Staying Positive


Fidy Says
21st October 2009

Staying Positive

posted in Cat Stories |

Dulcie celebrated her 16th birthday last month, but sadly she is not well.

We took her to the vet earlier in the year as she had lost her appetite, was losing weight and seemed under the weather. Several tests, two 32 mile round trips and £160 later, the results were ‘inconclusive’.

Their best guess was that, due to her age, her kidneys and liver were not functioning to their full capacity and as a result her body was not getting the best out of what little food she was eating. She weighed just 2.2kg.

To cut a long story short we have been going to the vet once a month since April, where Dulcie is weighed and given an injection of slow release anabolic steroids to help her liver and kidney function. This has undoubtedly perked her up and improved her appetite.

Although things went well initially, at her last visit two weeks ago, her weight had dropped to 1.8kg.

Having said all that, her day to day life is still pretty good. She goes out each morning to do ‘cat’ things, which the other day included catching a blackbird. ( I managed to get it off her and it flew away, hopefully a little wiser for the experience)

That’s the beauty of not knowing you’re poorly. You just get on with life as normal. Perhaps we humans could take a few lessons from our feline friends.

If the worst happens at least we’ve given her one good, last summer. But all such thoughts are banished from my mind as I try to decide what to buy her for Xmas!

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  1. 1 On November 19th, 2009, Barbara Miller said:

    I love your attitude! We have a cat that came to us at age 17 in March. She weighs between 5.8 and 7.4 pounds depending upon her physical condition, which goes from bad to worse and back again. She is in renal failure and all we can do is give her an appetite increaser and acid reducer. Even the vet was not able to give her sub-cu fluids which would be the best thing for her. Tabitha eats only steak, which is the worst thing for her (high protein.) But like your cat, she does not seem to know she is doing poorly. Her eyes are clear, her steps are sprightly, and she jumps up and down furniture as if she were years younger. She is like a cancer patient who has declines chemotherapy. I can’t help but admire the spirit. I hope you have a merry holiday WITH your beloved cat.

  2. 2 On November 19th, 2009, Cloudybutnice said:


    Thank you for your kind words. I’ve been looking at your site. Caring for all cats is a joy, but caring for a blind cat must be really special. Keep up the good work.

    Judith ( Dulcie’s mum)

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