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If this thing comes back again, how do I escalate this above waterboarding the little devil creature?

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15 minutes ago, Bucky86 said:

If this thing comes back again, how do I escalate this above waterboarding the little devil creature?

I'm pulling for the cat. 

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1 minute ago, simey said:

I'm pulling for the cat. 

I'll be honest...it's pretty scary. It rubbed it's body on my legs and I petted it for second. Then it just went crazy and started spitting and throwing its paws at me. I screamed and ran away. :bag: 

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1 minute ago, Bucky86 said:

I screamed and ran away. :bag: 

:lol:  Siamese are feisty felines. They are vocal too. It probably shouted obscenities at you after it took some swings.

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1 hour ago, Bucky86 said:

I'll be honest...it's pretty scary. It rubbed it's body on my legs and I petted it for second. Then it just went crazy and started spitting and throwing its paws at me. I screamed and ran away. :bag: 

Part of this may be how you petted it.  If you bring your hand in from above, it can look like the Jolly Green Giant is attacking.  Try a front approach so it can see what you are doing.  Wait for it to see and acknowledge your offer to pet.

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3 minutes ago, Mrs. Rannous said:

Part of this may be how you petted it.  If you bring your hand in from above, it can look like the Jolly Green Giant is attacking.  Try a front approach so it can see what you are doing.  Wait for it to see and acknowledge your offer to pet.

Probably too late now. If I see it again I’m gonna spray it once more with the hose.

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On 9/30/2018 at 10:22 AM, WhatDoIKnow said:

First time I haven't had a cat in the house in 20+ years.  One benefit of having a cat in the house I hadn't thought of.  Controlling the spider population.  I've killed 3 spiders in 2 days that were running around like they owned the place.

Getcha one of these.  It'll have you stalking them all over the neighborhood.

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I had wrote about how we lost our 20 year old Russian Blue earlier this year. This loss was devastating to my family. I mean, this cat meant the world to my wife and two daughters. My wife said there is no way we are getting another cat and she was firm about it. Months after his passing, she would still break down in tears when she came across pictures of him.

Our lives changed completely in June when our house was destroyed by hail. We lost so much and spent most of the summer in a hotel (which I guess, was a blessing that our boy had passed because he wouldn't have survived being boarded or whatever we would have had to do with him).

Flash forward, we get back in our house and it was almost seven months since his passing. My daughters (19 and 14) were both missing having cats in the house and so was I. My wife was still very emotional and hesitant. but I began taking her to the Humane Society and had her visit with cats and kittens just to try and heal a bit.

She relented in October after I showed her pictures of two little brothers that were part of a terrible hording situation. These guys needed us and we took Alford and Autry into our house when they were 10 weeks old. The laughter was back in our house. We began pouring ourselves into these guys and it was just amazing to have them. Autry is the adventurous one and doesn't easily give love (except to me). You have to work at it with this guy. Alford is polydactyl--so it looks like he has thumbs on his front paws. The "kitten with mittens" is beyond sweet and loving. If there is a lap-his little three pounds are in it. 

My kids were looking forward to Christmas surprisingly not because of gifts they were getting, but how the little  five month old monsters were going to play in the wrapping paper and how they would respond to this huge cat tower we bought them.  However, the day did not go as we planned. We began to notice that Alford had zero interest in the paper or the tower. He literally just went to the couch and fell asleep. 

Over the course of the past few days, this pattern continued. He would actively eat, drink and poop, but would immediately want to go to sleep. Three days ago we noticed the bloating starting. We took him to the vet yesterday and although the final test results aren't in, the vet says she is sure he has FIP--Feline infectious peritonitis. It is 100% fatal. She told us we should just take him home and make him feel comfortable as the end will come pretty quick. The problem is, it is contagious and there is a chance Autry has it as well, but just hasn't manifested the symptoms yet. She didn't recommend us separating them because they have been together their whole life--so he either has it or he doesn't at this point.

I am typing this with a little two and 1/2 pound kitty in my lap that I know his end is coming and I am powerless to help.  His brother is in the chair next to me and every little twitch or long period of sleep he has, I immediately fear the worse. My daughters are coping as best as they can talking to their friends on social media.. My wife is back to being a mess and I can't help but feel responsible for making her revisit this pain all over again.  I just can't believe how unfair this is.

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Dude. So sorry for you guys... At least you have them a much happier life. But dammit- what a guy shot.

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Oh holy hell, I’m so sorry.

