel Blessings
Mystics :flowers:

23-07-07, 21:50
Hope Walnut recovers quickly Nic - hugs to you and Alex

Ellen x

23-07-07, 22:52

23-07-07, 23:02

She is currently hiding in the dark so maybe a bit stressed and we have given her the first beta-blocker - maybe she doesn't like them!

It is a long road ahead but one we have to go down and we love her so much as we don't have kids so we can do it.

Thanks for all the replies - it means a lot as some people say "it is just a cat" but to us she is more than that!

23-07-07, 23:02
Hi Nic and Alex

Sorry that Walnut isn't too well. She looks like a British Blue from the photo.

When our poor puss was ill we gave him tablets disguised in Shipphams Beef Paste which worked well. Just a tip incase cheese spread doesn't work!

Let us know how Walnut gets on.

Best Wishes


23-07-07, 23:06

Yes she is a shorthaired British Blue and from champion breeding stock!

I guess it can happen to any cat.

My only worry is that the vet said it could be genetic and we lost her son in April this year from heart attack and we still have her daughter so hope she is ok!

23-07-07, 23:23
http://www.yourcoolprofile.com/Images/Hugs_And_Kisses/images/hugs-kisses--10.gif So sorry to hear :hugs: about Walnut:hugs: :hugs:

23-07-07, 23:51
So glad Walnut is home - yay!! :yesyes:

Love Piglet :flowers:

24-07-07, 00:03
I'm also so glad to hear that Walnut is home - what a gorgeous cat :) Hope you're both feeling more relaxed and relieved now.

Lisa x

24-07-07, 00:14
Hi, first time here for a few days, so sending my best wishes, my dog is on steroids for life, he is only 6 and I crush his and hide in cat food, maybe you could do same in dog food? Ha, I have pet insurance, and am so glad , as you say its very expensive, last year he cost over £2,000, the only problem is because its a lifelong problem now, he isnt covered anymore, but they are worth it, they are not just a cat, or just a dog, they are a member of the family, I also have a cat, and am considering another one after my holidays, they are a pleasure and wonderful company.
Anyway, sorry, rabbiting on now, hope Walnut goes from strength to strength now shes home, catch up soon,xxx

24-07-07, 08:58
sorry I have only just caught up with threads.
So sorry you had a horrid time worrying about poor walnut but I am gald he is home.
Good luck with the cheese spread! Poor wee thing.

As to people saying 'it is just a cat' nothing is 'just' anything when you invest love and care and it does you too.

24-07-07, 11:19
hope walnut is better than has been and hugs to you all

24-07-07, 11:55
I'm so glad Precious Walnut is back home with his loving family.

So sorry to hear about his heart condition poor little mite. How old is he?

Walnut looks so beautiful in the picture it remind me of our little British Blue Boy Sparky who as you know died of cancer last year. That cost 3000 in treatment! Luckily like you we were insured tis so important to have Pet Insurance I think.

Our Snoops cat has to have a steriod every day as she is slightly asmatic I buy the wafer thin chicken and wrap the tablet up in a little bit of that. That seems to work. Has to be the wafer thin meat as the other sliced meats are to thick and you can't wrap the tablet up in it very well. Good Luck though and I hope he manages to take the tablets ok hun.
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24-07-07, 21:28
Thanks for all the extra thoughts etc. It means a lot to me.:yesyes:

She is fine tonight - we managed tablets this morning and this evening - one more to go before bedtime. The cheese spread is working a treat so far.

She can walk straight now and seems bright enough.

I try not to think how long she will live - just take each day as it comes and love both her and Treacle each day.

At least she is at home with us and safe:D

Alexis - we only get the bill paid for the first year to a maximum of 2500 but it is better than nothing isn't it?

24-07-07, 21:37
Hi Nic

So pleased to hear Walnut is doing well:hugs: :hugs:

The cheese spread seems a great idea:yesyes: Got my pet insurance documents through today too:yesyes:

Hugs and kisses:hugs: :hugs:

24-07-07, 21:48
Glad things are going well - Cheese spread!

