October 19, 2007 Friday
Once again, I'm dealing with CRF. It sucked the first time I went through this with Tuxedo; I was so hoping Funny-Face wouldn't get this too. I feel guilty that I learned about this through Tuxedo and know more for helping Funny-Face through this. I didn't sub-Q Tux everyday like I do Funny-Face. Maybe he would have lived longer if I had? Tuxedo did get to go outside more than Funny-Face because he didn't try to eat anything he found on the ground. I miss him so much; even a year after his death, it still hurts he is gone. It is going to be real awful when Funny-Face leaves us for kitty heaven. When Tux died, I still had Funny-Face. When he dies...
October 20 & 21, 2007
Funny-Face has not eaten anything since yesterday morning. He didn't have enough energy to even try to get me and "Dad" up at 4:30 am, which is one of his more favorite things to do. I even opened the door to see if he wanted to go for a walk, which he has never in his life turned down. He wobbled to the door, stepped outside, looked confused for a few minutes, then wanted back inside. He is definitely going to have to go to the vet Monday. All he wants to do is sleep and drink water. I strongly suspect he has CRF. It is going to suck so bad if I have to go through this again. It isn't the extra work that is involved with kidney failure, it is having to watch a little soul whom I have loved like my own child for the past 17 years slowly die from a disease that has no cure. The best we can hope for is to slow the progression down and keep him as happy and comfortable as we can. At least it isn't a painful one for him. It could be a lot worst, like cancer. That is a painful disease for anyone. If it were cancer, I'd have to put him to sleep before his life turned into nothing but pain. At least with CRF, he can live out his days with relative ease. What he feels is an upset stomach and confused at times. I'm not sure if that is from the extra ammonia in his brain because his kidneys can't filter out the toxins as well or if it is just senility because of his age. He slept all day again. I finally got him to eat by buying him tuna fish and some gourmet canned cat food from the grocery store. He isn't suppose to eat that stuff, but at this point, he needs to eat something. If he goes too long without eating, then he will start to developed liver problems. Poor little guy.
October 22, 2007
I got him an appointment at 3:00 this afternoon and described some of his symptoms. After I hung up, as an afterthought, I called them back to mention that he was very pale. They wanted me to take him right away because he might have gone into shock. As soon as he saw his carrier, he knew what was up and started growling and hissing. Good thing he is all show and no action! He was very upset while we were at the vet's. He was very dehydrated and is going through kidney failure. Lovely. He got a sub-Q treatment, some antibodies for a bladder infection, a new prescription diet, and they sent me home with a bag + 10 needles to sub-Q him at home, every day, 70 mg. They did say I could take him there and they would do the sub-Qs, like what I did for Tux, but Funny-Face would be a nervous wreck if he were to go to the vet every single day. So, I said I'd try to do it at home and if it didn't work, we would be back. I am so nervous about tomorrow, when I have to give it to him. I don't want to hurt the poor little guy by my inexperience with sticking a needle in my cat. I have so many questions about this...If I can't get the prescribed amount in him, should I try again later or wait until tomorrow? I have to do this daily, so his neck will be poked a lot. Will I have to keep doing this daily for the rest of his life or can I give him a break every other day?
October 23, 2007
I had to give Funny-Face his first Sub-Q from me tonight. I was so nervous, it took me three hours to finally work up the nerve to do it. It wasn't the poking him with a needle that bothered me...it was me worried about doing something wrong and hurting him. For the most part, it went smoothly. We decided to try it in the bathroom because it is slippery so he would have a harder time getting away from us. We got half of the amount in him before the needle fell out from him struggling. I didn't want to poke him a second time so soon, so I left it at that. He still slept most of the day away, but seems to be doing much better than he was this weekend. His eyes look clearer and he isn't so confused.
October 24, 2007
Funny-Face felt good enough to hop in bed and bug me this morning! He hasn't done that since last week. I am so happy he is feeling much better! It was easier to give him his sub-Q tonight. I got the full amount in him too. This time, we put him in front of the patio door, cracked the door open a little so he could sniff the outside air and when he got bored with that, we had some Fancy Feast in a small bowl to keep him occupied. Why didn't I think of that yesterday? The only down side to him feeling good is he has the energy to fight me at pill time. He spit his pill out five times, then bit into it before I got it to stay in his mouth until he swallowed it. The antibody makes him foam at the mouth when he bites into it. Immediately after he takes his pill, we go outside for a walk as a reward. People kept looking at us funny...I'm leading a wobbly cat that is foaming at the mouth on a piece of yarn. Hmmm, maybe next time he bites his pill, I'll munch an alka-seltzer so both of us will be foaming at the mouth on our walk...then we won't be bugged by people who want to pet him and pick him up. I don't mind it when people want to pet him, but it irritates me when they insist on picking him up even when he clearly does not want to be held by strangers. Do I do that to their kids when they are going for walks?
