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    Sweet Lincoln

    Thank you so much, danteshuman. Those are beautiful poems. I sure am missing him. I should be getting his ashes back this week. I wasn't sure whether I would want them or not, or how I would feel about having them, but I didn't like the idea of not knowing where he was, either. I still don't...
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    Sweet Lincoln

    Thank you Jem :hearthrob:
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    Sweet Lincoln

    Thank you les26, Maria Bayote and Mamanyt1953. I know he is not in any pain. I still talk out loud to him (and to our family dog who we lost in January), and tell them I love them and believe they can hear me.
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    Sweet Lincoln

    Thank you so much, everyone, for saying so many kind things. I cried reading them in bed this morning and cried some more for my little boy. I find myself waiting for him to run up to me when I come in the door, or looking around to see if his water bowls need filling. I can't believe how...
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    Sweet Lincoln

    Yesterday I said goodbye to dear Lincoln (also known as Linky, Linky Bink, Binky Boy, Bink Bonks, The Blueberry Bush, Bushy Boy, and the Link Man). In the past two months he’d been through an awful lot, from initially being diagnosed with kidney disease to finding out just over a week ago that...
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    The Latest On Lincoln

    I said goodbye to my dear boy this morning. The vet said the tumor had grown since she saw it last week and was pressing on his windpipe, as well as fusing his jaw shut. It was very aggressive and he was beginning to have respiratory problems, and obvious pain. We talked about quality over...
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    The Latest On Lincoln

    I made an appointment with the vet on Wednesday, but when I went home to check on Lincoln at lunch he was back to hiding behind the couch and he looked so miserable that I asked if I could bring him in this afternoon. The vet thinks the tumour in his mouth is actually fusing his jaw shut. She...
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    The Latest On Lincoln

    I wonder if the growth in his mouth is affecting his breathing, as he is making a snorting sound a lot of the time - like a pig grunt. He isn’t really eating anything, or even drinking the Whiskas cat milk he normally loves. I’m offering food but not pushing it too hard, as he seems to be...
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    The Latest On Lincoln

    Jem, that is really interesting. The vet did say infection was a possibility. He has a mild fever and runny nose. FeebysOwner, I’ll ask about that. In the notes it says they recommend a biopsy under sedation or general anaesthetic, so maybe if sedation is enough they wouldn’t do the general...
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    The Latest On Lincoln

    Thank you both, and thank you for the beautiful poem Danteshuman. I really do not think I'll want Lincoln to linger if his life is just going to be full of things he hates. But, I think if we can make it to July 3rd I'll do the biopsy and learn what I can. Maybe it's something that can be...
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    The Latest On Lincoln

    Lincoln's medical saga continues (apologies for length!)... I've previously posted about Lincoln's diagnosis in May of early-stage kidney failure, and how he then wasn't eating much and seemed to be showing symptoms that didn't make sense for his stage of kidney disease. I am just back from...
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    Lincoln's Ckd

    Just a little update: Lincoln and I went back to the vet yesterday. He has been eating very little again (although, thankfully, he had actually gained back a little bit of weight). I've been thinking something other than just the extremely mild kidney issues must be going on. I brought in a...
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    Nausea Treatment: Cerenia - Anything Else?

    Thank you for all the tips! I have tried 1/4 tablet of Pepcid a few times, but have trouble getting it into him. Once he ate it crushed up in a bit of yogurt, but he seems to have caught on to that trick now and has never done it again. I'll ask about B12 and ondansetron and will check out...
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    Nausea Treatment: Cerenia - Anything Else?

    I have an appointment with Lincoln's vet on Wednesday for a follow-up. He's better than he was a few weeks ago when we first got the CKD diagnosis, but still not all that great. Eating continues to be the biggest challenge. He started Mirtazapine (compounded into a transdermal ointment) last...
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    Kidney Failure

    I don’t have much advice, just sending some solidarity your way as I’m in the same place, about a month in now since my 13(ish) year old’s diagnosis. I’m still working on getting Lincoln on track, but he’s doing better than he was at first and so am I.... although it’s overwhelming, I am...
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    Lincoln's Ckd

    I'm always surprised that he can tell, if I've let it come to room temperature or microwaved it. But no matter what I do, he's onto me. :doh: My parents' cats will eat anything that's put in front of them... must be nice!
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    Lincoln's Ckd

    Well, he ended up eating lots yesterday! I don't know if it was the Mirtazapine or not, because he wasn't exactly demanding food or behaving any differently, he just was more agreeable about eating what I gave him. He probably had about 220 cals, which I'm thrilled with. I was complaining to...
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    Lincoln's Ckd

    Thanks @Jem :) I do always leave some kibble out, but he won't touch it unfortunately. His teeth aren't the best (he has a heart murmur so I have not had the vet do a thorough cleaning) and my aunt never fed him kibble, so he has just not really gotten used to it. I'm frustrated and...
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    Lincoln's Ckd

    Thank you both! I will look into the phosphorus binder, Jem. I've heard of them but didn't really know what they were for. Wondering about B12, too. Lincoln had his first dose of the transdermal Mirtazapine this morning. I got up early to give it to him so I'd have time before I left to...
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    Lincoln's Ckd

    Just a little update... (especially for @Furballsmom, @Jem and @denice, who have been so helpful): Lincoln has been slowly improving over the past week. Getting him to eat still takes effort, but my vet has ordered Mirtazapine as a transdermal gel so we'll be starting that soon. I've also found...
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