Well I got the bad news tonight. i just adore my kitty vet. He saw Zoe on Friday, put her little face between his hands and said " you are so cute" and kissed her on the nose.
Zoe is young, will be 13 in the end of July.
We did a full work up because in the last 3-4 months Zoe has dropped a tremendous amount of weight. She has gone from 12 pds to 8.9
I was really leaning towards her being hyperthyroid, as her bloodwork was great 9 months agos. Alas, it turns out to be be what is designated as Stage 3 renal failure according to the CRF.org sit in Pat's original post.
Most of her blood work is fantastic, best it has ever looked except for
BUN 47 (15 - 34 mg/dL) HIGH
CREATININE 3.1 (0.8 - 2.3 mg/dL) HIGH
PHOSPHORUS 3.3 (3.0 - 7.0) mg/dL thankfully this is low normal. I feed homemade food.
SODIUM 161 (147 - 156 mEq/L) HIGH I am not sure why this is high, maybe from the water softner?
SPECIFIC GRAVITY 1.020
It says no protein in her urine,but I doubt that.
She does have chronic cystitis and and it appears another bladder infection. Urine drawn by cycto, and has
BACTERIA MODERATE (9-40/HPF) HPFThe plan is to take Zoe in tomorrow for several days of IV fluids, then start her on enalapril and sub Q fluids at home. Vet said that after the IV fluids her Bun and Creat should decrease by half. If so , that indicates a pretty good long term prognosis with treatment. He had a CRF kitty that lived 8 years with SubQ and Enalapril.
If her numbers don't reduce with the IV fluids, the long term prognosis will be more guarded.
At the end of the week I will have more info. I am concerned about the enalapril, because Zoe does not do pills. NEVER. She used to be very good until the old vet gave her Baytril tablet that lodged in her throat and burned her esophogus. She stopped eating for five days. Now, forget getting anything down her. She is fine with shots. Vet said that we could do some transdermal gel for the enalapril Anyone ever tried this?
Once again i am SO grateful for the people and resources of TCS. I would be absolutely freaking out right now without you all.