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Old 03-22-2013, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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She is my beloved calico, Callie and is the last of the 5 cats I have had during the last 30 years. I lost my 2 others around last summer, and now I see signs of old age quickly approaching in Callie.

She must be at least 15. Not sure. She is a rescue. She walks slowly, like she has arthritis, sometimes she doesn't remember where to pee, and she is very irritable and wants to be at my side all the time. She bit me twice this week and I have learned not to pet her unless she looks peaceful. She doesn't seem to be able to jump like before and she is peeing enormous amounts but I hardly see her drinking water. Appetite is good. Eyes are clear. She just looks like she is tired of life. Her only joy is going outside, so I allow her to do so in the fenced yard where she is safe.

Every book says to just keep her happy and warm and comfortable. Oh boy. I don't think I can handle another loss right now. My mom just passed last August and I am missing her lots. Its a difficult time and I don't think the vet will help in any way, so am not going to put her through that stress. Any suggestions are welcome.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:34 AM
 
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Why not take her to the vet? Her kidneys are probably failing (the peeing). You can give her sub q fluids at home to make her more comfortable. There are things she can take for arthritis, also.

There are many things that can be done for a senior cat to make her last years more comfortable, but you have to start with a trip to the vet to find out what's wrong.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:15 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I agree with catsmom. I hope everything goes well with your Callie.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:25 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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I agree with the above, start with a wellness check at your vet. They will help you with what you will need to do to help make her comfortable. Watching them get older is so hard to do. I'm sorry about your mom.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:57 AM
 
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As others have said... to the vet she goes.

Senior Blood Panel along with thyroid, urinalysis ,blood pressure.

Let us know how you make out.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I like your suggestions but the senior blood panel is going to cost me $220 which I don't have right now. I just paid my income taxes both fed and state and while I would take her to the vet, right now its not in the budget. I did this about a year ago, and the doc said nothing was wrong. So if there are any helpers on here with suggestions, except going to the vet, I would appreciate it. TIA
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My 21 year old Russian Blue had some similar problems, peeing, unable to jump on the bed etc. My partner and I decided that we would not put her down because she was still reasonably comfortable and not in pain. At the end we had to make her a bed on the floor. She died peacefully in her sleep and we found her the next day.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:58 PM
 
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Insofar as there is inappropriate urination - that is a sign of urinary tract infection. Unlike people who will try NOT to void because it hurts.. cats don't "hold it" because it hurts to do so.. they just pee wherever, whenever for relief.

She needs to go to the vet!

Does your vet use Care Credit?
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Unfortunately a lot can change in a year and something is clearly wrong. There really aren't any significant suggestions I can think of that don't involve a trip to the vet. It sounds like she is may be in some kind of pain, which could be from an infection or many other things.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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It's always difficul to deal with this kind of thing. My policy has always been ,as long as they're not in pain and seem content, let them be.
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