Cutie and Lydia, Ella Too

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    27 years! My gosh, how I feel for you. All I can say, Ken, is that I know full-well the deep mental misery associated, having held my beloved little "Chip" in my arms as she died. The pain is deep.....
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    I know that you have said before that Lydia was not doing well, but even when we know a beloved pet does not have much longer to live, it is still heartbreaking when we lose them, and I can relate to your feeling of sorrow, as the others have also mentioned . Even though you weren’t there, I believe that she would have wanted to die peacefully at home, and not in a cage at a veterinary office somewhere, and at least she passed away peacefully, maybe her heart just stopped.
    Sending prayers and condolences to both you and Michelle for your loss of Lydia.....
     
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    I'm just seeing this now @Ken Anderson and I just wanted to tell you I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you love Lydia and will miss her as she has been part of your life for a very long time. Praying comfort and peace for you.
     
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    So sorry. What a long life. Please don't feel guilty but I know it's natural. She was in her own familiar home. I wonder if she was looking for a cooler place. When Chloe died she came out of her covered bed to the floor and this was January. Very sorry for your loss. It's always so hard.
     
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    Thinking of your loss of Lydia this morning and praying God's comfort and peace for your heart @Ken Anderson.
     
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    I have mentioned Ella's live and let live policy with the gray squirrels. She likes to chase them up trees when she can get them to run but she doesn't pose an actual threat to them. Here's a photo of her and one of the squirrels. As soon as the squirrel picked up a peanut and headed down the steps with it, Ella chased her, returning a few moments later after chasing it up a tree.

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    They have an understanding:p
     
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    37313DE2-8488-408A-AF23-215B77834D39.jpeg Hey @Ken Anderson, my new kitten Riji looks like your Ella. Only his orange markings are paler, almost a faded look. We got him for only $20., he had all his kitten shots, he’s already been microchipped, and neutered. They put a little tatoo on his tummy to indicate his neutering, and where it was done.

     
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    Yes, very similar.
     
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    I couldn't get a picture, but Ella touched noses with one of the squirrels today before chasing it down the steps. I think they view her as a bully, but the kind that would call you names or pull your hair rather than the kind that would beat you to a pulp.
     
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    I just got back from the vets with Cutie. She had been making a sound that was a cross between a hiccup and a clicking, although not repetitively like a hiccup, and I didn't know what it was or whether it was something to worry about.

    Plus, she has been trying to tell me something and I didn't know what it was she wanted. By that, I mean that she has had a system of communication all her life, where she will poke me on the foot or leg to get my attention, then lead me to whatever it is that she wanted - to the door if she wanted to go out, to the water bowl if it was low or she wanted fresher water, and to the food bowl if she was hungry. But for the past few weeks, she has been poking me insistently every night, then leading me to the area of the food bowls, but not to any particular bowl, as she would ordinarily go to the kibble bowl if she was worried that it was getting low, or to the other bowls if she wanted canned food.

    I couldn't figure out what she was trying to tell me, so we made an appointment for her with the vet in Bangor.

    For her age, she is doing very well, given that most cats are dead at 27, and she's not. However, she does have a heart murmur and some kidney dysfunction. She is not in kidney failure but there is some dysfunction.

    As far as what she was trying to tell me, perhaps she was trying to tell me that she needed to eat differently or, more likely, she just realized that something was wrong and she didn't know how to communicate it, so she just kept getting my attention, over and over, hoping that I could figure it out.

    Anyhow, I have to give her some subcutaneous fluids a couple of times a day, and feed her a special diet for her kidneys, which will probably be a problem in a few days, when she tires of the couple of flavors that it comes in.

    Plus, I will be giving her an oral antibiotic because there is some bacterial stuff going on. Cutie has some dental problems, which can't be fixed because they anesthetize cats before doing dental work and she won't anesthetize a 27-year-old cat. She also said she's never seen a cat over the age of twenty that didn't have some dental dysfunction. Anyhow, she thinks that's where the bacterial action is coming from, hence the antibiotics.

    In her old age, Cutie has become quit accepting of trips to the vet. She did hiss at the vet at least once, but she was reasonably docile, given all the poking and prodding that was going on.

    The bill exceeded $400, however. That was when I hissed at the vet.
     
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    It's amazing that she has lived 27 years. That shows that you have taken very good care of her. I hope she will recover completely and be with you a good while longer.
     
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    Except to eat, Cutie hasn't left my side since we got back from Bangor so I guess she's not blaming me for the poking and prodding that she went through.
     
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    She's a very understanding person. ;)
     
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    I can't get over her age. I hope she does well.
     
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    She's remarkable. She is deaf, has a cataract developing, a heart murmur, some kidney dysfunction, and takes Cosequin for arthritis, yet she has thus far maintained her status as the Alpha cat in our household.

    To her credit, Ella is generally pretty nice to her. Cutie chases Ella (who is five years old) around the house playing, and picks fights with her. When Ella wants to be alone, she would go up to one of the high shelves in my office, up near the ceiling, where I have a couple of cat beds for her. Cutie decided that gave her too much of an advantage so she made her way up there too, a few days ago, which I hadn't noticed until I heard the hissing. Cutie had made her way up to Ella's safe spot in order to pick a fight with her.
     
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    Well Ken when they are family....you have to do what you have to do. :)
     
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    Certainly agree here. When my Calico Chloe had her one diabetic low sugar crisis and I took her to the emergency vet, after I handed her over, I handed over my credit card. I didn't care. They saved her and she died a year later from lymphoma. Glad I had that year with her.
     
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    We have a closer veterinarian, but I didn't like his attitude. He seemed to think that it would be pointless to spend money on medical care for a cat that was more than twenty years old. At twenty, my sisters were very healthy, and I think Cutie still has a good quality of life. She plays, she fights, she's loved.
     
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    Completely agree here. This is your kitty. I'm kind of surprised at the vets attitude. I think it's one thing to offer alternatives one of which is to do no treatment which is valid. However it's the Vet's responsibility to make you know that the decision is always up to you and they will support what you want. I wouldn't want my pet there either if I felt they were disgruntled by my requests.

    It sounds like she has total quality of life.

    Chloe was 16 when I took her to the emergency vet. She lived to almost 18.
     
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    I had to take Cutie to the vet when she was 24 because she was in a fight with another cat, who she ran off, but she had received a scratch that became infected.
     
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    I don't think I e heard of a cat living as long as yours have @Ken Anderson! You must be doing something right..I'm surprised the vets don't ask you your secret.

    My oldest cat died in Hungary at age 16. He's buried in the back yard in my old house in Budapest.

    But he might have lived longer but while I was visiting my daughter in California he got out and the neighbor's dog practically took his hind leg off by the thigh area.

    Thankfully vets were cheap in Hungary because he was at the vets for a month! The vet did save him but he wasn't the same.

    Then the next year when I was visiting my daughter again in CA. When they picked me up at the airport on my return,,,,they told me he died.

    My husband didn't care for him so Ive always been suspicious. :(
     
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    Mostly, I think they don't believe me.
     
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    Could be...I don't know how you prove a dog or cats age unless you have the papers from the breeder etc.

    I have Pickles papers but I doubt I'll have to ever show them....he's been very healthy these 9 years but dachshund do have lots of health issues...mainly back.

    Just remembered his bday is Feb. 17!
     
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    And she's very blessed to have a daddy and moma like you and Michelle @Ken Anderson. :)
     
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