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it's very likely that he's been eating less than I've been thinking, and has been ill more than I've been seeing, and yesterday was just beyond the point where he could hide it from me.

she seems to think it most likely that he has liver something-or-other where an obese cat who stops eating begins to consume their own fat cells. if that's what he has, and they can rehydrate him and get him to be less depressed, then there's maybe a 50-50 shot of him living.

if it's feline leukemia, a liver tumor, or other things, the prognosis is much much worse than 50-50.

so probabilistically, there's maybe a 5% shot that I'm not putting him to death tomorrow.
(I can't seem to call it sleep).
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Date:August 18th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
Oh silver.... I know how hard that is. *hugs*
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Date:August 18th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
poor mite, how are you feeling?

I abhor the circumloquations that get used, sleep, euthanise, etc. it doesn't make killing someone you love any easier
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Date:August 18th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
*HUG* I wish you and Mite the very best
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Date:August 18th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
Cats are so good at hiding the fact that they are ill. That's what my Shadow did at the end.
I'll be thinking of you and Mite.
Lots of Hugs to you!
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Date:August 18th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)

Calling it sleep...

...is silly. I'm glad you called it "death".

And I know you'd only do it if you thought it was best for Mite.

Hang in there, bro.
Date:August 18th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Poor mitey. Hugs to you and he both.
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Date:August 18th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
sweetie :( {hug}
Date:August 18th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Date:August 18th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
so sorry, hun :(
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Date:August 19th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)

Hoping for a full recovery for Mite

I'm so sorry to hear about Mite. My thoughts are with you both.

I strongly suspect you are dealing with "fatty lipidosis" here. Its often triggered by stress that makes the cat stop eating for a while. After not eating enough for a while, the cat's body then releases "too much" fat into the bloodstream and then the liver function suffers. This causes the vomiting.

Over my many years with many cats, I have seen this twice. Both times the cat recovered fully. Both times it was the vomiting that finally triggered the trip to the vet. Getting him to the vet was the key. Dehydration is the big problem and the vet can use appetite stimulants when the kitty is a bit stronger.

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Date:August 19th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)

Re: Hoping for a full recovery for Mite

unfortunately, mite chose to react to attempts to rehydrate him by promptly getting much much worse.
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