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My Kitty - January 16th 2017, 11:23 PM

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We just got back from an emergency trip to the vet with my kitty. He lost control of his back legs, fell down the basement stairs, then was out of it and stumbling around in pain. This happened back in July too, except that time he just collapsed, but we were completely convinced he was dying in front of us. They don't know what it is, but took blood work. They said if these are seizures (which was my first guess), then it's likely something that won't be treatable. He's recovered relatively well considering, but still... I'm expecting to have to put him down. Not only are these events not fair to him, but every time I hear a noise I panic and think he's dying. He's elderly, but he's not frail and aside from these two episodes, and throwing up a lot (which he always has), he's been fine. Mom says we're not getting another one because they live so long she doesn't want any more.


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Re: My Kitty - January 17th 2017, 05:34 AM

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I am so sorry that this is happening to your kitty. I am not quite sure what exactly you are looking for but I am going to try to give my best advice.

I know how hard it is to have a pet that has so much trouble that you think the best thing for them is to put them down. About 6 years ago we had a dog that had seizures and she was only like 4 but her quality of life wasn't good because she would have them every other day almost. The best thing for the pet is to put them to rest I think because when they deal with medical stuff it makes their quality of life not so good.

As far as your mom saying you cannot get another cat because they live to long. Maybe you could ask your mom if you could rescue a senior cat, or a cat that is like 7 that way they won't live as long as if you get a kitten and you can still have a cat.

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Re: My Kitty - January 17th 2017, 07:52 AM

She says if it's not treatable, we'll wait for his quality of life to decline before we put him down. Once he recovers from these, he's pretty close to back to normal.


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Re: My Kitty - January 17th 2017, 10:06 AM

Katie, I am so sorry to hear this. Cats are my favorite animals, and we had this issue with one of our cats a few years back. He had diabetes and got very sick suddenly... he was rushed to the animal hospital near the city but had to be put down. We didn't want him to suffer any more than he was, it would be cruel and inhumane. Unfortunately, I didn't get to say goodbye to my kitty.

Make sure your kitty's days are filled with comfort and love. If you can arrange for her to be put down at home, then go for it. Because I think that's where pets deserve to cross over the Rainbow Bridge: in a familiar setting.

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Re: My Kitty - January 17th 2017, 07:12 PM

They think it might be diabetes, they're running the test now. If it is we'll try special food and insulin injections (no idea how we're going to get those in him) and if he doesn't respond, then it'll be time.


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