If it gives you any hope...I fostered a pregnant kitty for a shelter once.  She had three kittens, one of whom ended up having FIP.  We had mamacat and the kittens in the house with our cats for about six months, and neither she nor any of our cats got sick.  If Alford does have it, he might not have passed it on.

Good luck.  You did the right thing to bring them in, anyway.

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Just picked up a kitten for my daughter today from a local shelter.  Her name is Mable.

My daughter picked her out last week and had to wait until today before bringing it home and she could hardly stand it.

The kitten seems a bit spooked by the whole experience and our dog isn't helping.  The dog has been around cats and is not aggressive, but he's 20 times her size and really wants to play with her.  We have seperated them after some introductory time.  We are all excited and are happy to welcome in Mable as part of the family.

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5 hours ago, Courtjester said:

I had wrote about how we lost our 20 year old Russian Blue earlier this year. This loss was devastating to my family. I mean, this cat meant the world to my wife and two daughters. My wife said there is no way we are getting another cat and she was firm about it. Months after his passing, she would still break down in tears when she came across pictures of him.

Our lives changed completely in June when our house was destroyed by hail. We lost so much and spent most of the summer in a hotel (which I guess, was a blessing that our boy had passed because he wouldn't have survived being boarded or whatever we would have had to do with him).

Flash forward, we get back in our house and it was almost seven months since his passing. My daughters (19 and 14) were both missing having cats in the house and so was I. My wife was still very emotional and hesitant. but I began taking her to the Humane Society and had her visit with cats and kittens just to try and heal a bit.

She relented in October after I showed her pictures of two little brothers that were part of a terrible hording situation. These guys needed us and we took Alford and Autry into our house when they were 10 weeks old. The laughter was back in our house. We began pouring ourselves into these guys and it was just amazing to have them. Autry is the adventurous one and doesn't easily give love (except to me). You have to work at it with this guy. Alford is polydactyl--so it looks like he has thumbs on his front paws. The "kitten with mittens" is beyond sweet and loving. If there is a lap-his little three pounds are in it. 

My kids were looking forward to Christmas surprisingly not because of gifts they were getting, but how the little  five month old monsters were going to play in the wrapping paper and how they would respond to this huge cat tower we bought them.  However, the day did not go as we planned. We began to notice that Alford had zero interest in the paper or the tower. He literally just went to the couch and fell asleep. 

Over the course of the past few days, this pattern continued. He would actively eat, drink and poop, but would immediately want to go to sleep. Three days ago we noticed the bloating starting. We took him to the vet yesterday and although the final test results aren't in, the vet says she is sure he has FIP--Feline infectious peritonitis. It is 100% fatal. She told us we should just take him home and make him feel comfortable as the end will come pretty quick. The problem is, it is contagious and there is a chance Autry has it as well, but just hasn't manifested the symptoms yet. She didn't recommend us separating them because they have been together their whole life--so he either has it or he doesn't at this point.

I am typing this with a little two and 1/2 pound kitty in my lap that I know his end is coming and I am powerless to help.  His brother is in the chair next to me and every little twitch or long period of sleep he has, I immediately fear the worse. My daughters are coping as best as they can talking to their friends on social media.. My wife is back to being a mess and I can't help but feel responsible for making her revisit this pain all over again.  I just can't believe how unfair this is.

Man that's rough, sympathies passed your way. As much as it hurts putting one down I think it'd be harder watching them without being able to do a damned thing.

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lilo was rescued as a young kitten with a broken hip. the woman who fostered him before we got him carried him around until he was healthy enough to walk after surgery. ever since, he sits like this, with the wing out. even on the ground- that leg sticks out. cracks me up as distinctly un-cat-like. and he still loves to be carried around- greets us every morning from a counter top, putting both paws up onto our chests to pick him up and carry him on our shoulders. cats, man.

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Having a really bad week ...

i think I’m going to have to put my best friend down in the next couple days.

kidney failure. 

15yr old Siamese Seal point.

He’s been hospitalized for the last 2 days - no signs of improvement. The only time he perks up is for a few minutes when I visit.

I love him so much. 

I miss him so much. 

I’ve never been through this before. Loosing my little guy hurts so much. I guess ... I just would like to ask how some of you got through this? 

I don’t have any kids ... or much of a family. So this is hard.

thanks.

id like to post some pics ... but I don’t know how TF to even do that - if someone could help with that? 

