It's been about a month since my hasty post about my darling cat, Loaf. She is still with us, and seemingly pretty stable! Since her diagnosis of Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) life has definitely changed. She is eating prescription wet food, on several medications (cerenia, mirtazapine, pepcid, aluminum hydroxide, and occasionally miralax), and my husband and I give her subcutaneous fluids at home every day. She isn't eating freely like she was before her kidney crisis, but she responds well to spoon feeding and other forms of encouragement. It's tough to get her to eat enough. Her bloodwork showed a slight improvement of her kidney values after a week on subcutaneous fluids, but this disease is still terminal...
When I asked how long she had, the best answer I could get was that a year is optimistic. They were amazed at how she had adapted to how poorly her kidneys were functioning. I always thought of Loaf as kind of a sensitive cat, but she's actually really tough and adaptable. She's shown me over and over again how resilient she really is. I can only hope she blows the vet's prediction out of the water. I'm not ready to lose her, she's not even 12 yet.
My job is to make her life as good as it possibly can be in whatever time she has left. We've done all we can do reduce the stress factors in her life, she gets walked on her leash and harness whenever she wants, we play with her and pet her tons. Her every whim is being served, as best we possibly can. Most days she seems almost normal, thanks to her new routine and meds! Lovey, talkative, moves around pretty well on her own, etc. But it's very clear she doesn't feel 100% well
Before Loaf's diagnosis, I had not been doing well mentally for quite some time. This past year has not been kind to me. My mental health has only worsened with her diagnosis. I had been trying to seek help for a while, realizing I was long past my ability to cope properly without intervention. This past week I finally was able to arrange some help. It's not something I want to get into details about, but I haven't been well at all. I'm really hoping things will start looking up in that arena.
I'm trying to claw my way out of this mire as best I can. I recently finished a commission and created a mailing list for all my clients, so it's easier to keep in touch with everyone. I need to tackle my severely cluttered and out of date Trello queue, and catch up on a million things. I'm taking this one day at a time, and I appreciate any amount of patience and understanding you might have.
Now go give your pets a treat, and drink a glass of water in Loaf's honor. <3