July 25th 2012 4:18 pm
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We got the info back about the fluid around my kidneys. There weren’t any cancerous cells and there wasn’t any bacteria or sign of infection in the fluid. But Dr. K, another of the girlie vets at the Cat Clinic who does ultrasounds, said there could still be infection more deeply within the kidneys even though it didn’t show up on this fluid analysis. Since we’re not sure if I have a kidney infection, I am taking the antibiotic I’ve been getting for two weeks. Taking pills isn’t a big deal for me as I will ‘eat’ them when they’re wrapped in something tasty like butter (what I’m getting at the moment).
Mom thinks I’m doing better and maybe that antibiotic has been helping me. I’m a little perkier and I’m more interested in what’s going on. I had been just wanting to sleep (and eat) and I had been very lethargic before this incident. I haven’t been doing any weird breathing and we’re not sure why that happened. Maybe this fluid around my kidneys combined with other stressors just pushed me over the edge that night when we went to the ER.
AND I actually played with a couple catnip toys on my own for the first time in weeks! I hadn’t been wanting to do much of anything since we’ve moved. Mom was happy about this!
Mom kinda wishes that there had been more evidence of a kidney infection since it might have explained part of why I was feeling so poorly. But we are certainly happy that it didn’t turn out to be something worse.
Dr. K said this fluid around my kidneys is what is known as “perinephric cysts”. When Mom looked these up online it was most often referred to as “perinephric pseudocysts” because these aren’t true cysts, but fluid encapsulating the kidneys. These cyst-like fluidy things can occur with cats with kidney issues, but it’s not that common and not well understood why it occurs. She said there isn’t really anything that can be done with these cysts/pseudocysts. If they are drained with a needle, the fluid will eventually just come back. Some cats have surgery to drain these cysts, but for older cats, it’s not really advisable. So I have to live with these fluidy things around my kidneys, unless they decide to dissipate.
Dr. K said these may or may not make my kidney disease worse. It’s just somewhat more stressful on my kidneys to have this fluid there. She also said they are often urine filled. Pee?....weird. Is this why I’m peeing more than ever?
Concerning the enlargement of my heart, Dr. K said that as cats age the heart can sometimes fall and sit further on the sternum. On the x-ray, the vet at the ER did show Mom how my heart was taking up more space on that bone. So that could be what’s happening with my heart. We may have another echocardiogram, but we’re going to see how I’m doing and see what my regular vet thinks. Dr. K also said that even cats with heart issues can usually tolerate a small amount of fluids (50-75 ml), which is about what Mom had been giving me. So we’re going to will continue with fluids, but maybe a little less frequently.
Mom feels pretty relieved since she had been worrying about much worse things after the info we initially received. But I am still dealing with serious kidney disease, and it’s a disease that generally doesn’t get better, though it can be stabilized. So our hope is that with treatment and care I can hang tough even though I only have 25% or less of my kidney function left.
I know that last statement sounds bad, but we’ve read on a few websites that even though much of the kidney function is gone, some cats can handle this reduced function...sometimes for quite some time. But this disease has certainly taken it’s toll, as I am much weaker than I’ve been even a year ago. But Mom and I are working together to keep me feeling as good as possible.
Thank you again for all the purrs for me! I’m very grateful for that and to be able to have this place to share these experiences and for the furiendship and support. Sorry this update was a little delayed and for being away for a few days again.
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Yous just keeps on truckin, Gump. wees with yous all da way!!
Mom worries about me cause I have CRF, Mom will have to look up what that fluid was (cysts? or whatever) so she will be prepared just in case....
We are agree with Catfather....you still have some fight you in and never give up...
We will continue our prayers for you sweetie and for your Mom too we know this is stressful...
Purrs will go out for as long as you need them, Gumpy, sweet pal!
I'll continue to purr for you mate and I'm so glad there were no cancer cells. You're mum is taking great care of you and you being the great fighter that you are I think you'll be with us for a lot longer.
Seems like you and your Mom are a real good team!! Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Maybe there is an infection somewhere and the antibiotic is doing its job.
