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7/21/10 10:33 P

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Sounds good-glad to hear you are getting more time to love your furbaby velvet. emoticon

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7/17/10 9:04 P

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Hello to anyone who is interested. Here's an update on Velvet. It's been 3 weeks today since she received the fluids, and she is still doing great. I've added some extra water dishes around the house and she's drinking regularly, and she also loves these pouches of moist food that I found. She and Gus are playing together, and she sits on my lap every chance she gets.

I know that the kidney problems will still be an issue, but I am so happy that she's doing so well.

Thanks for the support and advice.

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An old cat who is feeling blue and not eating well from losing her best friend/companion, will only find a young energetic cat to be overwhelming and even frightening. She would only need to be roughed up once by the new cat and be too frightened to stick around. She may have been threatened, even struck when she hissed at the new cat by another member of the family, causing her to be afraid of them too, thus hiding away where she feels safer. She also may feel that she is no longer wanted if you have given the new cat lots of attention and her little. Please, give her time and lots of reassurance. She will soon be happy to be cuddly again.

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7/3/10 11:36 P

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Thanks so much for the advice. I'm very happy that Velvet is doing so well - she's had a whole week, and is acting very normally. She's eating - but only the dry food. I've also been able to see her drinking.

I'm in a much better place than I was a week ago.

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7/2/10 10:59 P

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I lost my cat Smoke to kidney disease last January. The fluids can help alot-but I couldn't get him to eat and he was losing protein also (weight dropped). He was almost 18 so I didn't want to do extreme measures. He never seemed to hurt any-and he was alert until I finally had the vet put him to sleep. I wanted to be with him when he went and he could no longer move and he was upset that he didn't have the energy to groom himself. Trust me you will know if you ever come to that point. It is sad, but I know that he is in a better place waiting for me in the future. I am grateful for the time I did have with him and all I can say is spend as much time with Velvet as you can.



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6/30/10 9:11 P

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Thanks - she's having another good day, and I'm feeling more hopeful!

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Glad to hear that Velvet is doing a bit better. 13 seems way too young to be having to deal with such health problems. I hope she continues to regain her strength and appetite.

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Hi everyone - I want to give you an update on Velvet.

The fluids that the vet gave her on Saturday have had a miraculous effect. She is sitting on my lap right now (makes it hard to type, but I'm not complaining!) and she has even eaten a little bit of food and had some water.

The vet said we should give her canned food for the extra fluids, but she won't eat it. (It all disappears down into Gus's belly!)

I know that this is a short term solution, but I am so happy to still have her around. We're keeping an eye on her to see how long this lasts, and we'll have to decide if we'll continue giving the fluids.

Thanks to everyone who has offered support and advice. I really appreciate it!

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When I lost a cat to kidney failure, my vet told me that it's not a very painful way to go. Mostly, the animal is tired, and a bit nauseated (we know this from humans who have gone through kidney failure as well), unlike a cancer where the animal is in pain.

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I'm so sorry. I know that is such I rough decision. I have been through it with kitties and horses. I always ask my self this question--Am I delaying this becuase my kitty is happy and feeling good, or am I delaying this because of my own pain in letting him/her go? If the answer is yes to the latter rather than the former, then it's time to let them go, no matter how much it hurts. I think we all know in our hearts when the time has come. I think it is much kinder to let our babies go humanely than to let them live their life suffering.

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make the best choice and go with your heart...I hd to put a cat down long time ago she had stomache cancer...I think it was a reliefe on me and the cat himself(rj) emoticon

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We took Velvet to the vet this morning, and they gave her subcutaneous fluids. It seems to have helped her some - she came out of the closet where she's been hiding and is sitting next to me.

She still hasn't eaten anything yet, and we've tried a few options. I'm starting to reconcile myself to the fact that she's not going to be with us for too much longer.

My husband and I are discussing what would be best. It's really hard to make the decision about when to put her to sleep. I don't want to lose her, but I also don't want her to suffer unnecessarily.

