Here is Jenny after we sedated her and shaved her at the v-e-t's office. She is 19 and no longer grooms, so her fur was matted, and we tried to trim it off, and shave it off, but she became very tired of us trying to get the mats off, and would fight us. So, we took her to the v-e-t and she was very lightly sedated, and shaved. The poor girl is just skin and bones. She has hyperthyroidism, and will only take her pills in tuna juice, and doesn't always drink it all up. So her thyroid levels are much too high, and she eats continuously, but she isn't doing too great right now.
Then we have Obi, who is now in renal failure.
The poor guy will turn 11 in May. He had a perineal urethrostomy when he
was 2 years old. And he was fairly healthy for a good portion of the
time over the next few years. But then over the last several years, he
began going outside of the litter box with both urine and feces, and
sometimes he has real liquid fecals. Well, he was taking prednisolone
daily, and would have 1/4 tsp. metamucil mixed into some liquid from his
stinky goodness. But after a couple of years of that, he was really
having out-of-litter box experiences. So we increased his meds, and
changed his meds, etc. So, now Obi is receiving Zoloft for anxiety,
Dexamethasone, Zeniquin, Chlorambucil, and since Tuesday is also
receiving Tumil K (potassium) and Benazepril for his kidney failure. As
well as pumping him full of 300ml of Lactated Ringer's daily. He had
dropped 2 pounds over the last 2 months, and his BUN and Creatinine
levels were super high with his blood tests. And his potassium levels
were very low. So, we are seeing how this works for a few weeks. Then
tonight, while sitting in Maw's lap, he had a seizure. Maw is just
heart-broken because Obi is one of her bestest kitties, and he loves to
be held, and he is so easy to give pills to, and Maw and Paw are now
bathing Obi and blow drying him because he isn't grooming anymore, and
his fur is getting greasy and unkempt because it is long. Here is a picture of Obi from several years ago. Maw is very sad and is crying now.
Then we have Orinch. Orinch has FIV, and has had a cough
for quite some time. But then it became a really loud cough and sounds
like he has bronchitis. So, off Orinch went and had exams and x-rays,
and fluid pulled from his lungs. So, Orinch has a collapsed lung and
asthma. So, he is on prednisolone daily and has an asthma inhaler.
In addition to these three cats, Smokey gets a prednisolone pill daily so that he doesn't go into puking fits. If he doesn't get his pill, he pukes and pukes and pukes until there is nothing left to puke, and then he still pukes. Sometimes, he needs a shot to stop this. So, he gets a pill daily.
G.T. gets a serum shot every 2 weeks for his allergies, and every 2 months he also gets a shot from the v-e-t because he starts chewing and itching until he gets ulcerated areas that begin bleeding.
Our v-e-t knows us very well. Usually, Maw is over at his office with one of us, or picking up additional meds or food for us on a weekly basis. And Maw called him tonight after Obi had the seizure and they talked for awhile about the seizure, and what to watch for, and to call immediately if Obi has another one tonight.