|08-24-2013 06:48 PM|
|marbury||Congratulations! That's wonderful news. Hoping you have many happy months (or years!) together. Keep a good eye on her and let us know.|
|08-24-2013 04:44 PM|
|Bridget||I canceled today's appointment because Snowball has started eating again! Apparently, the second round of fluids kicked in because all of a sudden she was on her feet and she has eaten five meals in 12 hours! We are so happy and I am so glad the vet rescheduled that appointment (which made me mad at the time). Don't know how long it will last, after all she is still a 19 year old cat, but we will enjoy her for a bit longer.|
|08-23-2013 02:52 PM|
|Bridget||Reprieve, sort of. The vet left a message for me asking if we can change Snowball's appointment to tomorrow morning; something came up. Since this is day 5 of her not eating, I feel like saying **** no. She still didn't eat at lunch time either. Strangely, she was up on the couch when I got home from work, something she hasn't done in months. I think I will take it as a sign and let them postpone the appointment till tomorrow.|
|08-23-2013 11:53 AM|
I am so sorry to hear this...most old cats do die of kidney failure....it takes love to let the animal go when it is so hard on your heart....I know I did the right thing to let Kinu go instead of letting her die...that would have been so so so much worse to watch.....
<<<hugs>>>> to you today and to Snowball.....
|08-23-2013 10:28 AM|
|Shade||for you today, I pray for a peaceful ending and strength for you and your family|
|08-23-2013 10:22 AM|
We did the last fluids last night. No noticeable improvement last night. This morning, she did eat maybe 1/3 of a portion of food. Just enough to make me second guess my decision. But then I gave food to her again before I went to work and she didn't touch it. I think maybe she is just trying to stay alive one more day for me. I think we are to the point that this is more for me than for her, to keep trying. Unless she gobbles up food at lunch time, I will keep the appointment for this afternoon.
I feel like I am getting an amazing lack of support from my family on this. My adult children are young, self centered and busy with their own lives. My husband has never experienced euthanasia and is scared to death of it. If it were up to him, all our animals would die naturally no matter how long it took. I may feel differently tomorrow. But today, I will take care of Snowball alone.
I thought about taking today off work, but decided against it. I was off on Wednesday and sat with her almost all day. I want today to be normal for her, just another day, and as peaceful as possible. One good thing about doing the fluids for the past two days is she went to the vet and came home, so I hope today won't be as stressful for her, just another trip to the vet.
Thanks for all of your support. I appreciate it.
|08-22-2013 07:37 PM|
|wolfy dog||My vet helped me a great deal with the decision when to put down a sick pet: "if life is stressful for both owner and pet, it is time to let go." Not talking about curable issues of course.|
|08-22-2013 06:14 PM|
Marbury, you don't know how helpful your post is to me. I so needed someone to say Do it! Thank you. I know it is right, but I keep getting try one more thing, one more day. Tomorrow is the day unless she starts eating before 4:40 tomorrow.
As an aside, having seniors is such an emotional rollercoaster. Every time you turn around there is a medical issue and you always think it's the end. You don't like it, but you get your mind around it and then...they rally and it's all fine for a few weeks or months until the whole thing is started all over again. I wouldn't trade my seniors for anything though.
|08-22-2013 04:05 PM|
Cats need to eat much more frequently than dogs. If the sub-q fluids do not bring back her appetite, PTS as scheduled.
No matter how you phrase it, an organism that is not eating is in the process of starving to death. Cats are masters at not showing their pain. Even if they don't feel their grumbly tummies, their systems do. We as owners have an amazing gift to help our pets leave while they are still whole and peaceful. Letting a pet starve to death, no matter how lethargic or rested they seem, is still a choice that some owners make. When an animal leaves our clinic with an owner that makes that choice we all feel bad for the pet. It is our anthropomorphization and projection that makes it difficult for us to accept our final responsibility to our pets; if I had the opportunity to allow one of my loved ones to choose when to let me go I would take it in a heartbeat. I would not want to spend the last days or weeks of my life prodded and poked, filled with fluids, and forced full of medication. I would want to enjoy my last day whole and unfettered, and go before all my systems shut down.
That's my opinion, of course. To each their own. I'm sorry you're having to deal with this.
|08-22-2013 03:50 PM|
|kiya||When we brought our kitty, Mr Magoo home from the vet and he started eating less and less I knew his little body was starting to shut down. There was no way I cod convince my husband that we should bring him back to be pts. It was so hard to watch and I know he waited for my husband to come home that night before he left us. So heart breaking. I just kept praying for peacefully in his sleep.|
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