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post #1 of 8
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First thank you ALL beautiful people for your enormous support. It is a great comfort.

Panda was finally diagnosed with kidney failure. he's been hospitalized since yesterday and put on a drip for liquids and nurishment, since he won't eat, and he needs lots of fluids to wash his system and avoid developing a toxic reaction if the kidneys are not functioning. The problem is he must urinate and it seems he holds it in since the environment is so alien to him. So this evening the vet squized out urine and suggested i take him home for tonight in the hope that at home he will urinate> When i saw him yesterday he seemed better. The vet told me he expects him to overcome THIS episode, but even if he recuperates, it's a matter of months till the kidneys cease to function alltogether, so the prognosis is not good. This evening when I went to see him, he was considerable worse. Very week, aphatic and obviously in great discomfort - I was shocked. Tomorrow I have to take him back to the vet, so he can make again a blood test and see how to proceed. I am alittle relieved since i have managed to force feed him about1/2 chicken liver, which is not the food he should have now, but friends who know about cats and some medicine in general advised me that at this point it is important that he eats - no matter what.

I appreciate you all worrying about us. It is very difficult, since I am constantly swaying from hope to despair, and due to my condition i might get psychotic, but I have decided I must be strong for my beloved boy, and try hard not to lose control.

So I guess I'll be awake all night tending to Panda, trying to feed him, (I hate force feeding him, but I know I must) get him to drink, carrying him to his litter box (he's too weak to walk) and I hope he makes it through the night. If he does - we'll start again tomorrow - a day at a time. If not - I truly don't know what will happen to me. I know I won't be able to take it. But enough.

Please pray for us.

and thank you all again.

sending love and best wishes to all sick cats and kittens.

post #2 of 8
rachel if you are using the same litter pans that he had before he got ill, suggest you trash them and buy new ones. Don't change the litter you were using before now, buy the same stuff just get new pans. They associate the pain with passing their urine with the old litter pans and will avoid them at all cost.

Please don't make your desire to keep this cat here, stronger than his own desire to live. Look into his eyes, clear out your head and your heart and see his will to live, or his message to you that he knows it is time to go, clearly. If he has the will to live, then he will show you, but only if you look at him unselfishly and understand this is his life the disease is affecting and not yours.

Treat this disease aggressively, it is imperative he eats and drinks and eliminates his waste. Force feeding is not pleasant, but talk to him softly keep a positive attitude and don't despair. But, if he shows you he is giving up, be receptive to it. They are at our mercy when it comes to matters such as this. We have to keep clear-headed about their health and well-being. That is essential and they are masters at hiding pain.

Please also read my article in the Health section of the website on Feline Hepatic Lipidosis. It will give you tips and tricks to get him to eat.


Best of luck
post #3 of 8
Please get better headbuts and soooothing, calming licks from KittenKiya's Clan.
post #4 of 8
Thankyou for the update Rachel.
You are doing a great job, Im sending you so many vibes that Panda pulls through this.
post #5 of 8

on Saturday, I made the hardest decision I ever had to make and had my darling baby put down, because she was suffering and it was only going to get worse.

I pray that Panda starts eating and doing better, but if not, please be strong and make the decision that is best for him, no matter how much it hurts. please also, talk to a counselor about your own feelings. I think you mentioned before that you have other cats, and they need you as well.

Best of luck to you both.
post #6 of 8
I am only seeing this now: you are both in my thoughts and prayers.
post #7 of 8
No advice- just good vibes towards Panda, I'm not sure I'd cope with Radar getting ill
post #8 of 8
Sweet Panda has crossed the bridge Rest in Peace sweet boy

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