Monday, December 10, 2007

Back from the brink

As I mentioned last month, one of my cats (Antigone Pandora) has chronic renal failure. Even though it's a terminal disease, cats can survive for months or even years after diagnosis. The care regimen can get crazy at times--we give Tiggy subcutaneous fluids, shoot medicine into her mouth, smear medicine in her ears, and feed her four times a day (minimum).

This morning we took her to the vet on what I thought might be a one-way trip. She hadn't eaten all weekend voluntarily, and from my experience with feline cancer patients, that symptom usually signals the end is near. Not necessarily so with CRF.

To our great relief, the vet said Tiggy looked remarkably well, and somehow her weight hadn't dropped. She just needs some meds to make her tummy feel better, then the rest will follow from a resuming steady diet. They took some blood (and this time didn't have to gas her) and will have the results tomorrow.

Long story short, this is not the end.

OK, "relief" is an understatement. Though my eyes are still puffy from a bout with anticipatory grief, I'm giddy as a goat this afternoon. Hopefully this will mean a merry Christmas, but right now I'll settle for a Merry December 10.




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via FoxyTunes

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10 Comments:

I'm so releived! SHe looks so beautiful in the picture.

Cecilia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/10/2007 3:30 PM

We have one with chronic renal problems, too. I'm so sorry everyone has to go through this. At least she's ok- and probably gets lots of the best healthy treats she's allowed to have!

Posted by: Blogger Sharon GR at 12/10/2007 4:20 PM

Excellent news!

and...giddy as a goat?

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 12/10/2007 5:23 PM

Glad to hear the good news.

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 12/10/2007 5:24 PM

She looks just like my youngest kitty, Spatz who is thankfully healthy. I'm glad your kitty is ok for now and you have my deepest sympathy for her condition. She's absolutely adorable.

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 12/10/2007 8:21 PM

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. Sharon, I'm sorry to hear about your CRF cat. Ever since I posted about it, I'm hearing about so many people (here and on MySpace and LiveJournal) who have either dealt with this or are dealing with it now. I guess it's an effect of having cats who are lucky enough to grow old. :-)

Rob, haven't you ever seen The Sound of Music? Those goat puppets were giddy as, well...

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/11/2007 6:59 AM

I'm glad she's doing better.

Posted by: Blogger Ann Aguirre at 12/11/2007 8:51 AM

Thanks, Ann. Unfortunately she's not actually doing better--still not eating, and her blood results are awful. On paper, she shouldn't even still be alive.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/12/2007 12:10 AM

*hugs*

Posted by: Blogger Catie at 12/12/2007 4:56 AM

We had one with renal problems for years. She did die, but then she was almost 22.

Always had trouble squirting the meds into her mouth.

Jim Young

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