Re: [FH] ok, help
- Hi Kim,
I'm sure Q-Tip likes to watch the birds. My kitties
like to do that too. I always know something is wrong
when they lose interest in birds and squirrels!
For my cat, the first sign was that she slowed down
eating. Next, she started seeking heat - a 180
degree turn from her usual seeking cool spots - like
floor tile or porcelain. She became very lethargic
and it was hard to wake her up, but once awake, she
acted fairly normally.
She saw the cardiologist who didn't know why she was
seeking heat and attributed her sleepiness and
lethargy to her heart dissease. She saw her regular
vet who attributed the slowing down in food
consumption and weight loss to her advancing heart
Next she barely ate. I started to syringe feed her
and offer her 10s of different wet and dry foods which
she would eat for 12-36 hours and then would not want
them anymore. She became even more lethargic and
sleepy. Her respiration rate actually dropped from
18-22 to 16-20. I would pet her and pet her and she
would barely acknowledge it. She wasn't interested in
anything. Not birds out the window, not food, not
toys, nothing. Then she completely stopped eating and
would vomit a few hours after I fed her. She went
back to the vet. Bloodwork showed elevated BUN (~60)
and creatinine (~4.1) Then she stopped drinking (which
I understand is unusual for renal disease).
We backed off the lasix, and dropped her benazepril
and gave low amounts of subQ fluids. She did well for
a day or two, but then got much much worse again and
was hospitalized with both CHF and kidney failure.
I'm sure that not all cats behave the same way, but
this might give you a few ideas of what too look for.
You might consider joining one of the Yahoo cat renal
groups and read through posts to get a feeling for
what others are dealing with and looking for.
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