UPDATE -- 10/22/12
Fizzy has improved dramatically at the vet. The vet said her levels are almost back to normal. We have to keep on a special diet, put some type of powder in her food, and give her a shot of fluid a couple of times per week. I am not sure if the shots will be lifelong or if we can eventually phase those out if she does well on the diet.
On a vent...my DH is home today, so I called and told him to set up an appt to pick Fizzy up and to learn how to do all of this. He got all huffy about it and wanted me there. So,I said that he had to make the appt for after work because I have obligations all day (observations, meeting with parents, meeting for a behavior plan, etc.). He acted like it was the end of the world. GRRR!
We may have to put our 4 yo cat to sleep next week. I am so sad. She started drinking a lot of water, laying in our bathtub, scrambling for water whenever we turned on the tap, and laying in our bathroom last week. We took her to the vet on Saturday, and he wanted to try antibiotics first. Maybe because she is so young? I took her back yesterday because we saw no improvement. She is in the late stages of kidney failure. Her bloodwork was horrible. For a cat so young, she was in very bad shape. I feel horrible for her. The vet said maybe she had issues with her kidneys from birth. She is staying at the vet all weekend and they are going to try to give her IV fluids and see if they can correct some of the damage. If that works, she will need to be on special food.
Isaiah was a mess last night because we put our oldest cat to sleep one year ago. He now thinks that our cats are going to die when we take them to the vet. He sobbed and sobbed when I told him about Fizzy. I wish I could have saved him from that, but I had to be honest with him. What do you say when you come home without your cat? Sigh! I have no idea how we are going to handle it with the girls other than telling them that Fizzy is in heaven. They have even started saying that Fizzy is Sarafina's cat, while our other cat is Keira's cat. Boo for this! We thought Fizzy would be with us until the girls were in high school.
I'm so sorry. We lost our Boxer in July. The kids did pretty well with it. They asked a lot of questions and I answered them as honestly as I could. It's a difficult time, for sure. I hope your kiddos are all able to cope well when and if that time comes. Big hugs to you all.
Oh no, I'm so sorry. Why do cats have such issues with their kidneys? Our very good friend has had many, many cats and it always seems like that is the most common health issue that comes up. I think being honest is best, even if it is hard. I really hope you can figure out how to help Isaiah cope as best as possible.
We lost our kitty a year ago due to a heart condition.....it was tough... and especially more tough because J was old enough to be so sad and to ask so many questions... A year later, J still talks about him. I'm so sorry that you are going through this. KUP on how Fizzy does at the vet.
Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!
Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07
What a good update, Melanie! This all must have been so hard on you guys. And grr about dh. Especially with the roller coaster of emotion you've had! Hope this powder and the shots are just what Fizzy needs for a long fun life!
So....we have to do an IV (well technically it is subcutaneous or under the skin) twice a week. I think we can handle it, but DH thinks that if we have to do it for life, we need to put her to sleep. I am not sure I can do that. It really doesn't cost that much and as long as she sits well during it, it takes less than 5 minutes. The problem is that with our kids and our busy life, I am not sure how long we can keep that up. Plus, we will have to board her if we take vacations to make sure she gets the fluids to flush her kidneys. Sigh!
I'm glad to hear she's doing better, but I hear ya on the rest of the life thing and that IV. Maybe see how it goes for a few days, hopefully she'll be back to her self soon. And about dh being huffy = MEN! I tell ya.
I'm so glad to hear she is doing better! I had a Yorkie that had bladder stones. One was missed during surgery and causes kidney failure and sepsis. He ended up coming home with an IV and a catheter. I was so worried he would be on medication for the rest of his life, but after a few weeks, the Rx diet was enough to do the trick. I really hope your kitty is much the same way. KUP!