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Smudge's kidneys are failing.



Hubby took Smudge to the vet this morning because she has not been eating and has lost a lot of weight (about a third of her body weight since last vet weighing, apparently). She has been drinking an ocean at a time and weeing for England.

Apparently the vet wanted to keep her in but there is no way that we can afford that. The bill today was £150 and that would have made it £300.

They gave her an injection of steroids, pushed some fluids into her and a jab for old cats (that is what I could gather from hubby). She did not really eat this morning, even her favourite tinned-tuna-in-spring-water but once they got home she devoured some and so the fluids and steroids must have helped.

We apparently need to get a urine sample from her which they would have done at the vets had hubby been able to afford for her to stay there. Currently both cats (Smudge and Pixel) share a litter tray but apparently we need to get another tray, use special vet-provided litter and watch it closely so that only she uses it (Pixel will prefer his own, to be honest - but I have no idea where we can put it - space is so tight) and, when she does, we use the provided syringe to get a sample.

So, I know last time that I asked for donations on her behalf did not garner any donations at all, but, if we could raise enough for her to stay at the vets over night, we would be able to get that urine sample (and any other tests that they want to do) so much more easily. I will be signal boosting this plea for donations everywhere that I can and would appreciate signal boosts from all of you if you cannot afford to donate (and I know that times are hard for us all right now).

This is my PayPal donation button. Anything that enters my PayPal in the near future will be used for Smudge's care, be that from donations or pattern sales on Ravelry.


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fjm
Jan. 16th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
Send me your email I have no pay pal but wll help.
natf
Jan. 16th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. Turns out she is in end stage renal failure and so there is nothing to be done except feed her her favourite tuna and cuddle her a lot. If you would prefer that I return your amazing donation, I will. Otherwise any donations left over after she passes will be donated to the Cat's Protection League or used to keep our other cat in his medicine (Pixel has a heart murmur and is on daily Tenormin).
coughingbear
Jan. 16th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Here via fjm - I have a cat who needs periodic urine tests and I know it's a nightmare doing them at home, so have sent you something via PayPal. Best wishes for Smudge.
natf
Jan. 16th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. Turns out she is in end stage renal failure and so there is nothing to be done except feed her her favourite tuna and cuddle her a lot. If you would prefer that I return your amazing donation, I will. Otherwise any donations left over after she passes will be donated to the Cat's Protection League or used to keep our other cat in his medicine (Pixel has a heart murmur and is on daily Tenormin).
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(no subject) - liadnan - Jan. 16th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
livejournal
Jan. 16th, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
12:22 Time for a nap. Very sleepy &#8230;
User natdaylog referenced to your post from 12:22 Time for a nap. Very sleepy … saying: [...] cannot face food. Smudge’s kidneys are failing: http://natalief.livejournal.com/1896432.html [...]
cluegirl
Jan. 16th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that Smudge is ailing. I hope the vet is able to help her and you both.
natf
Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. She was put to sleep today.
livejournal
Jan. 16th, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
Smudge&#39;s kidneys are failing.
User evilvillan_1 referenced to your post from Smudge's kidneys are failing. saying: [...] Originally posted by at Smudge's kidneys are failing. [...]
livejournal
Jan. 16th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
No title
User copperbadge referenced to your post from No title saying: [...] energy to live that way. Also, a bit of RFM that can't wait for Monday: Natalief has a tip jar up [...]
anonymous_sibyl
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
I've sent something PayPayl from one pet lover to another. Best to you and Smudge.
natf
Jan. 16th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. Turns out she is in end stage renal failure and so there is nothing to be done except feed her her favourite tuna and cuddle her a lot. If you would prefer that I return your amazing donation, I will. Otherwise any donations left over after she passes will be donated to the Cat's Protection League or used to keep our other cat in his medicine (Pixel has a heart murmur and is on daily Tenormin).
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(no subject) - natf - Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:09 am (UTC) - Expand
arkessian
Jan. 16th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Here via fjm. My Chino has failing kidneys as well, but he's insured, thank goodness. I've thrown some money in the tipjar and hope it helps.

Edited at 2013-01-16 04:04 pm (UTC)
natf
Jan. 16th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. Turns out she is in end stage renal failure and so there is nothing to be done except feed her her favourite tuna and cuddle her a lot. If you would prefer that I return your amazing donation, I will. Otherwise any donations left over after she passes will be donated to the Cat's Protection League or used to keep our other cat in his medicine (Pixel has a heart murmur and is on daily Tenormin).
(no subject) - arkessian - Jan. 16th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - natf - Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:10 am (UTC) - Expand
bookblather
Jan. 16th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your kitty.
natf
Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you.
livejournal
Jan. 16th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
These cats need help
User ragnarok_08 referenced to your post from These cats need help saying: [...] This is Smudge. Smudge almost certainly is entering chronic kidney disease, if not renal failure [...]
livejournal
Jan. 16th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
These cats need help
User ragnarok_08 referenced to your post from These cats need help saying: [...] where she's asking for donations, in her post about Smudge [...]
words_spoken
Jan. 16th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your kitty. :(
natf
Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you.
livejournal
Jan. 17th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
These cats need help
User trex_in_boots referenced to your post from These cats need help saying: [...] This is Smudge. Smudge almost certainly is entering chronic kidney disease, if not renal failure [...]
livejournal
Jan. 17th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
These cats need help
User trex_in_boots referenced to your post from These cats need help saying: [...] This is Smudge. Smudge almost certainly is entering chronic kidney disease, if not renal failure [...]
livejournal
Jan. 17th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
These cats need help
User trex_in_boots referenced to your post from These cats need help saying: [...] where she's asking for donations, in her post about Smudge [...]
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