I called the vet on Monday because she "wasn't herself." Normally she is the first one out into the kitchen for treats and always in the kitchen when we are eating to see what human food she can coerce out of us. This weekend, she never showed up for either.
We had both noticed that she had lost weight, which really was a good thing for her, but she was, all of a sudden, looking way to thin.
|When I hold Nosie,|
I try to keep a shearling lined blanket on my lap
that I can conform to her body
so she doesn't have to work at getting comfortable.
Next came the blood work, the results came back on Wednesday (yesterday). Not good . . . everything but one was in a good range . . . kidney function was fine for a cat her age. Now, the bad part. The
Dr Drapo told us that when the this is so high, but the kidney functioning is relatively normal, it's a sign of cancer somewhere in the body.
Poor Nosie, we could have run a ton of tests on her, but she is just so tired and worn out couldn't put her through the stress. Plus, I know the end of her life is coming soon. So I told the doctor I just want to take her home and love her as long as I can.
|That's Matthew, the nice sister, in the background.|
I wish Matthew would be brave enough
to get next to Nosie and groom her.
I think that would make both of them feel better.
Needless to say, things are sad around the house. One of her litter mates hissed at her, while the other one will walk over to her and almost looks like she is saying "How can I snuggle up to you, Nosie?"
Indy has started to keep an eye on Nosie, and makes sure Marcus, the "hisser" doesn't get close to her and is ready to run interference whenever Matthew (the other litter mate) or Abby, our older cat who is on thyroid meds, come close to her.
|Another thing the doctor found |
was that she had redder eyes than normal
and she had a lot of "eye boogers,"
So we have eye drops to give her,
and her eyes have cleared up a bit.
Right now, she doesn't seem to be in pain, just very, very tired.
Addition after Saline IV
The technician who was on duty at the vet, who I like and respect, said we could learn to do the IV. I was a little leery. She brought the IV bag, pole and lines into the room we were in and gave it to Nosie there.
I think I will be able to do it after I have them check me out. It is simpler than finding a vein in a human. With a cat, you take some skin above their spine, pull it up to make a tent and put the needle in the skin there. Now the saline is in under the skin and the body will absorb it.
We go in Saturday morning for her next "fix." I kidded her that not many cats have their "own bottle."
|Resting after her 1st saline IV.|