waning...

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It is not a good day for him. There are moments when he is just sitting apathically on a spot, be it the table or the floor, as if waiting to be picked up and healed by someone. Unfortunately, I cannot do that. Nobody can. His nose is running non-stop, and there is a little rustle in his lungs that he is able to cough out once in a while. The vet in the clinic said that lymphoma does also affect the lungs and other organs. In addition, his hind legs have gone all wobbly, but there is still enough strength in them to move forward.

He has been hiding under the couch for 2 days now. Before he crawls under it, he scratches the last of the remaining (not-peed-upon) carpets, as if digging a hole for himself, and then slides underneath, where he miaows a few times. I can only hope that these are not miaows of pain.

With regard to the painkiller, I didn't notice much of a difference. He looked a little bit more awake and was miaowing less, especially not after peeing or eating. Maybe the painkiller is causing his kidneys to hurt, that's why he he has been miaowing more since yesterday.

He is eating and drinking, and gets a special electrolyte solution from me once in awhile that I have to drench into his mouth with a syringe because he doesn't lap it up. I also give it to the other cat, because it won't harm them. What he is craving for is the sweet stuff like the malt paste, cocker paste and energy paste. He likes stuff that he doesn't have to chew, but it is not good for his kidneys. Most likely his gums are inflammed as well, as it seems to be common in cats with renal issues.

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What I can highly recommend for people in a similar situation is a pheromone spray, especially if there are more cats in the household and especially another male cat. I surprised the older cat in flagranti while he was secretly spraying his urine into the new litter boxes which I had bought for the sick cat, and which are definetely too small for the older one. He was defo spraying, which means that he was not lowering his behind into the box, kind of sitting down, but actually lifting it up so that the urine could fly into every corner of the box but also beyond it straight at the wall and onto the floor. And this mess is really difficult to clean up. This explains why the sick cat was peeing next to the litter boxes and not inside.

A pheromone spray helps when you spray it into and around the litter boxes, so that the aggressive smell of the other cat is being masked by the peaceful pheromones. This morning, I couldn't find a single "accident" to wipe up, even though I had been looking around very carefully. So, it seems to work.

I have also bought a UV black light torch, which is amazing, because it can make cats' urine and vomit flash up in its light luridly, and the I use an enzyme cleaner solution. Let it dry and don't wipe it away. It needs some time to split up the urine proteins and dispell the smell.

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So, there are good news and bad news at the moment.

One strange problem I haven't solved yet. For two weeks he has been trying to eat the soil of the potted plants. I am not sure why he is doing that. I have covered the flower pots up with all sorts of stuff, and now he is licking at the dried soil which is clinging to the pot saucer.

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His ears from the bird's perspective.

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He reminds me of our Pier. We lost Pier last year on August the 30th. She was 17. Just before that I lost my sweet Chance (7/8/20). I lost Alex five years ago (5/22/16), and I swear, I still haven't gotten over that. I don't think we ever get over losing them, really.

I love that your posting about him so often. Please continue to do so! ❤️
 
He reminds me of our Pier. We lost Pier last year on August the 30th. She was 17. Just before that I lost my sweet Chance (7/8/20). I lost Alex five years ago (5/22/16), and I swear, I still haven't gotten over that. I don't think we ever get over losing them, really.

I love that your posting about him so often. Please continue to do so! ❤️
Oh my, you lost two cats in just one month!? How were you able to continue? Did you get a new cat?
 
Oh my, you lost two cats in just one month!? How were you able to continue? Did you get a new cat?
I don't know how I continued, to be honest. I have a great friend who got me through a lot of it. It's a pity he is so far away (he is in AU), but without him, I probably would have lost my mind. Pier was my mom's cat, but she was like my own. I picked her up out of the forest one day and named her Pier and my mom said, "NO! She's mine!!" haha. I was fine with that because I knew Pier would still be in my life everyday. My mother ended up getting a dog last November...

I had two boys - Alex and Chance. After Alex died, I rescued Ava, so she's about 5 years old now. When Chance died, it took me a little while, but I adopted Jagger Mae last February.
 
I don't know how I continued, to be honest. I have a great friend who got me through a lot of it. It's a pity he is so far away (he is in AU), but without him, I probably would have lost my mind. Pier was my mom's cat, but she was like my own. I picked her up out of the forest one day and named her Pier and my mom said, "NO! She's mine!!" haha. I was fine with that because I knew Pier would still be in my life everyday. My mother ended up getting a dog last November...

I had two boys - Alex and Chance. After Alex died, I rescued Ava, so she's about 5 years old now. When Chance died, it took me a little while, but I adopted Jagger Mae last February.
Did you get them from animal shelters?
I have already checked our shelter's website today, but without knowing, I was of course only hoping to see him there again, alive, which will never happen again.

It is still too early for a new cat, so I decided to become a sponsor for one of their problem cats instead.

My other cat is 16, and I was always thinking that he'd be the first to go, not the younger one. It happened all so very quickly.

One lesson I've learned: Don't let the vets treat the symptoms only, usually, there is a more severe illness underlying the apparent symptoms. Every operation or anaesthisia will weaken them even more, and eventually lead to their death, weakening their kidneys in a time when they need all their strength to battle the serious disease.
 
My cousin's wife found Ava in their backyard. Ava's mother had abandoned her two days before. She had been left there, crying and wandering around looking for her mother, so my cousin called me because they knew I'd lost Alex.

Jagger was a shelter kitten. They had found her and her siblings in a tree trunk. Jagger is still very much like a feral. She doesn't like to be held and if she feels a situation is too much she bolts out and then under something where no one can reach her.

Give yourself some time. Many times, they find you. I think it's lovely you want to sponsor a troubled cat. That's beautiful, actually.
 

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