Friday, January 12, 2007

Better Liver, Worse Kidneys

Cat Couch here:

Chatham finished another round of antibiotics, so we took a urine sample to the Vet. There was still evidence of blood in his urine, so we took him in for a blood test.

Chatham has been on Denosyl for some years now for his liver ... and his liver has improved. Unfortunately, his kidneys have worsened. He is now in moderate kidney failure, and this is what probably will ultimately send him over the Rainbow Bridge.

However, at the moment he seems okay. He has actually gained a little more weight. He has an appetite and can still get to the litter box (although he doesn't always actually eliminate INside it...). He bosses us around all the time, too.

The photo above shows a peacock feather that I brought home from the Pennsylvania State Farm Show, as well as a tuft of hair from a cow (thinking that he might like to sniff it ...). Salem later ate the end of the feather and then threw it up.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I'm sorry your kidneys aren't doing great. That's a very common meezer problem and I'm sure you're a strong kitty who will fight on.


That feather is AWESOME!!!! I've never seen anything like it.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Chatham, I hope your kidneys can stay strong for a long time.

ps: I wish I could smell some hair from a cow!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were sorry to read the bad news about Chatham's health. All anyone can do in life is try to make each day count. All the Good Cats and their humans send positive vibes for strength to you and your family.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Derby said...

Chatham and Cat Couch. Thanks for the update. Aging isn't fun for beans or kitties.

Take care and just play with the feathers, don't eat them.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh Chatham, we will keep purraying for you. Nice fev-ver!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Sahara said...

What a neat feather Chatham. Sorry to hear about your kidney update. Hang in there and continue to enjoy all the love.

12:05 AM  
Blogger The Tower Hill Mob said...

Sorry to hear about your kidney problems. That's very common with older kitties. Take care, handsome sir.
Mum thinks you look so peaceful and loving in your picture.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Chatham, we're sorry yoor kidneys is bad. We'll purray dat dey last a long time. It's not easy gettin old. Just hang our and get all da luvs yoo can fur as long as yoo can.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chatham we are sorry to hear about your kidneys but we are happy about your liver.

Purrs and headbutts.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are a furry strong kitty, you've been through a lot and you're still standing!! We will continue to send good purrs your way and fink furry gud foughts.

Abby & the gang

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feathers are worse than a fuzz ball in the throat!

9:28 AM  

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