Our Sweetheart Spooky

Spooky is our dear kitty who almost no one ever sees 'cause she hides when anyone unfamiliar comes into the house.  She was a 'kinda almost stray' who came into our lives in 1992 and has been our precious girl ever since.

She's a CRF (Chronic Renal Failure) kitty , a condition diagnosed in November 2003 and at this date (March '08) she continues to truck along pretty well, albeit we're nearing 5 years later after diagnosis.  

When she was originally diagnosed, I was told she perhaps had a year or so.  What this might tell you is don't believe everything you hear, even if it's from a vet!  I began Sub-Q's on diagnosis (with much trepidation I might add) at 150 ML/day.  After a year or more, I dropped back to every 2nd day at the same rate (150ML) and have continued thus (for the most part) since.  I've always given them to her in the 'scruff' area and am recently finding the needles pop out rather easily these days.  sooo . . . I guess I will begin moving a little farther back towards her shoulder blades now.

For those new to this situation, please don't give up or think doom and gloom on an initial diagnosis of CRF.  As you can see my 'doom and gloom pronouncement' was considerably unfounded as almost 5 years later Spooky continues on though a little less mobile and with many more naps than years previous.  Then again, my Mom will be 90 shortly and she takes more naps too!  And Spooky is 21 years old now.

Since her initial diagnosis, from time to time it comes into my mind about what to/how to . . . when * the time * comes.  I'm sure you understand we want no suffering whatsoever but, . . its much more difficult with someone who cannot speak with you in human language.  Indeed, after so many many years, we certainly have a rapport, an understanding, a non-verbal communication.  Still this is a very difficult decision as I know anyone who loves their pets can & does understand.  Perhaps these words will help if you are grappling with making this decision.

CRF links and information can be found here.

Chronic Renal Failure Information

SUB-Q How To's:

CRF Info Sites:
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From Friend to Friend

You're giving me a special gift
So sorrowfully endowed
And through these last few cherished days
Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes
Beyond, into your soul
I see in you the magic that will
Once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess
Is why I look to you today
To do this thing that must be done
For it's the only way.

That strength is why I've followed you
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years
My partner 'til the end.

Please understand just what this gift
You're giving means to me
It gives me back the strength I've lost
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf
For that is what friends do
And know that what you do is right
For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent
And through your hand I feel
The courage that's within you
To grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here
Dear Friend and let me run
Once more a strong and steady kitty
My pain and struggle done.

And don't despair my passing
For I won't be far away
Forever here - within your heart
And memory I will stay.

I'll be here watching over you
Your ever faithful friend
And in your memories I'll run
. . . a young kitty once again.



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