|Purred: Tue Mar 27, '12 6:58am PST |
|It's been a long time (thanks be to God) since I've had to deal with this, but I know that things have changed for the better. Have you thought of a second opinion? An internist would be best. When Merlin was sick, there wasn't a whole lot that could be done, but from what I've read on the Yahoo feline anemia board, lots more is available these days. Epogen, for one: it's a synthetic form of erythopoetin, the factor that has something to do with making red blood cells. CRF people become anemic because of the lack of it. I'm just uncomfortable with your doctor speaking already of euthanasia. It's true that Little Bitty must have lost a great deal of kidney function; Merlin's doctor told me that, by the time a cat shows symptoms, 70% of function has been lost. But that in and of itself doesn't mean that you have to send her to the Bridge now. Kidney transplants are also possible although, in most cases, prohibitively expensive, and you must adopt the donor cat.
If Little Bitty won't eat her regular food - or the kidney diet that the doctor may have recommended - try Fancy Feast. Sometimes, it's the only thing that a sick cat will eat, and it's better to feed a poor food than no food at all. CRF cats are frequently nauseous, which is why they won't eat. Did her doctor suggest giving her some Pepcid? Perhaps you should ask about it.
Don't give up just yet, and know that we're praying for you and Little Bitty.
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