Rosie went to the bridge peacefully this evening. She came to me 3 months ago when her owners were emigrating, not many rescues round her take on older cats, so I agreed to take her on, but the idea was to rehome her. She had to go to the vets the day after she came due to diarrhea, and I suspected kidney failure then, but she was so bloated due to the diarrhea we couldnt tell. I gave her a couple of weeks, then started to try and get a urine sample out of her, but she didn't want to do that, so after a week of trying, we gave up and had her bloodtested, which confirmed my suspicions. AT this point, I Really didn't know what to do, as she wasn't fully happy here, but we couldnt rehome her, so the decision was made to let her have some outdoor access, and whatever she wanted to eat, I honestly thought she would only have a couple of weeks then, I just didn't want to let her go while she was eating well. Teh outdoor access turned her round, and I was really pleased, I thought we might be able to get the summer with her. 5 weeks ago, she was diagnosed with arthritis in her back knees, but we were restricted as to what we could use due to her CRF, so we tried some supplements, which fortunately she ate. 2 weeks ago, she started limping on her front right leg, so she had to go back to the vet, who confirmed she had arthritis in that shoulder too, and also had a low temp, and her belly was still really bloated. We tried abs over the weekend, but no joy, so she had further bloods - she had stopped willingly drinking by this point, so I was doing alsorts to get water into her. Bloods showed that her kidneys were a bit worse, but her globulin was very high, so some kind of infection going on somewhere, so yet more ab's and appetite stimulants - the poor baby hated being pilled, yet had so many in the three months she was here. She seemed to perk up back end of last week, but then went down again, so I decided to let her go, and be free from whatever ailments she had. My only regret with her is not getting her owners to bloodtest her first, as they thought she was perfectly healthy. RIP little one, I did my best for you.
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6/30/08 at 1:46pm