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Posted 17 April 2019 - 09:29 PM
Posted 26 November 2019 - 10:46 AM
I'm trying to come to grips with my little one's mortality. I'm hopeful she improves with the new medication her vet is putting her on, but I'm also realistic about what I can expect. I never thought I could lose her like this when I assumed I would have another 5 to 10 years with her. I hope I'm just over reacting and she returns to normal, but even then, normal for her is never going to be 10 more years.
Posted 26 November 2019 - 07:38 PM
Posted 27 November 2019 - 09:22 AM
6 months ago I took my 11 year old cat in for a routine visit and they discovered she had a heart murmur. They recommended she see a specialist for a echocardiogram, and they diagnosed her with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a thickening of the left ventricle. They weren't too concerned about it because her other vitals were normal, but they wanted to see her again for a followup in 9 months. Fast forward to now--I've been noticing she's having trouble seeing, and while I wasn't really worried about it because she otherwise is behaving normally and getting around, I wanted to take her to the vet to see if it was something they could treat. Turns out her blood pressure is sky high and her heart murmur is much worse. She is now effectively blind due to damage from high blood pressure. They prescribed bp medication (atenolol) and I made an appointment to see the cardiologist again. The vet said her sight may return when her bp goes down, but she didn't seem to be very hopeful that the damage isn't permanent. I feel terrible because I waited to make the vet appointment instead of taking her in the moment I realized something was off. Her vision is completely gone now, and her activity level is low. I think about her quality of life since she can no longer see to do normal kitty things. And if there is damage to her eyes, I don't know what else might have been affected. For the moment she is eating and drinking normally, but I'm still worried sick. I couldn't get her in to see the cardiologist until next week, but for now I started her on the medication. I can't stand the thought of losing her--she means everything to me.
Posted 26 December 2019 - 04:03 PM
Momo is so cute!
Posted 13 February 2020 - 11:35 PM
Posted 05 July 2020 - 03:21 PM
This is Maggie. Less than a hour ago, she crossed the rainbow bridge.
Four years ago (about.), she had an acute kidney something something. Long story short: dehydration led to something in her kidneys hugging up, which made her stop eating and stop wanting to eat. The Irony was, the solution was eating. We spent three long weeks force feeding her four times a day to rebuild her weight, her strength, and it paid off. The day we stopped forcing her to eat, it was like a switch was flipped and our old maggie was back.
Five days ago, she refused her ham at lunch time. Four days ago, we realized she had lost some weight and had been throwing up bile. Three days ago, we made a vet appointment for next friday and began force feeding her again. This morning, she had pushed back up everything we had put into her stomach before bed last night after exactly one good day where she kept everything. We made an emergency vet visit and brought her in today. Well, the acute kidney something something had become chronic. On top of which the duct between kidneys and bladder was obstructed, and the kidney damage from last time had led to diabetes.
We could have gone the route of surgery and pills... but the quality of life wouldn't be there. She was just going to go through the whole not eating thing over and over and over again.
Goodbye maggie. I love you, I will always miss you.
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