This is the end...and then it's not...and then it is... and then?
April 8, 2014 12:52 PM Subscribe
Our beloved 18 year old kitty Skye
was diagnosed with CRF 3&1/2 years ago. We were told at the time it was pretty bad and that he could have months or years left. We opted not to go with the sub q because he is so skittish already, I wasn't about to make his final time with us miserable. We changed his diet and it helped tremendously. He has his downs where we think it is the end, and then her perks up in a week and is back to normal. This last down was the worst and the shortest.
posted by MayNicholas to Pets & Animals (13 answers total)
I was literally one nap time away from scheduling an appointment to say goodbye, but my kid refused a nap and Skye got a reprise and was back to relative normal the next day. But, not really. Since then he has been wandering around meowling like he is lost (he would occasionally do this but now it's a regular occurrence), randomly peeing on the carpet or any grocery bags left on the floor. His urine output seems higher than usual when it's in the box, randomly licks things, and he has become quite social (needy). We think he may be going deaf or blind or both, because he just doesn't seem to get out of the way anymore when the dog runs past him, or the kid gets too close and tries to grab his tail.
This is going to sound harsh, but I don't want to take him to the vet (we moved and don't have the new vet yet) for them to run a bunch of tests and panels on him only to say yeah, he's bad, you might want to think about saying goodbye or on the other hand, here are 8 million things we can try to see if they help, but we don't know. Not going to happen.
I read that with CRF, when they start 'rebounding' faster, it is actually near the end. Is this true? I don't want to put him down too soon if this is just normal old senile cat stuff, but I also don't want him to be suffering and I miss it because I keep looking at the basics and think he's ok. He's eating (not as much as he used to), gets around, drinks, not much playing- but he was never a big play cat other than chasing his own tail.