Skip to comments.Prayers for my 24 year old kittie -- (doing much better now)
Posted on 07/20/2006 11:51:19 AM PDT by freedumb2003
My kittie "Musica" is 24 years old. Up until now, she has done well but the vet says her thyroid is failing.
She has been with me for almost my entire adult life. She has been on thyroid (and other) medication for the last 6 years but it looks like the medication isn't working any more.
The vet said radiation therapy might work but 24 equates to over a hundred years old in human terms. It would be torture to put her through that. Even a trip to the vet is an ordeal.
Prayers for you and Musica.
They give so much and ask so little in return.
My oldest cat is 13.
He is, or there is no point in life.
Prayers for you and your little beloved companion. I lost 2 kitties in the last year (the second one being just a baby). I, too, hope and pray there's a place in the afterlife for our furry little friends.
Ok, then, prayers for all--Musica, you and your wife. And I do think (just my opinion) that when we're reunited with our loved ones in Heaven, that includes our beloved pets.
I am getting comfort and tears (good ones) from this thread.
I have had a large number of cats who lived to that age.
If I may say, if the sweet animal is still eating, try to give her nice soft, ripe, mushed-up cantaloupe in her food each day. Sometimes they eat it sometimes they don't. It seems to do miracles.
I pray for you and your kitty.
Please be well...................
Also........... well, just do a private mail............
Of course- and my kindest regards.
God bless you, your wife, and your kitty. Of course kitties go to heaven - my dear sweet Selma Lee has been there for over 3 years now. I am sure that Kitty Puff and Be-Mew were there to meet her.
So sorry to hear about your kitty. My Bubba is 18 and is starting to decline a bit so I sympathize.
You have a lot of FRiends here.
I'll say a prayer for the three of you. I've had some hard times with putting kitties down too, but I'm sure they're all waiting for us on the other side. I don't know how we could be happy without them! A big hug and a big prayer coming your way.
How does the vet say that other cats go through that? If it's like chemo, no. Prayer, love and be with her up to the end. How sad and hard.
Radioactive iodine (I131) is injected into hyperthyroid cats. The iodine is taken up by the thyroid, which is destroyed by usually one injection. The radioactivity is then excreted by the cat in its urine and the owner must give the cat thyroid drugs for the balance of its life.
To answer your question, no, it is nothing like chemo. Usually the cats feel no ill effects at all. In fact, most regain their appetites a couple of days after treatment. Their thyroids make them much sicker than the I131.
The problem with this treatment is that it is cost prohibitive for many people and requires the cats stay at a radiation safe facility for about a week while the radiation decays to an acceptable level. (I131 has an incredibly short half life, too.) Their urine is very radioactive and this obviously poses a problem if people need to have their cats at home.
Very old kitties may do fine for the treatment, but die of stress or "a broken heart" while they are in the relative isolation of the radiocat facilities. Their immune systems crash from the stress of being away from home and no other reason. The phenomenon still amazes me.
Prayers for you both. Only kittie lovers know the agony involved. My Moogie Cat was 27 when she was run-over. She was mostly blind and was senile and her tail had been broken-off but she was a real trooper. I still miss her.
That's like losing a child, and a friend. Prayers that all works out for the best.
I believe that the God who made us to love and be loved knows that if we need our pets in heaven to be happy, they will be there for us, healthy, happy and in their prime.
I do believe that when our beloved pets go home to God, they go to Heaven via the "Rainbow Bridge".
Prayers for your beloved kitty.
How wonderful to have a 24-year-old cat. Must say that I'm very impressed with Miss Musica. It's clear that she loves her life and her family very much.
Years ago we had a terrific cat who went into early renal failure, which broke my heart. Our vet was able to keep him propped up with fluids for quite a long time. As long as he was hydrated, dear Edgar made it clear he felt life was still very much worth living. Yet I was troubled by the idea that he might be suffering. The thought of keeping Ed around for selfish reasons was abhorent to me. I badgered the vet with questions about when and how to know when to let go. His answer was always the same: "The time will present itself. You'll know." He was right. I did.
Must tell you that I took a different view about getting another cat. One either has a Siamese in their house or one does not. I/we found that the emptiness Edgar left was not what we chose to live with. A very personal decision to be sure. It wasn't about "replacing" Edgar. You can't replace a cat any more than you can replace a human being. Doesn't work. In my view, eventually getting another cat was more a tribute to Edgar than it was anything else. He'd brought us so much joy, laughter and companionship it wasn't, as I said, the way we chose to live.
It's now 12 years later and my dear little cat friend Elliott is sitting very close to me as I type this to you. We also have his pretend-brothers Taylor and Rhys. As soon as I finish this, I'm going to tell them Musica needs help. They always purr when I whisper prayers to them. Who's to say it won't help? Not I.
When my girl was 20 and it was just a matter of time, I got her a kitten. They took to each other instantly. The kitten got a surrogate mom and my old girl lasted happily for two more years before passing in her sleep.
Times like this are so hard, I have to rely on my vet's advice because my heart won't let me think straight. Put your trust in the vet.
Prayers for your baby.
24 years with your good friend. You are blessed. I hope your cat recovers.
WOW! 27! That is amazing for an outdoor cat.
Moogie Cat will be there on the Rainbow Bridge for you when the time comes.
This thread has given that to me and it is an anchor in an emotional storm.