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post #21 of 25
Originally Posted by Joan View Post
She *looks* raggedy, but all things considered, that's the worst of it for now.

I'm just taking things as they come. We've protected her chosen spot so the dog doesn't have access and she can have peace when she wants it. She's very vocal when she wants to eat, so I'm just feeding on demand, so to speak. Ds is being liberal with the catnip. She seems content.
She is a fighter! She sounds like a great kitty!

I will keep all of you in my thoughts!
post #22 of 25

We are currently at the brink of making this difficult decision. While I understand the vet's conceptualization of our cat not being "in pain" due to CRF, the reality of living everyday as if you have a bad hangover is prolonging suffering, nonetheless. Our little girl "The Biscuit" gave us almost ten years of love and joy, my husband and I are now faced with making the mature choice while navigating the timing. When is the time?


She seems to be deteriorating exponentially, and we may have to move ahead with the difficult choice sooner than later. Like some of the other posts, our girl has slept most of the last few days, we tried giving her Pepcid AC which gave her a good week, spring in her step, playing and purring, almost her old self. The disease has reasserted itself and she has continued to decline in the last couple of days. She won't eat anymore, and drinks only a small amount when its brought to her.


We went through this once before, our first pair of cats were a tightly bonded pair and once our first cat had to get euthanized our second went downhill only weeks later and had to be euthanized as well. People who don't believe animals feel emotions have no idea! Anyway, trust your gut/heart, but remember pain and acute discomfort amount to the same thing, chronic misery.


I, for one, refuse to let my sweet little Biscuit suffer needlessly, especially when the prognosis is dire.



post #23 of 25

Just want to say that there are lots of wise people on this thread. I just lost my little angel a few weeks ago. I beyond devastated. I really am. She had CRF but I didn't spot it until way too late. Yes, there were signs, but nothing to give cause for concern, or so I thought. Even a few weeks before the end, she was leaping and purring and doing all the things that cats do. In hindsight thought she wasn't herself. How I wish I had have known about all this stuff. I just noticed one day she had lost weight to the point where I was like 'okay, we need to see the vet'. I brought her up. We did blood tests. The results were not good. He said it was advanced CRF. She was bright eyed, and a good weight. The choice was IV's followed but there was no guarantee. His advice was to let her go. He said I could try and save her but it would only be a stop-gap. My little madam hated the vet more than anything. She would give everyone hell. There was just no way I could subject her to a lifetime of needles and treatment. I took her home for one last night. She was so unwell. Couldn't drink or eat. The next day the vet came down. He had a terrible bedside manner, and did nothing to reassure me. However, he did say that a to die of CRF is not a nice way for a cat to go. While it may not be pain per se, he said it is slow and uncomfortable. So I let her go. I'm not going to lie, it was all horrible. I don't feel good about it. I don't feel like I did the right thing. I don't feel 'okay' about it. I feel angry, distraught and horribly cheated. I probably could have saved her. I probably should have. I should have fought for her more than I did. But then, what would have been the point? All I know is that I loved that cat so much that life without her seems unbearable. She was so damn beautiful and such a character. She was my little baby. She was only 10. Reading some of the posts here comfort me a little. We're all different, and all of our cats are different, but I am glad to know there are others out there who feel the same way I did. I loved her too much to give her IVs just so she could stay with me. I know I probably did it too soon, but better too soon than too late. Best of luck to you all............xxx

post #24 of 25

I'm so glad that someone asked this question and that everyone is sharing .........like many of you, we're are struggling with a similar situation with our dog.  She's lost over 20 pounds, and even though might go one or two days without eating, she has spurts where she's like her old puppy self........(she's a lab, 14 years old, and we've been to the vet about 4 times since march)............I think my baby is holding on for my other 'babies'........

post #25 of 25

My cat was diagnosed with CRF about two weeks ago. The same day, the vet also determined that the mass we'd recently found on her tail was most likely problematic and recommended amputation. Isis made it through the tail amputation rather well, considering her recent weight loss and not-so-healthy state--the day she came home from surgery, she was able to jump onto the guest room bed, walk around, and ask for attention. She also showed interest in food, although she wasn't eating much.


Now less than two weeks later, it seems that her kidneys are worsening rapidly. On Saturday she exhibited trouble walking--hind-end weakness and wobliness. We took her to the vet, who gave her subcutaneous fluids and recommended that we do the same at home for at least the next two weeks (and potentially "the rest of her life").


We've done the fluid treatment for the past two nights, so she's had fluids three days in a row. While she has perkier moments, the fluids aren't making the difference I was hoping...yet. We are supposed to take Isis to the vet tomorrow to have the sutures in her tail stump removed. The vet wants to re-check her then, but warned that if she wasn't showing significant improvement, it might be time to talk about "what we want for her, and what's best for her". She's a cat who spent her adult life at 10-12 lbs. She was at 6.7 lbs before the surgery, and 6.2 lbs when we took her in a week later for the emergency appointment.


I feel horrible guilt about going ahead with the tail amputation surgery. The vet said at the time that we'd caught the CRF relatively early, so there was a good chance we had months or even years left with her. But now it appears that the CRF is advancing quickly. The fact that she can't walk well really upsets me. The fact that she tried to jump on the guest room bed again last night and failed (I had to catch her to keep her from falling onto the floor) devastates me. I hate that I put her through a painful surgery for what feels like nothing now. 


I want to hold out hope that the fluids will help, but I can't avoid asking the obvious--am I just keeping her alive for me at this point? She will never be cured. She will never be the cat she once was, even if she improves. At the same time, I don't want to give up on her. 


I've had to euthanize pets in the past but the decision never felt this hard. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the fact that she's my favorite kitty, and one of the greatest animals I've ever known.  :(

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