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Old 08-08-2005, 08:06 PM   #1
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My cat, Mr. Poe, is a siamese/himalayan mix, 14.5 years. He looks a *LOT* like Choc, and I actually got him from a breeder in Lakeland, so who knows? He's family to me, but I'm afraid he's using up his 9th life. Starting about 3 weeks ago, he stopped eating. Not completely, but I noticed his bowl wasn't being emptied. Last Tuesday I came home and found him drooling & having trouble with his hindquarters when he walked. I took him to a vet, and the blood work showed severe dehydration and elevated creatine (sp?) and BUN count. Both are symptoms of kidney failure. They put him on an IV to rehydrate him, and as his fluid level improved, the blood work did too. But the problem with his legs worsened. Now he's having trouble with all 4 -- he basically can't walk. The Dr. noticed a decrease in blood flow to his legs, meaning the muscles aren't getting the oxygen they need, so they're weak. X-rays and an ultrasound showed nothing -- no clots, no evidence of stroke or heart attack. He's still not eating so now he's on a liquid diet using a feeding tube up his nose. Since the 3 doctors at this place admitted they can't explain it, they said it's just "wait & see", unless I wanted to try something radical like going to a veterinary college hospital where they could inject dye in his blood & trace it more completely. I brought him home Saturday evening, and have been feeding & medicating him hourly, well, during the work week it'll be morning/lunch/ and evenings on the hour. I've got an appointment with another vet tomorrow, but I admit -- I'm scared.

Has anybody heard of anything similar, and how did it turn out?
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Old 08-08-2005, 08:10 PM   #2
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Thats how my cat died, but it was much more progressive. It happened over years. But there was one day, where he came out of the bush wobbling, dizzy, and somewhat bloody. He couldn't get out of his bed once he got onto it. He died a month and a half later, even due to the large amounts of veteranary intervention.
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Old 08-08-2005, 08:37 PM   #3
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Did your vet determine a cause? I'd like to have a specific suggestion when I talk to mine tomorrow.
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Old 08-08-2005, 09:11 PM   #4
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He couldn't. He thought it was a stroke, but she saw no signs. He also had kidney failure for many years. Just make sure to give him plently of water to flush out his system, as his kidneys can't.
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Old 08-09-2005, 01:54 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear. I'm not vet, but I know how scary it is to have a furry friend who is sick. Good luck!
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Old 08-09-2005, 02:27 PM   #6
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my dog had something like that happen.,both his kidneys were gone. it took about a year and a half ffor him to die.Just make your cat comfortable.Thats about all you can do.I'm sorry.
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:22 PM   #7
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Mr. Poe passed away this morning.

So long Poe, you were the best. I'll miss you...

His roommate, Sue (on the left) is a 13yr old Tonkinese. She keeps searching & calling for him. I hope she doesn't mourn herself into the grave. I had that happen with 2 other pets who lived together from birth. Losing one hurts enough...
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:35 PM   #8
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I'm so sorry my friend, don't worry, he's up there watching you from heaven now.

He REALLY did look like Choc.. He could have been Choc's Dad, who knows! Wow!

My previous god--cat Charly died at 16.4 years, and of the same thing. his back legs stopped working too. I totally lost it for days. It killed me. From 1st grade till 1997. He was my child.

Make a dedication page for your King, for all to see!! (I saved those pics too! very beautiful animals).

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Old 08-10-2005, 06:39 PM   #9
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I'm very sorry for your loss, we too have a Poe (a purebred Siamese, Edgar when he's being naughty) and he's getting up there in age too (12 currently). We all know they can't live forever, but that doesn't make it any easier when we lose one.
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:59 PM   #10
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Originally posted by Ziroc:
I'm so sorry my friend, don't worry, he's up there watching you from heaven now.

He REALLY did look like Choc.. He could have been Choc's Dad, who knows! Wow!

My previous god--cat Charly died at 16.4 years, and of the same thing. his back legs stopped working too. I totally lost it for days. It killed me. From 1st grade till 1997. He was my child.

Make a dedication page for your King, for all to see!! (I saved those pics too! very beautiful animals).

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Thanks. Poe never fathered a litter but he might be an uncle. I got him from a breeder north of Lakeland (from the mall take 98 about 5 miles IIRC). They crossed a male registered Siamese with a female registered Himalayan and had litters that looked like that.
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