When I was a young girl (millenia ago!) we had a goreous fluffy tabby called Tinker - and he just loved cheddar cheese!

I thought he was very peculiar and the only cat to have a taste for it!!

No, Walnut is not 'just a cat' at all - we loved Tinker and I still miss him at times :blush:!!

Take care :hugs:


24-07-07, 22:02
Glad Walnut is a bit better today and that the cheese spread is working!

It is clear for anyone to see that Walnut is part of your family and not just a cat. She is much loved.

Hugs for all of you :hugs:

Karen xx

24-07-07, 23:11
Hi Nic

Sorry only just caught up with this post!!!!!:hugs:

My love to You Alex and Walnut:hugs:

Corned beef with a pill in it works well if he gets bored with cheese spread!!!

My sister has a cat called Lewis and he has had epilepy all his life!!!

He is 14 now and has been on meds since a kitty!!!

Im sure Walnut will be fine:yesyes:

Luv Kaz x x x:hugs:

24-07-07, 23:32

Love Piglet :flowers:

25-07-07, 12:12
Oh Nic and Alex..only jst saw this post ,so sorry you had a shocking time with Walnut:hugs: what a blessed relief ,tho,that her condition is treatable:D Here'swishing her a long and purrrfectly happy life with you both.Love Paddie.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

25-07-07, 20:58
Hi Nic and Alex.....so sorry to hear about poor Walnut....sending huge hugs to you all!

love Coni XX

25-07-07, 21:20
Oh Nic and Alex..only jst saw this post ,so sorry you had a shocking time with Walnut:hugs: what a blessed relief ,tho,that her condition is treatable:D Here'swishing her a long and purrrfectly happy life with you both.Love Paddie.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thanks Paddie - unfortunately it isn't curable :weep:

The meds she is on is to slow the heart rate as it is way too fast at the moment.

No cure I am afraid - just keeping her happy and comfortable for as long as she now lives.

Cheers everyone else for the hugs again!

25-07-07, 22:23
Some more:hugs: :hugs: :hugs: for you all

Luv Kaz x x x

25-07-07, 22:42
Nic, it's a real shame that it's not a cure but I hope the treatment can help Walnut have a reasonable quality of life for some time. We would all hope that there could be a permanent cure for you but you are doing all you can to help manage her condition and keep her as well as is possible.

It's hard when much loved pets are ill because they are as much a part of the family as children would be. I hope she has a lot of quality life ahead. You will know you have done the best by her and that's the main thing.

Walnut will know she is well loved. It's not easy Nic. All I can do is send a few more hugs for you all :hugs: :bighug: :bighug1:

I love British blues btw and if I could have pets and was well enough to know I'd be able to take on the responsibility I'd love a cat just like Walnut :wub: I love the picture you posted!

Love and hugs :hugs:

Karen xx

25-07-07, 22:51
Thanks Kazz and Karen

Had a bit of a cry tonight cos she came and sat on the arm of the chair and kept padding me with her paw as though to say that she knew what was going on and she loved me - sounds so soppy now I say it lol.

She is fine though and has had a fab life whatever happens and we know we have done all we could.

Will see what vet says on Friday about whether her heart rate is down or not.

I still feel silly getting so upset over a cat but can't help it - I am a big softy!

25-07-07, 22:59
Awwwww Nic:hugs:

She isent just a cat she is your baby:)

I once had a cat who was diabetic and god what a pantomime!!!! We had to test his wee every day, do complicated maths, work out dose of insulin, inject him, feed him six hours later!!!! He lived to a ripe old age:yesyes:

No cure for that but treatment can help hugely so dont lose hope eh???

Chin up Nic Im sure Walnut will be with you for many years to come:yesyes:

Luv Kaz x x x:hugs:

25-07-07, 23:04
Aww Nic, it's not soppy getting upset about Walnut's illness :hugs: I'd be just as upset if I was in a similar situation.

