SISTERS SNUGGLING AGAIN!

by Janet Blue on January 5, 2016

Fiona’s Current Vet Report

Yesterday was my appointment with Dr. Neel. Mom had to coax me out from under the bed with treats, catnip and a purple pipe cleaner. At least I’m not easy!

The trip to the vet office was eventful. Dad drove and Mom had the carrier on her lap and put the seatbelt around the both of us. Before we even got out of the driveway, there was a poop incident (and another one on the way home). Following the clean-up, the pee started to flow, and I soaked Mom’s jeans. MOL! I also trembled during the entire trip. But I didn’t make a peep.

Mom and Dad brought my fluids with us to the vet as I have been very bad about letting them give them to me. For two days in a row I threw a fit about half way through the process and the needle came out. Then on Sunday I totally refused to allow either Mom or Dad to stick me. In spite of losing about a third of my body weight, I am still a fighter.

Once we got to the vet office, we had to wait a little while. I couldn’t even give the stink-eye to Kiki the resident cat. She was curled up inside her “cave” with just a paw sticking out. Boring!

When we got to the exam room, my weight was taken. Since December 21 I have gained five ounces. I am eating a bit more food now and not just treats. I still am not eating any of the renal foods. Bleh!

I got my subQ fluids while I was there and had a little bit of blood drawn to test my BUN. So…are you ready for the GOOD news? My BUN was 92! That’s 46 points lower than last week! Mom was so happy and excited. She asked Dr. Neel if eventually we could get it back in the normal range (14 – 36 MG/DL). Unfortunately, she said, “no.” But any drop is in my favor, so we are celebrating.

Since I am being such a big stinker about my fluids, Dr. Neel said my folks could give them to me every other day as long as I continue to do well. I will continue with all my daily medications. And I don’t have to see Dr. Neel again for two weeks. Yippee. I don’t like going out in the cold weather and neither does Mom.

But the very best news of all…my sissy Gulietta is no longer shunning, growling or hissing at me. She’s cuddling and letting me sleep with her. And here’s the evidence: photos of her spooning me.

 

Giulietta and Fiona snuggling

 

Though this is a great report, I still need any purrs and prayers you can spare. I know it is the ones you have already said for me that have helped me improve as much as I have. Thank you my friends for your support.

Purrs and paw-pats, Fiona

Christy Paws January 8, 2016 at 2:39 am

We are so happy you are doing better, Fiona. Your trip to the vet didn’t sound like much fun but the good report was worth it. We’ll continue to purr for you!
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Kitty Cat Chronicles January 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Such great news! We are thrilled that you have made such improvement, Fiona. Sophie says not to worry about your car ride accidents – she has made several messes in the car herself too! We are happy to hear that Giulietta is back to cuddling with you as well! We will of course continue our purrs and prayers. Sending lots of love to you and everyone, and extra special kisses to Astrid from Sampy!

The Florida Furkids January 6, 2016 at 11:54 am

Great news!!!! You CAN do this!!! Doing fluids DOES get easier in time. We found Terumo needles were the easiest to use too.

(((hugs))) The Florida Furkids with special love and smoochies to Mau from Allie
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Athena and Marie January 6, 2016 at 5:40 am

So pleased you are doing well, Fiona! The pictures are so lovely and heartwarming 🙂

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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Raven January 5, 2016 at 11:40 pm

Except for the poop and pee clean-ups, that’s really good news about your trip to the vet and kidney health.

I bet your mom already knows this, but she’s warming the fluids before giving them to you, isn’t she. Cold fluids are not comfy. Body temperature fluids are much better tolerated. We stick the bag of fluids into a bucket of hot water (port end up, out of the water) so it would be cozy before administration.
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Ellen Pilch January 5, 2016 at 10:38 pm

I am so happy tread this good news. I will keep praying and I hope you let Mom and Dad give you fluids- they want to make you better.

meowmeowmans January 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm

What wonderful news, Fiona! Especially about you and Giulietta snuggling again. We are going to keep right on purring and praying for even more encouraging news, okay? Oh, and that you feel better about getting your fluids and eating those renal foods. 🙂

We hope you got the video of Swizzle our dad emailed on Sunday. She is so cute!

