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cwitso
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From:Rosemount, Mn 55068
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 01-20-2004 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cwitso     Edit/Delete Message
My 17 year old female won't eat her crunchy chow. She's lost weight, not using litter box. When I offer her cat treats, or water, she takes it but throws up in 5-10 minutes. The vet says she is not diabetic, no liver or kidney problems, bloodwork all looked good. We thought there may be a problem in the mouth, an abcess or loose moler, but upon examination teeth and gums look good. She came home with me last night with some special soft Vet cat food, she wouldn't touch it. So I brought her back to the vet this morning, she's getting IV fluids and an x-ray to see if there's a blockage. Are there any other cat diseases which may cause these symptoms?

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cwitso
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From:Rosemount, Mn 55068
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posted 01-20-2004 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cwitso     Edit/Delete Message
Bad news from the vet. Nakita has a large "mass" or tumor in her chest, next to her heart. We're going to try steroids, the vet said it sometimes shrinks a tumor, sometimes increases the appetite. Just to buy enough time so my son can say goodbye. If the steroids don't help, or if she starts to experience discomfort again, we'll have to put her to sleep. It's a very sad day in Rosemount, Minnesota, USA.

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 01-20-2004 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I am very sorry to hear that. I will hope for the best and say a prayer for your kitty.

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Bastet1066
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posted 01-20-2004 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bastet1066     Edit/Delete Message
Oh, I'm so sorry. And I'm so sad to hear that. I'll be thinking of you, your son and Nakita.

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cwitso
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From:Rosemount, Mn 55068
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posted 01-20-2004 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cwitso     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you, Fleafly and Bastet. It could be worse. If there had been an intestinal blockage, I would not have been able to justify spending $1000.00 plus to have it surgically removed. And then I would spend the rest of my life second guessing my decision, and never hear the end of it from my son. As it is, we can make her last days pleasant.

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nern

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posted 01-20-2004 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Im very sorry about your cat. I'll keep you guys in my thoughts.

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Chessmind
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posted 01-20-2004 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
I'm so sorry about your kitty. Did the vet suggest to have her on pain meds to make her more comfortable?

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cwitso
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From:Rosemount, Mn 55068
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posted 01-26-2004 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cwitso     Edit/Delete Message
Hello, we had a pretty good weekend. The sick cat Nakita stopped acting like she's in pain, and started eating. Unfortunately, she won't eat unless I place the bowl of food under her nose, like 5 or 6 times. She walkes a few feet away and sits, and I offer her the bowl again. She eventually eats. This is baby rice cereal with some moistened cat chow mixed in. She also ate some dry chow, but again only after I offer it to her. She's making progress. Grooming, purring, drinking water. The tumer will kill her, not starvation.

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nern

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posted 01-26-2004 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Im so glad to hear she is doing better.

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cwitso
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posted 02-10-2004 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cwitso     Edit/Delete Message

Good Morning, we had a roller coaster night last night. I had a 4:30 appointment yesterday to have my Nakita put to sleep. After school and after work, we all tried to make her happy, make her purr. But we were all crying. When we got to the vet, the receptionist had to fill out the required forms for me. Alex and Pat and I walked throught the waiting room into the examining room, past all the other pet owners waiting their turn, carrying the cat and blubbering like babies. We stayed with her while the vet injected the overdose of barbituates. When the vet first touched her she was a little upset, growling, so Alex pet her and I put my face next to hers and made kissing noises, and just like that she went limp. Just the tip of her tongue stuck out of her mouth. Very sad, but a very gentle way to go. She wasn't alone and scared.

So we go out to the reception desk to pay, and while I'm dealing with that, the kids (Alex and Pat that is) are over checking out the cats available for adoption. I saw them in the AM when I made the appointment, picked out my favorite, but hadn't said anything to Pat and Alex. I thought we should wait a few days or few weeks. But they both fell in love with the same cat I had picked. We wound up taking home a year and a half old male named Duff (named Duff by the Vet staff, he's Duff for now-we're still thinking). He's a short haired cat, my first short hair in 25 years. We spent the evening laughing at the crazy antics, this cat jumps high in the air chasing cat toys, runs around the house chasing strings, up and down the stairs, leaps onto closet shelves knocking things onto the floor! I'm not sure I can trust him home alone today. You can tell he was a house cat, who knows how he became a stray. He seems pretty happy to be at our house, purring and sleeping on the bed.


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nern

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posted 02-10-2004 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I'm sorry for you loss. Congrats on your new kitty....I'm sure he will have a great home with you.

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Wolfe
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posted 02-10-2004 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wolfe     Edit/Delete Message
Ah cwitso "hugs" Sorry to hear about your elder cat, but Congrats to you and the family with your new one. He sounds like another gem that will bring much happiness to the family

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maggie4
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From:charleston WV USA
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posted 02-10-2004 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for maggie4     Edit/Delete Message
I'm sorry about your cats parting. At least you were able to provide her with a good quality, long life it sounds like.
I lost one of my cats About 1 year ago. It was so hard, my other cats missed him to. One of them yowls at the bottom of the stairs at night to this day. In June, we rescued a 10 month old cat from the local humane assoc. It has taken a while for my cats to accept her, but she now has a place here and a happy life.
My mom once told me that it is really sad to lose a pet, but at the same time, it allows us to give another animal a chance at a good life that might not otherwise have had one.
I planted a small memorial garden in my backyard in honor of "Casey". Whenever I see it, I think of him fondly.

Best of luck,

Maggie

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