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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #450 on: March 20, 2019, 10:02:28 pm »
Good news JD  :thumbsup:   Though perhaps not for your wallet.....


The parental cat , Kismet has an eye infection, she's got treatment for that , but they've been told she's got bad gingivitis & should really have her teeth scaled.  That would require a GA.  She's 20, this is not going to happen.  She appears perfectly comfortable, spends all day in her bed,  eats when she feels like it (very fussy about her food) and occasionally bullies the two Rottweilers.

There is a seaweed thing that seems to get good feed back for scaled teeth.


Thanks,  I've ordered some for them to try.


Not good news.  One side of her face is massively swollen & she's been sneezing blood.  I suspect a nasty decision is going to be made in the next week.  :'(
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #451 on: March 25, 2019, 05:40:31 am »
I am sure I have read the saying somewhere that: “If I didn’t have bad luck, then I wouldn’t have any luck at all.” I am sure that was written for me and my moggies.

Looking back over the last decade, I note that we have lost Kev Kev the stray who came to live his last weeks with us to cancer, Colin who decided he liked our house better than his own and stayed…and ate and ate and ate until he reached 7kg to kidney failure. We also lost Alfie a massive tom who again started out life as a stray, this time to old age. We then lost the “Grey Twins” Pootle and Perkins to FIL and finally and certainly not least, a year ago next week we lost lovely little Petal at only 7 years old.

Why am I telling you this? Well, the curse has struck again and last evening we lost our most senior (and Mother to Perkins, Pootle and Petal) Elma to liver failure at only 10.

Things didn’t start well for Elma. Her and her brother Eric (who still lives as a stray but is very much his own cat and allows us to both feed him and house him in our summer house when he wants us to) were born in the wild: it seems the idiots around here don’t bother to have their cats done given the number of strays there are. However, one warm day in the Summer of 2010, she came across our house and noted that there was food on offer. Promptly she removed the two toms who were eating at the time: Colin and Jamise and helped herself coming back for more and more and more.

Little did we realise that she was with kitten (black fur is soooo slimming) until on Saturday evening in late August when CBH went to put her clothes away when she discovered Elma having kittens in her sock draw. There were five of them: the three above plus Posie (asleep on the bed at the moment) and Pixie (on the sofa). Not wanting to send them off for rehoming and having the space, we kept all five, making a total of 8 cats in all!

Over the years and in part due to our own stupidity in not having them vaccinated as kittens we lost three of Elma’s children. However, after pretty Petal died, we thought we would have a few years without any issues….how wrong were we!

Earlier this year Elma had a period of sickness. The vet did note that her liver was a little out of wack but said this could be result of a simple virus. She was correct as after a bit of treatment, Elma returned to health; only for the same thing to happen a month later. Further tests showed that again Elma’s liver wasn’t quite right but as the treatment had worked previously, we repeated the medication and again, all was well.

This period of wellness lasted seven weeks. However, on Thursday our poor moggy was unwell again so upon phoning the vets we got an emergency appointment where yet more tests were done. This showed Elma’s liver was in a right state, as was her white blood cell count and her BP. After an afternoons treatment, she was well enough to come home and to, as she had done previously, hopefully to recover. 
Sadly, that was not to be and on Sunday evening she collapsed. One mad rush to the emergency vets later we were told that she was in a coma and there was no hope for her. Sadly, we had to let her slip away with the knowledge that she had brought a lot of love into our household over the 9 years she had been with us.

“Empress” Elma, Head Moggy, Ruler of Stray Toms, Chief Food Taster, and general lovely cat. 2009 to 2019. You will be greatly missed. Not only by us, but by your remaining kittens and by the other cats in the neighbourhood who you ruled with a rod of iron!
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #452 on: March 26, 2019, 04:42:55 pm »
Awh    :(

Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #453 on: April 02, 2019, 07:23:10 pm »
RIP Kismet.   We rescued her when she was abandoned in a cardboard box on the steps of the local vet's clinic, 21 years ago.    Had to take her back there for the last time today  :'(


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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #454 on: April 02, 2019, 07:45:05 pm »
Aw, sorry Andrew  :'(
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #455 on: April 02, 2019, 08:58:00 pm »
21 years is a great life. She had great eyes.  :'(
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #456 on: April 02, 2019, 09:03:45 pm »
Condolences, Andrew!

Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #457 on: April 02, 2019, 09:29:50 pm »
Condolences Andrew, she had a good innings.
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #458 on: April 06, 2019, 05:35:07 pm »
Tigs has turned into an emo and started pulling his fur out.  I suspect it's a new cat in the neighbourhood.  Vet has given him some slightly dubious herbal calming tablets, since there is no skin condition or parasite infestation.  Apparently "stress pulling" is fairly common.
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #459 on: April 06, 2019, 06:08:33 pm »
Trichotillomania in humans IIRC...

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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #460 on: April 06, 2019, 07:20:04 pm »
So sorry to hear this Andrew

Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #461 on: May 26, 2019, 08:35:01 pm »
Phoebe is off to the vet one last time. I wish i was there to say goodbye and cuddle the kids.

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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #462 on: May 26, 2019, 08:36:57 pm »
It is a year ago today that Morphy shuffled off this mortal coil.
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #463 on: May 26, 2019, 08:50:15 pm »
Sorry to hear that PD  :(

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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #464 on: May 27, 2019, 09:06:53 am »
Condolances, PD. We've done that altogether too many times.
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #465 on: August 16, 2019, 07:08:25 am »
I lost my Big Guy yesterday. Little Man (on the left) is looking lost
I've just filled two bowls with fresh water
There's only the sound of one set of paws coming to greet me this morning.
Two leads hanging up
12 Years is nowhere near long enough
It hurts  :(

Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #466 on: September 17, 2019, 11:47:37 pm »
Athena has a lump.
Having seen how fast Phoebe's spread, I think we're going to go for a happy time rather than surgery.


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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #467 on: September 18, 2019, 07:47:04 am »
Might be a fatty cyst...
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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #468 on: September 18, 2019, 06:15:32 pm »
It seems more likely to be a tumour, and given her age and the speed with which her sister got new lumps earlier this year, we’re not convinced that the trauma of an op is the kindest way to go. Rats are quite good at grooming stitches.

Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #469 on: September 23, 2019, 10:11:11 am »
Parents cat went out a 2nd floor window and then slipped yesterday  ::-), cue trip to the vet. Last I heard he wasn't weight bearing on a rear leg and has a good scab on his chin. Will hear more today on how he is.

This mornings update is mobile but limping so he avoids the indignity of the cat carrier for a second time in two days.

Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #470 on: October 06, 2019, 02:53:16 pm »
Athena developed a second lump, and they'd got to a point where she was clearly declining. So we said goodbye this morning.  :'(

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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #471 on: October 06, 2019, 05:32:38 pm »
Condolences pd!

Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #472 on: October 08, 2019, 05:49:08 pm »
Amy the goose didn't make it out of the hut this morning.  Now nibbling grass in Elysian fields.  :-[

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Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #473 on: October 08, 2019, 08:47:21 pm »
 :'( :'( :'(

Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
« Reply #474 on: October 10, 2019, 06:44:35 am »
Thanks helly x