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53 minutes ago, Ray Barboni said:

Having a really bad week ...

i think I’m going to have to put my best friend down in the next couple days.

kidney failure. 

15yr old Siamese Seal point.

He’s been hospitalized for the last 2 days - no signs of improvement. The only time he perks up is for a few minutes when I visit.

I love him so much. 

I miss him so much. 

I’ve never been through this before. Loosing my little guy hurts so much. I guess ... I just would like to ask how some of you got through this? 

I don’t have any kids ... or much of a family. So this is hard.

thanks.

id like to post some pics ... but I don’t know how TF to even do that - if someone could help with that? 

Would love to see pics.  I’ve used imgur and found it pretty user-friendly.  Are the pics on your phone?

Another option is if you know/trust anyone here you could send to them for upload.

I’m so sorry for what you and your buddy are going through.  Wish I had some ways to make it better, but only time helps in my experience.  I promise it does get better.

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4 hours ago, Ray Barboni said:

Having a really bad week ...

i think I’m going to have to put my best friend down in the next couple days.

kidney failure. 

15yr old Siamese Seal point.

He’s been hospitalized for the last 2 days - no signs of improvement. The only time he perks up is for a few minutes when I visit.

I love him so much. 

I miss him so much. 

I’ve never been through this before. Loosing my little guy hurts so much. I guess ... I just would like to ask how some of you got through this? 

I don’t have any kids ... or much of a family. So this is hard.

thanks.

id like to post some pics ... but I don’t know how TF to even do that - if someone could help with that? 

Damnit. I've been there. I'm still there. It's always there. Been 3 years for me. I'll never get over it, but I've moved on. Which kind of sucks... I have so many things around the house that remind me of her. Sometimes it makes me sad and sometimes it brings me joy to remember her. Her cuddles. Her love.... I wouldn't trade those memories for the world. But yeah. They still hurt sometimes. 

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Dammit...so sorry to hear about your friend, Ray.

I wish I had amazing advice for getting through it...but the loss itself sucks. Know that you had this great buddy for 15 years (and hopefully more) and gave him a happy life with you. As with human friends and family, that celebration of the life and lives shared is the part I hold on to and try concentrate on while I've grieved the loss of my furry friends...but the grief always hurts.

Would love to see pics of the guy too... I grew up with a seal point who my parents got when I was a baby...great cat. she was kind of my sister- slept on the middle of my bed, forcing me to the side, brought me all manner of animals she caught dead and alive, and made hilarious faces whenever I farted. I think that sums up what sisters do...dunno..only had a brother.

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On 2/14/2019 at 12:13 AM, Ray Barboni said:

Having a really bad week ...

i think I’m going to have to put my best friend down in the next couple days.

kidney failure. 

15yr old Siamese Seal point.

He’s been hospitalized for the last 2 days - no signs of improvement. The only time he perks up is for a few minutes when I visit.

I love him so much. 

I miss him so much. 

I’ve never been through this before. Loosing my little guy hurts so much. I guess ... I just would like to ask how some of you got through this? 

I don’t have any kids ... or much of a family. So this is hard.

thanks.

id like to post some pics ... but I don’t know how TF to even do that - if someone could help with that? 

Quick update ...

 

my buddy is home with me now. He perked up last night - and was also really healthy today. 

His blood tests are still not good - it’s kidney failure. But he’s in such good spirits, I couldn’t say goodbye yet.

he’s spent 4 days in the hospital - he deserves a good nights sleep at home. 

So he’s currently snoring, and having wild dreams on my chest. 

I know it’s going to be rough going forward - I’ve gotta give him a daily shot to keep him hydrated (F@&k ... sticking a needle in him every day?)

plus a new diet and antibiotics. 

Im up for it though. Him being home is better than another day of him being scared and alone. 

I’ve been laying in bed with him for the last 2hrs. 

 

He had what I think was a panic attack/ night terror episode - scared me to death. I thought it was a seizure... but the symptoms don’t match up. I think he’s just been so scared for the past 4 days - afraid to even sleep. 

Thank you guys so much. You’ve really made me feel better - And not alone. 

Im either going to make an Imjur account, or I’m going to send pics to Krista ... I do not know her, but I’ve lurked around long enough to feel I can trust her ... plus I’m a state of Michigan guy ☺️

 

Sharing pics of my buddy would feel good 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Ray Barboni said:

Quick update ...

 

my buddy is home with me now. He perked up last night - and was also really healthy today. 

