Monday, March 31, 2014

An Update About George


As you know, George is nearing his 17th birthday this summer and since he was diagnosed with renal disease many years ago we're surprised he made it this long.

He's been steadily losing weight and now weighs about 5 1/2 lb.  He's been eating a special diet and getting sub-cutaneous fluids for months to help with  dehydration and we learned how to give the fluids at home.  He doesn't like these treatments.  Last week he stopped eating so my husband and I took him to the vet.  After a blood test and exam the diagnosis is he's progressed to stage 3 kidney disease.  There is nothing that can be done to prevent him from going to the final stage and we don't know how much longer he'll be with us.

The vet explained about the options open to us including blood transfusions and dialysis, but even if we had thousands of dollars to spend on these treatments, we decided that at almost 17, we're not going to subject him to them since it's only postponing the inevitable. 

We've decided to keep him as comfortable as possible as long as his quality of life is good.  He's getting anti-nausea medicine as well as an appetite stimulant and the vet increased the sub-cu fluids to daily. 

Other than not eating, he's acting like his usual self, not hiding away.  He still wants to be with the family, near us.  Even as I write this, he's next to me.


At March 31, 2014 10:15 PM, Blogger Max said...

That's what I would want for me...just be as comfy as possible for as long as possible. What more could a guy ask for? Aside from a harem, that is... Mojo for ya, George!

At April 01, 2014 1:01 AM, Blogger Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Paws crossed that George has lots more quality time to spend with you! I'm sending purrs your way.

At April 01, 2014 3:43 AM, Blogger Karen and Gerard said...

I think you made the right decision--let his last days, weeks, months, whatever he has left be as stress free as possible. I know that's what my cats would want.

At April 01, 2014 1:31 PM, Blogger William said...

It's a terrible, terrible thing, that CRF. We think you've chosen the best path, and we will keep George--and all of you--in our thoughts.

At April 01, 2014 2:13 PM, Blogger Angel and Kirby said...

Give him loving pats from us. We went through this with Wizard.

At April 01, 2014 2:36 PM, Blogger Flynn said...

We send purrs from me for George, and (((hugs))) from mum to all of you. We hope that George is able to have a lot more quality time with you.

At April 01, 2014 3:51 PM, Blogger ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

We are purring for George, doing what is best for George is absolutely the right path. Enjoy each moment you have with him.

At April 01, 2014 4:51 PM, Blogger Quill and Greyson said...

We are so sorry to read this. I think you've made the best choice for your love, he has had an amazing life filled with your love and kindness! We know it's hard and we send our hugs love and purrs to all of you.


At April 01, 2014 5:52 PM, Blogger Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Our Best Purrs to George!

At April 01, 2014 8:02 PM, Blogger Derby, Ducky said...

Sending purrs to you guys. Sounds like what you are doing for George, is what mum did for Grampie, just keep him comfortable and then left him go to heaven.

At April 02, 2014 2:20 PM, Blogger Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Good for you to make that decision now. I had a 16 yr old cat that I got a life ending diagnosis for. I could have done more for her as well, but I do believe that would have increased the quantity of life, not her quality.

May you have oodles and oodles of time with George, and may the end be obvious and clear.


At April 06, 2014 12:27 PM, Blogger Shaggy and Scout said...

Hi Crew! We send our loves to George. Tell him he is a fine and handsome cat and give him extra pettings from us.

At April 09, 2014 5:52 AM, Blogger The Meezers or Billy said...

We went through the sub-q fluids with ralphie. We gave him chicken baby food after each treatment and heloved that. We did it for 7 months, which was 6 months longer than the vet gave him to live.

Georgie, we love you dood!


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