29 March 2011

Cinders' Blood Test Results

Cinders is feeling better. She moves very slowly and rests a lot. 

Most times, Cinders follow EJ round the house. On Sunday, EJ decided to follow Cinders when she walked towards her toilet tray. EJ wanted to check whether there were any blood traces in her urine.

Cinders pooped! Not much but this meant she ate enough for this to happen.

EJ never knew that watching a cat poop could give such happiness. And finding an empty food dish gave even more happiness.
Cleaning herself after eating. The arrow shows the area shaved for blood extraction from the carotid artery.

Late yesterday afternoon, Cinders' vet phoned and said the blood tests confirmed that Cinders has Chronic Renal Failure (CRF). And off EJ went to the vet to discuss what is best for Cinders at this stage.

A daily dose of five pills, a supplementary powder plus potassium citrate liquid was prescribed. Among the prescription is Azodyl. This was packed with ice on the way back from the clinic and has to be put in the fridge immediately on reaching home.

To put it very briefly, Azodyl is a non-prescription nutritional supplement designed to help slow the advancement of chronic renal failure in cats and dogs. It contains bacteria believed to support the "flushing out" of the waste products associated with azotemia, a condition where creatinine, urea and other nitrogen-based toxins are not properly filtered by the kidneys. 

SubQ fluid has not started yet and will be done when needed.

EJ shudder to think of the number of pills and medicine Cinders has to take. Not being sick often, EJ, a human many times Cinders' size, need at least half a glass of water to swallow one pill and would certainly need many hours to finish what Cinders has to take.

PS: We thank all for the purrayers, purrs, positive thoughts and vibes, and still may not visit as often as we would like to.

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35 comments:

Arti said...

May she get well soon... Wish her all the health in the coming days... So pained to see the post...

Linens and Royals said...

An empty food dish and something in the litter tray-oh the things that make us happy.
Good luck with all those pills, I hope Cinders will take them.

Kjelle Bus said...

My mom say´s that she remebered how happy she was when Sixten went to the box and have eat all his food :)
He had problem with his tyroid and had piller every day for many years.
We hope that Cinders get better with the medicine and live for many years to come !!!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are still sending Cinders big healing PURRS ~ and hope she continues to eat and be comfortable. Smoochies. It must be a worrying time for yoo.

Gattina said...

Oh, I know very well this feeling when I finally see an empty dish and a dirty litterbox ! That's all good signs. Poor thing I hope that all the medications will help ! Kidney diseases are the big problem of all cats !

Mr Puddy said...

Even this time, EJ still have sense of Humor " EJ never knew that watching a cat poop could give such happiness " : )

I'm so happy to hear Cinder is getting better. I still keep pray and purrs for Cinders to getting stronger and be more better !

Hug for EJ and Cinder
xoxoxo

Brian said...

My sisters and I send lots of purrs to sweet Cinders and we pray the medicine slows the CRF and Cinders will feel lots better.

Furkidsmom said...

We hope that the medicine helps slow down the progression of the CRF. Mom's had a couple of CRF kitties and a CRF woofie and didn't know about that medicine.


Poops and empty bowls are both good things!


The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Tanti baci e coccole !!!
Myriam

Hannah and Lucy said...

Hooray for poops and empty food bowls - Cinders is doing well - we hope she continues to take her medicines without any fuss.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

We love LUNA said...

Oh poor little friend. I'm sending lots of love to Cinders, please be all positive!
purrs
Luna - WE love LUNA

Admiral Hestorb said...

Admiral's Mommy here:

I send all my love to Cinders and to you, momma. I had a little girl called Robin before I had the Admiral and Robin also had CRF. I know what you and Cinder's are experiencing and there will be some success after Cinders gets used to the diet. I was relieved to learn that that enough was eaten to produce some poop.

Much love. Really, I mean that.

Carole

Kea said...

Continued purrs and purrayers for poor Cinders. We hope all the meds she has to take will allow her to gain back some weight, have quality of life.

*Kitty kisses*

-Fuzzy Tales

i beati said...

wonderful signs

La Petite Cherie said...

Awwww, poor thing!! May she get well soon :)

Old Kitty said...

Oh sweet lovely Cinders!!! Awww you sweetheart!! You are fighter and are not ready to give up!! Good for you!! Please take care and take your meds! Me and Charlie have everything crossed for you!! You take care now and give EJ lot of cuddles too! xx

Kay L. Davies said...

EJ - I'm so sorry Cinders has renal failure but I'm so happy she is doing well enough to make you smile. She is a lucky girl to be in your warming and loving cat family.
We are traveling right now and are fortunate to have been able to leave our dog Lindy with friends who love her almost as much as we do. People can make such a big difference in an animal's life.
-- Kay, Alberta, Canada

Luna and Luzie said...

We´ll send lots of healing purrs to poor Cinder. get well soon!!!

ABBY said...

Cinders
We are sorry to hear of the diagnosis of CRF. But you will feel so much better with the sub q's and other medicines.
We will purr for you and EJ and purray that you will take your meds as needed....

purrin
xxoxo

Amin said...

I wish her all the health in the coming days... Get well soon!

OKcats said...

Well, goodness. That is some good news, but all those pills don't sound like any fun for anyone. I didn't get any pills for my boys when they were diagnosed with CRF, just special foods. I'll be interested to follow Cinders story and see how she does!

The Island Cats said...

We are purring for Cinders and we hope the medicines help to make her feel better.

Tracy said...

Oh poor Cinders...my heart and prayers are with you and Cinders for recovery. Poor baby...

michico*Adan said...

We are purring for Cinders, too!!
Hope Cinders could gets better soon!!!

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Our Chica has had CRF for 5 years and is doing well with treatment. we hope her meds help Cinders feel better too. Sending lots of purrs.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

(((((hugs)))) to you and Cinders....when you left a comment on my blog I had no idea that Cinders has to take this amount of meds!!
I pray that this will help her....purrs and prayers!
xoxo

Jacqueline said...

Sending our purrs and prayers to beautiful Cinders, hoping she responds well to the meds and your loving care to recover as much as possible...We are very sorry for this terrible diagnosis, but hope she will feel better soon and know you are doing the very best for her...Wishing you both comfort=take care, EJ; sending you big hugs and kisses to your lovely babies, especially sweet Cinders...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Wendy said...

Cinders, know that we are praying for you and we're so glad to see you're doing a little better...We know you have a strong fight to live and feel better. PUrrs to you.
Miss Bella and Sele

meowmeowmans said...

We're sending lots of purrs and prayers for Cinders. We sure hope all those meds help slow down the progression of her CRF.

Kat said...

I'm glad she's getting better (well a bit better)but it still pains me to read about what she has to suffer. You too EJ coz the owner suffers just as much as the cat. I know how that felt.

Karen Jo said...

I am glad that Cinders is eating and pooping. I hope that the medicines can help her get as much better as she can.

Lui and the HoundsInHeaven said...

Meow, Cinders!
It is so good to read that you are getting better. Just recently, I got sick and the dogs somehow felt woozy as well. I am just glad we recovered fast. And we are praying for all of you as well. Hang on, EJ's team! we are just here for you!

i beati said...

Cinders our love quality times Sandy

loving wishes from Handsome, Toppy, Darlin, Pinky, Kissipurr . Bitty Bopper, and Mello

Ashkarya said...

Way to go Cinders! All the best!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're glad Cinders is eating. We hate the thought of any cat having to take so much medicine so we hope the pills are really helpful.