Old cat with kidney trouble

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TodaysFishIsTroutALaCreme Tue 14-Jun-16 10:24:20

We have just got back from the vets where he said her kidneys were small and he has taken bloods to see what the extent of the problem is.

She is 18 years old which i believe is a good age for a cat. She has hyperthyroidism which up till now has been very well controlled with daily medicine but over the past couple of weeks, she has gone down hill so we took her to the vets this morning to be checked over. She has been yowling in the night and has been a bit sicky. She is grooming herself but not very successfully so she has gone quite matted. She still has a voracious appetite due to the hyperthyroidism but when the vet weighed her, she has lost weight again. She is now 2.2kg from 2.4kg. Until the bloods come in, we dont know if her poor health is kidney or thyroid related. She is also on metacam daily for pain as she has arthritis.

Am not sure what i am actually asking here. I think i just need a hand to hold. I dont know her prognosis and neither will the vet at this early stage. I guess it is just hitting home that we have an old cat and i will have to get used to the idea of her not being around forever. She was abused before we got her from a rescue shelter and she was our wedding present to ourselves.

I dont want her to go but i would rather she went a month early than 2 days too late. It is the last thing i can giver her after such a shitty start to her life.

cozietoesie Tue 14-Jun-16 11:14:02

Yes. At 18, she's pretty well in her sunset years.

Good luck with the bloods when the results come through.

lavenderdoilly Tue 14-Jun-16 11:19:08

Hand hold from me. Sounds like she has had love and care from you. Had to make the same call for the same reasons last year.

hillyhilly Tue 14-Jun-16 11:37:23

You're exactly right with the thinking that she should go early rather thank late, my only regret for my old cat was that we didn't do the deed sooner - the vet was reluctant, kept suggesting further treatments and tests but frankly there was only one way out, she had diabetes.
It is such an upsetting thing to do but is part of your love and care for your cat.
My remaining cat will be 18 next month and she too is definitely showing her age this last 12 months or so but still happy.

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