Some of you may already be aware that Millie has not been well. She stopped eating and lost a lot of weight in a short time.
We took her to the vet on Monday where numerous blood tests were made. The results were generally good, but indicated she might have a problem with her pancreas. We left her with the vet on a drip for several hours and she came back to the boat full of the ‘oh-be-joyfuls’.
Forty-eight hours later she stopped eating and became lethargic again.
Anyone who knows cats will be aware that the biggest killer is kidney failure. The only test worth a cat taking is the relatively new (2 years) SDMA test. It detects kidney failure early. Luckily there is a clinic here in Miri, which is where we went on Friday.
Millie had blood taken from her jugular. Jamie held her while the vet’s assistant gently pushed her head up and the vet coaxed her to accept first a razor (to remove some fur) and then a needle into her neck. Millie was unbelievably relaxed about the procedure. She has scratched and bitten in the past when anyone has come near her with a needle, but this time just blinked and waited.
Half an hour later we had the results.
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Turned out her pancreas is fine.
Instead, she’s been diagnosed with stage two kidney failure (there are four stages, so she’s at the lower end of the scale, which is good). Changing her diet is the only way to prevent further deterioration. The veterinary surgeon said that for eleven (‘old’ for a cat in these parts) she is doing very well indeed and that the Hill’s Senior food we’ve been feeding her for so long has kept her kidney deterioration at bay. Phew.
We’re first of all trying her with the top notch Royal Canin Renal range. We have hard, wet and liquid versions to tempt her with over the weekend. Luckily we discovered yesterday that she likes the dried version.
We’ll be watching and coaxing her to eat and drink over the next few days. She’s still not drinking as much as we would like.
So the plan now is to stay in the marina here in Miri until we’re sure she’s on the mend.
The next thing I have to do is get an uncontaminated urine sample from her for further tests. Not quite as difficult as it sounds because, as you already know, she uses the heads. There’s a sterilised bowl in the loo at the moment, ready to collect her pee. Good times.
Love and thanks for all your support of we three,
Liz, Jamie and Millie ❤️
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