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Kidney diet and sub-cu fluids

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My cat stopped eating, so I took him to the vet, where they drew blood and did various tests.  I found out today that his numbers show severe kidney impairment, and he's going to need subcutaneous fluids.  I learned how to administer those today. 

We didn't discuss his long term prognosis, but the vet did say she was surprised he was as alert as he was, given how high his numbers were.  It means this has been building for a while.  He's been a bit more sedate than usual, doing things in a leisurely way, but not enough to alarm.  I thought it was just that he wasn't a kid anymore. 

He's only twelve, and as good a soul as ever played with a catnip mouse.  I had hoped he would be one of those cats that live to be twenty.  But I guess that's not going to be. 

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capemaynuts
Sep. 6th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Don't give up hope, you might still get several more years with your furry friend. You might just have to give im shots every day! My kitty needed a diet change and medicine, but lived another 6 years to be 18. Check with your dr before you give up hope.
np_complete
Sep. 6th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you. I needed to hear some encouragement today.
jlrpuck
Sep. 6th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

*scritches kitty*
np_complete
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

glory_jean
Sep. 6th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, kitty. :(

My business partner's cat had kidney problems for years but stayed fairly perky with the right meds and careful feeding.

Hope your kitty improves.

np_complete
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
My business partner's cat had kidney problems for years but stayed fairly perky with the right meds and careful feeding.

He's already starting to eat again: that has to be good.

Thanks for the good wishes.
kalleah
Sep. 7th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
The right diet and good care can make an enormous difference in his quality of life, not to mention how long he will have.

::hugs::
np_complete
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
The right diet and good care can make an enormous difference in his quality of life, not to mention how long he will have.

I've been given 3 different flavors of kidney-care catfood, plus a bag of the dry stuff. Now that he's getting fluids he seems to be getting his appetite back to some degree, which can't but be good.

Thanks for the reassurance, and the hugs.
kalleah
Sep. 7th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Now that he's getting fluids he seems to be getting his appetite back to some degree, which can't but be good.

That's a great sign.
platypus
Sep. 7th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Poor kitty! I've heard the fluids aren't too terrible to administer and they help a lot, plus the diet change and such. Hopefully things will get under control and he'll live a good long while.
np_complete
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty! I've heard the fluids aren't too terrible to administer and they help a lot, plus the diet change and such.

We had our first go with the fluids this morning, and although we had a few mishaps, it was successful. And he acted like he felt better afterwards. So I'm cautiously optimistic.
kalleah
Sep. 7th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
When I had to start giving fluids that way, my vet told me to practice with a peach so I could get more confident with my technique (which has to help everyone involved!). A peach has a relatively thin but tough skin and you can see if you're going too deep. It made me feel a lot better about trying it out on a live patient.
np_complete
Sep. 7th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
To what species were you administering fluids? (Since you mention a vet, I'm assuming this wasn't part of your first aid training!)

The mishaps we had were both from the needle slipping out. I had been soothing the cat without holding the needle in place, and it wiggled loose. He seemed to feel the second and third pokes the way he didn't feel the first one, but maybe it was due to the position he was in. I was able to pinch more loose skin when he was sitting up than when he was hunched down.

The peach is a good idea. I'll try that.
kalleah
Sep. 7th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
To what species were you administering fluids?

Hedgehog. No, this was home care exactly like what you're doing for a little one with kidney issues. She did very well with a new diet and supportive fluids.
np_complete
Sep. 8th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Hedgehog. No, this was home care exactly like what you're doing for a little one with kidney issues. She did very well with a new diet and supportive fluids.

That's very good to hear. I've been really knocked off balance by learning how ill he is. I couldn't concentrate enough for anything but LJ today. I keep thinking back to the last few months, and wondering how long this has been developing and if he's been in any pain, and fretting over how he feels and whether he's eating anything.
earlgreytea68
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Aw! I'll keep him in my prayers!
np_complete
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you!
linwick
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
I also had a cat who needed the bags of fluid. After a few times, she seemed to understand that it was helping her, and she would passively lie on the dining room table while the fluid dripped in.

Good luck with your kitty.
np_complete
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your kitty.

Thank you! He seems to be adapting well to it, treating it as a morning petting session rather than something unpleasant.
irishaithne
Sep. 13th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
It is excellent that he's eating and acting more perky now that he's got meds and the right diet. My last kitty, my beautiful tortie, came down with a nasty illness rather suddenly, but once she was on medication, she beat it quickly and lived for three more years. I'm sure yours will live quite a good, long time more - seems he'd already been fighting the problem a good deal when you took him to the vet, so he's a strong 'un.
np_complete
Sep. 14th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement and reassurance. He's not eating as much as I would like -- in the last few days he seems only to have nibbled -- but he's doing his usual activities: hopping up on the bed to cuddle, or jumping on to my knee and then the desktop, where he tries repeatedly to settle down on the keyboard or usurp the mousepad.

Thanks again for the encouragement: it helps a great deal to hear stories like yours.
irishaithne
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
If he's being cuddly, he's trying to reassure you. "Look Mommy! I'm still me!"

Since he's on a special diet, I don't know if you can give him human food, but when my cat wasn't eating much we would give her chicken broth. It was easy to eat and she loved it.

And no matter what, you love him and he loves you and that makes all the difference in the world.
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