My cat "Callie" who I brought home from the shelter in 1999 (already 3 years old... that make her 17 now) has only a couple months left to live. She was diagnosed with kidney failure last week. She follows me like a puppy, sleeps at my hip, sits on my chair while I watch TV. I could keep her alive for maybe another year with daily fluids via intravenous tube. I am choosing not to. She is still going strong. All be it, not eating a lot, and sleeping a lot. I want her to go on her terms. Not mine, and definitely not a medical one. This is a photo of her today sitting on my armchair waiting to be petted. She is a trooper and not going down without a fight.
I have been where you are. Same issue with kidney failure. As long as they are comfortable it is the way to go. Our cat lasted quite a while and died peacefully. Amazing how attached we become!! Hope it goes well for you.
She's doing well for now. Sleeps A LOT! When she is awake, she nibbles food and drinks a TON of water. At least she is eating something. Sometimes she will go outside but not for long. Last week when it was warm (55) she was outside and sat under the tree she always does waiting for chipmunks. Maybe she was hoping to get one.
I work for a kidney dialysis company so I know all about CKD in humans. It sucks we can't really do anything about it in animals.
Just keep out double the water you use too so she can drink A LOT. Another way to help is canned food if they'll eat it. Remove all dry food if possible. If that won't work you can try adding water to the dry food. I know you can do a special diet which is reduced Phosphorous/Protein to try to help as well. Normally the canned food will say something "Renal" on it.
Hang in there "Callie"! -- IF YOU FIND ANY MISTAKES IN MY WORK...Please consider that they are there for a purpose. I try to please everyone and there is always someone looking for mistakes!
"Callie" has been doing great. If I haven't taken her to the Vets last week, where they gave me the bad diagnostics, I would not know she was months from dying. She sleeps A LOT, and drinks a pile of water. She has lost some weight, (all of which triggered me to bring her to the vets) but her personality is completely intact. (When she is awake!) Sadly, this is going to start deteriorating in time as her condition worsens. But, at least I know what to expect, and know time is ticking. One thing is sure, I will know when she gets to the point of suffering, and then, I have to make the tough decision. I expect she has 2-3 months left. Just as the Vets said.
Callie isn't giving up. She is still going strong after her diagnoses at the end of January. She sleeps a lot, but when she is awake, she goes outside, chasing chipmunks! Her favorite past time. I didn't think she was going to be able to do that this year. The Doctor gave a 2-3 month life expectancy, she is starting her third. But she shows no signs of giving up. In fact, once the warm weather has come and she is going outside more, I think she looks and acts better then he has in awhile. Her time will come, and I am thankful for what time she and I have left together.
It is amazing how long they can go sometimes. Our little buddy lasted an extra 9 months (beyond the 2-3 given) after a intestinal tumor was diagnosed. We said goodbye when his rope had clearly played itself out.
Thought it would be a while before we wanted another cat but 2 weeks later we stumbled across the pictured tub.
My priceless treasure died 2 days ago, she- Piaf Pantoofle Shawyer, was run over. I am in agony. She was only nine, I got her from a shelter too. She was so tiny at first, but she flourished with the daily adoration she deserved. My joy, my love, my laughter. Life is empty without her.
I hope this kicked in the gut gaping hole gets better.
Oh my gosh what a beautiful pretty girl! I love her coat and eyes! Sorry to hear you lost her so tragically. Loosing a pet by "run over" is so horrible, and sudden. I did loose one cat from that. It broke my heart. At least, this time and in this case. I know time is short so can give her extra love. I hope you are able to find a new cat to help heal your heart with love.