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Thursday, April 09, 2020

The Sads

TBT Here:  I have some sad news.  Iza is probably going over The Bridge soon.  She has been on blood-pressure pills, thyroid ear gel and omega3&6 additives (for kidney problems) for several months. 

But things have gotten seriously worse the past week.  She has stopped eating even her favorite foods.  She is visibly losing weight daily and my digital scale says she has gone from 10.4 lbs to 8.6.  I think she has lost her sense of taste and smell.  And possbly hearing.  If I call her name, whistle loudly, or clap my hands, her ears don't even twitch.

She sits on her mat on the floor and stares at a spot a few inches away for an hour at a time.

She acts confused.  Last night, she walked ON Marley as if he wasn't there.

When she goes out on the deck, she sits on wet spots, and seems to be trying to sniff the world. 

She is suddenly peeing on the kitchen floor.  She complains if I pick her up, though she still purrs after.  But we all know that sometimes purring is an internal comforting action.

She went outside and down the deck stairs, but was reluctant to come back up.  I encouraged her to see what she could do.  She moved one paw at a time the whole way, and hesitated every few steps. 

Last night, I saw her try to walk and her paws slipped out from under her.

She is only 12.

It's not like I love any of the Mews more or less than the others.  Each is so special.  But this is hitting so hard.  I have an appointment with the vet tomorrow morning.  The vet will give her a full physical and mental exam.  And will then call me about what can be done if anything.

I went through this with Skeeter for 6 months watching him slowly die back in 2008 while the old vet refused euthansia.  I don't think I can do it again.  I wouldn't wish that on myself.  I doubt the vet can offer any new medications (but will listen to any suggestions that don't just cause existence at the expense of struggle). 

I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face.  No matter what the vet can do, I am certain that Iza is going to be leaving me fairly soon. 

I think my lovey lap-cat, attentive one, talker-to-me, silent-one-at my-feet, enjoyer-of-all-foods, under-the-covers sleep companion, sweetest-looking-meanie, demon of the rattley-mice toys, etc is going to leave my life soon.


21 comments:

Brian said...

Oh Mark, I'm so very sorry, that sure gives me the sads too. It's so tough to watch those we love struggle so much. I know there's nothing we can do but we're all here for you. Hugs and love from all of us. ~Dad Terry~

RagingMoon1987 said...

Big hugs from me and my fur babies.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Mark I am so sorry to hear this about Iza. They are our family and we hate to see age take it's toll on them. We are all keeping you and Iza in our purrs and prayers.

catladymac said...

We are so sorry to read this about Iza. (We recently lost our beautiful calico Lulu and our boy Oscar has CKD so we watch him daily too. Both are only about Iza's age.)
We are sending purrayers and POTP. We know TBT will do what is best for his beautiful girl, no matter how hard it is on him and the other Mews.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Oh Mark, I am so sorry to hear this. Of course you have tears streaming down your face, they are your family.
I know the pain you are feeling and words don't help, but you have so many people here who care for you and your fur family. My thoughts are with you and I know you will make the right decision when the time comes.

Zoolatry said...

My heart is hurting already ...

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Poor little girl. What heartbreaking news. We are so sorry this is happening and it makes us all sad too, especially our mom. We will purr for you and Iza both.

AnnDee said...

Oh, Mark, if tears were the magic medicine, Iza would be well again. I know how hard it is to lose a not-very-old cat, and I'm crying for you.

Hugs for you, and love to the kitties, especially Iza.

Spike William and Angels China Cat and Willow said...

I am so sorry to read that Iza is not doing well. Our kitties are members of our families and are loved so very much. Hugs and love from us to you and your family.

Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs, Spike William and Mom Teri

pilch92 said...

Mark, I am so sorry. Iza is too young which makes this more unfair. Never give up hope though, maybe she is allergic to a medicine or something. I will be praying. XO

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I'm heartbroken to hear this news. Purrs for all of you.

Katie Isabella said...

I am deeply sorrowful to read this news. I hope as does another friend here, that is is something to do with her medications. Poor precious little girl, and you are suffering for her as all of we pet parents do. We love our charges fiercely, and can't bear it when we can't help them. Purrs and prayers Mark. Lots of love to each of you.

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

I have tears in my eyes, too.
It is so hard to see our furbabies suffer. And even harder when you feel so caught between not wanting to say goodbye, and wanting them to not have to suffer.
I hope your vet may be able to offer some suggestions.
And some hope?

Sending lots of love, purrs and the good POTP. Your heart will lead you as love always wins.

((( ♥ )))

Megan said...

Mark - I'm in tears on the other side of the world.

Megan
Sydney, Australia

The Island Cats said...

I am so sorry to hear this about sweet Iza. I’m hoping that the vet has some suggestions that may help. I went through something similar with Wally before I lost him. Juggling hyperthyroidism and kidney disease is difficult. My heart goes out ot you.

Sweet Purrfections said...

Oh Mark - I am so sorry to hear about Iza. My heart is breaking for you. I hope the vet can give her some comfort.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I'm so sorry, and I'm utterly gutted and heartbroken along with you. Iza was the closest thing to Binga in the Cat Blogosphere, so she's always had a special place for us. I'm so glad she has you as a human because you are looking after her so well, are so in tune with her, and completely have her best interests at heart. Lots of purrs to you.

Gemini and Ichiro said...

We are so very sorry to hear. We remember when you and Iza adopted each other and all the stories. It is much too soon for you to have to say good bye- We will be thinking of you.

The Whiskeratti said...

No words can express how very sorry I am about this, and how sad I am. I know how deeply you love all your cats, past and present. Her situation now reminds of me of my dear Leia... just reached the point where nothing more could be done. A gentle, peaceful passing will be your last act of love for her.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

So sorry to read this. Iza was a beautiful girl and we always enjoyed seeing her on the blog.
Sending lots of purrs of comfort to you.

The Swiss Cats said...

Oh Mark... Sending lots of purrs and love to you