Old kitty, heart and possibly thyroid issues

posted 3 years ago in Pets
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

All I can say is I have two kitties AKA fur babies of my own (ages 14 and 4 respectively) and my heart goes out to you. *hug*

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

nowyouareaghost :  I think your vet is spot on. I’ve had to say goodbye to a few dogs (no cats) and you really just watch them to see how their quality of life is. If they are in too much pain or declining in such a way that you know they can’t be happy anymore, it’s time to say goodbye. But if those meds (blood thinners??) are helping and she’s generally happy and eating, then you get more time and be thankful you get more days. Making that decision is terribly painful, but just know it’s best for her when it’s time. Not best for you, but best for her. And hugs to you and your snuggly kitty!!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I am currently in a similar situation. My cat was given to me for my 8th birthday, and he is turning 17 soon. This past year we’ve had frequent vet appointments and one serious scare where I brought him to the emergency room at night. 

Our vet is very supportive and honest with us. We realize that his time is coming, but for now he seems happy and not in any pain. If that changes though, I believe we will put him down. It causes both me and my Fiance so much heartache. But I know he’s lived a good life, and has been loved fiercley by so many people. 

It helped me a little to have time to process what’s happening. When we had our E-room scare, I was hysterical and I was not ready for it. That was a few months ago though. I’ve had the time to calm down, be able to come to terms with everything

It’s definitely going to be hard, and I will go through a serious morning process. I would say the best thing for you to do be able to lean on each other. Make sure you spend as much time cuddling your beautiful kitty as possible, and try to give him the best kitty life possible. <3 <3 <3 

Hugs!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

Oh bee I feel your pain as our dog was diagnosed with congestive heart failure 3 weeks ago. Has the vet given you an exact diagnosis or is further testing needed? I took our dog into the emergency vet due to abdominal swelling and after many tests, and seeing a cardiologist they also confirmed she had fluid build up in her lungs. She is in congestive heart failure on both the left and right side. I will say though that she has been great the last 3 weeks on medication. Her appetite has increased tremendously and overall is doing really well. All we can do is just hope she remains comfortable as long as possible. What is hopeful is that these types of conditions can be managed with medication to extend and increase their quality of life. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I had a fairly similar situation a few years ago. My cat will be 20 in July, but since she was about 16-17 years old, she developed hyperthyroidism. She’s on medication that she takes daily (she eats them via Pill Pockets, so no stress for her), and that manages the hyperthyroidism well. In the past few years, she’s gone deaf and her walking is a little shifty from arthritis; however, she still eats, drinks, and uses the litter box just fine. She seems pretty happy, so as long as she’s not in pain and has a good quality of life, I figure she’ll just keep on keeping on. 

If I were in your position, I’d see how things go. But if your kitty gets another blood clot, I’d consider that a sign that it’s time to say goodbye for her sake. You wouldn’t want her going through that repeatedly. Old cats will have medical issues, though, so I wouldn’t let one incident alarm you too much.

On a side note, if you’re going through a short period of time when your cat isn’t eating normally (meds can descrease their appetite), you can supplement by giving them plain Pedialyte. When one of my cats was on antibiotics, I had to give her some a couple of times a day with a baby medicine dropper. 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

nowyouareaghost :  Aw, I’m really sorry for your loss. It IS the hardest thing you may ever have to do in life. It’s very painful. And yes, it’s true, time will really help, but for a while it will be rough. I hate that void of your pet not being around and following you and being in their normal spots. You know? Yeah, it sucks.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I am so very sorry for your loss :'( 

I still cry at times for my kitty who passed away 4 years ago at age 16. When the time is right consider adopting a homeless kitty in her honor. I did, and it helps heal your heart. 

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