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Unread 05-23-2009, 05:09 PM
 
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Default my 19 year old cat can't get up

Yes, he is very old, I can deal with it being his time to go, but let me tell you. Up until yesterday afternoon, he was just as healthy as a cat in its prime, minus the arthritis and hyperactive thyroid. Now he can't get up, not event to use the bathroom. He was just at the vet 3 weeks ago, and his bloodwork was still working fine, in regards to his kidneys. We think it's his back that's hurting him. It's a Saturday, so his vet who has been seeing him since he was a month old is closed, and tomorrow is Sunday, leaving us to wait until Monday to take him to his vet. I've contemplated the E-vet that we've taken him and other pets to before, but they seriously have demonstrated that they misdiagnose problems and overdramatize things that are only emergencies because we can't take them to their normal vet and don't want them to die. I don't know what to do for him, we've given him more glucosamine, fish oils, pedialyte, arnica, chicken broth...he still purrs and acknowledges us and takes water and food but can't get up himself to eat out of a bowl or go potty. We are going to try placing him in the box again but it's so tricky.

I just want him to die without pain if it's his time to go, but if it's something treatable and the medication is not detrimental to his health in a short period of time after he sees the E-vet, then of course we want to extend his life, but ONLY if he isn't still suffering the way he is now. He doesn't cry out in pain or anything, but we can tell...any ideas?
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Unread 05-23-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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Cats are very stoic and you might not be able to tell he's in pain. Mama cats purr while giving birth, it's not a sign of pleasure but of sociability or approachability.
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Unread 05-23-2009, 06:49 PM
 
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Can he get up or he just feels really weak. what's his temp? what color are his gums?
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Unread 05-24-2009, 06:31 AM
 
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I really think he would have shown effort to get up moreso than he has, all I've seen him do is stretch his legs out. I know he wants to get up and move around, but he can't. I have no idea what his temp is, or for sure what his gums are like. I don't live at home anymmore, I visit often and that's where he is. When I was feeding him I think I would've noticed pale gums, and he could still make spit and all that good stuff.
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Unread 05-24-2009, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Yes, he is very old, I can deal with it being his time to go, but let me tell you. Up until yesterday afternoon, he was just as healthy as a cat in its prime, minus the arthritis and hyperactive thyroid. Now he can't get up, not event to use the bathroom. He was just at the vet 3 weeks ago, and his bloodwork was still working fine, in regards to his kidneys. We think it's his back that's hurting him. It's a Saturday, so his vet who has been seeing him since he was a month old is closed, and tomorrow is Sunday, leaving us to wait until Monday to take him to his vet. I've contemplated the E-vet that we've taken him and other pets to before, but they seriously have demonstrated that they misdiagnose problems and overdramatize things that are only emergencies because we can't take them to their normal vet and don't want them to die. I don't know what to do for him, we've given him more glucosamine, fish oils, pedialyte, arnica, chicken broth...he still purrs and acknowledges us and takes water and food but can't get up himself to eat out of a bowl or go potty. We are going to try placing him in the box again but it's so tricky.I just want him to die without pain if it's his time to go, but if it's something treatable and the medication is not detrimental to his health in a short period of time after he sees the E-vet, then of course we want to extend his life, but ONLY if he isn't still suffering the way he is now. He doesn't cry out in pain or anything, but we can tell...any ideas?
I think it is time for your kitty to go to kitty heaven. I have an 18 year old kitty and I know the next time she goes to the vet it is going to be an iffy situation with her as well. She has no leg or back issues but she is frequently missing her litter box all together. We have been cleaning up urine in front of the box, on the side of the box...mostly in the box but she does miss. Her breath is really bad as well so I am concerned that she either has some cancer in her stomach or perhaps a few bad teeth. We have had her since she was a kitten, so I know how you feel.

I guess the big question here is are you keeping her alive for her sake or because you don't want to feel the loss? I know it hurts and I am going to be heart broken when ours has to be put down but it is an important part of being a pet owner; not a fun part just something we all do as pet owners. My heart goes out to you and your kitty.
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Unread 05-24-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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I just want to say that cats purr when they are frightened or in pain too. When I had to take one of my cats to be euthanized, he died purring. It was heartbreaking and still is.
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Unread 05-25-2009, 07:35 AM
 
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I just want to say that cats purr when they are frightened or in pain too. When I had to take one of my cats to be euthanized, he died purring. It was heartbreaking and still is.
Ours has NEVER EVER purred at the vets office and I don't think she ever will.
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Unread 05-25-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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I also had one who purred while being given the shot to end his life and he had never purred at the vet before. It was like he knew this was good for him.
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Unread 05-25-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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I also had one who purred while being given the shot to end his life and he had never purred at the vet before. It was like he knew this was good for him.
WOW! That's amazing! I hope we don't end up having ours euthanized,but if we do....I hope she goes that way.
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Unread 05-25-2009, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia suburbs
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Yes, he is very old, I can deal with it being his time to go, but let me tell you. Up until yesterday afternoon, he was just as healthy as a cat in its prime, minus the arthritis and hyperactive thyroid. Now he can't get up, not event to use the bathroom.

I just want him to die without pain if it's his time to go, but if it's something treatable and the medication is not detrimental to his health in a short period of time after he sees the E-vet, then of course we want to extend his life, but ONLY if he isn't still suffering the way he is now. He doesn't cry out in pain or anything, but we can tell...any ideas?
Maybe kitty's time is up--19 yo is a pretty old cat. If so, you have my sympathy. It's so sad to lose a beloved pet.
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