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    Helping a greiving cat

    It's been about a week and a half. I've been slowly recovering but my older boy is still struggling. The good things are that he still eats OK, cleans himself and uses the box normally. The bad is he still stays in the bedroom a lot where she was towards the end and just sits in the middle of...
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    Helping a greiving cat

    Thanks for the good words. I try not to overthink things, but what makes this difficult is this is my first go-around with the death of one of my own and with living alone, the change to the household is huge to me and the other two. And of all things, my older boy is not a huge cuddle and pet...
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    Helping a greiving cat

    I hope this is the right section to ask, but feel free to move if not... Some might have seen my recent post that I had to let my 17 year old girl go last week. I have 2 surviving boys. One is 4.5 and doesn't seem to notice as much. The one I'm concerned with is my almost 16 year old boy who...
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    So sad my kitty is dying.....kidney disease at 18yo

    I don't have any experience with kidney problems to comment on that specifically, but I wanted to say I'm really sorry to read about your situation as I saw where you said you were going through something similar from my thread. It's really tough, but I agree with Mamanyt, if there is no joy...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Not the update I wanted to provide, but I let my girl go tonight. I had finished a shower and was putting some things away and then went to find her. She was in the next bedroom against the wall and looked funny. I leaned down and she had her mouth open and her tongue out and was breathing...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Hey, sorry to hear about your situation being similar. You just do the best you can and try to stay strong. I've just been keeping mine relaxed and quiet. Hope nothing gets worse before Friday. She's been pretty much the same all week though. Now that I'm sitting around with her a lot, I'm...
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    Checking B12 Levels/At Home Injections?

    By the way, I forgot to say that my vet did offer to let me do the injections at home so most should let you. The other reason I didn't opt to do them at home is during Covid, they won't let people in the office so I can't get close to anyone to be "trained" or practice with someone there how...
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    Checking B12 Levels/At Home Injections?

    I don't know if my answer will help, but my almost 16 year old boy has been battling IBD for 3 years so I totally hear you about everything. Spending all day there for bloodwork seems odd to me, and doesn't sound normal. Usually, they'd draw blood one time at the checkup appointment, you go...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    I definitely have been and will spend more time with her. Wish I didn't have to work so I could do that more, but don't we all wish that sometimes! ha. Here she is by the way. Picture is a few years old but she is the same, just thinner. This makes me feel better to at least try this first...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Spoke to my vet. I'm taking her in Friday late morning to attempt to drain the fluid to make her feel better for a while longer. Plan is to giver her some Gabapentin to calm her down. A little the night before and a little in the morning. They will then put her under more mild sedation and...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    I will ask. It's just a matter if it would not be good to mix with whatever they would need to use and she is already down on energy from no appetite anyway. At first we thought it wouldn't be a good idea to go this route due to her stress.... but I dunno. Maybe it's worth a chance... It's...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Thanks! Actually they did give me some Gabapentin for her last appointment and it did make a little difference for her. The doc I work with will be in tomorrow and I'm going to give a call again to go over the possibility of draining this.... at least give it one good chance maybe. Talk about...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Exactly. Thanks for your comments. Not only is it hard on the owner, but I'm thinking of my other 2 cats who will notice she is not around. One who has been with her for 14-some years, so I need to keep an eye on him. All my cats are spoiled to my ability, so yes to great lives for sure! I'm...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Finally heard back from my current vet, but different Dr. The reason 3 different doctors did not suggest Lasix is because that is only for when fluid is inside the lungs. She said it is rarely helpful when there is just fluid in the chest cavity. Doesn't work the same. So my choices are...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    At some small times she seems to be herself when she is fully awake, but her breathing is getting a little quicker I noticed this morning. My normal vet is not in today so waiting on a call back from another Dr at the same practice. Waiting is bad and I'm at work, so this has become extremely...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Right, it is around her lungs and not in them. Thanks for your thoughts and, like you say, I'll still call and ask about it to see if there is any relief there for her just in case.
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Thanks everyone! Appreciate everyone who has chimed in. I had not heard about this Lasix drug before, but it sounds like it's worth a call to see if I can try that. I hope it's not too late to try as that sounds like a good, non-invasive attempt. Wonder why they didn't suggest it? She's been...
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    Think my kitty has reached the end and it is scary

    Hi all, It's been a tough couple days. I have a 17 year old Bengal, girl. She had a routine appointment 2 weeks ago for updated rabies and check up blood work. She was fine 3 weeks ago. Was lethargic after the appointment, but it was always normal as she gets super stressed out going to the...
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