Monday, August 21, 2006

More Sylvester News

I took Sylvester to the vet today to get a read on how he's doing and what needs to be done. Although he's still doing better, eating and drinking and purring and sleeping and complaining, the kidney failure is still an issue, and isn't going to go away. The vet is putting him on a variety of medications to mimic various kidney functions, and to help him put on some weight. So, he'll be taking:

  • Tapazole, his thyroid medication
  • Potassium to replace the potassium lost because of the kidney failure
  • Pepcid AC to control the excess tummy acid caused by same
  • Epakitin (crushed shrimp and crab shells) mixed in his food to absorb phosphorus
  • Anti-nausea medication for a week or two, so he'll keep in all down and hopefully gain weight

    Everything except the Pepcid has to be given twice a day. Apparently, the kidneys are a complex organ.

    The bottom line, though, is that even if all the medications do what they're supposed to, the kidney failure is going to catch up with him, probably within the next few months. Again, not unexpected, and it's certainly a lot longer than I (or the vet) thought he was going to have when I took him in last week. He'll also, hopefully, have a relatively comfortable and happy life until that happens. Well, as happy as any cat can be when its owner is pushing five kinds of meds down its throat twice a day. So, as always, we'll wait and see what happens.

    Blogger Jen said...

    Aw, hope kitty feels better. :(

    5:15 AM  

    Post a Comment

    << Home