October 25, 2007
Funny-Face is doing real good today! I'm pretty sure he is senile...he loves to wake me up in the morning by standing on my hair and meowing. Well, this morning, he was meowing at the space between the bedroom door and the wall, same meow he uses to get me up. He has a different meow for different things. When he wants me to get up, he ends his meow with a question. When he wants a treat, he does "rah, rah" then leads me to the kitchen. When he wants outside, he does the low, long meow. If I ignore him about going outside, he then howls in the most pitiful way he can think of. Pill time went a little smoother today than it did yesterday. At least he didn't bite into it. We did the sub-Q in front of the patio door again, with his Fancy Feast for a distraction. He barely reacted even though I was a little further past his shoulder blades, where there are more nerves. He did flinch a little but soon forgot about it once we shoved his special treat in front of him. He wolfed his treat down like he hadn't eaten in a week. There is a huge improvement in his appearance too. His fur is soft and glossy again and his hips don't seem to stick out as much. His eyes aren't so huge either. When he was dehydrated, his eyes looked like he had been smoking crack or something as big as they were. His paws even have a little color to them again. He has been very affectionate too. He loves his "Daddy". He wanted to be petted so much, he would give "Dad" an impatient pinch with his teeth every time "Dad" stopped petting him for a second. It is nice to have my Funny-Face back!
October 30, 2007
Funny-Face barely ate anything today, but seemed to have plenty of energy. He stayed awake all morning and afternoon. When Terry came home and tried to take a nap, Funny-Face made sure it was impossible by running through the vertical blinds while howling on the top of his lungs. I finally got the little monster to settle down by making him sit in my lap until he forgot what he was doing. He took his pill so good today, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear it wasn't my cat I gave a pill to! Sub-Q wasn't a huge battle, but he didn't exactly want to sit still for it either. My assistant wasn't paying attention to me when I showed them where I wanted to stop at because he said "Good" when I barely got half the amount in the cat. I was a little irritated at that because I don't want to poke the cat more than what I have to. My assistant hates the fact that Funny-Face has to go through the sub-Qs, and lets his emotions get in the way. I can't get him to understand that Funny-Face has a harder time with taking his pills than he does getting fluids. Funny-Face does not handle pain well. If he even thinks you are about to step on his tail, he yowls. He barely flinches when I poke him. The only reason he struggles to get away from us is because he doesn't like the fact that we are making him sit there. If he was objecting to the treatment, he would put more effort and noise into struggling, like he does when he gets a pill.
October 31, 2007
Trying to get him to take his pill was something else today. The little nerd stuck his tongue out so I thought he swallowed it, so I let him go. He spit the pill out in my lap. The pill is very slimy with cat spit now and kept sticking to my fingers when I tried to place it in the back of his throat. So, I pulled a bic pen apart and used the tube as a pill shooter. A small puff of air and the pill went the back of his throat perfectly. I held his mouth shut and talked nicely to him until I felt him swallow. I let him go...he walks a few feet, turns around, looks at me, then gagged his pill up! I finally ended up coating the pill with Vaseline and threw it in there. I'm going to have to remember to ask the vet about that. Sub-Q went great today! He was sitting in Daddy's lap so I gave it to him there. We didn't even had to hang on to him. The fluid was at the right temperature so i don't think he realized he was getting one. We got the full amount in him too! He refuses to eat his prescription food, so I ran to wallyworld and found some IAMS to feed him. He loves it and ate very very well. It isn't the best thing to feed him but at least he is eating and at least he will be able to sleep with a full belly tonight.
