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May 19th, 2009
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He's baaaack
Mogley has both blood and proteins in his urine, but the antibiotics shot he received last Thursday  was already the proper treatment for that. But anyway, his kidneys are leaking a bit. The vet has given him a shot with a painkiller that's also anti-inflammatory en a vitamin booster and I'm supposed to go back there next Monday. Mogley is already on a special diet that puts less stress on the kidneys and the medication he's getting for his high blood pressure should be good for the kidneys as well. Lets hope it gets better again. Unfortunately, kidney problems are par for the course with elderly cats.

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From:sallymn
Date:May 19th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
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They are... both of ours had them as they got older :(

But it sounds pretty good for the minute {sends more cat-sized cuddles}
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From:jthijsen
Date:May 19th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I love cat cuddles.

My oldest (Joepie, see icon) is eighteen years old and has both bad kidneys and a heart murmur. I hope he'll stay with me for a few years yet. At the same time, I'm quietly hoping that after those years, it'll be his heart that suddenly gives up, so I won't have to make that terrible trip to the vet for him because he won't have time to suffer.
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From:jomacmouse
Date:May 20th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
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*nods understandingly* As long as he's got you to give him a comfortable home, I'm sure those years will be good to him.

And yay for Mogley too.
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From:vilakins
Date:May 19th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Welcome back, Mogley! My Claudia has been living with kidney disease for about three years now, despite eating food not meant for her (a prolem you'll probably have). She gets a regular injection though which is meant to help with appetite etc.
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From:jthijsen
Date:May 19th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Appetite it fortunately not yet a problem here and they usually don't have access to anything other than Hill's K/D, which is a special kidney diet which is also really healthy for all older cats.
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From:vilakins
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
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That's the one Claudia was on, but she refused to eat it when there was other stuff available (Vic's normal food, and the cubs' kitten food, all Hills). She still prefers the kitten biscuits but the vet was surprised she put on some weight lately when she's been losing steadily. She agreed that even though it's hard on Claudia's kidneys, if she's enjoying it and it's sustaining her, let her eat it. I separate the cubs from her and Vic at night, so they only get their own food then. I'm changing the cubs to adult food soon because they already eat Claudia's and Vic's. [rolls eyes] If they're all on the same stuff, it might be easier. I suppose I could give them more specialised food like kidney diet at night when they have no choice.

So all your ctas are older?
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From:jthijsen
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
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They are 18, 14, 13, 12, 12, 10, 3, 2, 1 and 1 years old, respectively. Hummel (one year old, icon) needs a special diet to prevent crystals in his urine from forming. The other three youngest get regular Hill's for adults. I've had a rather handy friend put PetPorte cat flaps in small wire cages. Those cat flaps react to the ID chip under a cat's skin, so only the cat who needs the particular food that's in the cage can get in. Unfortunately not all of the cats have figured it out yet, but it does enable me to keep the Hill's C/D and the regular Hill's for adults away from all of the older cats. It's harder to keep the Hill's K/D away from Hummel, but it's been enough so that he no longer has crystals in his urine.
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From:vilakins
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
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How clever! The two cubs have chips, but the older two don't. I didn't realise you could get cat flaps that were keyed to them. I wonder if they can be set to multiple cats. I'll have to ask.

I'm going to compromise with Hills adult during the day and K/D at night for Claudia and Vic (who's about 9 now, I think; he was a stray) and the remaining kitten food for the cubs. When that's gone, they can have adult at night too a Ashley's over a year old now and Jasmin's about the same size as her although she's ten months. She's so much bigger than my little Tessa was.
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From:jthijsen
Date:May 20th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
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They can be set to recognize up to twelve cats and their memory can be reset if necessary. I just don't know if they're available where you live just yet, they're pretty new.
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From:vilakins
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
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That would be great. We have ones that unlock when a cat with a magnet on its collar arrives, but I don't like putting magnets on cats. It apparently stuffs up their sense of direction, and anyway any cat with a magnet could get in.
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