06 September 2011

'Hang Down Your Head' Position

EJ's heart always skip a beat whenever Cinders goes into this 'hang down your head' position. This unusual resting style means something is wrong. Even the clicking sound of the old beaten-up compact digital camera did not wake her.

She was fast asleep. She was tired, perhaps really stressed out in the morning having to travel almost 30km to see her vet for blood test and check-up.

Cinders seemed to recognise her doctors and staff. She looked at them in the face and greeted each one with a soft mew. The humans smiled and greeted back.

A thorough physical check-up showed that one of her kidneys had shrivelled which is one of the many symptoms of CRF (Chronic Renal Failure). EJ left the room when Cinders had her blood extracted. The doctors said Cinders was a good girl sitting still unmoving allowing them to draw blood from her neck.

Her blood test results were encouraging. Urea and creatinine went down to just above the normal range. All other test results were either within the normal range or just above which is really good news considering her age of over 17 years. And she put on 100gms.

For now her medication and dosage remain the same with four pills being shoved down her throat and half teaspoon supplement powder to swallow daily.

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38 comments:

Fuzzy Tales said...

Cinders, you were SUCH a good girl! We're glad you're still doing well and that all meds remain the same.

BTW, we sleep like that in our kitty condo all the time--head hanging down. The mom doesn't understand how we can be comfortable, but we seem to like it!

Admiral Hestorb said...

Cinders darling, what a good good girl you are and were. I send you soft purrs and whisker tickles for being such a sweet girl.

The Monkeys said...

We are happy to hear that Cinders' tests were good!

Catherine said...

Poor kitty ~ it's not fun having to get all stressed out from traveling and to have to take medicine.

Banjo and I send lots of love and purrs!
xo Catherine & Banjo

Lui said...

Oh, hang on, Cinders!
Sweepy can not swallow any meds so I'm always praying that he will not get sick.

And EJ, thank you for taking care of all the kitties. You really are one of our heroes for making all the cats a part of your family as we do our doggies.

And look, Cinder is now 17 and still a meaningful part of your life...and ours.

Have a great week ahead!

Katnip Lounge said...

Cinders, going to the vet is enough to wear out a young healthy cat! You enjoy your nap, and we are thrilled your labwork was so good. You keep taking your medicine, and enjoy every day.

Brian said...

You are such a good Cinders and we're all cheering you on and sending you lots of purrs. You've still got those good looks too!!!

Old Kitty said...

Awww beautiful Cinders!! Me and Charlie are so happy that you are fighting this bad disease and are doing as well as can be expected!! Yay for you!! We hope you have a good rest now! Take care
x

Debra Taylor said...

I'm sorry Cinders has a shrivelled kidney. I am praying she can get better with the meds. I know she feels your love.


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Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, going to see the doctor wears out a human, too.
Lindy sleeps like this a lot. We call it her "hang-dog" look, and although we can't understand why she would want to do it, she seems to be fine.
So glad the test results were good for Cinders.
Hugs — Kay and Lindy

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Mr Puddy said...

I'm so happy she is doing well.
Purrs and Hugs to her
xoxo

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

precious baby, over 17? That is amazing.

So happy she had a good report!

The Island Cats said...

Hi Cinders! We're so glad you did well at the vet!!

Kwee Cats said...

17 and such a beauty! We do purrs for you, sweet, pretty Cinders. We glad you doing so well! You gots bunches of happy time to go :-)
(((hugs)))

wenn said...

so cute!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Seventeen years old and as pretty as a picture - what a lovely ladycat you are Cinders. You are so good to take all that medication
Take care sweet lady.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Gattina said...

Poor baby, of course she is tired with all the stress going to the vet ! but it was worthwhile, the results sound good.

Luna und Luzie said...

Poor kitty, you need to rest after all that.
Glad to read that the results are ok!
purrrs

Lucy the Cat said...

Sweet and dear Cinders! I'm so glad she's doing better! I was wondering if you give her fluids for her CRF.

She's so precious!

StandTall-The Activist said...

Cinders hang in there, you will be fine darling.

Sharon Wagner said...

What a beautiful face. Fingers crossed for more years to come.

Jackie said...

Poor Cinders, we don't much like visiting our Vet either although he is a really lovely man. Take things easy, sleep a lot, and make sure you get plenty of cuddles.

ABBY said...

Cinders
We think you are a special girl!
YOu inspire us.
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Linens and Royals said...

Well done Cinders, keep taking the medicine and you will see more birthdays.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are sending love and purrs for Cinders. We are so glad she is doing so well. 17 is a good age ~ mom's last cat Henry (lilac point siamese) went to the Bridge when he was nearly 20 years old ~ mom still misses him tons.

i beati said...

must feel good that position.

Amin said...

Wonderful cat!

We love LUNA said...

Cinders is a doll!I'm sending love and purrs to you all!
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Arti said...

Oh! She is so cute...
And hope she gets all fine soon:)
Have a fabulous day:)

Deb said...

what a sweet baby...a real trouper..

Kjelle Bus said...

Hi there !
Glad that the tests shows normal o just above normal.
I think you deserve a good nap after the car ride and visit to the vet !

GRAÇA said...

I come to invite my good friend for my year Saturday 10th
I'm waiting for you
Do not miss!
Turrinhas friend
Kika
Improvements and beware

meowmeowmans said...

We are so glad Cinders' tests came out well. :)

Happy Mo Cats Day!

Kat said...

I'm so glad Cinders is ok now. Hope she keeps well and lots of hugs from all if us - Ginger, Mulan , Bear Bear and Karupin too.

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Cinders you are a beautiful seventeen. What a good girl to be so well behaved for your blood tests. We hope you will be with us for many more years.

Au and Target said...

Cinders is doing so well, and she's a kind old lady too by the sounds of things. We're purring for many happy twilight years.

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Good news for Cinders. Glad to hear the meds are working. I know how it is - I am so worried when Chica look less than normal but so far she is doing well too.

Barbara said...

Oh bless her, glad the test results were so good. What a lovely girl she is.