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  • Just figured I'd check in. It's been almost a year now since we lost Oliver to HCM/CHF/CRF. Sometimes it seems like yesterday. Remember that we lost our other cat to CRF three weeks later. We adopted a docile but very frightened feral cat after losing Oliver, and a very sweet, very social cat after losing Wendy. Our feral (Jenny) is now coming along nicely in socialization, and...
    J. J. Nov 2, 2001
  • Voula: Let me tell you a story about the kitty you think you're destined to adopt. After we lost Wendy, our second cat, just three weeks after losing Oliver, we went up to the shelter from which we'd adopted Jenny, our feral. We fell madly in love with a very sweet 8-month-old female kittten who had almost the same markings Ollie had (white with black spots - cow kitty). We decided...
    J. Z. May 19, 2001
  • Sue, So sorry to hear about Belle. Heart disease with CRF is a tough combination. We had that with Oliver, along with congestive heart failure, and it was the CHF that made sub-q impossible. You did whatever you could. I know it takes time to get used to being without them. My thoughts are with you. Jill (and new kitties Jenny and Maggie...
    J. Z. Feb 18, 2001
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  • OK, now I know you're all going to think I've gone off my rocker. For the last month, mostly at night but not always, I hear the sound of Oliver running around the house. For those of you who are new, Oliver was my HCM/CHF/CRF kitty who left us December 10 at the age of 14-1/2. Now, you might say it's our new cat, Maggie, except that usually when I hear it, Maggie is with me. Or...
    J. Z. Feb 12, 2001
  • Melinda, I hadn't realized just how obsessive I was about Ollie until after he was gone. For an entire year, it was how does he look? How's his weight? Does he still have his "cat bag?" Is he playing? How much has he eaten? What will he eat? When should I give him his medicine? Should I do both at once or split it up? Did I close off the basement so he can't hide? Do I need to...
    J. Z. Feb 3, 2001
  • Hi, Melinda-- So glad Pongo is better! What a tough old guy he is. I wish Ollie had been that tough. I have unsubscribed from the CRF list -- just too much to read, but I did keep this one to see how everyone's doing, and to let you know that there is life after losing your furbabies. It's hard sometimes, but there is life. December was a horrible month for us. We lost Ollie on...
    J. Z. Jan 28, 2001
  • On December 10, as you all know, we lost our 14-1/2 year old Oliver. He had battled hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with congestive heart failure for a year...and it was his kidneys that gave out. Now, three weeks later, our 15-1/2 year old Wendy is headed down the same path. We've known for a year that her kidneys were starting to fail, and in the last few months she's gotten very...
    J. Z. Dec 29, 2000
  • 10 years with heart disease? I nearly fell off my chair. How have you managed to have a cat on lasix that long without kidney problems? My Oliver, who we lost two weeks ago, was diagnosed 11/24/99 with HCM with congestive heart failure. His kidneys were ok as recently as August, but right at the end, his last bloodwork showed his BUN and creatinine just off the charts. It seemed to...
    J. Z. Dec 25, 2000
  • Please say hello to our new furbaby, "Daphne." http://www.petfinder.org/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=56112&SessionID=3a451aa7744d7f04&display=&preview=0&row=25 The LAST thing we were looking for was another white cat with spots (Ollie was white with black spots), but this kitty is very laid back, very non-aggressive, and we figured she was the least likely to give Wendy a hard time. AND...
    J. Z. Dec 24, 2000
  • Oh, Steve, I'm so sorry about Celeste. This all sounds so familiar it breaks my heart. We were blessed that Ollie didn't hide. He didn't want to be with us, he wanted to be with Wendy, but he didn't hide. Please don't second-guess yourself about PTS. It sounds like Celeste had congestive heart failure along with the HCM, which is what Ollie had. When it's HCM alone, and all you're...
    J. Z. Dec 18, 2000