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      Sunday, January 22, 2012

07:35 AM - 01/22/2012

The topic: I think we’re losing Benny


He wasn’t eating as much last week. He was drinking a lot of water.  I gave him fluids last week (he was diagnosed with kidney disease a few years ago) and they seemed to help him. I gave him more yesterday morning.

He crashed badly this weekend. He’s all wobbly and last night, he peed himself in bed. He’s never done that.  He did it again this morning.  I think his little body is shutting down. He’s showing very little interest in food today, he lapped up some Fancy Feast I pureed with water.  He’s not chewing at all, just lapping.  He lapped a little tuna juice from a fresh can of people tuna, but you could tell he wasn’t really interested in it, he was just doing it for us.

He’s seventeen years old. He takes fluids well, but I just don’t see that spark in him that I saw in Mickey when Mickey crashed the first time (the second time it wasn’t due to his kidneys, but he’d quit eating and it turned out he had a tumor in his mouth that prevented him from eating; if it hadn’t been for the tumor, Mickey still might be with us).  We’re not going to have a bunch of tests run.  He won’t live the rest of his life being spoonfed babyfood (well, maybe if he’d eat it, he would) and having fluids administered.  I think he’s beyond that right now.


We knew this would happen.  The cats aging out.


We’re with you, Diane.

Posted by Mary @ Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 5:09:04 PM


I now know what you are going through. We lost our Mungo to lymphoma during the holidays, at 17 and a half.  My wish is, that you and Benny will find peace in whatever decision you come to.


Posted by Nete @ Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 7:34:30 PM

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