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.