Thursday, April 17, 2014

George Update

MOM

I thought I'd update you on George's status since his Stage 3 kidney failure diagnosis.

We came up with another way to give him his sub-cutaneous fluids.  Previously we stood him on a towel on our bathroom vanity, with my husband holding him down then I'd push in the needle in and hold the bag up.  Meanwhile George would back himself up until he was in the sink.  Now my husband sits in a chair holding George on his shoulder like a baby being burped, then I do the needle and bag thing, standing behind the chair.  George tolerates this much better because he's being held by Dad. 

The appetite stimulant pills are working, for now.  He's eating some and we let him eat whatever he wants, including human food such as sliced deli turkey and ham.  As long as he's eating, I don't care what he eats!   The vet said at some point the pills may stop having the desired effect, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

He's gotten very demanding, more so than he ever was.  So much so, in fact, that I've had to move out of our bedroom to get a decent night's sleep.  Otherwise he'd be meowing and walking on me all night.  Why, you ask, don't you just shut the bedroom door?  We can't because our bathroom and walk-in closet is where the litter boxes and food/water are.   I guess we could try moving a litterbox into the main house area at night, but it's easier for me just to sleep in the guestroom while my husband stays in our room and soothes George.  He's always been a Daddy's boy.

I noticed he's been a little short tempered with the other 3 cats.  Max adores George and tries to be near him whenever he can.  A few times George has slapped Max when Max tried to squeeze in next to him on the couch.  He did it to Tipper, too, when she laid next to him and began cleaning his head and ears.

With us, though, he just wants love and as much lap time as he can get.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement in dealing with our sick boy.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Waking up Mom

GEORGE 

Hahahaha. This is us, for sure. Usually it's me and Tipper that watch for Mom to wake up, but sometimes all of us are on the bed looking at her.
spying cats! funny humor jokes memes

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Purrthday, Misty

MISTY

Today is my 8th purrthday and now I'm the same age George was when he started the Crew's Views blog. 

Mom says I'm a "Senior" now and should eat food for old cats.  What?  I'm OLD?! When did all this happen? I'm the baby of the family, and I was just a kitten yesterday, wasn't I?


My purrthday celebration will be very quiet this year since everyone is concentrating on George's health right now.  That's OK with me 'cause, (sigh) I'm feeling a little tired and I think I should rest.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Oh No!

MISTY

Mom is going crazy over these kittens.

What's so special about them, I'd like to know.  I was little and cute once, too!
 Spidey




  

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

An Update About George

MOM

As you know, George is nearing his 17th birthday this summer and since he was diagnosed with renal disease many years ago we're surprised he made it this long.

He's been steadily losing weight and now weighs about 5 1/2 lb.  He's been eating a special diet and getting sub-cutaneous fluids for months to help with  dehydration and we learned how to give the fluids at home.  He doesn't like these treatments.  Last week he stopped eating so my husband and I took him to the vet.  After a blood test and exam the diagnosis is he's progressed to stage 3 kidney disease.  There is nothing that can be done to prevent him from going to the final stage and we don't know how much longer he'll be with us.

The vet explained about the options open to us including blood transfusions and dialysis, but even if we had thousands of dollars to spend on these treatments, we decided that at almost 17, we're not going to subject him to them since it's only postponing the inevitable. 

We've decided to keep him as comfortable as possible as long as his quality of life is good.  He's getting anti-nausea medicine as well as an appetite stimulant and the vet increased the sub-cu fluids to daily. 

Other than not eating, he's acting like his usual self, not hiding away.  He still wants to be with the family, near us.  Even as I write this, he's next to me.







Monday, March 31, 2014

Hiding Out

MAX

This is me, for sure.

Oh yeah, I like our Girl and our Boy well enough, but when they come over I hide out until Mom gives me the "all clear".





Monday, March 24, 2014

Are You a Self-Service Cat

GEORGE

This made Mom laugh.  She's always shouting, "Tipper, CLAWS!" when Tipp starts her manicure on the furniture.  After all this time you'd think she'd have learned, wouldn't you.  I'm referring to Mom, of course.
My house only offers self service manicures.


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