Saturday, October 30, 2010

flora


our cat flora is 13. we got her as a tiny kitten the 2nd year keith and i were together. she's outlived another cat and 3 dogs. she's always been there. skittish and unaffectionate (we've never been able to actually pick her up and cuddle her) - although she's mellowed as she's aged. for weeks now she's been eating less and less and loosing weight (although she hasn't seemed sick - still lots of energy and interest). we've tempted her with the most extravagant cat food and with tins of sardines and salmon. some days she'll eat nothing, other days she'll just lick the juice off of her food. so yesterday i took her to the vet and with blood work and urine tests it's evident that her kidneys are failing. she's not eating because she is nauseous. she stayed overnight on an iv drip to help de-toxify her little body. and we'll pick her up today with medication. if we can get her eating and taking the medication, there's hope. but if we can't,we won't let this go on much longer.

4 comments:

Julie said...

It is one of the most bittersweet emotions: the joy of having a wonderful pet and then, hard decisions that have to made as they age. I understand completely!

bluebird of paradise said...

I'll be there if you need me...
xoxo

agoodyarnnl said...

Poor thing! {{{hugs}}}

Barbara said...

Hi Shawn,
We have been through that with two of ours ... both rescues and both at 15 had never been apart. Kidney failure is so common with them and it is a sad day when one won't live without the other.
Very best wishes,
Barbara