Tuesday, April 25, 2017
A small life so dearly loved ...
Today we thought this dear little soul was going to pass from our lives. He didn't. We know his time is very near. But today is not the day.
This beautiful face belongs to our cat, Max. He is 11 years old and for 8 of those years he has lived with degenerative kidney disease. Obviously being diagnosed at age 3 with this condition is not a good thing. We sincerely thought he would only have a few years left. We never thought he will live another 8 years.
During that time we fed him special prescription food and treated him with subq fluids every other day. And every year we got his blood checked and he was always abnormal but stable. In fact, during these 8 years the vets ALWAYS remarked on how well he was doing. Typically degenerative kidney disease in a cat progresses a very fast toward the end of life.
About a month ago he started to lose weight. A vet visit revealed that his previously stable lab values were starting to fall. It was a warning alarm for us. His unusual robust appetite began to fail. Normally he would eat anything all the time. Now he eats infrequently and only small amounts.
Two days ago we noticed a total disinterest in eating. He had gotten more thin. We thought we had reached the time that all loving and responsible owners reach at some point - help your loved pet out of life peacefully. We made the appointment for this morning.
Late last night he decided to eat a little. And he was out and about this morning looking for more. He did not seem in pain. We cancelled the appointment. I guess he still has a handful of kidney cells that are working.
Tomorrow we may face this same decision, or maybe next week - but today he is sleeping peacefully in my chair and I'll take every single minute we have left.
Today is not the day.