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Wednesday, 07/09/2003 - 10:35 AM PDT
The topic: Lucky is on the catcam

Wednesday, July 9, 2003 Lucky is on the catcam. She's gotten so very small. She was never a big cat, but time and ill health is taking a toll on her. I don't think she'll be with us much longer. *tears* I know the kidneys are a problem, and she's getting fluids three times a week. The fluids have helped DeeJay immensely, but other than his lack of a colon, he has no other health problems. But Lucky has those damned ear polyps and I know those are affecting her adversely. This morning, she didn't want anything to eat and when I moved her, there was a little poop stuck to her. I watched her later in a litterbox and she was having a hard time squeezing. I started her on Nutri-Cal this morning, and I hope it helps her a little, maybe until she's over this hump. And I do realize, that maybe what's a hump to me is an insurmountable object to her. I'll do right by her, whatever she decides.

I got my peepads yesterday and I've replaced the one in front of the hallway litterbox four times now. Lucky has taken to using that box. Yesterday, I picked a whole bunch of dried litter clumps from between her toes. I hope that made her a little more comfortable. With the peepads, there shouldn't be the problem. She is still purring, which is a good sign. Brian bought her some deli beef yesterday and she really enjoyed that. She wasn't interested in it this morning, though. I hate this. Yesterday, she went outside and slept in the sun, on pillows. She ate last night. Someone on another board had written first there were more good weeks than bad. Then there were more good days than bad. Then it was down to a matter of good hours. That was when it was time. This is so hard to think about. I think we have a tortie curse, I really do. Lola getting cancer, Pepper dying of cancer, then Lola dying of cancer, now Lucky. I can't see her being around more than a couple of weeks, unless she's the recipient of a miracle.

Since the pads got here, I'm going to wash the bad parts of the sofas in the living room. The parts I know where the cats have been peeing. Then, when they've dried out, I'll put pads down and put the clean slipcover over those. I hope it helps keep these things cleaner. Right now, I need to do something active. I'm feeling very sad.

Replies: 8 comments

So sorry to hear about Lucky. You've suffered a lot of losses lately. I just had to put one of my cats, Shiloh, to sleep today -- Dilatory Cardiomyopathy. He was only five. Much too young to have to leave. :( :(

Posted by Rosie @ 07/09/2003 11:46 AM PDT

Chin up, girl. Love e'm while you can. You do everything you can. Know this in you heart.

Posted by Lena @ 07/09/2003 12:51 PM PDT

She has fought long and hard, what a strong and brave little girl. Take comfort in knowing they have such a loving home while they are here thanks to you and Brian. They live on in your heart.

Posted by Melanee @ 07/09/2003 01:43 PM PDT

My folks have a cat that was declared terminal because of her kidneys - that was 2 years ago. They gave her kitten chow then started feeding her baby food. She weighs more now than ever and is doing fine. Maybe something to try for little Lucky?

Posted by Lisa Mc @ 07/09/2003 02:51 PM PDT

She's no longer eating the kitten chow - once she started perking up they stopped that. The baby food is just a supplement to the Sciene Diet food they use. They also have an 18 year old long hair that is eating the same as Toby.

Posted by Lisa Mc @ 07/09/2003 02:53 PM PDT

Dear Lisa,
Thanks for the comment you left in my journal. So sad that the reason is that Lucky is slipping away, though. She's been with you for a while, so she's had a good life full of love at least. Take care!

Posted by Apel @ 07/09/2003 04:17 PM PDT

I am so very sorry about Lucky. I've only been on the site for a few days, but I'm already starting to get interested in what's going on in the chair/office/patio. You and Lucky will be in my thoughts.

Posted by Courtney @ 07/09/2003 07:51 PM PDT

I will be holding you, Brian and Lucky close in my thoughts and my prayers.

Posted by Clare @ 07/09/2003 08:23 PM PDT

lisaviolet is fifty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

July 2003

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