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Gertie (1991?-2007)

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Barbara Boehmer
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Gertie (1991?-2007)

Post by Barbara Boehmer » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:32 pm

My cat Gertie died Saturday, January 13, 2007. I think she was about 15 or 16 years old. I had been caring for her since 1992 when she was already an adult cat. She had hyperthroidism and was on tapazole for her hyperthyroidism, but it was stopped when it was discovered that she had kidney failure on January 9th. The results of her latest blood test on January 9th were terrible (the normal ranges are in parentheses on the right):

BUN 131 (14-36)
CREATININE 10.3 (0.6-2.4)
PHOSPHORUS 15.7 (2.4-8.2)

She went downhill suddenly and rapidly. A few weeks prior she was running around and playing like a kitten. She was receiving reglan anti-nausea syrup, subcutaneous lactated ringers solution, B12, aluminum hydroxide phosphorus binder, cosequin, baytril antibiotic, and pepcid antacid. I tried to coax her to eat Science Diet K/D canned cat food, but mostly she ate the Iam's canned and dry and canned Fancy Feast, in order to get her to eat something. She weighed only 5 pounds. I was also adding a little canned pumpkin to everybody's food. In the end, I was syringe feeding her several times per day. She had good quality until the day before she died.

I keep wondering what I might have done differently that might have been better. Did she die because we discovered the kidney failure too late and stopped the tapazole too late? Did she die because we stopped the tapazole? Would she have lived longer if she hadn't had the last blood test done when she didn't have much blood to spare? If we had tested her sooner, would we have been able to get her something in time to help? After the latest test results, it was suggested that she might have kidney stones. There was a previous incident when she looked real bad, I took her to the emergency vet and she looked better by the time I got there, they did an x-ray that didn't find anything, prescribed baytril, and she got better. She was scheduled for a urine sample and another x-ray, but by appointment time it was obvious that it was too late. Is there anything else that could have been done? I realize the answers to these questions won't help her, but it might help another cat with a similar problem. I lost another cat to hyperthyroidism and kidney failure and non-regenerative anemia two days prior and still have another one with kidney failure and highly regenerative anemia. I find myself looking at the others and wondering who is next.
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Re: Gertie (1991?-2007)

Post by Christine » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:51 pm

Dear Barbara,

I am so sorry about the loss of both of your friends - your nuturing and care are beyond belief
Christine... and Bailey, playing at the Bridge
?/1999 - 10/25/08

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Re: Gertie (1991?-2007)

Post by GabrielDeafBlindPupFamily » Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:15 am

Barbara, two at once! Sometimes things come in groups to flatten us, but in fact, they allow us to keep moving forward. We focus entirely on what is important, truly important.
Your Gertie and Rowdy personify your life and love for the critters (sorry critters) and their legacy has enriched your life.
My deepest sympathy on your double loss, Barbara, I cannot tell you how badly I feel for you.
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Re: Gertie (1991?-2007)

Post by Cindidoxiemom » Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:53 am

I'm so very sorry to hear about the loss of your friends. Don't ever doubt your commitment and knowledge. You not only gave your babies the ability to live a long and happy life, you are providing information to others that will allow them to do the same for their kittys.
I am not a vet; please consult your vet before making any treatment decisions.

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Re: Gertie (1991?-2007)

Post by critters » Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:35 am

Oh no! Not another baby, too! I can well understand the "who's next?" phenomenon when so many are so fragile. Sigh. I'm sorry for your losses.

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Re: Gertie (1991?-2007)

Post by Dianne » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:32 pm


I am so very sorry to hear of your loss of both Gertie and Rowdy the same week. How traumatic!

You were such a help to me when my kitty, Lucky, was failing. I know that you did the best care possible for both of your kitties. Twenty-One is a ripe old age for kitties. But no matter how long they live, it never feels like it is long enough. You should be proud of yourself for helping to extent their days.

Sending you sympathy in your loss.


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