Nicknames: Poohkie, Pooh-Bear, KK La Fay, Kaysums, Babe-sey, Kaci-face
Gotcha Date: January 29th 2006
Birthday: May 1st 1996
Coloration: Orange Tabby
Likes: Playing with her toys, running around the house, sunbathing on the back porch and watching the birds and squirrels in the back yard, napping, licking my face and biting my hair
Pet-Peeves: Loud noises, being picked up and held, strange cats wandering into the back yard (where they don't belong!!), visiting the vet and the camera (she hates having her picture taken).
Favorite Toy: Her boogie mat, red catnip apple, catnip candycane and little furry mice.
Favorite Nap Spot: Her blanket bed, the *cave* in the cat tree, any place she can make a nest or snuggle beneath a blanket or pillow.
Favorite Food: Cat treats!
Skills: The silent meow and looking innocent. She's a world class runner and jumper.
Arrival Story: Grief stricken after my sweet Abby went to Rainbow Bridge, I had no plans to get another cat. There's a saying, *the former cat sends the new cat* -- my angel Abby definitely had other plans for me! One month after Abby went to the Bridge, I learned that a friend was dying from cancer and desperately seeking a home for her two cats. It was only a few days after I learned of their plight that I made up my mind to adopt Kaci and her sister Miss Mittens. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made!
Bio: Kaci is my sweet little sunshine girl. She's a sweet, affectionate snuggle-bug who is blessed with a sunny and happy disposition. She adores attention and being fussed over. In addition to being very outgoing and friendly, she's super-curious about everything and just a tad bit stubborn at times. She wasn't very vocal until recently but lately seems to enjoy talking about everything.
DAILY DIARY PICK: July 7, 2007; October 5, 2007; January 29, 2009 (my Gotcha Day anniversary!); March 6, 2009; March 10, 2009; May 28, 2009; July 19, 2009; September 15, 2009; September 25, 2009; October 15, 2010; November 8, 2010; November 17, 2010; December 4, 2010; March 22, 2011; March 25, 2011; June 12, 2011; June 19, 2011; July 11, 2011; December 18, 2011.
KACI's HEALTH ISSUES:
Kaci was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in December 2008 and was successfully treated with Methamazole until September 2012, when she had to stop taking the medication. Her HyperT is now untreated. In November 2010, she was diagnosed with suspected Pyelonephritis (kidney infection), was successfully treated with antibiotics and is now dealing with chronic kidney disease (CRF). In November 2011, a heart murmur was detected and an echocardiogram revealed a heart problem called Mitral Valve Regurgitation. In September 2012, her white blood cell count was found to be dangerously low and she was borderline anemic. The cause of her low WBC was finally determined -- her body was no longer tolerating the Methimazole she was taking to treat her hyperthyroidism. As soon as she stopped the Methimazole, her WBC count returned to normal.
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There I was back in March and April, feeling so much better than I'd felt in months, eating well on my own and gaining weight.
Then I began to decline at the end of April. Day by day, I ate less and less. Even though I wanted to eat, I couldn't. For the past week or so, the only thing I could eat was baby food and even the baby food had to have lots of water added to it so I could lap it up. We knew it was my teeth causing the problem. If I'm in pain and can't eat, I'll starve to death. No one wants that to happen! But we guessed having a dental wasn't a good option either. I probably wouldn't survive it.
So I got carted off to the vet yesterday. The vet examined me and my teeth. She and mommy discussed options. They took my blood for tests and she said she'd call mommy today with the results. Looking at my vet's concerned face and listening to what she was telling mommy, you could tell she really, REALLY did NOT want to do a dental. But she said she'd decide after seeing my blood work. The vet put me on Buprenex, a pain medication, twice a day.
The vet called today with my test results. The results are not good. My hyperthyroidism is out of control. My T4 jumped from 10.0 to 18.0 (normal is 0.8 - 4.0). There's nothing we can do to treat my hyperthyroidism because I can't tolerate the medication. I have heart disease and the untreated hyperthyroidism is also very bad for my heart.
The only good thing about not treating my hyperthyroidism is it benefits my kidneys and helps them function better. Even so, my kidney disease is progressing and my creatinine and BUN numbers have doubled and are very high. Hospitalization for IV fluid treatment would help my kidneys but we can't do that. There's a big risk of congestive heart failure because of my heart problems and untreated hyperthyroidism.
My vet said: NO dental!
We are going to try one more thing. It's the only thing left to try. My vet said we're near the end of what can be done. Even though we're not there yet, it's time start thinking seriously about *the end*.
This is what we ARE going to do. I'll take the pain medication Buprenex twice a day, at least for the time being. If we can decrease the dosage, we will. But for long term pain control, we're going to try Tramadol (if I can tolerate it) because we can adjust the dosage, which we can't do with Buprenex. Hopefully I'll be able to eat if I can't feel the pain in my teeth.
We're also going to do something my vet calls *pulse antibiotic treatment*. What that means is I'll take an antibiotic for 5-7 days once every month to treat any possible infection in my teeth/mouth. We're going to start tomorrow. I'll take Clindamycin and see how I tolerate it. Pulse antibiotic treatment is NOT a treatment option your vet would normally ever recommend or want to do but it's sometimes an option for cats who cannot tolerate anesthesia for a dental.
Last night I ate some watered down cat food after taking the Buprenex. Today I've been eating small amounts of cat food throughout the day.
We're living on hope and prayer now. Mommy is stressed beyond words.
PLEASE spare a few PURRS for me and purr that the pain meds and pulse antibiotic treatment work, at least a little, so I can be around for a little more time.
Buzz's family received very sad news. Buzz was hit by a train and has joined his little brother Alfie at Rainbow Bridge.
My family and I send our love and heartfelt condolences along with comforting thoughts and purrs to his mommy and daddy on the sad loss of their adorable orange boy. Buzz was much loved and his loss is devastating. We're so very sorry . . .