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post #31 of 57
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Looking back at my notes, my vet did mention Calcitriol in March/April, the last time that I brought Rascal in for a check-up. It was at that time that I started doing the subq fluids and the procrit for the anemia. She mentioned the Calcitriol as something to think about for later, after we started with the subq's.
post #32 of 57
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For anyone who is still interested in an update:

The little guy just can't catch a break.

He's now got blood in his urine, so I took him to the vet. She says it is most likely either a stone or tumor in the bladder. They'd have to do an ultrasound to make sure. The problem with both is that the primary course of treatment is surgery or chemo, and seeing as he's 18 and in poor health, both are really too risky to try.

So for now, we're going to put him on an antibiotic (which he'll probably have to stay on indefinitely). And bring in a urine sample in a couple of weeks to see if anything has changed. Then decide whether doing the ultrasound is worthwhile or not (seeing as we probably can't do much about the problem, either way).

Oh, and, he's also got low potassium, so I'm going to give him a powder supplement with his food every day.
post #33 of 57
caring for our senior catcitizens is hard work just like a older human things keep compounding..
post #34 of 57
Oh, Im sorry! I hope he gets better with antibiotics! It sounds like you're taking very good care of your 18 y/o kitty! Whats that in cat year.... Oh, we'll just say 29 and holding! Good luck to you and your kitty too!
post #35 of 57
Fingers crossed the antibiotics help him have quality of life.
post #36 of 57
I am sending thoughts of peace and love to you and Rascal.
post #37 of 57
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Thanks, everyone, for your best wishes for Rascal. As a thank-you, here's a pic of the little old man himself, when he was just a young whippersnapper (7 months old in 1989):

Obviously, there were no digital cameras in 1989 (were there?). This is a digital photo of a regular photo that was taken at that time, hence the kinda crappy quality.
post #38 of 57
What a cutie! Sending him "respond to the antibiotic" vibes and a head bump from my 18+ y.o. Tyler.
post #39 of 57
What a sweet looking boy! Sending vibes from me and 18 year old Tigger!
post #40 of 57
He's Beautiful! Sending Good, heaing for you and your Rascal!
post #41 of 57
Awww, just look a Rascal's little white cotton socks.
He was a strapping young lad.

Move love and healing vibes going out to your precious boy.
post #42 of 57
Thread Starter 
Well, things seem to be still escalating, as I knew they would sooner or later.

I had to take Rascal into the vet's again, for the second time in three days. I got home from work to find the place quite a mess. Rascal had thrown up like 8 times and seemed to have diarrhea which he tracked here and there, and he peed in the kitchen, and he was just doing terrible (no energy, lethargic, having a really hard time moving at all, even crouching down to drink water), and his front paw was swollen.

The way he looked -- well, you know how when you've got the flu and just want to curl up under the covers and stay in bed all day? That's what he looked like he was feeling like.

It turns out

1. His front paw was filled with the subq fluid. Which is what I thought it was at first, but usually when it goes down into his paw it is absorbed within a day or so and the "swelling" goes down, but it has been swollen for longer than that. It is possible that his system is now having a harder time absorbing the fluids.

2. He didn't have diarrhea, but the opposite. He was constipated (only the liquidy stuff was able to get around the blockage, so that's what I was seeing). So the vet cleaned him out (ew).

3. The vomiting might have been due to the constipation (i.e. he was pushing so hard to defecate that he made himself throw up).

They also did some blood tests, and things really aren't looking good. I've got a copy of the results and it looks scary (lots of indicators of HIGH or LOW).

- His kidney values are worse.

- His anemia values have gone back down.

- His thyroid is showing some problems (may just reflect that he's sick).

- His white blood cell count is bad (not unexpected as he's got an infection).

- Most importantly, his liver values are now bad, indicating either a liver infection or tumor. (Liver problems may also be the cause of his vomiting and lowered appetite.) So he may now have cancer in multiple places.

There was some talk about ultrasounds, biopsies, hospital, IV, etc. Sigh.

For now, we're going to go with the antibiotic (Clavamox), and extra B vitamins and subq fluids, and some other adjustment, and see if it helps him at all.

Honestly, I have to think about his quality of life here. The way he's been the past couple of days, he looks miserable. If he's going to stay that way, I'm thinking trying to prolong his life would just prolong his suffering.
post #43 of 57
I'm very sorry to hear that Rascal's health seems to be deteriorating rapidly. May you have the strength to make the right decision for Rascal.
post #44 of 57
My thoughts are with you and Rascal during this difficult time.
post #45 of 57
I am so very sorry to hear that things have gotten worse, and I do hope the meds work, and if not, you have the courage to do what is best for him. Thinking of you.
post #46 of 57
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Cats have a knack for ruining one's plans, don't they?

Here I am getting all prepared for Rascal to cross the bridge, when he rallies back a bit and decides to stay on earth for a little while longer. Cats are stubborn...
post #47 of 57
Aww, at least it is a good thing he is in good spirits.
post #48 of 57
for Rascal!!! you really are taking wonderful care of him and even htough he is 18 years old he still looks as sweet as he did at 7 months
post #49 of 57
I am keeping you and Rascal in my prayers.
post #50 of 57
I hope your kitty is doing okay... For that matter I hope you are doing okay too! Im sending good for the both of you!!
post #51 of 57
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Thanks, everybody for your good thoughts. He's doing better than he was a couple of weeks ago when I had to bring him to the vet twice in three days. But since his health is still poor, I don't know how long this will last before he crashes again. So I'll enjoy it while it lasts.
post #52 of 57
Originally Posted by tigerlily0 View Post
So I'll enjoy it while it lasts.
Wise words....
enjoy every precious moment that you have with your dear Rascel.
post #53 of 57
Thread Starter 
Well, it's over. His health crashed today and I had to put him to sleep.

I was afraid that I was going to lose him about a month ago, but then he rallied. He was eating, peeing (with little to no blood in his urine), pooping (soft and formed, thanks to the fiber I was putting in his food). His legs were weak and unstable, and he couldn't jump any more, but he was able to walk around between the food, the bathroom, and the couch in the living room. He was even going up and down the stairs a little bit.

But I knew it was just a matter of time before he crashed again, and it happened overnight. When I got up this morning, he couldn't stand up, etc. I knew it was time. I rushed him over to the vet, and she confirmed it, so we put him to sleep.

Happy trails, little guy. Thanks for the 18 years.

post #54 of 57
So sorry about your Cat.
post #55 of 57
I'm so sorry. He was well-loved.
post #56 of 57
Oh Im so sorry!! That is just terrible!!

Play Happily Over the Bridge!
post #57 of 57
I know that your heart feels empty today.
I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Rest in peace beloved Rascal.
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