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Old 08-11-2008, 08:11 PM   #61
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Thanks for your good thoughts W2R. Actually, he weighs nine pounds. He was down one pound from his usual weight of 10 pounds. This is a big weight loss percentage wise, but he was healthy enough to withstand the surgery.
OH!!! Thank goodness. I must have read it too fast and misunderstood. I was envisioning this poor, one pound eleven year old cat, which would hardly be consistent with living much longer! Now this is definitely worth cheering about.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:37 PM   #62
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Update on my cat

Trombone Al reminded me I haven't updated this with his "National update your posts" thread. My cat had surgery on August 11th. They removed a portion of his liver and obtained biopsy samples of the rest. This was major surgery and he had an incision about 5 inches long on his belly. The first night we brought him home he bled profusely and I was scared to death. It turned out OK though and he is now healed up fine.

The results of the tests confirm he has lymphocytic cholangitis. He will be treated with prednisone and denamarin and will require frequent rechecks of his liver levels. He has gained weight and is now up to 9.5 pounds

The outlook for him is cautiously optimistic. Some cats with this condition do worsen and die within a year. Others can go on for years with a good quality of life.

This all has been very expensive. I would do it again since he has improved, we now know exactly what the problem is, he has a decent chance for a good quality of life and, most important, I love him! Here's a picture of my boy taken today:
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:46 PM   #63
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Awesome update, Purron. Thanks! He's a lovely boy!
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Great to hear this update! He sure is a sweet little boy! We had a black kitty that looked much your boy. He looks awful happy!
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Thanks for posting this, Purron. I had been wondering how your kitty was doing. I wish you (and him) the best. He looks good, and the fact that he's gaining weight is a good sign. I know you must feel great to have him back home with you.
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I have to admit, I'm surprised how well your cat has done. Hope he lives to a ripe old age.
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Purron - that is great news! He is such a cutie. I have a black boy too - looks just like him (but bigger, my guy is 15 pounds). Best of luck to you both. I hope he lives a long, purrfectly happy life!

I'm glad, too, that they figured out what the problem is. Looking back at my posts from Christmas-time, you'll see that I lost one of my guys after a short but intense fight with....we don't know what. To this day, I wish we at least could have figured out what was wrong with him.
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Very bad news today

It's been about a year and a half since my beloved cat was diagnosed with liver disease. He's been through surgery, every imaginable test, 3 specialists, a holistic vet, and about 10 different medications. For awhile, I thought we had this thing licked. He gained weight and was very happy and healthy.

Unfortunately, he has declined again. Today I received the devastating news that he is unlikely to live much longer and it's best not to try any more medical interventions. I'll spare you the depressing details, but suffice it to say this kitty has used up all of his 9 lives.

The only thing to do now is watch him and try to determine when it's time to have him put to sleep. Right now, it's not so bad and he has a decent quality of life. My vet thinks he will decline rather quickly and we may be looking a week or two, but you know how these things are.

Everyone here has been so wonderful during this experience. I know many of you have gone through this with your pets and understand.

Bless you all.
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I'm so sorry Purron... You have done your best.

I went through something similar with my kitty, Ted. He looks just like your cat.

Stay strong....
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Sorry, Purron. Hard to live through this kind of thing.

Lucky cat to have you.
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I'm so sorry for your loss.
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I'm so so sorry Purron. At least you can be comforted in the fact that you did gain extra time with him, and you did everything you could for him. He sure is loved...and I'm sure he knows that. The next few weeks will be quite difficult - stay strong. You will know when the time is right.
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You know that you did your best for him. I hope when the time comes that it is easy for him and peaceful for you.

We've been though this, too. And yet we still start over and adopt again.
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One of my cats had liver disease also. I thought the time we had to say goodbye was very precious. Thanks for sharing his story with us, Purron; he is fortunate to live in your house.
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My cat died of renal failure and went from 14-1/2 lbs. to 8 lbs. of skin and bones, and understand from the cat Vet that this is the normal way kitties pass away. He's been gone for 5 years, and I still miss him. It's hard to go thru this I know...Lord, how I know. Just concentrate on how much fun you had, how much you loved each other and how lucky each of you are to have been in each other's lives is about all you can do for now. You surely did your best for kitty, and now it's time to let his little soul rest. Bless you both.
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Sorry to hear this latest news- will be thinking about you and please keep us updated. Sounds like you've done all you can and I'm sure you'll know when it's time to move on.
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I am so, so sorry to hear this, Purron. I am glad you have time to say your goodbyes, because I know you love him very much.
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You guys are wonderful. Thanks for all the supportive thoughts. I've cried my eyes out today and now feel at peace. At least he won't have to go through anymore invasive procedures or treatments.

Sure wish CFB was still around. He was such a comfort when this started and had such great advice.
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Sorry to hear about this. Beautiful kitty.
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Very hard to see a pet one loves declining. Believe me I know from experience many times over. He is beautiful and it is obvious to see he has had a good life.
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