November 1, 2007
Funny-Face had a good day today for the most part. I stopped at the vet's clinic to pick up more k/d cat food and found out that I bought the worst kind of cat food to mix in with his prescription food. I guess Friskies is pretty bad to feed to a cat, especially one as ill as Funny-Face. IAMS is the best, and better if I can find senior IAMS. I stopped in three different stores looking for senior IAMS, but can't find it. The stores here sure do push Friskies. Hy-Vee has three long shelves full of every kind of Friskies you can think of, and on the very end of the shelf, next to the generic dog food, there are two rows of IAMS. That is it. Beef flavor and Chicken flavor. A good cat food should have three meats listed for the top three in the ingredients. IAMS does that. Before Funny-Face got sick, I never paid attention to what was put in commercial canned cat food. I'd just go pick something off the shelf that I thought my cats would like as a special treat. One of the cans I read today has cranberries in the ingredients list. Do the people who come up with the recipes know what cats eat? I can assure you cranberries is not one of them! That is a highly acidic berry...it would burn a cat's kidneys out in no time. Funny-Face did real good with his Sub-Q tonight. He sat nice and still in Dad's lap and purred. We didn't have to hold him down or nothing. He is such a good boy, I can imagine the hole he is going to leave in Terry and me when his time comes. There already is a hole from when Tux left us. My babies. That is the nice thing about Internet and blogs, I can write about my sweethearts so after I die, other people will know that there were two beautiful black and white brothers who were loved deeply by a family walked the face of this planet once.
November 2 & 3, 2007
I am so glad the weekend is almost here! Funny-Face is doing real good today. At fairly well, went for a couple of walks with him, then took a nap. After our naps, Funny-Face was in an extra cuddly mood. He couldn't get close enough to us. Did excellent with the sub-Q. We didn't have to hold him down or anything like that. As long as we do it on "Dad's" lap, he purrs through the whole ordeal. I think I am going to give him another break from it tomorrow so his neck can have a day to heal.
November 7, 2007
Funny-Face is doing very good so I decided to blog every so often instead of every day. The vet has the k/d food in chicken flavor now and he likes that so he is eating good without me having to add anything to his food, like tuna water or baby food. For as little as he eats, he still can produce a lot of stinkies in a day. This morning, I had to scoop the box twice after him. The new diet smells horrible coming out the other end; I had no idea something so small can smell so damn bad! His weight seems to be holding fairly good too. He definitely has some muscle loss going on. Otherwise, his energy level is pretty good. He was in a playful mood yesterday and tossed his catnip sock around for a little bit, then he found a twist tie to attack. He woke me up in the middle of the night to feed him, which I barely remember doing. I thought I was dreaming it until Terry said something about me making noise in the kitchen. I got to get a new Britta filter from Walmart. Ours has been flashing red, so I've been buying Funny-Face water from the grocery store. I do not trust our city when it says they test the drinking water and it is fine. The water that comes out of the tap smells just like the lakes do....algae and dead fish. It is bad enough that we have to bathe in it...I'm sure not going to let my cat drink the crap.
November 10, 2007
Funny-Face is still holding his own. I am very impressed with how well he ate today...he went through one can of food and is almost finished with the 2nd one! That is almost as much as what a healthy cat would eat! He still has some weight to him when I pick him up, but still looks thin. I think a lot of that is because he has lost a lot of muscle tone. I'm a little more hopeful that we might be able to get him to survive the winter. That would be so cool!
November 12, 2007 Monday
Funny-Face has been scratching his face so bad, he is missing a patch of hair. I pinned him down, swabbed his ears with a Q-tip, took the Q-tip to the vet to be checked for ear mites, which he does not have. I also looked him over real good for fleas and found none. I looked in his mouth the best I could and didn't see any ulcers either. That is one of the things that worries me - mouth ulcers. I guess CRF cats get them sometimes. Tux never did, so hopefully Funny-Face won't either. He has been eating really good these past three days...which has me tickled pink! He ate 2 1/2 cans of food yesterday and is about to start a second can tonight.
November 17, 2007
I gave Funny-Face a break from his sub-Q last night because he cried when we gave him one the previous night. I gave him a little more than usual too so a break wouldn't effect him as much. He isn't drinking water so I've been adding water to his food. The vet said he is getting enough fluids between the sub-Qs and the extra water added to his food. When Tux went through this, he drank lots of water, but barely ate. It would be so nice if Funny-Face can hang on for one more year at least.
November 20, 2007
Funny-Face wasn't feeling the best these past couple of days but seems to be feeling better today. He has been running around acting goofy and wants constant attention. He wanted to be left alone to sleep yesterday and didn't purr at all. We switched him to a smaller needle so it hurts less when I poke him. The line runs slower, but that is fine since he is real good about sitting still. I wonder if he knows the sub-Qs are helping him stay alive? Does he know he is dying?
