May 20th, 2015

skeptical cat

Kitty Kidneys

Kitty update: Ioliel was pretty worn-out on Monday and slept a lot, but was eating and drinking and not vomiting. Yesterday was even better, and she seemed pretty much back to her usual self. We got an extra litter box for upstairs, and it seems like the nighttime "accidents" were indeed just her waking up in the middle of the night, needing to go, and not wanting to go all the way down to the basement to pee.

This morning we took her to the vet, and her numbers are much improved. He did an ultrasound (so now she's got a shaved belly, oh the indignity!) and she's got chronic kidney disease, but still has 25-50% of her kidneys. So hooray! It will shorten her lifespan, but it can be managed, and she should still be with use for a while yet. (And it's probably genetic.)

So now both our kitties get special food, and every day she gets a pill (which we can dissolve in a little water and add to her wet food, because ain't no way she's gonna take it otherwise) and some phosphorus-binding liquid (also added to the wet food), but otherwise things are mostly back to normal.

*Whew*! It was an emotionally exhausting and expensive ordeal that felt like it lasted for about three months, and I'm glad to have it over with.