On Monday we took our 2 cats to the vet for a checkup and blood work. Mia had lost weight in the move and had never gained it back. We found out that she had gone from 9lbs to 6lbs in the last 6 months. The vet gave her an exam and warned us that with an elderly cat, it could be a thyroid condition, kidney disease, or cancer.
The next day we got the results back from the blood tests; Mia had severe kidney failure. On a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the most severe, she was a 4+. I left work immediately and we took her to the vet to start subcutaneous fluid treatments and to give her an anti-nausea injection to help her with they symptoms. Tuesday afternoon, after the treatment, she was purring, responsive, and moving like she normally would.
Just 4 hours later, she could not stand without swaying like she was drunk, she could barely walk, and she would not eat or drink. Her eyes were getting glassy and half lidded, but she still purred for me when I pet her. We could tell that she was sick, tired, and only had a few hours left. We said our goodbyes and J took her to the vet; our amazing vet, whom we have only seen once the day before, stayed open after hours to help us make sure Mia passed peacefully. J was able to spend 5 minutes with her while the sedative took affect; he made sure that her last moments on this earth were doing her favorite thing, sitting on a lap and being petted. I had spend time with her earlier in the day, sitting in the sunshine with her on my lap, as I had a gut feeling that she would not be around much longer.
She was our wonderful, loving kitty for 14 years exactly. She would sleep under the covers with me and loved to lay in the sunshine. She would sit in the lap of anyone that would come to visit us and purr so loudly that you could hear her across the room. Anytime you entered a room that she was in, she would give a little “purrrrp!” in greeting.
Our house is much quieter and much sadder without her here. L knows that she is gone, but he doesn’t understand death yet. R just keeps wandering around asking for “kitty Mia”.