November 24 2007
We barely got any fluid in Funny-Face yesterday, so he barely ate today. I gave him 100 ml of fluid tonight, so hopefully, that will help him feel a little better by tomorrow. I ordered something called Astro CRF Oil that is suppose to help CRF cats. A human doctor came up with it when he his cat developed CRF. So far, I haven't been able to find any bad reviews on it other than most of the cats that are getting it do not like the taste and smell of it. I'm sure there is some way I can get it in Funny-Face...can't be any worst than getting a pill in him.
November 26 2007
Funny-Face didn't feel like sitting still for his sub-Qs yesterday and the day before and has been feeling a little run down. He hasn't eaten very much and spent most of his time sleeping. I gave him 100 ml tonight and that seems to have perked him up a little. He ate 1/2 cup of his food about an hour after his fluids, which is more than he ate all day yesterday. Since he has to get sub-Qs every day for the rest of his life, I don't want it to become something he sees as unpleasant, therefore, when he really starts to struggle to get away, we let him go. Pinning him down only makes him more determined to get away. So far, he enjoys sub-Q time because he gets to snuggle in "Dad's" lap on the red blanket, get brushed and told what a good boy he is. He loves it when the two of us are giving him our undivided attention. I ordered something called Astro's CRF Oil on the Internet. A human doctor made it for his CRF cat and it did wonders for her, according to the website. I did some surfing to see if I can find any reviews on it. There weren't very many reviews that I could find, but the ones I did read that came from personal blogs all said fairly good things about it. The only complaint was their cat didn't like how it smelled or tasted. That doesn't surprise me. If other CRF cats are anything like Funny-Face, he will flip from really liking a certain flavor of food, then be repulsed by it the following day.
November 30, 2007
I am slightly irritated and frustrated right now; my assistant with giving Funny-Face sub-Qs wasn't being way too passive with his job and let the needle slip out three times. The first time it came out was because he wasn't paying attention to the cat and Funny-Face scratched his head, which popped the needle out. The second time it came out was because he let Funny-Face roll over on his back and the third time it came out was because he let Funny-Face go. He lets the damn cat go whenever I stand up to see where the fluid level is at. Needless to say, Funny-Face didn't get very much fluids in him...10 ml if he is lucky. "He wanted down" he says. I don't care if he wanted down, it isn't that hard to keep him sitting on the couch, just push down on his back whenever he tries to stand up. Funny-Face isn't much of a struggler as weak as he is. He barely drinks any water, so he really needs to have fluids dripped in him.
December 6, 2007
I ordered a bottle of Astro's CRF oil off the Internet after someone told me about it. I couldn't find anyone saying anything bad about it other than their cat didn't like the taste of it. I had my vet check it out before giving it to Funny-Face and he said there is nothing in there that could harm him. It isn't a miracle cure or anything like that but it should help his problem with itching and dry skin, which is what I was hoping for. I mix half of the amount recommended in his food with a little tuna fish on top and the rest I dribble down his side to make him lick it off. He stops in his tracks when something is on the side of him to lick it off but anywhere else and he ignores it until it wears off. The past two nights have been a struggle with the sub-Q. He is getting tired of getting poked and has tried to leave halfway through it both nights. Tuesday, we were able to convince him to stay by gently pushing him down every time he tried to get up. He stayed down after a couple of pushes, but made it obvious he wasn't happy by twitching his tail. Last night, he wasn't going to listen to us at all and we ended up pinning him down to get the majority of his dose in him. he must have known I was typing about him because he just wandered into the room and sneezed all over my leg.
