|Minnie napping in a Chewy box.|
I apologize for not visiting. Been way too busy trying to care for Minnie. I took her to the holistic vet and she is officially in stage 3 renal failure. Minnie will need daily fluids, an ACE inhibitor to help blood flow to her kidneys, plus a low protein food since there was protein in her urine. Normally there is some but she had a lot since her kidneys are not able to do their job. And we give her a phosphorus binder. I have a notebook and write it all in, checking it off as I do it.
Not having much luck to get the prescription food in her at this point so what ever I can get her to eat is fine by me. She IS eating so that is good. I am hoping the binder will help lower the phosphorus. All her numbers came down initially with IV fluids so hopefully the binder will help as well.
She is acting like she did before she got sick - enjoying life and seeming to feel pretty good. She also has IBD so that is another thing we treat with probiotics, digestive enzymes and slippery elm. She is super about letting me squirt liquids in her mouth so everything gets dissolved in water and squirted via a feeding syringe. I also contacted my animal communicator about Minnie - that will be another post soon.
Mr. Kitty is over his coccidia and had three teeth removed. He has hyperthyroid but we are going the natural route for a month to see if that will work better than the drug. His lump on his neck was just a cyst - what a relief - but it seems to be coming back so we may have to have that removed to make him more comfy.
Albert did OK with his dental - no extractions, just cleaning. His right eye is inflamed with his third eyelid showing. I called the vet and they said to bring him back if it didn't get better. After using an antibiotic ointment on his eye for a few days, it is better but not healed so off to the vet we go. (We have anti-inflamatory drops for his eye and it is looking better. The vet thinks it is a nerve issue since there is no sign of damage. He lost a tooth on that side and the nerves may have been jangled when he got his teeth cleaned.)
I am just very thankful to have all the cats still with us even tho we have our ups and downs health wise. I hope Minnie remains stable for a few more months, even years. Thank you for your purrs, patience with us and for all the encouraging suggestions. We hope to be able to get back to blogging a bit more.
I am sending lots of purrs to your guys - and some for you too. You have a lot to cope with.
Taking care of a CRF cat is practically a full-time job!! I remember how many times a day we had to medicate Jewel, give fluids, get her to eat.... So please don't be hard on yourself for not being able to visit.
I am here if you ever want/need to chat about it, too. CRF is a roller coaster - not one anyone should have to go on alone, in my opinion. The Epakitin should definitely help with the phosphorus. Jewel's phosphorus stayed in the normal range the whole time she was on it. The fluids should also help keep Minnie's numbers low for a while (I hope). Please just feed her what she will eat. It is better to feed her what she will eat than for her to refuse the prescription stuff. There is a lot of debate in the kidney community about the effectiveness of the low-protein food anyway. Jewel ate whatever she wanted the entire two years she had CRF. She absolutely refused to eat any of the prescription stuff.
*hugs* and purrs from us <3
Life with senior cats is never dull, is it? Purrs for all Minnie, Mr. Kitty, and Albert... and for you, because you have your hands full, big time!
We don't know when you'd have time to sleep, let alone blog.
Purrs and purrayers to everyone at Cats of Wildcats Woods! You sure have your hands full!
Sending purrs to Minnie, Mr. Kitty and Albert...and to you, the cat carer! In the midst of all of this, remember that love is the most important thing.
We're pleased Minnie lets you medicate her as fighting to do it is very tiring and not always effective!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
You have so much going on and those precious angels are SO lucky to have you!!!
Purrs to your special ones from all of us. We hope Minnie does well with all the loving care she is getting.
guys..blogging can WAIT......N wait sum mor...health & familee furst...all ways. we continmew ta send de blessings oh St Francis two all who knead it, & those who dont just coz him haz plentee ta spare & heez willing ta share.....minnie...we hope ewe live a happee healthee life fora a long time two come; just like mom wantz ~~~ ♥♥♥
I am sending purrs for Mr. Kitty, Minnie and Albert.
You sure have had your share of kitty health issues. We're purring for everybuddy and hope they continue to do well.
Please don't ever feel like you need to apologize for not visiting, Cheri. Your cats and lives take precedence, and we will all be here when you have time. Glad to hear everyone is hanging in there; encouraging news, even in small doses, makes our hearts happy.
Hugs and headbonks to you all.
Kevin, Tracey, Moosey, Gracie and Zoe
Wow. You sure have your hands full and your kitties are sure blessed to have you to care for them.
There is no need to apologize, we all understand! You have your hands full and the kitties come first! We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the update!
You have your hands full taking care of all of the babies so do not feel like you need to apologize for not visiting. We are purrin and praying for everyone.
I am praying for all of them. They are lucky to have such a great Mom. I am glad they are all still enjoying life. XO
We understand about not visiting, caring for the cats has to come first. We are sending healing, encouraging, and comforting purrs to all.
We saw that it was Mamacita and Rosa's Gotcha Day so we wanted to let them know we are thinking about them.
We hope all the cats are doing well, including these.
And we'd like to wish Mamacita and Rosa a happy gotcha day!
wow, busy times at your place. We have a CRF kitty too, Marvin, my current rescue. One of my geriatric cats also has early stage CRF. I just ordered my special UTW needles to make the fluids process a little less painful, but it's definitely not fun! Blessings as you care for your crew.
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