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Cat 2, NP-Complete 15

I give the cat a point every time he gets away from me before he gets his full dose of fluids. Again, it's not the fluids he objects to, it's standing in one place. He purrs and licks my hand during administration, before he realizes that I'm not going to let him move around freely. Tonight, after lots of balked attempts at escape, including getting up onto his hind feet to evade my hand, he climbed up my chest to my shoulder, digging in hard into my stomach with his back feet. It still hurts, even though he only just broke the skin. (Time to renew the claw-clipping the vet clinic gave him.)

I'm still winning on points, even though he's getting increasingly bolshy, and even though his "victories" are bad for him in the long run. Still, I'm getting at least some fluid in him, and he's eating plenty. He has to be feeling good.

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kalleah
Oct. 5th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
It's exercise for him, too! :)
np_complete
Oct. 5th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
It's exercise for him, too! :)

Mental challenge -- how can I evade the hand? These days, every time I see him relaxed I think I should drag over the IV stand and start dosing him.

There must be a trick to this.
whochick
Oct. 7th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Excellent, good on you for persisting ;)
np_complete
Oct. 9th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Excellent, good on you for persisting ;)

One of these days he and I will come to an understanding. :) Fortunately he's never hostile, never bites or scratches: the scratches I received were from him trying to climb up me rather than fight me off.
pixystixy99
Oct. 7th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
I know you don't know me at all (I found you through your Heritage fic which, btw, is fantastic; learned about your cat while checking for updates) and I hope you don't think it too presumptuous of me to comment, but as a fellow animal lover, I just want to tell you that it's wonderful to see how much you love your kitty. Think positive thoughts: my neighbor had the same thing happen to her cat and she gave him fluids for 3 1/2 years, until he finally became too ill for more treatment. But he totally beat all the odds the vet gave him and was in great health until the end. One of the patients at my vet's has a great little cat who is still going strong 4 years after his initial diagnosis of cancer and life expectancy of 2 months. I lost one of my dogs this past spring; he'd been diagnosed with a particularly nasty form of cancer (hemangiosarcoma), for which the prognosis is at best 3, maybe 5 months (and that's with chemo). Well, he never had the chemo and lasted another 10 months before other health issues became too much for him (he was 12).My vets called him their wonder puppy, because he proved every single one of them wrong and was happy and healthy right up until 36 hours before the end. So who knows how long you'll have your sweet cat with you...but believe me, for every moment of it, he knows how much you love and cherish him. Hugs and happy thoughts to both of you.
np_complete
Oct. 9th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for commenting! And such a lovely thing to say! Yes, I love my kitty very much. He's a truly splendid cat, one who even people who don't like cats fall in love with. I'm so glad to hear these encouraging stories. One of the vets I've seen said that some cats can go on for years this way, but considering how fast he seemed to be failing after his initial diagnosis, I couldn't hold out much hope. But the dialysis seems to have done him a lot of good, and he's eating properly and acting like himself again.

Someone once said of my cat that he'd only known love, and that was why he was so friendly to human beings. I hope he knows that he's loved, that he takes it in on some level. From the way he seeks my company and licks my hands, and wraps his paws around my forearm when we curl up on the bed, I think that he's attached to me, too.

Thank you so much for your comment, and all your encouragement. It's really wonderful to receive.
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