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oh no I am so sorry to hear about velvet...my prayers are with you and velvet

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I'm so sorry to hear that Velvet has kidney problems. Hopefully, the vet will be able to help her. I have known people who have had kitties with kidney problems that were able to be helped with a special diet. Please let us know how everything goes with your sweet girl.

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I took Velvet to the vet last night, and they said the best thing to do was to draw blood.

My husband just called me and told me that they called with the results - her kidneys are shutting down.

I'm at work and I'm trying not to cry.

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Chaos Shadow does the same thing when he is feeling poorly. He has allergies, when he starts getting itchy, he prefers to be alone. After his shot, he rejoins the family.





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We definitely are planning on getting a new kitty - we like having 2 cats to keep each other company while we're at work.

I have been trying to decide if we should bring in a new kitten while Gus is still with us, or if we should wait until he goes home. (He'll be with us until September.) He stayed with us for the last two summers, but this is the first time without Sebastian. He and Sebastian played together all the time, really seemed to have a good time. Velvet is a more aloof cat, wanting to spend more time with me.

I'm keeping an eye on her and if she's still not coming out of the bedroom tonight I'll take her to the vet tomorrow.


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Maybe they got into a fight or she realizes that the other one is not going to be there much longer. Maybe you should consider getting another cat. We got our 2nd one b/c the one cat had just became plain out lonely. We had 4 cats before & the oldest 2 died & we couldn't afford the one b/c she had some serious med. conditions. The youngest one is all we had & we thought she was fine until she was hiding all the time.

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I guess I'm lucky, or maybe it' just the numbers I have (20) because whenever I bring in a new kitten, the adults hiss for a few days, but within a week, they are accepted into the pack. I have one bully that will never change and I'm trying to find him a home where he is the only cat. Some do well with others - some don't.

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I agree that maybe she's just tired of the new guest. Our two cats, Izzy and BeBop, have only had us around, with a few visitors. When we were getting some things done around the house, we had people in and out for a few weeks, and they took to hiding. Last weekend, I had my grand-daughter for the first time, and they hid the entire time, in our bedroom under the bed. Eventually, we closed all the bedroom doors except theirs, and they finally warmed up to her and actually became friends.

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I think she is saying she has had enough of this other cat and wants all of the attention back. I have had cats that act this way. She may be protesting and she may decide it's not working and will come back out soon. Good Luck!

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My girl cat was ticked when we got the new kitty and locked herself away in my room- jealousy is very hard !~

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I think that if you can afford it you should probably have a vet check her. It may be nothing, but since she was okay with Gus at first, she may not be feeling well. My vet once told me that cats are very stoic and if there is a sudden change in behavior it is likely that the cat is sick. I don't want to scare you, but I think I would err on the side of caution. If she had exhibited this behavior when you first brought Gus home I would say it was a behavior issue. If you have a good relationship with you vet, maybe you could speak to him/her by phone and see whether there is a reason for concern. Keep us posted!

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plus she could be grieveing from the loss of the other cat and bringing in a new one like that...I hope she does well keep us posted please

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Thanks for the quick replies! I guess I'm a little paranoid, since it's so soon after our other cat died. I'll keep an eye on her.

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I'd just watch her for a day or two. If she gets worse, take her in. If she stays the same, she's jealous. Cats always have a way of sensing things.

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Hi everyone - I'm hoping you can help me with my cats.

I have a 13 year old female, Velvet. I'm also cat-sitting my mom's cat, a 2 year old male named Gus. Gus has been with us for about 6 weeks now.

Before Gus came to visit, Velvet was very clinging and demanding since our male cat died in April. Once Gus arrived, she became more content until today.

Today she has been hiding in the upstairs bedroom and isn't following her usual routines. I picked her up and brought her to sit with me, and while she let me pet her, she ran back upstairs pretty quickly.

Do you have any suggestions? Does it sound like she might be sick? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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