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.
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.
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.
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.
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.