reply to post by caladonea
Here's one you missed, the "meatloaf" position and you should watch for it, just in case.
I didn't know anything about this until it was too late and that was today. Our male Orange Tabby Simba (just over two years old and had kind of a
cougar chin and nice facial marking symmetry) died at 10:45am today from renal failure due to complications. The complications may have been caused by
a tumour (or his bladder was so full it felt like a tumour) or it may have been pesticide poisoning caused by Hartz Onestop flea treatment which we
used about a week ago on both cats (but the female Calico is fine). I've recently ready up on this Hartz garbage and found out too late just how bad
it is. Anyway, the jury is out on the cause of the renal failure.
We have had Simba since he was ten days old and abandoned by his mother in a field for what appears to be a genetic anomaly, he's farsighted. The
first mammals that he saw was my wife and myself when he opened his eyes for the first time, and my wife used eyedroppers to feed him. He was so tiny.
So he has been very attached to us, is very talkative and tends to lie on my lap when I am on the computer. I sometimes think he believes he's human
by the way he behaves, like laying his head only on a pillow or sitting in a chair waiting to get a treat at the table or sitting on the desk between
my keyboard and monitor to get some attention.
As far as diet, he usually ate dry food plus one wet food per week, reverse osmosis water, silver dollar sized bits of milk a couple of times a week,
1 sardine a week and a few temptations every few days, so his diet was good with a combination of moist and dry foods as wells as naturals oils in
We had no idea what was going on because it came on so fast. Wednesday he was jumping around like usual, on my lap, eating treats like tempations and
sardines. Late Thursday night, I think he stopped eating and drinking (we have two cats) and we thought he was bound up but he also vomited, like he
did the last time about six months ago and he was sitting in the "meatloaf" position. So we gave him some cat laxatives, which worked last time when
he was not eating and drinking, vomited and the vet said it was hairballs. He was tired, maybe a little lethargic Friday morning and sitting in the
"meatloaf" position. When we got back home Friday evening he was unable to walk and couldn't get into the litter box, but he did have some water on
his own then went back to the "meatloaf" position. I tried to find an emergency vet, but there are none in the area, so I figured I'd take him in the
morning to one I knew would be open (we live way out in a rural area).
Since I sat up with him until about 4am talking to him, rubbing him and trying to make him comfortable, when I went to bed I overslept and got up late
at 10:30am. When I went to check on him, his breathing was shallow, he could barely open his eyes and was unable to speak to me like he usually does
(he was a very vocal cat). Fifteen minutes later he died while I was holding him. At least he went peacefully, he just seemed to turn off. No whimpers
or twitches, he just opened his eyes, gave me kind of a sad look and stopped breathing.
In the meatloaf position, the rear quarters are very low, flattened almost, with the belly on the floor, The front legs are
tucked underneath with the paws touching and the shoulder blades are extended upwards. The head sometimes looks like it is stretched forward in an
awkward position. This means pain, serious pain.
If you see this combined with low mobility, lethargy, failure to evacuate waste and/or loss of
appetite, you probably have less than 24 hours to get the cat into a vet and on an intravenous drip.
I hate seeing animals die, especially when they are so young. It's kind of humbling, it tells you that you really don't have control over the most
important thing in life, death.
Now I have to bury my cat on a friends farm tomorrow ;-(
ETA: A few pics of my good friend at around 3 weeks old and as an adult on Wednesday (15th) before he died.
Cheers - Dave
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