December 16, 2007
It has been awhile since I typed an update on Funny-Face I see. I took pictures of the steps I take for giving Funny-Face his sub-Qs and posted it both here and on MySpace, just in case anyone new to CRF is looking for a walk through with pictures. I remember how nervous I was the first time I had to give Funny-Face his sub-Q at home and I wanted some pictures to look at to reassure myself I wasn't going to hurt him. I'm sure there are some on the web somewhere, but I couldn't find any at that time. Well, I give Funny-face the CRF oil every other day now instead of every day. He stopped itching so much and his dandruff problem went away. He hasn't been eating very good during the day, but everything is gone from his plate in the morning, so he must do most of his munching at night. There is nothing around that would eat his food for him and his weight is staying between 7-8 pounds. I bought a new bed for him to sleep in when he wants to nap in the bathroom. He seems to like it, when he remembers it. I find him trying to get comfortable on the floor once in awhile so I pick him up and put him in his bed. He lays down in it and passes right out, so I think his senility makes him forget he has a bed. Our floor is nothing more than a slab of cement with carpet padding and carpet glued on top, so it is cold during the winter months when the ground is frozen. The poor little guy wakes up stiff when he sleeps on the floor. Eugene bought him a furry mouse for his Christmas present. As soon as I gave it to him, he started tossing it in the air and batted it around the living room for awhile. Last night, he woke me up with his howling. When I got up to see what his problem was and get him to be quiet, he was walking around with his new mouse in his mouth, and howling through his teeth. He was having fun so I didn't say anything...just checked his water and food to make sure he had everything he needed. Such a weirdo sometimes!
December 21, 2007
Funny-Face has been doing real good to date; he has had enough energy to be very annoying and obnoxious for the past two days. He is so much like a two year-old, it isn't funny. If he doesn't get his way, he will howl on the top of his lungs for hours. If I take him for a short walk outside and don't let him go in the direction he wants to go, he will pin his ears back and take off trotting for home, ignoring me when I call for him. He has decided he wants my attention in the middle of the night and will pester me until I get out of bed, look at his food dish, then bring him back to bed with me. I don't know why I have to look at his food dish but that is part of the ritual. I always make sure he has enough food to make it through the night because that is when he eats the best. I don't know if it is out of boredom from being the only one awake or if it is because he feels that much better after a sub-Q. Whatever it is, I'm glad he still has an appetite. He isn't as interested in food as he was when he was still healthy, but he still eats on his own and his weight is staying around 8-9 pounds. He is a good boy.
December 23 2007
Funny-Face isn't having a good day today...he threw up at least four times and barely ate anything. We had company over last night and they stayed until 11:00 pm. I like to give Funny-Face his sub-Qs when everything is quiet and relaxed, but it was almost 8 hours after the time he normally gets it so I got as much in him as I could. He didn't want to sit still for it. It was hard to get him to sit still for it tonight too because the ball and chain decided to argue with me about money when I started the sub-Q. Of course Funny-Face is going to take off when he hears us argue. I'm still irritated at the ball and chain...not about the argument, just the fact that he had to pick the time during Funny-Face's sub-Q. He is terrible about timing...picks a fight over money when I need the place to be calm and quiet, it takes ten minutes to give Funny-Face his sub-Q. He'll also want to go over bills with me at midnight or later, when I'm in the middle of getting ready for bed. Who in the hell goes over bills when it is time to go to bed? And he can't figure out why he has a hard time sleeping...but that is a different blog.
December 31 2007
Just a quick update because the ball and chain is sitting in the living room jealous of the computer again. Funny-Face hasn't been eating very much and seems to prefer to starve rather than eat the food that is good for him, like his prescription food and IAMS. Last week he loved the IAMS, but now he won't touch it even if I mix Fancy Feast in with it. He does like the Chicken Hearts and Liver Fancy Feast and will eat that as long as I don't try to mix healthy food in with it. The vet said that at this point in the game, feed him whatever he will eat. It is more important that he eats than it is that he eats healthy food. He keeps his food down real good and rarely suffers from an upset stomach. He is sleeping a lot more and doesn't like to be alone. I think he is blind in one eye from the cataracts because when he looks at me, his left eye seems to not be focused. It moves with his other eye, but it also drifts towards the outside corner too. I wear my ankle bells so he can follow me easier and know where I am at. Life is going to be so hard without Funny-Face. It is depressing enough since Tux is gone, but when he died, at least I still had Funny-Face. I still miss Tux greatly and wish we could all be together again.
