I think I’m feeling a little woe-is-me right now. I know that senior kitties bring challenges, but I feel like we’ve been hit fairly hard with all of our kitties, young and old.
In July 2010 Riley was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. I did a lot of research, and with the help of my friend, Dr. Pierson, Riley’s disease has barely progressed in the eighteen months since diagnosis.
In October 2010 Sue was diagnosed with diabetes. It was a harrowing 5 weeks getting him regulated and off of insulin, but I did it, again with the help of Dr. Pierson.
In November 2010, Chicken was diagnosed with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma, caused by one of her many Pfizer vaccines (most likely Defensor 3 Rabies or Leukocell 2 FeLV).
In November 2011, Chicken is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and underwent I-131 radio iodine treatment on December 9 to cure her. She sadly passed away one week later of a saddle thrombus which was completely unexpected.
Four days later, Riley was also diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She underwent the I-131 radio iodine treatment and seems to be doing well.
Today we took Monroe in for a routine dental and get a phone call back that she may be hyperthyroid and may have some heart issues. A cat’s normal resting heart rate is 120-140 bpm. Monroe’s heart rate today at the vet was between 220-270 bpm consistently as he checked throughout the day. Needless to say she didn’t have the dental. I called a cardiologist to make an appointment. That appointment will cost between $500-800. We are going to start her on a beta blocker in a couple of days. The doc said she either has hyperthyroidism, a heart condition or nothing.
Beyond the obvious financial strain all of this has placed upon us, the mental and emotion strain is tolling as well. I just wish all of the kitties could be well and stay well.
Chicken and Monroe were always good buddies!