Hugs,

Gracie and Zoe
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The Island Cats January 5, 2016 at 9:27 pm

Fiona! That’s great news about your BUN. We’re glad you’re doing a bit better and that Giulietta isn’t hissing at you anymore and is being nice to you.
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BeadedTail January 5, 2016 at 8:57 pm

That’s such wonderful news! We’re glad to hear it! Sorry the trip wasn’t so good for you or your mom though but at least you don’t have to go for awhile now. We’re glad you’re getting snuggles from your sisfur too!
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Deziz World January 5, 2016 at 8:51 pm

Well dat’s pawsum news Fiona. Weez so glad you be duin’ better. You don’t wanna hear this, but there’s a vest/belt yous pawents can get dat wuld make givin’ you da fluids much easier and keep da needle in ifin they wanna give it a twy. Weez not know what da cost is. Anyways, keep gettin’ better, weez sendin’ purrayers.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi
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Marty the Manx January 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Fiona we are so thrilled you have no idea! We have been sending you all the healing karma we could! POTP full power and Mom keeping you in her prayers every night. Keep up the good work and keep eating. Science Diet has a urinary stinky goodness that we eat, maybe that might interest you? We nom it right up. They have a dry version too that we snack on too.
Luvs
Marty and Ralphie
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Caren Gittleman January 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

this is purrfectly wonderful news! That is quite a drop!!! I am wondering…when they did the original blood test did they do the more expensive one or just a basic panel? My Vet did two last year when Cody was ill. One was more basic, then there was one that was over $200 that he had to send away (it took almost 2 weeks for results)…he did that because he said the “basic” tests are often skewed………my results on the complete panel were all normal and the basic results were totally different. Worth looking into depending on which tests were run xoxo
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Vera January 5, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Yes! hold on sweetie. We pray and purr for you here at the home of 2cats2. Hugs to your courageous mom too. v.

Jan K January 5, 2016 at 5:42 pm

We’re so glad to hear the good news….keep it coming!!
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Brian Frum January 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm

We are all sending purrs and prayers to you dear Fiona. We happy for some good news on the BUN number!!!
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The Swiss Cats January 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm

We’re so happy for you ! Those are great news, and we keep purring and hope you keep going better ! Purrs
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Annabelle January 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

Fiona we are so happy for you and we will continue to purr for continued drop in your BUN levels.
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Random Felines January 5, 2016 at 1:56 pm

good job Fiona….we are continuing to send purrs (and tell your mom we say let you eat whatever you want)
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Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential January 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Fiona, I’m happy to hear you are feeling better and hope you’ll be cured soon. It’s great that Giulietta is cuddling with you again. Sending love and prayers.
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Robin January 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Cinco, Manna, and I will definitely keep you in our purrs and prayers! It’s not easy to have a chronic illness. I am really glad to hear that your BUN numbers have gone in the right direction and that your cuddle buddy is back! There’s nothing more healing than a supportive friend. 🙂
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Cat Scout Charles January 5, 2016 at 7:49 am

My fur sibs and I will continue to send purrs and prayer will continue for dear Fiona. Any change for the better is excellent news. We are so very happy Giulietta is snuggling with her sisfur again.
Hugs to all and sweet nose kisses to my love Ms Lisbeth,
Charles

The Menagerie Mom January 5, 2016 at 7:37 am

This post made me so happy! Your BUN is down, Fiona, which is more pawesome than any words could describe. And although you’re certainly giving your mom and dad a run for their money, your fighting skills during your fluids just show how much better you’re feeling!

For what it’s worth and out of curiosity, can I ask what gauge needles you’re using to administer the fluids? Are they 20G? That’s what I have always found to be ideal in my personal experience. Some people will swear by 18G needles for fluids, but I’ve found that those can run big enough to make a kitty uncomfortable. Also, are you changing the needle each time? If not, burrs can start to form on the needle, and a kitty can be bothered or pained by that. And, are you warming the fluids bag in some warm water before administering them to Fiona? Cool or room temperature fluids being administered under the skin can also make a kitty uncomfortable…These are all simply suggestions based my own personal experience. I just wanted to mention these in case they might help you and Fiona, but please don’t feel like you have to follow any of them.

