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    My beautiful, favorite cat, Joy Noelle, is sick. :(

    Yesterday I happened to be passing by one of the rooms that has a litter box--and she was peeing on the mat, not in the box. I just stood there gaping at her; she never potties outside a cat box.

    She finished peeing and sat down a few inches away. She didn't know I was behind her. I called out to her, "Joy...Joy Noelle?", and she looked at me and groaned "mmmmmmm"

    I scooped her up and took her to my room; she was moaning the whole time. The minute my live-in helper got home I told her; I was almost in tears.

    We had both noticed things recently, like being able to feel her hip-bones. We had made an appointment with my vet--who my helper used to work for--for her regular checkup next Tuesday. But we called and they said to bring her in right away.

    My vet gave her 100cc of fluids (she was dehydrated), and drew blood and urine for a full lab panel. He sent us home with antibiotics, and will call when the lab results are in. We're all thinking renal failure...but maybe we're wrong, and it's just a little bladder infection.

    Here's a recent pic of her sleeping on her favorite piece of furniture: me!

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    Please send prayers, healing thoughts, whatever your thing is, our way. I've had her since she was ≈5 weeks old, and she'll turn 15 in October. I adore her...
     

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    Awww, poor kitty. Hopefully it is just a urinary/bladder thing that the antibiotics will clear up. Get better Joy Noelle!
     
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    Just lit some incense and started beaming thoughts of mellow healing to Joy Noelle.
     
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    Fingers crossed for both of you.
     
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    Prayers are with both of you and I'm so sorry. Hope it's not something bad, please keep us posted.
     
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    I hope there is nothing seriously wrong with her .
     
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    Thanks guys and gals.

    I forgot to add that she's lost two pounds in a year; she's down to 6 pounds. For ≈12 years she was 10 pounds, give or take a few ounces. A year ago, when we noted that she had lost two pounds in two years, my vet said out loud the awful words: she's getting older. Cats lose weight as they age, I know that, but this latest loss is extreme.

    She's perked up a little and ate well last night and this morning. Maybe it really is just a little infection and the antibiotics have kicked in.
     
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    @MoodyBlues sorry to read about your cat, hope Joy is doing better
     
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    Hopefully the antibiotics do the trick, MB.
     
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    Thanks for the good news. I hope that she continues to improve.
     
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    Our 12 yr old Tabby started losing weight and was very vocal. He had hypertyroidism and is now on daily meds. In 2 weeks he has gotten to his regular weight and has am appetite. It was a blood test that found out his issue.
     
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    My vet's nurse just called with Joy Noelle's lab results. Everything's normal except her kidney levels, which are high. We talked, then I asked for confirmation that we're not talking renal failure. She said, 'renal failure, no, early kidney disease, yes.' Giant sigh of relief.

    She said my vet will discuss it in more depth when we see him Tuesday, and will probably want to repeat the lab work in a month. We may need to make some dietary changes--been there, done that. I've had several cats who did have renal failure, so I'm very familiar with the prescription food k/d. My oldest cat lived to 18½--the last 5 years in renal failure and on k/d.

    I was so nervous, I'm not sure I remember everything... Oh, she asked how Joy Noelle is doing, and she was happy to hear that she's really perked up, eating very well, jumping up on the tall bookcases...just being normal. :D

    Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. :)
     
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