She was pretty much totally healthy for 16 years, but about 3 months ago I noticed her ear was bothering her, they discovered a polyp deep in her ear that had become infected. Too old to operate so I was going to see if we could keep it maintained. She was on her 4th round of antibiotics though.
The polyp either caused, or was the cause of, her lower left jawbone density being compromised. Last week it seemed like her mouth had become sore. She had hardly eaten anything in over a week, not even tuna I pureed for her, and had lost over a pound in the last few weeks. On a 6.5 lb cat that was a lot. According to the X-ray we had done last week its density was a lot less than the other one.
Thyroid hyper-active, Liver values high too.
They put her on a strong antibiotic to try to kill the infection in the bone and ear plus other stuff for nausea, inflammation, appetite. She still kept going downhill. She always was a great patient, took her meds, worm pills etc, like a champ with no resistance. Wednesday night she told me that she was tired of it all though. She started smacking my hand when I tried to put anything into her mouth, so I stopped it all except for the Tramadol for pain.
Took her in to the vet one last time around noon today to stop the madness. See you on the other side of the bridge someday Pearl.
Yeah, but there's 10 still around. It's been around 7 or so in the last 5 years, all but one were 15 years or older, but it's never easy. One was 23. The oldest is now 12 so hopefully it will be a while. Except for one I'm treating for IBS, which will never go away, they all seem healthy, but so did Pearl until 3 months ago.
It's interesting how the dynamics of the whole colony changes every time one drops off.
She used to sleep either in a pillow behind my monitor or on top of my old G4 tower underneath the desk. She's one of those that liked to sleep near me. Most of them amuse themselves and go off to their own place to sleep, but I still have 2 or 3 others that are office/desk cats. They're taking turns rotating in her spots now.
Thanks all, still pretty bummed, she was one of the closer ones. It's amazing how these creatures touch our lives.
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