Wednesday, June 27, 2012
one of my cats is 20. she's a little [okay, a lot] deaf, but she sees fine and moves fine. she was staring to slow down though and she had some developing renal insufficiency--not unusual in a cat of this age. she was starting to spend her days just sleeping and her lab values were starting to look worse.
i had taken her to the vet for her surveillance blood work and he suggested starting her on a rather expensive medicine. 90 pills, $75, usually 3x/day. normally no big deal, but max's vet expenses last september were in excess of $7k and i have been out of work since august. still, she's my baby and he was suggesting starting her on just 2 pills a week rather than the specified 3/day. within the first 3 months, she was more perky and interactive and her labs were moving into normal range [BUN high normal, Cr slightly above normal but certainly improved].
This week she started asking [really] for the medicine every day--yes, she's probably just wanting the pill pocket, but i'm giving her the medicine--still will only amount to $25/month and it's well worth seeing her out and about again.
Awesome when something really works. I think sometimes I forget how uplifting and exciting small 'wins' are and how long 'progress' can take. Who can argue though with movement in the right direction.