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Cat update - bad news

My cat is staying at the vet another day. They had begun tapering off the IV fluids he was on today, and his kidney numbers shot up 25%. Also, he vomited and stopped eating.

They brought him out to see me, and he seemed shockingly thin. He barely seemed to recognize me. He climbed out of my arms, and I thought he was going to make one of his graceful jumps to the chair next to me, but instead he tumbled to the floor, and just stayed there, limbs akimbo, looking stunned. I felt horrible for inadvertently letting him fall, but when a cat can't land on his feet from a short fall, or even get up from it, he's definitely badly ill. When he did get up and walk, he had a definite wobble.

He's staying an extra day, while they bring his fluids up again and hope for the best. They're also giving him some dextrose, because his blood sugar was low. But there's not much prospect for improvement.

I know what I will ultimately have to do. I've known that since this started. But the question has always been "when". If he were a tightly-curled oval of pain and unhappiness, I would not hesitate. But, even wobbling and emaciated, he still showed energy, still squirmed out of my arms and investigated the examining room. He seems too alive for this to be the right time. But, if I wait until he looks ready to die anyway -- until he looks like he's miserable enough -- how much will he have suffered in the meantime?

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platypus
Apr. 10th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. :( I hoped he'd be feeling better. I've been there a couple of times, and it never gets easier. I always thought that if they still showed interest in the world around them, they were probably getting something out of it, but it's so hard to be sure where the balance is.
earlgreytea68
Apr. 10th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
::hugs::
glory_jean
Apr. 10th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear about your kitty.

I wish I had advice for you, but my experience is very different. I grew up in a household brimming with animals and with parents who were 100% opposed to euthanasia in any form.
sensiblecat
Apr. 10th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
It's a very difficult situation and there aren't any easy answers. All I can say is to be guided by the vet staff - they're very experienced and dedicated and they're doing all they can for him.

I'm so sorry and my thoughts are with you.
kalleah
Apr. 11th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
I agree that the vet staff is going to help you make any decision. They seem to care for him deeply and they also have a sense of how he's doing from a physical point of view.

Listen to him. He'll tell you.
irishaithne
Apr. 10th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
*Hugs*

I'm so sorry. It is rough and painful and just awful to have to make a decision like that, especially when it is your beloved kitty. I agree that you should listen to the veterinary staff - they can offer sound advice.

But also know that whatever happens, you and he love each other and have tons of support.
capemaynuts
Apr. 10th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I feel so much for you. My prayer for you is that your cat takes the decision out of your hands. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing that you are doing everything you can to help her.
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