My beautiful and precious kitty, Celine, passed away two weeks ago at the boarding facility while I went to visit family for Thanksgiving. She was 18 years old and she had had kidney disease for the past two years. I am devastated as she was always there for me and I feel I have let her down as I wasn't there for her in her last hours. During the day before I dropped her off she went outside into the back garden - a favorite place of hers - three or four times just to walk around her territory and to pee in the rocks (we live in the southwest). I brushed her and gave her her medication and she curled up in her favorite box with her furry blankets and slept as usual. At the boarding facility I took her out of her carrier and placed her in her "condo" but she didn't want to stay and tried to get out. I didn't think too much about it at the time as she had stayed there regularly and was treated well by the staff. The day after we arrived at our daughter's house we got the phone call to tell us Celine had passed away sometime during the night. She was my travelling companion, my confidante - always willing to listen to me no matter what I talked to her about - and she filled my heart to overflowing. We had to make arrangements for her so quickly as we were many miles from home and I feel her death did not really register. It hit me full force when I returned home three days ago, especially when I had to pick up her little urn from the pet crematorium. The house is so full of memories of her and every room I go into, or when I go out into the garden I see her but she is no longer following me. I miss her so much. I am trying to think about all the good times I had with her, all the different countries she traveled to with me, how she filled my heart when the children all left home and at that time she became my "child", how she made me smile with her antics. She was truly loved and truly loved back. Although it is hard for me now I know it will get better with time. My heart goes out to all others who have lost their furry friends. Love and hugs to all.View Thread
My cat is 17 years old and just over a year ago was diagnosed with kidney disease. At her yearly check-up this year she had lost a little more weight but otherwise was doing well on her Enalapril. Two weeks ago I took her to the vet for another reason and at that time she had lost more weight and was beginning to get very bony. The vet suggested I put her on Dexamethasone (0.50mg/1/2 tablet ea. morning) to aid in increasing her appetite and to make her drink more. This was a 10-dy plan. I refilled the prescription but I'm not sure I want to keep her on this medication because of the side effects I have read about and I am seeking a second opinion. My main concern for my cat, whom I love dearly, is to give her a good quality of life but not to extend her life using medications that could possibly affect her health is some other way. I would appreciate your comments as to whether or not you feel keeping her on the Dexamethasone would be detrimental or good for her. If it is not good what might you suggest I do to make sure my cat's weight is kept up a little. Thank you in advance for your comments.View Thread
Dr. Weigner - thank you for your response. Unfortunately Celine will not eat the prescription canned food specifically made for cats with kidney disease - tried several of those a while back. She is currently on the dry k/d food supplemented with regular canned food.
After speaking to several friends and family members about the dexamethasone, I am really not comfortable using it. And, your comments have confirmed this feeling even more. I will get back to Celine's veterinarian and ask some more questions and see what he suggests.
Thank you very much - Celine's health is a big concern of mine at the moment. Happy holidays!View Thread
Thanks for your added comments. I am getting quite desperate at this point as Celine is not eating much at all. At the moment I am giving her a selection of dry K/D, moist K/D mixed with a little of her regular food - as she has stopped taking the moist K/D on it's own -, and dry K/D moistened with water - which is about the only food she is currently eating.
I will speak with my vet and see if he can write out a prescription so that I can purchase alternate foods. Unfortunately K/D is all he carries.View Thread
Dr. Beaver - thank you very much for your response. Really appreciate your advice and will give it a try. At the moment I have been feeding her some regular food along with the dry K/D which I am moistening and she is eating some of it. Now I will try her with K/D moist mixed with regular moist and see how that goes. Once again, many thanks.View Thread