His blood tests are still not good - it’s kidney failure. But he’s in such good spirits, I couldn’t say goodbye yet.

he’s spent 4 days in the hospital - he deserves a good nights sleep at home. 

So he’s currently snoring, and having wild dreams on my chest. 

I know it’s going to be rough going forward - I’ve gotta give him a daily shot to keep him hydrated (F@&k ... sticking a needle in him every day?)

plus a new diet and antibiotics. 

Im up for it though. Him being home is better than another day of him being scared and alone. 

I’ve been laying in bed with him for the last 2hrs. 

 

He had what I think was a panic attack/ night terror episode - scared me to death. I thought it was a seizure... but the symptoms don’t match up. I think he’s just been so scared for the past 4 days - afraid to even sleep. 

Thank you guys so much. You’ve really made me feel better - And not alone. 

Im either going to make an Imjur account, or I’m going to send pics to Krista ... I do not know her, but I’ve lurked around long enough to feel I can trust her ... plus I’m a state of Michigan guy ☺️

 

Sharing pics of my buddy would feel good 

 

 

Yes, please do!  PM me and I can send you my email or phone # if easier for pics.  Don't know you but clearly trust a fellow meow-lover, too.  

We've had cats in kidney failure before, and had to do the jabbing with the fluids, but it did help them live quite a bit longer.  Sounds like your buddy has not given up and you haven't either!  You two could still have some good time together.

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

Yes, please do!  PM me and I can send you my email or phone # if easier for pics.  Don't know you but clearly trust a fellow meow-lover, too.  

We've had cats in kidney failure before, and had to do the jabbing with the fluids, but it did help them live quite a bit longer.  Sounds like your buddy has not given up and you haven't either!  You two could still have some good time together.

You’re helping me so much ... thank you. 

Knowing that you’ve also delt with a kitty kidney failure - is everything to me right now.

buddy just let it go ... he was so comfy and happy to be home - he pee’d right here in the bed ☹️

 

Im really having a hard time believing I can keep up his needed care. It scares me.

he’s home. And comfy ... but I feel that he’s going to decline very fast 😢

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12 minutes ago, Ray Barboni said:

You’re helping me so much ... thank you. 

Knowing that you’ve also delt with a kitty kidney failure - is everything to me right now.

buddy just let it go ... he was so comfy and happy to be home - he pee’d right here in the bed ☹️

 

Im really having a hard time believing I can keep up his needed care. It scares me.

he’s home. And comfy ... but I feel that he’s going to decline very fast 😢

I thought the same thing, about keeping up with the care.  It seems so hard.  But then, our guys seem to know that we're helping them and don't put up too much of a fuss.

I know we can't say "everything is going to be all right," because eventually it won't be.  But then, sometime way in the future, it will be again.  I'm so glad you guys have each other!  What a wonderful life you must have given him..and hopefully for a while longer.

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You hang in there Ray.

We went through this with our almost 20 year old Russian Blue. He was diagnosed around age 16-17 and we got three more years from him.  Ice in his water bowl--maybe a water fountain to encourage fluid intake. We had the science diet special kidney food.  It sounds like your guy is a little further on, but positive vibes(no matter how you feel inside) are important. Cats really can sense how you are feeling. Just lots of love and spoil him however you can...take care, man.

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2 hours ago, Ray Barboni said:

Im really having a hard time believing I can keep up his needed care. It scares me.

I expect this gets better with practice.  Also, you'll likely feel comfort knowing you are doing what you can for him.  I know he will.

When the time does come, I hope you have a good vet who will make a house call if you want him to.  That can be a more peaceful goodbye for you both.

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4 hours ago, Mrs. Rannous said:

I expect this gets better with practice.  Also, you'll likely feel comfort knowing you are doing what you can for him.  I know he will.

When the time does come, I hope you have a good vet who will make a house call if you want him to.  That can be a more peaceful goodbye for you both.

I was going to post all of this.

The medicine gets easier with practice, and soon becomes routine (I've had cats w FIV, diabetes and cancer) and certainly better than the outcome without. It seems like you're hurting your buddy, but just remember you're saving them. 

And I'll echo having the vet do the housecall when the time comes...years from now.

Thank you for sharing those pics! Love the way he say in the tree with arms outstretched- he's hilarious and totally handsome. (My own moronic cat literally just started meowing at me as I typed that- to s'up to yours and to because he's a jealous ####er)

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11 hours ago, Ray Barboni said:

Im really having a hard time believing I can keep up his needed care. It scares me.

