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Kitty update

Without wanting to be melodramatic, I'm hoping Diablo will be with us through one more Christmas, but trying to be prepared for the strong possibility that he won't.

He's been doing fairly well -- slow up the stairs, and a couple weeks back we noticed what appears to be a swollen gland on the right side of his neck, but it hasn't seemed to bother him overly. He'll shake his head sometimes like he's trying to get rid of it, and it seems to be related to the creaky-wheezy sound his purr has developed. He's thinner again since the last vet visit, but his weight seemed to have stabilized.

This weekend, whatever is going on with him finally started to affect his eating. He's no longer finishing even half of the tablespoon of canned food I've been giving him (and which he's been loudly demanding) morning and evening. This evening he didn't finish the milk I gave him instead in order to get his vitamins into him. When I was in the kitchen, he stood by his dish and meowed at me, but wouldn't eat any more. I think he's having trouble swallowing. I feel every vertebra in his spine when I pet him, his flanks are positively concave, and he stops to rest between the kitchen and the living room. He hasn't come upstairs all weekend.

Calling the regular vet tomorrow to see if they can get him in. Otherwise, I'm taking him to the emergency office. I hope this is something they can treat without too much risk to an old guy like him. But I sure as heck can't watch him starve. So, this might be it.

And of course we're getting on a plane to Florida this Thursday. Assuming he doesn't end up staying at the vet (or not coming home), I need to make last-minute arrangements for someone to come and check on him. He's always been fine for a few days before with extra food and water, but I don't think that will work anymore.

Any thoughts and prayers would be appreciated. (I apologize in advance if I don't reply to any comments.) He's sixteen years old, and I've been sort of mentally preparing to adjust to him being gone since we noticed the weight loss in August. But he hasn't seemed unhappy or uncomfortable until now, and adjusting to that is a lot harder.



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Dec. 11th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)

I wish I could have you leave him with me, but I don't imagine new scary cats would do him any good at all.
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
Probably not. But thanks for the thought. {{ hugs back }}
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
::hugs and good thoughts:: Can I help at all?
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
I don't know how, other than the aforementioned hugs and good thoughts. But thanks anyway.
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
*snuggles and sends good thoughts in your direction*
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
My thoughts are with you. :)
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Poor kitty. The emergency vet in Roselle is really good, if that's where you're going.

Dec. 11th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Dundee. They also run his regular office.

Dec. 11th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
All thoughts and prayers in your direction. I know you'll do what's right for Diablo, whatever that may be.
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
I remember when you first got him, and you were keeping in the dorm at MSU. Has it been that long? Wow.

Sending Light & Love & Healing Energy his way.

Dec. 11th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
I hope you'll have some more time with him. It's so hard losing a pet. My cat Sunny died 2 years ago (wow, I can't believe it's been that long..) - he had lymphoma which is treatable, but not curable. So it was all about trying to get as much quality time as possible. It's really hard and sad - no easy way. I hope you get your time with your kitty.
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)

Dec. 11th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
This is such a hard thing. :( I'm so sorry, and I hope for the best. {hugs}
Dec. 11th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
*hugs* for you both.

I know how hard it is to make that choice, and I'm sure you'll make the right one, whatever that is.
Dec. 11th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
*hugs and good thoughts*
Dec. 11th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
*sends good thoughts to your kitty*
Dec. 11th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)

This is the suckiest part of sharing your life with an animal. I hope you have longer with him, and by the way? Best name ever for a cat except for Loki but that might have been tempting fate.

I know you'll do what is best for him.
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