Monthly Archives: January 2012

Walking But Not Eating

sitting prettySo Dmitri now gets around pretty well, not spry but sometimes hard to catch.  He knows all the tricks about going under things.  He’s not a jumper but he is a good pusher, so obstacles have to be heavy enough he can’t push them aside and not climbable.

However, he’s eating almost nothing.  Tuesday, I could jump start him by putting some food in his mouth and he’d start to eat voluntarily.  Now he’s more resistant.  He’s still getting subcutaneous fluids every other day, and he does drink water.  Earlier in the week, he’d eat kibble, so we thought it was the potassium additive he was objecting to, but now he’s not even eating kibble.

Much of the time, he sleeps, but he’ll spend long periods wandering about, yowling.  Not sounding pained but confused and annoyed.  Thursday morning, that started at 4 a.m. He enjoys being held, for a while.  He now has the run of the house, and the other cats stare a lot, but have mostly stopped complaining.  Snuggles keeps going for his kibble, which is a special low-protein mix so I would have thought it not tasty.  But she may have kidney problems too, being rather old.


And now that I posted this, he’s eating kibble.  Whatever he does, it will be at his own pace.

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Home cats


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Other End of the Age Spectrum

cuddlesMackenzie’s cat, Dmitri, has been living with her mom, but recently developed what turns out to be kidney trouble and low potassium levels.  His back legs were almost non-functional and he stopped wanting to use the great outdoors for potty needs.  And he’s never used a box.

So now he’s a geriatric resident under the table in Em’s room.  He’s about 20 years old and now has potassium supplements in his food and will be getting subcutaneous fluids–with a big needle not the tiny butterflies I’ve used on kittens.  He will be Mackenzie’s responsibility, but we’ll all be involved.  When someone’s with him, he can wander the room, but he has trouble walking on the floor and he’s well settled into his heated bed.  I don’t think he’s peed all day, litter box nor towels.

He purrs a lot, but growled when Nora came in trying to make friends.  The other cats have not come in to her room yet; we’ll keep them separate for now.

In moving things about, we found that Snuggles (most likely) had peed on some stuff in Em’s room, some time ago.  I think she’s better now, but it won’t be like he’s the only senile cat.

This may still work with kittens.  Teeny tinies stay in my room to be fed in the wee hours and all; a little older can live in the closet.  Dmitri is not very active, and likely this is a hospice sort of thing.  Then again, balancing his potassium levels may work wonders and he won’t have to stay secluded.  I don’t know the kidney prognosis though.

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Morning update: Dmitri was fine until around 5:30 this morning, when he got lonely.  Mackenzie joined him at floor level on cushions, but that wasn’t good enough so he climbed the ladder to the loft to be in a bed.  He can walk on the floor without his back legs splaying out now.  To climb, he hooks his front legs one at a time over the next rung and hauls himself up, so the back legs do more balancing than pushing.  He also has peed in his litterbox.

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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Home cats




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Other Cats

fuzz in armsI’m visiting my sister up in Laytonville and not having foster kittens for a while.  It’s out of season, but I was offered some 4-month olds to socialize just before Ieft.  I may get some other older kittens after I get back.

My sister has a 10-year-old cat named Fuzz.  His previous person died about a year ago and she’s been helping him get braver.  He had been intimidated by the other cats he had lived with.  His upper canines are missing which gives him a very odd expression.  He’s a gentle soul who enjoys watching the birds and rodents.


Posted by on January 5, 2012 in fuzz