My parents cat has been in kidney failure for almost three years now.  Mom takes her for fluids on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  She eats special kidney food. She takes a refrigerated Azodyl tablet twice a day, and it is given an hour to 30 minutes before she eats breakfast and dinner. She also gets Mirtazaphine ointment rubbed inside each ear once a day to stimulate her appetite, and a blood pressure pill twice a day I think. I take care of her when they go out of town so I know the routine. She is around 17, and still kicking. Mom says she has some days every now and then where she doesn't feel terrific, but most days she is herself.  Good luck with Conner!  No matter how long he has left, he sure does have a daddy that loves him.

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12 hours ago, simey said:

My parents cat has been in kidney failure for almost three years now.  Mom takes her for fluids on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  She eats special kidney food. She takes a refrigerated Azodyl tablet twice a day, and it is given an hour to 30 minutes before she eats breakfast and dinner. She also gets Mirtazaphine ointment rubbed inside each ear once a day to stimulate her appetite, and a blood pressure pill twice a day I think. I take care of her when they go out of town so I know the routine. She is around 17, and still kicking. Mom says she has some days every now and then where she doesn't feel terrific, but most days she is herself.  Good luck with Conner!  No matter how long he has left, he sure does have a daddy that loves him.

This gives me some hope. Thank you for posting your experience.

we made it through day one of outpatient care (lol me playing doctor) 

So far so good. He’s still very weak, not eating much at all. He pee’d his bed earlier, he’s done that twice since he’s been home.

i was able to give him his renal support pill, and I’ve also got an IV bag - I managed to get him his fluids. Sticking the needle in was terrifying - but we both managed.

after that I noticed him perk up again. 

Tomorrow I’m going to start his new routine. 

Renal suport supplement first thing ... then he’s going to get a warm water sponge cleaning - I’ve got to clean his ears out, so that the Mirtazaphine will work. (Appetite stimulant)

He’s got a bandage from the hospital IV still - I’m going to take that off and clean it. Hopefully that will make him feel more at home.

then after a couple hours I’ll give him his next round of fluid treatment.

he hasn’t eaten. So I gave him some wet food ... I know it’s not the best for his body right now, but he’s so weak - he needs something in his belly if we’re gonna continue. He ate about a half a can. I’m happy with that considering.

He’s still very scared. 4 days in the hospital will do that. 

Overall it’s been a decent first day.

we will continue the battle back to health tomorrow.

thanks again, to all of you. 

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I am not a vet, but maybe some kitten wet food would be in order. They are high in protein and have a lot of fatty stuff that regular adult wet doesn't. I am guessing he has lost some weight and these are good in the weight gain department. You have to follow the medical regiment, but you have to balance his mental well-being too and that may mean a little treat here and there to keep him happy--even if it is just a little taste on the tip of your finger for him.

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10 hours ago, Ray Barboni said:

This gives me some hope. Thank you for posting your experience.

we made it through day one of outpatient care (lol me playing doctor) 

So far so good. He’s still very weak, not eating much at all. He pee’d his bed earlier, he’s done that twice since he’s been home.

i was able to give him his renal support pill, and I’ve also got an IV bag - I managed to get him his fluids. Sticking the needle in was terrifying - but we both managed.

after that I noticed him perk up again. 

Tomorrow I’m going to start his new routine. 

Renal suport supplement first thing ... then he’s going to get a warm water sponge cleaning - I’ve got to clean his ears out, so that the Mirtazaphine will work. (Appetite stimulant)

He’s got a bandage from the hospital IV still - I’m going to take that off and clean it. Hopefully that will make him feel more at home.

then after a couple hours I’ll give him his next round of fluid treatment.

he hasn’t eaten. So I gave him some wet food ... I know it’s not the best for his body right now, but he’s so weak - he needs something in his belly if we’re gonna continue. He ate about a half a can. I’m happy with that considering.

He’s still very scared. 4 days in the hospital will do that. 

Overall it’s been a decent first day.

we will continue the battle back to health tomorrow.

thanks again, to all of you. 

Mom said that when their cat first start showing signs of kidney failure, she was peeing on their rug in their bathroom, and showed signs of a UTI by constantly going in the box. She stopped doing the peeing on the rug once they got her condition under control. The vet told her she could give her fluids on her own, but their cat (Millie) is quite feisty, so she takes her to the vet three times a week.  I talked to her to ask her exact routine now, and this is how it goes. 

