>> My meowmie has been reading r.p.c for a while now, and she said I could
>>come say hi! My name is Kitty and I'm 18 years old. I'm a be-yoo-ti-ful calico
>>girlkitty. I live with my sister Tigger, who is a 16 year old golden tabby.
>>Meowmie bought her for me when I was 2. She's alright, but sometimes she
>>sneaks up on me and scares me. I'm deaf now, but I wasn't always. Before I
>>could hear her, now I can't. Tigger's really big -- she weighs 15 pounds!
>>She's all roly-poly and soft. She limps a little because daddy broke her when
>>she was just 8 weeks old. Daddy cried alot, but meowmie got her all fixed up.
>>I'm just a little bitty kitty. I weigh 4.5 pounds. I used to weigh 7 pounds,
>>but that was a long time ago. My kidney's are starting to not work so good.
>>(Note from Mom -- that's why I've been reading r.p.c) Meowmie said there is a
>>club that purrs for all the sick kitties. Do you think I could get some purrs
>>too? Could you give meowmie some help too? She's had me a long time and is
>>reallyreallyreally upset about my kidneys. TED said I looked really sick, but
>>then he stuck me and took some pictures and said it wasn't as bad, but it
>>wasn't good either. Meowmie cries and cuddles me all the time. By the way ...
>>meowmie's name is Sue, and daddy is Vince. I can't get out and travel to
>>parties like the Prom, but reading about them is gudgudgud fun! Bye for now,
>>meowmie says she has to go back to work!
Mreowowow, Kitty. This is Ceilidh, the beeeeyoutiful Siamese, and I'm
glad to meet u. When I moved in with Sherry-my-Hoomin (10 yearz ago!),
there wuz a tortoiseshell cat there named Sprecklez who wuz the most
wunnerful cat inna wurld and she wuz like my second momcat -- she wuz bout
az old as u are, and she taught me lotza gud thingz before she went to the
Rainbow Bridge. She told me bout *anuther* cat whu used to live with her
and our hoomin, and that cat wuz Siamese like me (but bluepoint), and she
had sick kidneyz like u do -- but she felt ok most of the time for a
cupple yearz after TED sed she had sick kidneyz, and she had lotza time to
luv Sherry-our-Hoomin and the other kittiez inna house. She hadda go to
TED alla time, tho, which I wudn't like, but I guess she just sat in her
carry-her-bag and didn't ever fuss (I don't unnerstand *that* -- I yell
and yell and yell when I hafta go to TED!). We'll all purr for u, and for
ur mom, and whenever u feel like it, u just come on to tha parteez --
there'z other older catz there who like to sit and watch alla other
kitteez dance or sing or ketch burdz or whatever, and sumtimez they
chapurrone the yunger kitteez and maybe u'd like to do that too. Prrrrrrz
& headbutz from Ceilidh, S.O.C. (& Skye & Talisker Pippin).
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This is Sherry-the-Hoomin here -- I know how hard it is to know that your
cat is sick, and while there are things you can do to make it easier on
her, there's nothing you can do fix it -- and kidney failure is one of
those things that happens to lots of older cats. My Furii (the bluepoint
Siamese Ceilidh is talking about) died of kidney failure at age 18-1/2,
about 2 years after she was first diagnosed. There have been some changes
in treatment since then (10 years ago), one of the most significant (to
me) being that cats are getting fluid treatments on a regular basis at
home now, while I would take Furii to the vet for fluid treatments
whenever it seemed as if she was feeling particularly punk -- or maybe it
was just my vet. I do wonder now, after reading how many people on r.p.c.
are giving their own fluids, if a more regular regimen would have been
beneficial (and I'm going to investigate more thoroughly should I face
this problem in the future). Still, for the most part I think Furii had a
pretty good quality of life in her last year or so -- there *were* the
times she clearly felt awful, but most of the time she went about her
daily routine just as before -- she did lose weight, and she became much
less active. Her life simplified and she began what seemed to be an
inward turning. But she still ate, drank, pooped, slept (lots), and spent
lots of loving time with me. She maintained her position in the feline
community (a rather quietly insinuating ***) to the end. So enjoy
the time you have with Kitty to the fullest -- much of it will be very
good time indeed, and when her time comes, you will know you kept her
as happy and comfortable as possible for as long as possible, and that's
a blessing. Good luck -- Sherry