I’m taking a night off from the kittens’ story because I am concentrating all of my energy on Rainbow right now. I managed to get an appointment with Dr. Tammy today and had some blood work run on Rainbow. She’s been losing weight gradually and since she is 17 years old I didn’t want to let that go undiagnosed. Unfortunately I have had to put it off several times because other cats were ill and needed workups, the latest being Bluebird. I can’t afford to take all of them in at the same time so it is a matter of “triage” of sorts.
In any case, tonight the call came in to tell me that Rainbow is in chronic renal failure. Her creatinine and BUN are really high. Both are indicators of kidney health. While she was at the clinic we also gave her a large bolus of fluids SQ but by the time of the phone call she had already soaked most of it up. That means she was dehydrated as well although that didn’t show. The only course of action at this point is to adjust her diet and give her fluids on a regular basis to help flush out any toxins that have built up in her system.
I am terribly concerned about her and feeling very guilty about having put her health on the sideburner all this time. I’ve had her since she was a kitten so we are very close. But I had no choice. I do remember when my first cat (as an adult), Gabbie started having kidney trouble, she was 13 years old. She lived to be 17 and died of bladder cancer. I can only pray that Rainbow is able to fight the worst of this off and stay with me a few more years.
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I’ll get back to the kittens this weekend. Thanks for following along. In the meantime I’ve love to hear your success stories of cats with kidney trouble.