Every day you wake up breathing is a good day.

Posted Thu May 31, 2007, 11:14 AM by Tracy | |

Every morning I get up, every evening I come home from work, I am surprised to find my old cat Ally still alive. Barely, but still alive.

Ally is failing. She has lost a couple pounds since the beginning of the year, putting her weight at less than half her top adult weight. She is very shaky on her feet, yet she manages to get up and down from the bed and the couch. She still insists on crawling on to my lap at every opportunity.

I took Ally to the vet the other day and they did a full workup on her. Her kidneys are functioning at somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3. Her electrolytes are low, likely from dehydration which is like resulting from loss of kidney function. On the positive sign her liver is good and she shows no endocrine (e.g. thyroid) problems.

The question is now what to do with her. She’s 18 years old and we don’t expect her to live forever. My main concern is that she be comfortable. We could give her fluids under the skin, which would help her electrolyte levels, which in turn would improve her appetite.

I’ve resorted to feeding Ally baby food, on the suggestion of the vet. It’s probably better for her than the lunchmeat she still loves. She nearly took my finger off to get a piece of ham.

  1. It’s a hard time in a cat lover’s life, when to help them pass peacefully. My thought are with you….

    PattyO    Thu May 31, 03:26 PM    #


Links & Lists


Seek & Find



More Magpie

Kung Fu Diary
Magpie Knits
Magpie Writes
Photo Gallery

Sections and pages still in the "old" look, still accessible:


RSS / Atom


Graphics produced with Photoshop CS
Page layouts and CSS hand-coded with HTML Kit

Looks good in Firefox on PC, looks mostly okay in IE 6.0 on PC. I don’t know how it looks on Mac.