She turned 21 last April. As I do with my budgies, I take my cats for yearly check up and whatnot. Because Willow is so old (120 in human years!) she gets bloodwork done every year.
This year her results were not good. She has hyperthyroidism and stage 2 kidney disease. She's a heart murmur. She's a potassium deficiency.
I can still give her a very good quality of life with the right treatments and special diet. She still plays and snuggles and is active. But I know. I know this is the beginning of the end. And it's so upsetting because I've had her literally her entire life, right from the very beginning. She's my oldest friend. And I know this is a bird community and she's a cat, but no one in my real life other than my husband gets it and out of everyone in the world I know you guys might just understand a bit what I'm feeling right now.
Oh, Moira, despite us knowing that the end always comes, it is never easy to see it approaching
Of course you're upset, and heartbroken, and already missing your sweet girl even though you tell yourself every day, "Don't think about that, enjoy her while she's here".
I know she'll be so happy to spend the rest of her days in bliss with you! Only wonderful care and love could have contributed to her attaining such a grand old age. She's in great hands, and I know she feels all the love you've been giving her for so long.
Thank you for sharing sweet Willow's story with us
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Moira, please believe me when I say that I totally understand. Willow is a part of your family. She is a beautiful girl and she still looks great. It's a testimony to your love and care that she is now 21.Is she a colourpoint ? Mum has a colourpoint persian that has the same colouring as your Willow.Renal failure is never easy to hear, but it can be managed successfully for quite a while. as can her other conditions. I know that you are giving her the best life that you possibly can Moira It's so hard , isn't it, when our pets grow older . We are facing the same problem with our English Mastiff, also called Willow, who has just turned 9 years old (a good age for a giant breed). Willow is full of arthritis in her back legs and at times, struggles to get. up.
Moira, you continue to do everything you can do............... Janna.
The Chapman Clan - Damon, Snodgrass, Miracle, Willow, Besty-May, Dickens and Fatty!
I know and understand just what you are going through. I had a cat not too long ago that had exactly the same issues your sweet Willow has. It's never easy to face the illness of a loved one but I am sure you are doing everything possible to keep her comfortable.
I understand what you are going through, my family's dog recently had similar problems. Willow is clearly a well loved, well taken care of cat, and I'm sure you will ensure she is as comfortable as she can be