Since the sun has been shining more, we are seeing a lot more of our cat Samantha.
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Sam spent a lot of her winter huddled in her little “fort” – her Smiling Paws Pets Cube*, and that is still where she sleeps, but we are noticing her coming out of there to sit or sleep in the sun a lot more often, or to nibble at her food more. The truth is, Sam gave us a bit of a scare about a month ago. She wasn’t eating much, refusing to take her pills half the time, and it was all we could do to get at least some of them into her. She seemed to be peeing more, and some of her stools were soft. We feared her age was finally really catching up to her, or that she was starting with kidney problems, which could be likely considering her hyperthyroidism and high blood pressure. This all happened at the same time my sister was going in for surgery, so it was a stressful time to say the least. We were just getting ready to make a vet appointment when she started to eat a little better.
I did what we always do every so often, and gradually started changing her foods to see if she would eat more. Miraculously, it worked once again, and over the last weeks she has gotten better and better. We switched her to Halo dry food* (finally, cat food that comes in a small bag! 3 lbs. is perfect for our petite girl) and Tiny Tiger wet food. She is now taking her pills almost every time (we use Greenies pill pockets* for that), and she is eating much better, plus doing all that sitting out in the sun.
Sam will be 17 this year in June, and she is really showing her age. Her fur is rather unkempt, though I do on occasion actually see her grooming herself! I try to brush her, but she seems fragile and I fear it makes her uncomfortable, so I try to limit it. She still gets around OK….she has no trouble walking in circles when I’m trying to brush her (which has always been her routine), and she gets up onto her shelf for her food and sunshine with little problem (she doesn’t have to jump, she can walk from the futon where her bed is to the shelf). She is due for her next vet visit soon anyway, so we will see what the doctor thinks. I feel hopeful that she is eating so much better, taking her medicine, and has become more vocal again. When she wasn’t feeling well, she was very quiet and that was another thing that worried us.
It’s tough for all of us to get old…but it seems Sam still has some fight left in her. Our hope and prayer is that she will indeed make it to help raise our next round of chicks and to her next birthday. ♥
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