Post # 1
I’ve been relatively stressed out…dealing with wedding planning, working full time and studying for the Certified Paralegal exam in May. These things stressed me out enough, but now…I have an additional stressful and emotional journey on which to embark. I just found that my beloved cat (only 4 years old) has chronic kidney failure (which is terminal.) I may be able to help him survive a little longer with hydration injections, but I am unsure how much more time we have together (could be months or years). As of now, he has lost some of his bladder control (that was what prompted me to take him to the vet), and is very skinny, but is still responsive and still snuggles FI and me. I just don’t know how his new high maintenance medical treatments are going to fare when we have to take various out of town trips for the wedding (I have already canceled a few) and ultimately take our honeymoon. My vet didn’t suggest euthanasia outright, but I went online and did some research and that is the inevitable result. I’m just not sure what to do and how to go about with the wedding planning with this burden as well. At this point, I’m heartbroken and I can’t stop crying.
Post # 3
((hugs)) I know how hard this is. I lost my first cat (though he was 12 or 13, not 4) from kidney failure. We let him die naturally, but it wasn’t much longer after giving him IVs that he finally passed away, peacefully. I think it was maybe a couple weeks but it sounds like he may have been further along in his kidney failure than your little guy. I can’t tell you how he’ll hold up while you’re gone, I don’t even think a vet would be able to know. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this with such a young kitty.
Post # 4
Huggles for you hunny. I know how you feel I lost my cat of 16 years last year. Mainly from old age. I had had her since I was a little girl, it was on of the hardest things in the world to do let her go. But in the end I knew she was in pain and not liveing the kitty life she wanted. My father had to take her to the vet for the final time because I couldn’t face it. But I know she is enjoying kitty after life happy. I’m sorry you have to go through this with such a young cat.
Post # 5
Thank you to everyone for your internet hugs and support. I would normally be able to handle this with a clearer head, but everything else is weighing on me too. But, I’m keeping a positive attitude and hoping that this treatment will help him enough to improve his quality of life during the last few (days, weeks, months, years?)
Post # 6
awww!! ((((hugs)))) I”m sooo sorry, me and FI too have a beloved cat and I can totally relate to how you must be feeling. I’ve lost many cats, and each time, it’s devestating. The one I have now is FI’s first cat, and I worry that the day she has to leave us he will be utterly crushed. I always tell him we should enjoy her everyday we have her. Pets are little gifts of love and we shouldn’t take them for granted.
So, I’ll tell you the same, enjoy her and keep her comfy and loved. I know you already do. You are giving her a good life. Hang in there.
Post # 7
HUGS! I lost my cat this past Thursday. It is very tough to loose a furry family member. You are a very good mommy and I can tell you will do anything for your kitty. True love never dies and the bond between you and your cat will never be broken.
Post # 8
@sbottiani: My goodness, I’m so sorry your fur-baby is ill. I have experienced pet illness multiple times and it just wears on you emotionally because you care for them so much. Do what you can to make sure he’s comfortable. Many hugs to you, my dear!
Post # 9
@sbottiani: you don’t have to euthanize her, you can cross that bridge when and if you get to it–don’t get yourself all upset about it when it hasn’t gotten to that point (he still wants to snuggle)–I’ve known cats to live for many years with kidney problems–but if you find that his medication takes too much time or $ you can look into giving him to a rescue that specialized in animals with special needs–I’ve known people who have done that when their dog had a spinal cord injury
Post # 10
iim so sorry! i canit imagine my kittywbabies being sick! i hope everything works out for you!
Post # 11
I’m really sorry to hear about your cat, that is so hard. 🙁
Post # 12
You’re in good company, OP. My little kitty is terminal too. But I have weeks, not years. 🙁 PM me if you need support.
Post # 13
Update: I feel better about it. I went to the vet last night to pick up the SQ fluids (like an IV but goes under the skin) and learn how to give them to my kitty. And…he was a perfect little champ when FI and I did it at home. I’m just crossing my fingers that he improves a little. My mom made me feel better too when I called her last night. All will be figured out by the time the wedding/honeymoon comes. If he needs to, he can board at the vet (who I trust will give him the meds correctly.)
Post # 14
@sbottiani: I’m glad your kitty is doing better. Fluids brought our cat’s numbers under control (although she hated it and we had to do it at the vets office) and she was her wonderful snuggly self for 6 more months. Ultimately our girl was 14 and had a host of other issues that made her very sick and we had to let her go. Hopefully you caught the kidney issues early and she’ll respond well and live a long and happy life. Hughs.