Living with CKD isn't Easy.Tuesday was my first vet visit (besides the four days of boarding while the humans were at the BlogPaws Conference) in two months. I had been doing so well at my last monthly check-up that Dr.Neel thought we could try to stretch the interval to two months. That won’t happen again.

Living with CKD isn't easy.Mom reported a few days ago that I was puny and hadn’t been eating well. The proof was in my weighin. I’ve lost 14 ounces since mid-May. I am down to six pounds ten and a half ounces.  If that wasn’t bad enough, my BUN is up to 91 from 84. Still better than the original 157 but going in the wrong direction. Both my creatinine and phosphorous jumped up as well with the latter being the worst (up from around 9 to 12).

We are trying some kidney foods again. So far, I have left them in my bowl. Mom asked if I could take the appetite stimulant more often. The medication prescribed is Mirtazapine, an antidepressant for humans. The dosage for cats is 1/4 of a tablet every three days. It has sedative qualities and can cause vocalization in kitties. Dr. Neel said Mom and Dad could try giving it to me every other day but is afraid it will be too sedating. So, we are going to try it with my humans monitoring me closely. I’ll also have RenAvast added to my food.

So, I guess I need to ask for more purrs, prayers and POTP please.

This is onespoiledcat Sammy’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday, and I wrote a poem so we could pawticipate. The letter of the week is “E.” My poem has the same title as this post, and my “E” word is easy.

Living with CKD Isn’t Easy

Nothing about visiting the vet is easy.
In fact it makes me downright quesy.
I quiver and I sometimes shake.
You’d think we were in an earthquake.
But I never holler, scratch or bite
Even when needles come into sight.
Dr. Neel always treats me with respect,
Gently removing my paws from Mom’s neck.
Yesterday’s visit was not a great one.
If you want some good news…there was none.
My numbers are up and my weight is down.
I was sorry to make my humans frown.
We’ve got plans to try some new meds
And some new foods to keep me fed.
Life with CKD just isn’t ever easy.
In fact in makes us all downright quesy.

To Catch a Cat Giveaway

To Catch a cat book jacket.If you missed Monday’s post, Mom reviewed this heartwarming book of kitten rescue by Heather Green. She has three copies to give away and is willing to mail worldwide. To have the opportunity to win, leave a comment on here. To be included in the drawing, your comment must be added prior to 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 16. Winners will be selected using

If you visited on Monday prior to 10:30 a.m., you missed some really darling photos of the kittens. The publisher sent them to us after our post was published. Mom added them to the post.

Purrs and paw-pats, Fiona