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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Report on Samhain (the cat, not the sabbat)



As many of you know, my little (6.6 lb) girl cat Samhain has been dealing with Chronic Renal Failure for a couple of years. She is only 6 or 7--an adopted stray, so we can't be sure of her exact age--so she is very young to be dealing with this illness.


She was doing quite well for the first year and a half, but then in March her test results took a drastic turn for the worse, and we went from doing subq fluids at home 3 x a week to doing them every day. Oh, the joy.


Samhain and her roommate Angus went to the vet today for their yearly rabies shots and exams, and her bloodwork. And I'm VERY happy to say that for the first time since March, it had actually improved. *insert happy dance here*


Don't get me wrong: it's still bad. She's still dying. She just isn't doing it as fast as we thought she was. And she clearly hasn't gotten the memo, since she is still eating well and acting as affectionate and feisty as ever. I won't tell her if you won't.

15 comments:

  1. YAY!!! I'm so glad that she's still being herself, that she hasn't gotten that whole you're-dying memo. :D I think about her often.

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  2. Thanks Sierra! Sometimes it's good cats can't read :-)

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  3. How wonderful! That's a cat who is in no hurry to go from life X to life Y (wonder how many she has left?). I think about her and and you and all I can so is second Sierra: YAY!!!

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  4. wonderful news!!! so happy to read this!

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  5. That's great news!
    I love the colors in Samhain's fur in that photo. Tell her she's gorgeous!

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  6. I'm delighted to hear it! I'm giving sub-qs to two kitties right now, so I empathize with your tenacity and your joy.

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  7. Cats can't read! Are you sure? At the very least they can sometimes read minds.

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  8. Yay Samhain! And yay you for the great kitty nursing!

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  9. I'm so glad--I think of Samhain whenever I read about Crusie's kidney-failure-pup. And that's a beautiful picture of Herself.

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  10. What a beautiful cat! I'm so glad she's feeling better. I've been down that road before. It's hard, uncertain path to follow. It sounds like Samhain has a strong spirit.

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  11. YAY!!! I'm so glad to hear that Samhain is doing so well on her treatments!! May she be around to "help" you write for years to come. :o)

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  12. Thanks all! And believe me, Robena... she knows :-)

    She tends to go up and down, which is typical of cats with this issue, but that makes the ups even more wonderful.

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  13. What a beautiful cat with such a sweet face! It's wonderful that she found a home with you to get the love and care that she needs.

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  14. Thanks Jamie! I often think that the gods guided me to her (since I hadn't intended to adopt two cats when I brought her and pal Angus home, only one). If she was still at the shelter, she'd be dead. So clearly she needed a home with someone who was willing to chase her around the house and jab her with a large needle daily...

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