Kidney disease usually doesn't show up until cats have lost a good percentage of function but the good thing is we do learn to live with that loss of function.
You and your Mom keep doing what you are doing. And thanks for the update and the great explanation. You help other kitties that way too.
Z & Z
You are one tough Dude, Gumpy, you always have been, you still are. Glad there were no cancer cells, and your appetite is good, that's always a good sign. Purrs, purrs, and more purrs!
Love and purrs from all of us ~ Tully, Luke, Sammy, Natasha, and Mom
We will continue to pray for you sweet boy ~ sending you lots of love and healing purrs. We are glad that the awful 'C' wasn't found!!!!
We will still be purring
Glad to hear there is no cancer! And that you're feeling better!! Maybe it's the butter... :) Keep up the recovery, bro.
Keeping you in our many purrs Gumpy : )
Platelicker, Big Bob, and PurrFamily
To echo Zoey~ you and your mom are a great team!!!
Hang in there sweet guy.....I am always purring for you.
I think I'm going to write about the Ups and downs of CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease). I also have it and it's up....down...up...down. There are days t hings are going well, and then up and down again.
I take 100ml of fluid a time per day. It helps a great deal. I also have a heart murmur. Dr. P said what sometimes happens is that the valves dry up a bit and don't close as properly and that it's a side effect of the CKD and age.
You sound like you are doing pretty good, Gump. Mom gets depressed that I very rarely play, I like to stretch out in the sun, however, and I love brushing. She thinks I might play if I had my own space and that is something that right now I don't have.
We're purring for you, especially me, my good friend. I send you many purrs of love and light and happiness. I understand Gumpy. Lots of love from your friend Bella
Gumpy cousin Midnight is pretty much the same way and she's one or two years younger than you. Right now with the meds and the all natural stuff she's on, plus fluids and B12, she's comfortable and happy. As long as you are starting to show signs of your old self, I think you're doing great considering everything you've gone through. Moving is extremely stressful so I can't blame you for taking your time.
I have CRF too. I got my diagnosis in February of 2010 and I'm still hanging in there. I will 20 on October 1st. :) Purring that you will continue to be stable for a long time.
Gump, you can count on our purrs anytime. You and your Mom are doing a great job. I think you are going to have many more good days together!
Hi kitties friends! Thank you for your comments and purrs!
Hi Tigger, wow, you're an inspiration. 20! Thank you for the purrs ~ right back at you :)
Hi Alex, yes it was extremely stressful on me and the 4th of July stuff made it even worse. Mom does a lot of the natural things too. It takes Mom a while to get my food out becuz she adds in so much for me.
Hi Bella, Mom understands how hard it is to see us slow down and not play like we used to. Purrs....
Yes, Zoey and Angel Alfie, Mom and I are good team! My part of the team effort is to keep eating well, and I going to keep working on that.
Hehee, butter is yummy and maybe it does help, Samhain :)
Thanks again everybuddy...
Hi again, Mom makes typos when she uses her laptop on her lap or when it's not on a desk area, and also when she's tired. I guess that happens a lot cuz she's always making some silly typos.
I might have to give her a little smacky paw about the typos....
that is good news about no cancer! Our human brother has kidney disease, it sure can be scary. He is a grown-up now, but he always tells mom "worrying about possibly having to have a kidney transplant all the time is not going to change facts - I just take the best care of myself as possible, and live my life" I think it is a pretty good outlook. Purrs that you start to feel even better. The summer hear doesn't help with much energy either. We send you purrs Gumpy!!
Hi Tigger! Thank for the purrs and for your comment!
I'm sending purrs to your human brother (and your mom). This can be a scary disease, but these organs seem to able to do a pretty good job even though they're not fully functional. But it's up & down and it does take a lot everyday to support us cats (and peeps) with CKD. I hope your human bro continues to do well and if he has a transplant, I purr that it goes well and helps him. Mom read something about research on transplants for kitties, but it seems pretty extreme, especially for older kitties.
Purrs & hugs...
Unk-G! U's ok? I just gut a msg from ur neph-o that u's isnt doing good n i ran 2 meat u's! N i also cant beleafs that ur neph-o has left us sos soon!