Well, tomorrow, it will be three weeks since my dear Baxter had his teeth cleaned. He is still not well. He is now using the litter box but he just isn't himself. I called the vet this morning and asked to come in today. I told the vet that he is still not eating, only minute amounts. I suggested that the vet feel his stomach, as it feels extremely hard. The vet didn't look any further, he promtly told me that Baxter's kidneys are inflamed and extremely large. He says that the condition was probably always existing but was brought to a head with the stress of the dental cleaning. The vet took x-rays and a blood test. The x-rays showed Baxter's kidneys. They were huge. You can see them when he walks. I find out the results of the blood test tomorrow. He is normally an 18 pound, healthy cat. He is large, not fat. He is now 15 pounds, his skin is hanging on him. You can feel the bones through his beautiful, white fur. The vet thinks his kidneys are only functioning at maybe 10%. And there is nothing I can do except make his life as comfortable as possible. He seemed to be an extremely, healthy, cat only 6 weeks ago. This news has been so devastating. I am so extremely sad. He is such a wonderful friend and I can't bare for him to leave. If anyone has had experiences with Kidney Disease, please respond. I want to make the rest of his life as comfortable as possible and yet I have no idea of what to expect. Will he in pain? Is in pain right now? What can he eat? Is there some sort of "Pedialite" type drink that I can offer him?
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8/15/01 at 7:35pm