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The Official HTF Cat Thread

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Greg_S_H, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. bujaki

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    Welcome back, Andy! And Sooty and Magic!
     
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    Walter C

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    About a month ago, I had to say goodbye to Lucky, who was my other cat that I adopted back in 2006. He has been battling health issues for the past 2 years, and it got to a point where I had to make the tough decision to let him go.

    He was a tuxedo cat, having a half black, half white nose. And he loved to eat, and would roll on the floor whenever he wanted food. I had him for 13 years. Even though I did end up adopting another cat 2 weeks later, I am still not completely over the loss of Lucky.

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  3. Todd Erwin

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    My condolences, @Walter C . Our eldest cat Xena, 15, has taken ill and prognosis is not good. Her healthy weight has been 9 pounds, but she's been refusing to eat, has had chronic diarrhea since Christmas, and at the vet she was 6.1 pounds. Vet put her on a high calorie diet plus medication, which seemed to work for the first few days, gaining about half a pound. Then she stopped eating again and dropped down to 5.1 pounds. The vet gave her a steroid shot today and gave us some premium kitten kibble (which she practically devoured in the exam room) to supplement her diet. It's a hail mary, in hopes that she'll begin putting on weight again. If not, we'll probably have to put her down by the end of the week if her health does not improve.
     
  4. Walter C

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    Thanks Todd, and sorry to hear about Xena. It does sound similar to what Lucky went through, and in short, when he stopped eating in addition to other health issues, I felt like it was time to let him go. I just did not want to go through the difficulty of giving him appetite stimulants in addition to all the other meds that he was taking, as he was also a diabetic.

    Hope things get better!
     
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    So sorry about the passing of Lucky. I love his face markings.

    Have you done blood work on Xena? That will go a long way in determining her overall health. Good luck to Xena.
     
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    Thank you. Yes, and based on that the vet determined it's her thyroid. Everything else looked good. She perked up a bit today, eating what was offered her, and just a few minutes ago, she actually demanded food. We are (have been) praying that this is her rebounding and not the final perk up before passing.
     
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    Xena, just over eight years ago, really enjoying her catnip-filled Christmas toy!
    Xena.
     
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    a rare AndySu sighting! Welcome back to you and Sootie. And now Magic too....
     
  9. Todd Erwin

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    Xena has plateaued, and it is taking an awful lot to coax her to eat, so much so that we had to cancel our travel plans for this weekend to stay home and nurse her.
     
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    Thinking good thoughts for you guys Todd
     
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    Thanks. Had to make another 2-hour round trip to the vet for subcu fluids today to administer to Xena here at home. She barely ate today, but she's also dehydrated. Hoping the saline will help.
     
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    The subcu fluids did not go well last night, making Xena very uncomfortable, and we didn't expect her to last the night. We moved her into her bed at 4am, letting her stay between us in bed. She is still very uncomfortable, refusing food and water, and we decided to stop all meds and subcu fluids at this point, allowing nature to take its course, as it seems that is what Xena wants. I'm keeping her company this morning, comforting her and making sure the other cats leave her alone. Xena is finding the score to "Being Rose" to be soothing and relaxing as we spend what may be our last hours together.
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    Condolences to Walter on Lucky's passing.

    Best thoughts to Todd and Xena for a peaceful transition to the next adventure.
     
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    Thanks Johnny and Malcolm! I will definitely miss looking at his face markings, and him rolling on the floor to get good.
     
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    Sad news today. Yesterday, we had to make the difficult decision to help Xena transition to her final rest. She was always a very stubborn cat, and when it looked like she was about to go, she would muster up enough strength to get out of her bed and take a few steps before stopping and resting. She had completely lost virtually all of her muscle mass, so it was very difficult to see her try to walk or even lift her head. My wife had never had to decide put down an animal before, except under extreme conditions (car accident, animal attack, etc), so this decision was much more difficult for her. Our vet definitely helped in making this tough decision, even more so when we arrived at her office and she saw how much Xena had deteriorated in the week since she had last seen her. Xena went peacefully last evening at 5pm PST, accepting the two injections without any objections or discomfort. She will be missed... Our two youngsters, Buddy and Bella, have been very comforting to us when we got home last night and continue to do so this morning.
    Rose Petals. Xena Jr. Xena Playing. Xena-Bella-Buddy.
    That's me in the last photo, doling out treats. Clockwise, Xena, Bella, Buddy.
     
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    Condolences. Very difficult decision. My family's had to do it for all three of our cats over the years. That's one reason we may never have another. It gets harder and harder each time.
     
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    @Todd Erwin My sincere condolences to you. This is never an easy decision, but it was time. Sweet dreams, Xena.
     
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    Todd,

    Sorry for the loss of your companion. Xena looks like she was a great friend

    Walter - my condolences to you as well as on the loss of Lucky.

    Chris.
     
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    Condolences to all. Sad to make a decision that's so hard on all who are left behind, but merciful on the dear beings who are suffering so.
     
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    @Todd Erwin I also just want to say bless you for adopting a black cat. They are always at the tail-end of adoptions. You surely saved a life by adopting Xena.
     
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