Millie gets fluids three times a week. She takes a refrigerated pill Azodyl an hour prior to eating breakfast and dinner.  This is her most important pill.

She gets Mirtzapine ointment rubbed in each ear once a day for appetite.  She used to get a Mirtzapine pill every three days along with a pepcid ac for appetite. 

She gets 1/4 of an Amlodopine tablet for high blood pressure twice a day. She didn't start needing this until this year. Not all cats will have or get high blood pressure, but it does go hand in hand many times with kidney failure.

She grazes on k/d kidney care dry food every day whenever she wants it. She also eats wet food. Her favorite is the NF Kidney Function by Purina. This is only sold at vet offices. She also eats some other wet kidney foods like k/d kidney care or Hills prescription diet c/d. 

You really just take it as it goes. You are trying your best to help him, and that is all you can do.  You will get used to giving him his meds, and don't be surprised if he runs sometimes when he knows it is med time. Millie is also a pro at pretending she takes a pill, and then she spits it out when you walk away. They are clever little critters.

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The K/D Kidney food is some amazing stuff. We attributed it and just his love of his family for the reason our 20 year old boy just wouldn't give up. 

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4 hours ago, Courtjester said:

The K/D Kidney food is some amazing stuff. We attributed it and just his love of his family for the reason our 20 year old boy just wouldn't give up. 

It really is ... my guy is finally having a consistent appetite. And this is without the appetite stimulant.

He’s still very weak in the hind legs - which is normal for what he’s going through. Did your guy have the same issue? And did he regain some strength over time? 

He’s been sortve bed ridden since he’s come home from the hospital. His cage is the safe zone - so yes I’ve been keeping the cage on my bed - with food and fresh water for him on the nightstand. He hasn’t made it to the litter box yet. My bed and his cage have been taking the brunt of that lol.

Tomorrow will be the first full day I won’t be around - so he’s getting transferred to the floor - as I don’t want him failing off the bed. And escalating the inevitable.

his strength in his hind legs has gotten a bit better - but he’s nowhere close to being able to hop up on the bed, or navigate the 2 flights of stairs to his basement litter box.

ive got a smaller litter box stationed in the room with him - he just hasn’t been able to make it all the way there yet. 

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Hey friends,

my guy has been home for about a week now - it started off really bad. He was home, but still couldn’t walk. Wouldn’t eat.

kidney failure 100%

but I’ve stuck with the treatment. SUBQ fluids every morning. Renal supplements. 

My conner boy is almost back to normal. He’s regained the strength in his hind legs - he’s eating and drinking. Producing huge dumps in the litter box lol - and being the little jerk that I fell in love with.

He’s doing great. 

Thank all of you 🙋🏼‍♂️

 

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15 minutes ago, Ray Barboni said:

Hey friends,

my guy has been home for about a week now - it started off really bad. He was home, but still couldn’t walk. Wouldn’t eat.

kidney failure 100%

but I’ve stuck with the treatment. SUBQ fluids every morning. Renal supplements. 

My conner boy is almost back to normal. He’s regained the strength in his hind legs - he’s eating and drinking. Producing huge dumps in the litter box lol - and being the little jerk that I fell in love with.

He’s doing great. 

Thank all of you 🙋🏼‍♂️

 

My girl passed in my arms. I wish I had just 5 more minutes. And 5 more and 5 more... Enjoy all of Connor as best you can while you can. And know he is enjoying you too. 

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35 minutes ago, Ray Barboni said:

Hey friends,

my guy has been home for about a week now - it started off really bad. He was home, but still couldn’t walk. Wouldn’t eat.

kidney failure 100%

but I’ve stuck with the treatment. SUBQ fluids every morning. Renal supplements. 

My conner boy is almost back to normal. He’s regained the strength in his hind legs - he’s eating and drinking. Producing huge dumps in the litter box lol - and being the little jerk that I fell in love with.

He’s doing great. 