January 9, 2008
Funny-Face made it through the new year even though it was a rough start for him. He didn't feel good and had the runs for a couple of days, then pulled out of it. When I weigh him, the scale says 9 pounds and I weigh him several times to make sure the reading doesn't change, but he looks so skinny. He is also getting more and more picky about his food. At first, he loved his Science Diet k/d, then he started turning his nose up at it, so I started mixing IAMS cat food in with it, and he loved that for a little while. When he started turning his nose up at that, I gave him straight IAMS. That lasted a week. He started turning his nose up at that too. He is so frustrating sometimes...he would rather not eat at all than eat something he turned his nose up at. I left three bowls out for him, one mixed, one straight k/d, and one straight IAMS. He refused to touch any of it and was so desperately hungry by the next day, he was surfing the carpet for who-knows-what and the hunger pains were making him throw up. I finally went out and bought him some Fancy Feast and Sheba cat food. The vet said to feed him whatever he will eat. It is better that he eat something even if it is bad for him. I find it amazing though that he would rather be in pain and starve than eat something (which he liked only a few days ago) he isn't thrilled about. What am I going to do when he gets sick of the Fancy Feast and Sheba? Friskies is the worst kind of cat food to feed a cat, yet that is all these damn stores around here carry. It is pathetic. Hyvee has four shelves for cat food. There is one row, about 10 cans, of IAMS, one row of Fancy Feast, and three 3/4 shelves with Friskies. I know there is more cat food out there than just Friskies. I suppose Friskies is the kind they can make the most money off of because of how cheap it is in bulk so they get to jack the price up that much further.
January 17 2008
The vet ordered some dry k/d cat food for Funny-Face to try and he likes it! I feel alot better feeding him this than I felt about feeding him Fancy Feast. He needs all the moisture he can get, but he needs to eat too. So, instead of having four different kinds of Fancy Feast set out, I have two bowls...his k/d food dry and his k/d food that is softened with water. I am surprised he liked the k/d dry since he has become some picky. Funny-Face has been feeling real good this week so far. His diarrhea cleared up and he hasn't been sleeping as much as he usually does. He had enough energy today to spend it bugging me for attention. He has been demanding that I hold him and when I do, he is in one of those moods where he can't get close enough. He tried to sit on my head earlier when I was trying to sub-Q him. I finally gave up halfway through it after I had to poke him a second time because he wouldn't give up on the idea of sitting on my head, the little weirdo. I finally got the rest of the fluids in him a few minutes ago while he was chilling out on the couch with Terry. He gets so comfortable with the sub-Qs, he tries to roll over on his back. I'm more optimistic now that he can make it to the summer and I can hopefully get some time in outside with him. He loves to go for walks and sit in the sun in the summer, it would be a shame if he died before he got a chance to do his most favorite activity...plus I don't want to try to bury him when the ground is frozen. People suggest that if he does die before the ground thaws, I can always have him cremated...but I don't want to do that. Most people don't realize that when they cremate animals, they don't do it one at a time. They do several animals at a time, then send people the ashes. I want all of my cat...not some of my cat, some of someone else's dog, etc. I don't know why it is so important to me, but it just is.
January 20, 2008
Funny-Face is still doing very good; I am very impressed with how stable he is. He rarely throws up and his weight is staying around 9 pounds. It is weird because some days, he looks skinnier than what he really is. Even though he is annoying and smells bad, I am still happy I decided to do what it takes to keep him as healthy as he can be. I don't know if it is like this in the rest of the world, but every time people find out about the little bit of extra work and money that goes to him, they think I am stupid for doing it. Since when is money wasted when it is spent on a life? What is it to them anyway how much work my cat requires...they aren't doing it.
March 5, 2008
A whole month went by without me blogging about Funny-Face; the days are flying by I guess. He has been doing very good with the CRF. I switched him from IAMS to Newman's Own organic cat food. More and more food keeps getting added to the recall list, now it is rice gluten along with wheat gluten that is poisoning our furry friends. I don't want to take the chance of him getting some tainted food, so that is why I switched him to the new food. Even though the IAMS food I have been getting him isn't on the list as of yet, it still has wheat gluten in the ingredients. Newman's Own is all organic with no byproducts or any kind of gluten. I had to take Funny-Face to the vet this afternoon because he was crying when he used the litter box. Luckily, he has a bacterial bladder infection with no crystals. He got to come back home with me and two weeks worth of antibodies. If he would have had crystals, he more than likely would have ended up spending the night there with a catheter. His bladder was extra irritated after getting expressed for the urine sample so as soon as I let him out of the carrier, he ran to the litter box. I felt so bad for him...poor little baby was crying and howling while he went. I hate seeing anybody in pain but it is real heart-tugging when it comes to listening to a cat in pain like he is. There is nothing I can do to relieve it until the antibodies start working. Hopefully he will get some relief by tomorrow. He has slowed down on running to the litter box and I haven't heard him cry in awhile...about a half hour ago so he is starting to feel somewhat better. When we first got back home, he was in the box (or close to it) every five minutes or less. Poor guy would no sooner step out of the box when he would have to spin around and try again.
