Hi Sharyl,

I agree completely... I always start treatment on a sick cat.
My CRF cat is hand fed (assist fed, not force fed) every 2 or 
three hours all day.  He gets his meds, and I'll try fluids sub Q. 
when my vet feels he needs them. So far he is thriving, his coat has
improved, he's gained weight and he is still enjoying life. 

What I meant was, I think the time comes when we have to acknowledge
the fact that we can do no more for our cats. Trying to keep them alive
when they are obviously dying is not right.  Sorry if I came across
wrong to anyone.  By all means try treatments, but when the end is
near let them go in peace.


On 08-12, Sharyl wrote:

> Lorrie, Just a comment about CRF kitties.  My Pequita was dx with
> CRF over 3 yrs ago.  She'll be 17 this Oct.  She has been on meds
> and daily sub q fluids for most of those 3 yrs.  I assist feed her
> several times per day.  She will only eat from a baby spoon.  I do
> the meds, feedings and fluids on her terms and she is doing fine.
> Often when a kitty crashed they are are very resistant to
> treatment.  It is all new and strange for them.  Once the person
> develops a treatment schedule things usually go a lot better.  Like
> people, cats like to know what is going to happen and when it is
> going to happen.
> I just don't want people here to think that treating CRF or any
> chronic disease should not be attempted.  Each kitty is unique and
> will respond to treatment plans differently.  Often members of the
> CRF group are in a panic mode and are still dealing with a kitty in
> crisis.  You don't know how yours will respond until you try.
> Whatever problem our beloved companions have we need to remember to
> love them and treasure each day we have together. Sharyl

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