Continued purrs and prayers to Fiona and your entire family!
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The Island Cats January 5, 2016 at 9:25 pm

All good tips about giving fluids. I used 20g needles too and always warmed the fluids. Also hanging the bag high up helped the fluids run faster too. ~Island Cats Mom
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Hannah and Lucy January 5, 2016 at 7:29 am

We’re delighted that you have been eating better and are now feeling better too. Enjoy your cuddles with Giuletta.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Stephanie B January 5, 2016 at 6:34 am

Wonderful news! Keep getting better. Purrs and prayers for improved health.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties January 5, 2016 at 6:24 am

Yay for all the good news and the cuddles! We’re purring for you!
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Sammy January 5, 2016 at 6:19 am

Oh Dear Fiona what good news! Seems that even though you’re being a bit DIFFICULT about your fluids, the meds are working and you’re feeling a bit better so let’s hope your Mom can find something for you to eat that you WILL EAT! Bravo…..I’m very proud of you. Keep it up girl and I think your sister Giulietta is proud of you too!!!!

Love and Hugs of Encouragement, Sammy
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Sometimes Cats Herd You January 5, 2016 at 6:11 am

It’s great to hear that Fiona’s BUN is coming back down. One of the things that the humans became very fond of when we had cats with kidney issues was incontinence pads. They make good carrier liners to contain incidents and make quick cleanups… and they have a plastic backing so they help keep laps from getting soaked during incidents like the one you described. We still have some left of the last case and they get used as carrier liners to this day! Big purrs to Fiona to continue feeling better, and to your humans who must be stressed about giving fluids.
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Flynn January 5, 2016 at 5:56 am

That is great news that your BUN reading has gone down from last time, and that you have put a little weight back on. I will keep purring for you.
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Beverly January 5, 2016 at 4:14 am

Mega prayers and purrs to you Fiona!!! Yay! 🙂

Little Binky and Granny January 5, 2016 at 3:48 am

We’re so happy to read about your improvements, Fiona and with such a report, who cares about a little pee here and there 😉 We hope that you getting well, every day a little bit more, while we’re continuing healing Pawkisses and purrayers 🙂 <3
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Toby January 5, 2016 at 3:42 am

That is good news, Fiona! I am so happy you gained 5 ounces! Humans may think that’s nothing but for kitties its hard won weight! the photos of you and your sister are wonderful; I’m glad she’s loving on you again. We’re still keeping you in our prayers! We love you!!
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Summer January 5, 2016 at 3:20 am

That is great news, Fiona! both about the tests and that Giulietta. I’m continuing to send lots and lots of purrs your way.
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles January 5, 2016 at 2:15 am

We will purr as hard and loudly as we can, and send fervant pawyers that you will keep on doing well. How good that Giulietta is acting so sisterly to you again:)

We are happy the BUN has improved. Now you be good and let the pawrents give you those fluids, Fiona, they help you and you need them!

Lone Star Cats January 5, 2016 at 1:15 am

Glad your BUN numbers improved and dat you and Giulietta are gettin along again. Sending purrs and POTP!
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Brenda aka Mango January 5, 2016 at 1:07 am

We all at Hello Kitty Lovers House , We loves you!

Brenda aka Mango January 5, 2016 at 12:47 am

Dear Fiona! It’s Scout Mango and Moms told me her crazy people story from her cat of long a go named Ivory! Ivory needed pilled! To soothe her Moms old boyfriend sang the Walla Walla Bing Bang song, and nobody not peoples not Cat stays stressed so badly when peoples singing “oooh Eeeh, oooh Aaah, Oooh, Ooh Aah Aaah, Walla Walla Bing Bang, so tells your peeps if they need to sticks you they must sing a happy song! I loves you Fiona! Mango a d do report to see if People singing helps when giving SubQ Fluids? Purrsonally Yups My Moms can do anything if she sings me a Happy Song!

Brenda aka Mango January 5, 2016 at 1:02 am

Fiona its Mango against and yupps Cat furry Friend! I am so happy your feelions betters and that sister decided to do some snuggles and some Purr Songs! Yups we loves Songs don’t we cats! Mee and my furr sisters so happy you got a good report! Tells your Peoples to sings or maybe to croons or puts on soothing music! ! We loves you!!!

Clooney January 5, 2016 at 12:08 am

Oh Fiona, that is such great news and we will keep purring for you to keep your appetite up and to keep feeling better! I am so glad Giulietta is cuddling with you again to keep you company and make you feel better. Kisses and purrs to you and G.

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