June 14th 2012 6:42 pm
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Hey cats 'n kittens! Been a long time since I wrote... Sorry about that. Here's my news: A few weeks ago mommy, daddy and grandma witnessed me having what the vet said was a seizure. It wasn't dramatic... I just pulled up one front paw real high to my shoulder, like I had a cramp and arched my back and walked around funny and stared a bit... Vet said I had toxins in my blood from my kidneys not working so well. He gave me sub-q fluids and some antibiotic for a slight bladder infection.
Since the vet visit I seem to be doing purrty well! I'm eating tons! Mommy is giving me an extra half can of Fancy Feast in the evenings when Salem and Lucy have been put up for the night.
I still don't care for Salem and Lucy but we are pretty calm around each other these days. And hey... only took 20 months or so!
Well that's all for now.
P.S. Mom still has not decided whether to have the vet show her how to do sub-q's at home. Mom's doctor friend told her they used to do that with human infants sometimes but that the "discomfort" for the infant was a problem. Mom never thought about that before, but thinks it might hurt if someone wanted to inject a bunch of water under her skin... Mom has always promised me no extraordinary measures to prolong my life. But she just hasn't made up her mind about sub-q's... if my kidneys quitting on me are the only health problem I seem to have... well... hard times. Gettin' old ain't no fun.
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First off, although we are furkids, we are NOT human. *shudders* We have a scruff on our back between the shoulders. That's where the fluids go. Humans have no scruff, so God only knows where the subQ fluids would go on them.
There are lots of things your Mom can do to make it less uncomfortable for you. There's a couple of Yahoo! groups about crf that are loaded with info. Once you get the hang of the fluids, it's not bad.
Your Mom can pmail Momma if she wants to know more. Momma did subQ fluids for both me and Rufus.
Glad to hear you are eating well and getting extra Fancy Feast too! That's always pawsome news!! Mom's never had to do subq's but from what she read from other fur's parents, once they get the hang of it, it's not so bad. Although mon would be a little nervous too. Hope things go well for you. Purrs sent your way!
Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
Glad things are calm with you and the other kitties. And way to go on getting the extra FF!
Getting old sure isn't fun, Edgar. I'm not a fan of getting fluids - I do good when the vet does it, but I fight Mawmee and Daddy at home! I'm sorry the Seizure Monster visited you, and I hope you don't have any more! Keep on eating!
Glad to hear you're doing well and getting along better with Salem and Lucy.
Many purrs. Our fur mum (Raza) had a seizure awhile ago and never again touch wood. It is scarey. If your meowmy does do the sub fluids it's easier on cats because of all the loose skin behind the neck. But at home is harder as we tend to fight a lot more when we are in our comfort zone. Some say you can try to put them in a cat cage and on the bench. Somewhere they are not normally allowed to go or on the ironing board. Somewhere they are not used to and that can help. Many purrs from us.
Sub-q fluids can be done at home and it doesn't hurt, though it may seem so at first because it is all new.
More canned food with extra water added will give youu body much needed hydration to keep those kidneys working :)
And eat more ham, mol :)
I am so glad you are eating well. I wasn't very hungry when my kidneys were bad. I needed fluids 3x a week so mommy did them at home. It took 2 people the first couple times as mom learned how .(She couldn't hold me and do everything ) Then mom and I did ok on our own. Congratulation in being Furt Of the month.Whoo hoo!
oh, I was going to say, some people have a vet tech come do fluids at their home.