You probably remember how very upset and heartbroken I was when I had to move and couldn't find anyway that accepted pets and it broke my heart to rehome them. I still think about my cats every day and I just hope they are safe and well loved.

It is clear for all to see how much you love Walnut and we know you will do your best for her.

Of course you need to look after yourself too :hugs:

Karen xx

25-07-07, 23:31
Aww Nic have some hugs :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:

Thinking of you and Walnut :hugs:

Lisa x

25-07-07, 23:31
Thanks Kaz and Karen

It is the simple things I worry about now like when we go away we have a neighbours daughter look after them. It seems like a burden to ask her to give Walnut her meds 3 times a day!

We need to ask the vet if she can miss doses if Lucy can't get them down her - she may not want the responsibility but we need a holiday and don't want them in a cattery.

Oh gosh this is harder than I ever imagined!

26-07-07, 00:03

I'm sure that the person taking care of your Walnut won't mind. It doesn't hurt to ask. :shrug: My poor dog Brandi didn't eat for 4 days in a row when we left on vacation and we hired a caregiver to live in the house with her who knew her :ohmy: . She was so depressed. She has lost so much weight, I'm just sick over it.

Animals become as attached to us as we are to them and you have nothing to be ashamed of in regards to the emotions of love you feel for Walnut. Any time you feel love it is a good thing in my opinion.

:hugs: ,


26-07-07, 08:03
Hi Nicola - so sorry to hear what your going through with Walnut at the moment - pets do like to put us through it (one of my dogs has just been diagnosed with a type of oral cancer, so finding it all a bit traumatic here too)

Just a thought about going away - if your neighbour isn't happy about giving pills or you would prefer not to ask - why not ask if one of the vet nurses would do it - i have heard before that sometimes they are willing to pop in to do such things if you are away.

Hope Walnut gets on ok at the vets on Friday.


20-09-07, 23:05
A few have asked how we are doing so the update is...

Walnut is still on beta-blockers with the aid of chicken lol - only way we can get her to take them is hidden in chicken bits.

She had another scan and the heart is functioning better so although she will still die she has a better quality of life whilst we have her.

We just take each day as it comes and fuss her loads. She is doing ok though so thanks for asking :hugs:

20-09-07, 23:10
Great to hear Walnut is doing well Nic!:yesyes:


20-09-07, 23:15
I really hope walnut gets better soon.

love Mags xxxx

20-09-07, 23:18
Thanks Andy- I know you like to keep updated on her.

Marg - she won't get better I am afraid - she will die from it - we just don't know when :weep:

20-09-07, 23:22
That's good news Nic.

You are doing all you can for her :hugs:

Karen xxx

21-09-07, 20:11
Karen - yes we are and thanks for the thoughts.

21-09-07, 20:50
Nic, Alex and Walnut....

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21-09-07, 20:51
:hugs: :hugs: :hugs: Nic Alex and Walnut

Luv Kaz x x x

24-09-07, 12:31
love to you all esp walnut *hugs*
i love animals and hate to hear anything like this *hugs*

24-09-07, 18:54
Hi Nic and Alex,

I've just found this post and I'm really sorry to hear about Walnut. I know how much you love your pets and I know she's in the best possible hands.
I know how worried I was when Whiskey (my dog) got poisoned and had to stay at the vets for a week. At least she is home now in a place where she is happy.

Thinking of you. :flowers:

Love and hugs from shoegal xxx

24-09-07, 19:55
Thanks all

I am a big softy when it comes to the cats as I don't have kids so they are my babies :blush:

I appreciate all the lovely comments :yesyes:

24-09-07, 21:01
What a beautiful puddy cat, i hope she continues to do well, cats are such a joy:)

love anx xx

24-09-07, 21:26
:hugs: Hugs for you all and hope Walnut feels better soon :bighug:


25-09-07, 10:27
Hugs for Nic :hugs: Alex :hugs: and Walnut :hugs: xxxxx