March 8, 2008
March 13, 2008
His bladder infection is clearing up; it isn't bloody anymore and he doesn't cry when he is using his box. He still has another week of pills to take to make sure the infection is completely gone. This is the first time he has had an infection without crystals...I wonder if that has to do with how much he urinates because of the sub-Qs? I had to take his Newman's Chicken and Salmon cat food back to Walmart and exchange them for Turkey because Funny-Face has suddenly decided he doesn't like chicken anymore. He better keep liking the turkey then because that is all he gets to choose from. Those are the only two flavors really. There is chicken and salmon, turkey vegetable, turkey, and chicken with brown rice. He is still doing good with his weight and he must feel good because he has been having little short bursts of energy. Yesterday, he found a rubber band, picked it up, and trotted around the apartment with it, meowing. Such a weirdo!
April 1, 2008
Funny-Face has been fighting a bladder infection. I noticed he was crying while using his litter box and took him to the vet. He was put on Orbax for two weeks. A couple of days after he finished his antibodies, the infection came back. He will more than likely have to be put on maintenance antibodies for the rest of his life. The vet said he suspects Funny-Face might have a kidney stone, which would explain why the infection came back so fast even though it responded to the antibodies while he was taking them. Funny-Face is not a candidate for surgery so it wouldn't matter if he was X-rayed to look for a stone. If he does have one, the CRF will more than likely take him before the stone does. That makes me feel a lot better.
April 11, 2008 Friday/Saturday
I've been so busy lately it is hard to get on the computer to do something other than to send parts requests all over the country. Funny-Face seems to be doing good as long as he keeps taking his pills. He is going to end up having to take antibodies for the rest of his life. I would love to see him spite the doctor by staying alive for a couple more years. He is such a good little guy (when he is sleeping). He follows me around wherever I go. Life is going to be very hard without my naughty boys in it.
Funny-Face is still doing very good with his CRF. I was hoping he would hang on until the snow melted so we could get some great outdoor time but now, I wouldn't be surprised if can make it another year. I try not to get my hopes up too high....it isn't set in stone that he will lose his life from kidney failure. He is an old puddy cat.
June 8, 2008
A whole month has almost gone by without me writing anything. In one way that is good because that meant Funny-Face was doing good and there was nothing to really say, but bad because the whole reason I started this blog was for when he is gone and I'm missing him. I have something that can take me back to the days before he died. It probablly doesn't make sense to anyone other than me, but who cares? I'm the only person it has to make sense to. Funny-Face was doing real good with eating Newman's Own Organic Turkey Cat Food and taking Orbax for maintance until this weekend. Despite the orbax, he started urinating blood again and strains to go potty, all signs of a bladder infection. The vet switched him to Clavomox and he was doing ok with that until this weekend. He has blood in his urine again, started throwing up foam with blood in it, and he tries to go to the bathroom every five minutes or so and barely produces a Tbsp. He isn't plugged because when he does have enough urine to make a puddle, it comes out in a stream. He isn't crying in pain or anything like that so I haven't been too excited to call the vet into his office, but I did call him earlier this afternoon...mostly to reassure myself that I wasn't making him suffer until I can get him in tomorrow morning. The first thing that is going to be done is to check his BUN and see if maybe his kidneys have started to shut down. I have no idea what is going to happen if his kidneys are not in the process of shutting down because the next possible cause of all this is a bladder stone or tumor. If he were a younger cat, he could have surgery to remove the stone or tumor, but he isn't. He is 18 years old. I'm going to be a basket case when he dies. Tux and Funny-Face were house-warming presents for me when I moved into my very first apartment. The boys and I have been through so much together. They became my own family I'll never have. My two furry sons. The only thing worst than holding them while they die is seeing them in pain. I'll do whatever it takes to keep them as healthy as possible and happy, but when life becomes too painful to enjoy even a minute of it...at least cats are lucky that way; when they have a fatal condition that is starting to cause them pain, they can have a doctor put them to sleep before the pain turns unbearable. When humans are screaming in pain from cancer, everything is done to keep the person alive regardless of how much pain they are in.
May 9, 2008