I am so sorry your poor baby is on hospice. I hope that there is no suffering. We had to put 2 furbs down within 5 months of each other.. one was 18 months old and had liver cancer and our other one had polycystic kidney disease and his kidneys had shut down. It is such a hard thing to lose a member of your family.
One bite, one day, one pound at a time. Remember you are worth the effort!
Oh no...I'm so very sorry to hear this. I was hoping and praying for good news. Know this, you are making your kitty very aware of who loves him, you'll know when it is time...because he will tell you. Best of luck with the palliative care in maintaining your kitty for a little longer, but know he is awaited at the Rainbow Bridge by your other kitties, who will welcome him because he knew and loved you!
~~The Rainbow Bridge Poem~~
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* "The mind is like a parachute, it works best when open."
To all who've given me advice on my sick cat, a big thank you. Here is an update. Basically, we are on "hospice care". In other words, make him comfortable, but he is dying and there is nothing I can do. We had a vet appt today. They did a new ultrasound. They found all kinds of not-supposed-to-be-there spots on his liver, kidneys, gall bladder, and his intestines were swollen. He has lost 2# since the last appt - he only weighs about 6 lbs right now and he should weigh about 12. He was also dehydrated - big surprise (not). We discussed the whole food allergy issue along with the natural foods type of diets, etc. When I explained everything I'd been doing recently (thank you PSALM22) he agreed with me about the allergy thing being a strong potential. At any rate, there is not anything more they can do for him. We decided to continue giving him the prednisone, plus I have a pain med to give him 2-3x a day just to keep him comfortable. We also switched him to a (hopefully) non-allergenic food. ANYTHING to try to lessen his inflammation and make his last days more comfortable. We also discussed my other cat - a stray we adopted last spring - and what I could do to hopefully prevent her from going thru this. I will be changing her to a natural type of diet ASAP. She will also continue to be indoor/outdoor. My cat is a Russian Blue. I asked if this breed was prone to this type of problem. The vet said not sure. I asked if Siamese were, and got an emphatic YES. Because this is the 3rd cat I've had go down like this - the last 2 were half Siamese. So I was wondering if there was a breed issue. Possibly. Hopefully I can prevent our other cat from developing this problem. It is not something I would wish on my worst enemy, let alone a defenseless animal.
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