Monday, April 3, 2017

Holy Crap...

It is almost 5 AM. Awakened by my cat, I've not been able to return to bed. He is enjoying a cleaning. In a few hours, we will once again see his vet for the second time since Friday. He has not emptied his bowels since the enema and I had to give him boiled chicken with rice to get him to begin eating again on Saturday, at which time he ate the equivalent of two days worth of food including the Royal Canin prescribed by his vet. Although he ate Sunday, it was in smaller amounts. Behaviorally, he appears alert, and enjoys time with me and his toys but he has gone off the wet food I was giving him, possibly because I put medicine in it that he refuses.

Constipation in cats is serious and apparently part of the symptom assortment associated with chronic kidney disease, a condition which is terminal and ultimately fatal. Symptom management is really the only course to take and as you have read, I am trying my best to assure him comfort and quality of life until the end. While some cats live for years following this diagnosis, others have only months and at almost sixteen, time is not on this boy's side, I am afraid.

I have read recently that caring for a cat with chronic kidney disease takes commitment and stamina on the part of the cats' guardian. I will follow his vet's recommendations and try my hand at making food for him if needed but having no previous experience with this, I'm learning as I go and it is tough to let go of the fear of what awaits and simply move through the days.



12 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

I feel for you as I know how it would be if one of ours was ill.
I think the best thing is to take each day and let him have what he wants, if he doesn't seem to be suffering and you can cope then try not to worry too much. 16 is such a good age, we kept 2 of our other cats to 14 and I thought that was good going.
Briony
x

Anonymous said...

I guess this is a "time will tell" kind of situation. I think that's the hardest thing with illness of any kind, animals or humans. We have to wait and see, and do what we can to ease the discomfort.

Steve Reed said...

Hopefully the vet can help guide you, or at least help you see all the options clearly. It's a good sign that he ate so well over the weekend. Something must be moving in there if he's hungry! I'm not surprised he was put off by the food with the meds in it. It's hard to get meds past a cat!

Jenny Woolf said...

Sounds like you are being alert to every slight change and that has to be good.

jenny_o said...

"It's tough to let go of the fear of what awaits and simply move through the days"
-- perfectly expressed. It's very hard.

Birdie said...

I do hope he is one of the ones that can live a long time with this. I know how you love your kitty.

Elephant's Child said...

Heartfelt hugs.
We have been down that path. It hurts. And I felt we owed it to the cat(s) to give them what they needed/wanted.
One of our cats who kidney disease claimed (at 22) could be tempted with a little minced chicken. Raw. From my hands. She also would occasionally deign to eat sardines or lick the oil up.
Good luck. I will be holding you and Jacob in my heart.

Wisewebwoman said...

So very tough. One of my boys, Walter. A big black barn cats, had kidney disease. My vet told me it was common in neutered males. Walter was 13 and overweight. The last two days he spent in the sun looking up at the birds in the trees, pain free, eating scraps of tuna from my hand.
I'd forgotten that picture of him. He was a phenomenal character.

In my thoughts m'dear 💕

XO
WWW

LL Cool Joe said...

Poor Kitty, and poor you. I hope your tender care works and he lives for a long time.

Martha said...

Sounds very tough. I do hope everything turns out okay. This is a very difficult time for the both of you.

The Happy Whisk said...

Sorry for the tough time. Wish we could do something to help you.

baili said...

i really wish that your little adorable pet get well soon my friend