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hutch0
Date: 2009-03-21 23:51
Subject: state of the cat
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sarcobatus reminded me a couple of days ago that I hadn't done a State Of The Cat post for a while, and quite right too.
There's not a whole lot to tell, though, really. At his last blood test, Kuron's red cell count was down a fraction again, although his doctor sounded cautiously optimistic that it wasn't any worse than it was. Having said that, we're no closer to knowing the cause of the anaemia. All we can hope is that the immunosuppressants are finally getting some traction on whatever the hell is wrong with him.
The thing we're most concerned about right now is that he's losing weight again. He was a few grammes down the last time he was weighed at the vet's, but we think it's more than that now. He gets his next check-up in about a week and a half, and we'll see then.
He seems fine in himself, although he continues to leave us little presents around the flat, while being able to use the litter tray perfectly happily. My own feeling is that the medication's making him dopey. Bogna thinks he might be senile. But he was such a weird cat to start with, it's hard to tell.
We've resigned ourselves to the idea that he might not be around much longer - in fact, the odds are against him - but so far he seems to be holding his own.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-03-22 15:50 (UTC)
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Everyday is a bonus with your boy. It's good to hear he's holding his own, and I hope you and Bogna have him around for some time to come. Our little four legged kids mean so much to us.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-03-24 00:15 (UTC)
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It's true, he does mean a lot to us. But we're conscious of having to make decisions he can't make for himself. We're trying to be realistic, while keeping our fingers crossed and looking for any little ray of sunshine at the same time, if you see what I mean.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-03-24 01:24 (UTC)
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Yes, I do see what you mean. I had a Great Dane mix dog that only lived eleven years, but the last year and a half of her life she was quite ill with myasthenia gravis, low thyroid, and pancreatitis. Each day with her was a ray of sunshine and hope. She died five and a half years ago, but still I mourn her death and miss her. Same with a cat I had for twenty-two years.

It's never easy when they cross over. But for all the grief when they do I can't imagine not having them in my life because they will one day leave me. I'd rather suffer the grief of loss than be without them altogether.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-03-31 21:59 (UTC)
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We've been lucky with their illnesses up till now - everything has responded to treatment, from Kuron's colon trouble to Dougal's pyothorax, although Dougal very nearly didn't make it. This long-term uncertainty is something different.
I'm aware that people will think we're being cruel and selfish, putting him through all the stress of transfusions and pills and stuff, and to an extent we are being selfish, because we don't want to lose him. Myself, I think we owe him at least the chance to survive, rather than just giving up.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-03-31 23:00 (UTC)
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You aren't being cruel by treating his illness and sustaining his life with you. You'll be glad you did in years to come when you remember him and your love for him. You're doing the right thing.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-03-31 23:34 (UTC)
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We'll see. At the moment, I think we did the right thing. He's not in pain, he seems not to be suffering, and - though it might be wishful thinking - he seems to me to be picking up a bit. Fingers crossed.
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