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Old 02-25-08, 09:31 AM
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That doesn't sound good...

Best of luck, Kittydreamer.
Old 02-25-08, 11:33 AM
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Damn, Kitty. I hope he just has a cold.
How long has he been refusing food?
Old 02-25-08, 11:34 AM
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Purrs, head bumps, leg rubs, and hugs from Chez Vibiana and its various habituees.
Old 02-25-08, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Cool Kitten
Damn, Kitty. I hope he just has a cold.
How long has he been refusing food?
Two days. I finally got him to eat a can of tuna. He seems a little better today. Do you think he could just be experiencing springtime allergies? Everything out here is starting to bloom.
Old 02-25-08, 12:01 PM
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Not too sound cruel... but with a 13 year old cat is it really worth all the money to make him feel better?
Old 02-25-08, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE
Not too sound cruel... but with a 13 year old cat is it really worth all the money to make him feel better?
That IS cruel. A 13 year old cat is middle-aged, not ancient.
Old 02-25-08, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE
Not too sound cruel... but with a 13 year old cat is it really worth all the money to make him feel better?
yes, any elderly family member is worth being cared for.
Old 02-25-08, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE
Not too sound cruel... but with a 13 year old cat is it really worth all the money to make him feel better?
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Old 02-25-08, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
Two days. I finally got him to eat a can of tuna. He seems a little better today. Do you think he could just be experiencing springtime allergies? Everything out here is starting to bloom.
2 days isn't bad, as long as he started eating again. My vet told me anything over 7 days is a problem, because then it's very difficult to get them to start eating again. Have you tried hand feeding him? And different wet foods?
Nicky had allergies one spring i gave him Chlor-Trimetron for about 4 months or so, then it just stopped.
He could also have a cold.
How is his diabetes, is it under control?
Old 02-25-08, 12:29 PM
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Our six-year old cat was diagnosed with diabetes almost two years ago, and it was pretty rough at first. We switched her to wet food (make sure there's no wheat gluten in it, though!) and noticed a big difference in a few days. Dry food isn't good for most cats---so along with the change in diet and occasional insulin shot, she's been doing just fine.

This is Maisie:

Old 02-25-08, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Randy Miller III
Our six-year old cat was diagnosed with diabetes almost two years ago, and it was pretty rough at first. We switched her to wet food (make sure there's no wheat gluten in it, though!) and noticed a big difference in a few days. Dry food isn't good for most cats---so along with the change in diet and occasional insulin shot, she's been doing just fine.
What a beautiful girl Maisie is!

I totally agree about the wet food. Mine get a 1/4 C of super-premium kibble in the morning and 1/5 of a can of wet food in the evening. My vet's partner says ANY canned food, even the cheap stuff, is better than most dry foods. I wouldn't go that far -- but the supermarket kibbles do tend to be cereal based, which can lead to overweight and diabetes. If you can find a kibble with beef or chicken as the FIRST ingredient, it is better. And if you do switch to an all-canned diet, supermarket brands won't cut it -- they're full of sugar. It's like feeding your cat McDonald's every day.
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The time has come. The appointment's been set for this week.
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sorry, Kitty
Old 04-08-08, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
The time has come. The appointment's been set for this week.
As an owner of 5 cats I know how you feel. This is the hardest part of pet ownership especially for those of us who are really close to our pets. Hang in there.
Old 04-08-08, 02:03 PM
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I got a call from my mom over the weekend informing me that their cat had died. He was a stray that they adopted and they had him for about four years; he was probably 14-15 years old and not in the best of health. Apparently he was with my dad for a bit of the morning and went into the kitchen. He was found dead by the back door and probably had a stroke.

It has been hard for my parents but I would think that this manner of passing would be preferable to a prolonged illness with medical bills and suffering, ultimately with euthanasia being recommended by the vet. I sent my parents a card about how they were able to provide him with a loving home for his remaining years and hopefully they drew some comfort from that sentiment.

Take care Kitty.
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I'm very sorry, Kitty. I hope you'll stay with your darling till the end. You should be the last thing he sees and hears. He's family.
Old 04-08-08, 06:21 PM
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So it's going to be tomorrow morning after I put the kids on the bus. And of course I'll be with him, he wouldn't let anyone else hold him but me. I'm going to miss him bunches but man, the cat has almost no teeth, is mostly blind, has diabetes, can't hold in his poop or pee...I mean, the time has come and I need to just be a big girl and deal.

Thanks, everyone. I do appreciate your warm and kind words.
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Old 04-09-08, 08:28 AM
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These special little creatures are born to break our hearts in the end, and I wouldn't give up a moment with them to avoid the pain. All we can do is make sure they know they are loved.
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I'm so sorry Kitty .
Old 04-09-08, 09:53 AM
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I wonder how much clonazapan (sp?) I can take and still drive? Ugh. I hate this. At least the remaining cats are all yougn and in good helth so I won't have to do this again for a while...hoppefully.
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I'm so sorry, Kitty. I've had Vibiana at the vet the last day or two with ulceration of an eyeball, the infection spread to the other eye and she's a weepy, red-eyed mess. All I wanted to do this morning was stay home with her, but I couldn't. Hold onto that precious baby boy every minute you can and know that he was loved and had a good life with you. You should have no regrets.

Much love,
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It's all done now. The vet said we made the right choice but that doesn't make it any easier. He was such a good boy. Thanks everyone.
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Sorry to hear that Kitty. We all know that Squeaky enjoyed a good life because of you.
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He really was a good kitty. I'll miss him bunches and he'll forever be in my heart.

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