I introduced our newly diagnosed diabetic kitty, Doufus, in the Pets and People Group---one of the first I joined many years ago:

http://www.tudiabetes.org/group/petsandpeople/forum/topics/meet-dou...

But Update Today: What a day. And "miles to go" yet. Dear kitty Doufus started getting insulin for his diabetes and an antibiotic for a urinary infection on July 4th. Was doing great & then we began to notice labored breathing. So off to the vet and then the vet specialist emergency hospital and exams by cardiologists. David just called from hospital:

Full blown heart failure in progress. Four more Meds and care---they estimate 3-18 months. Need to get our safe room ready to keep him confined for just 2 days, thank the gods....Many complications in management in a multi-cat home where all 8 are seniors and one other is on a thyroid med and one more has mouth cancer....Damn.....Blessings

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Comment by shoshana27 on July 16, 2014 at 1:14am
So sorry for your furry friend & his care taker
Comment by meee on July 16, 2014 at 3:19am

oh no, somehow I missed this new update. My first tortie Tess had heart failure also- we took her to bobst animal medical center and they saved her life. she was on meds for 3 years and did very well until kidney failure and eventually anemia from that took her. I hope he gets 18 months or more.

Comment by rick the "Blogabetic" on July 16, 2014 at 4:43am

Judith I am so sorry to hear of his heart issue. You and Doufus are in my thoughts....rick

Comment by Eucritta on July 16, 2014 at 12:47pm

Oh! And Doufus looks so much like our old Lionel did. Lionel had heart disease too, though it was kidney failure that took him in the end.

You and Doufus are in my thoughts.

Comment by Trudy on July 16, 2014 at 1:26pm

Hi Judith--not a happy update on Doufus, but you're giving him a good as well as extended life. I know something about this--our 14 y.o. Aggie requires a lot of care to keep her going. Phenobarbital to prevent seizures and frequent walks at the park to keep her muscles working, a little extra care to deal with her being mostly deaf, mostly blind. The park walks work for her--she loves park trails. The two younger dogs give her extra care, too. One happy pack! I imagine your senior kitties all offer comfort and companionship to each other as well.

Comment by Judith in Portland on July 16, 2014 at 10:16pm

Oh my---Thank you all. I feel lifted up by your empathetic souls....

It's been an exhausting night and day because they wanted us to keep him confined for 24 hours, but he hates it and yells (and like some kitties, the pitch/tone of his yell is the same wave length as a crying infant's!). So David slept on the floor overnight in the Kitty Safe Room and then we traded off every 4-5 hours all day. He is also exhausted from yesterday, and it is hot, so he had many calm, sleepy times.

The main thing is being sure the meds are at least not causing things to be worse and it looks like after his 9AM insulin/Lasix dose, we can throw open the door and just "be aware" of him....

Our 20-year Kitty Safe Room has been upstairs, but when it is trending toward 90 degrees, that is not feasible! So it took some "arranging" for it to be the ground floor TV room, but we got it!

All your posts mean so much to me.....Thank you, and Blessings.....

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