Thank all of you 🙋🏼‍♂️

 

I was just thinking of him today and wondered how he was.  This is amazing news!!!  :heart: 

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42 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I was just thinking of him today and wondered how he was.  This is amazing news!!!  :heart: 

I’ll Be taking a current pic .. or few 

if you could post them again that’d be great.

hes feeling a bit self conscious - both front legs have been shaved because of the hospital visit.

im so happy he’s still with me though. Pics coming soon

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4 hours ago, krista4 said:

I was just thinking of him today and wondered how he was.  This is amazing mews!!!  :heart: 

Fyp as I first read it

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On 2/23/2019 at 12:26 AM, Ray Barboni said:

I’ll Be taking a current pic .. or few 

if you could post them again that’d be great.

hes feeling a bit self conscious - both front legs have been shaved because of the hospital visit.

im so happy he’s still with me though. Pics coming soon

Any update?  Hope things are good.

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On 3/2/2019 at 11:20 AM, krista4 said:

Any update?  Hope things are good.

A bit of a roller coaster...

started off great, well sorta “great” after his first week home.

and then we had a set back. I blame myself though. He was taking to the treatment so well ... getting stronger. Which meant he started fighting me when it came time for his SUBQ fluids ... which I understand, who likes needles?

so I skipped a day of fluids. He was fighting me so much - so I got frustrated 🤷🏼‍♂️

That turned out to be a really bad thing. He then went 3 days without eating, extremely weak again.

But I’ve got a nice routine down now. Soaking the subQ bag in warm water, really makes a difference - he’s taking his treatment so well again. His appetite has  gone through the roof! 

2 1/2 cans of the hills K/d wet food ... and than munchies on the dry food whenever.

he's gaining weight, and actually jumped up on the top shelf of his cat tower this evening ☺️

Its been a struggle. But I’ve realized that as long as I’m consistent - he’s going to be ok.

Ps: sorry I haven’t sent pics ... as soon as I can get a good one, Krista will have it - and she can post it.

lol buddy isn’t so photogenic these last couple weeks. 

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You're describing every sick cat treatment I've gone through...it's hard to keep up with it all AND feel like you're hurting them and making them miserable (in that moment). Just reading along, set back or no- it sounds like you're doing a fantastic job!

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Hang in there, Ray. We are pulling for you and your big guy.

I don't mean to be a Debbie-Downer. At the top of this page, I wrote about our 4 month old boy Alford and his diagnosis of FIP. Two days after my post, he had a series of seizures and we lost him.  :(

Well, we have been sitting around on pins and needles because we have his brother and FIP tends to be contagious. Autry is this amazing, little kitty. He just is a love bug and freely shares a cuddle with anyone. He can sit, give his paw, beg and we are working on fetch.  He never really was shown how to be a cat, so he kind of gets everything wrong. When he gets excited, especially when it is time to eat or play, his tail becomes huge--like a little pine tree. This is something you usually see when a cat is scared or mad. His best friend in the world is our huge pleco fish. It is like a Disney flick with these two. She is alone in her big 60 gallon tank and I believe she thinks he is another fish and I think he believes she is some kind of cat. These two are inseparable. She is nocturnal, but when she sees him (we put a bar stool up next to the tank), she comes and sits right in front of him no matter what time it is. She swims back and forth in front of him and he talks and chirps to her. Just insane how much both of them are so excited to see one another. 

Our guy has been having just one bout of diarrhea like every 3 days or so. We have tried to switch up food, but it still persists. We know he is underweight, but we weren't sure if it was just his breed or if he is just a little kitty. We took him to the vet today. He weighs 3 pounds (despite eating us out of house and home) and he should be closer to 8 pounds. The vet is very concerned about him. We ran tests and they have eliminated some things.  We have to bring a poop sample in Monday and I am just praying they tell us he has a parasite/worm that we can get rid of. If that test comes back negative, then he gets more blood work and x-rays and things are probably going to be bad. They say liver or kidney failure could be the obvious culprit. The 1000 pound elephant in the room is if the x-rays show fluid anywhere, it could mean he too has FIP and it just hasn't advanced to the terminal level yet. 

The family is just reeling here. This just can't happen again....

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https://imgur.com/gallery/D6zXqUO

 

It’s a brand new world. We have cats at Graceland!. First time in my life to have cats. And to be fair, they are really mouse catchers. Thanks to @simey for the help and advice. Much thanks to the Feral Cat Association of East Tennessee (who knew?) for all the help. I didn’t even know what a feral cat was. As you probably know, they are regular cats that are totally wild. The association rescues them and places them in Barns with people who want them. The way it works is you keep them in a big cage like this for four weeks. Giving them food and water and a litter box and the Styrofoam den boxes with straw that they get in to stay warm. After four weeks, you open the door and the hope is they will stay around for the food. We will see. Can’t wait. Also, today is the day the doors open! 

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