The News Is In...

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...and it isn't very good.  I had Vashti's records sent over this morning to the top cat internist in New York.  She and our vet both agree that while Vashti has been feeling better because of the treatment she's receiving, her kidneys have actually continued to deteriorate markedly over the past few days.  There doesn't seem to be much that can be done about that.  Their consensus is that she has a few months, or perhaps as long as a year.  It will come down to how well she responds to treatment, how quickly her kidney failure progresses, and that ever-moving target, "quality of life."

In the meantime, we get to bring Vashti home tomorrow.  In the midst of everything, I'm still overjoyed that we will have Vashti with us again.  And she will let us know if and when it all gets to be too much for her.

Of course, doctors aren't always right about these things.  A dear friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given six months to live.  That was three years ago, and he's still with us.  Miracles abound, and I will continue to pray for one.

I will also pray that God blesses each one of you who has been here for us during this time.


  • Cathy Horan Saturday, 30 January 2010

    OMG Gwen I'm devastated to hear the new news! Whatever happened to Radioactive Cat? Did the vet think she was too weak, or what????

    Anyhow you, Laurence, and The Gorgeous Vashti are in our hearts and prayers......

  • Sue Saturday, 30 January 2010

    Just read about Vashti. My thoughts & prayers are with Vashti, Scarlett & Homer! I pray that Vashti will be healed...and I pray that you & Laurence will be given the strength, guidance and peace as you take care of Vashti! I haven't tried Feliway but do use Rescue Remedy which calms my cats down. I was told to put a drop in their water but Noah would scoop his paw in the water to try to get it out! When I first got him he just paced back & forth & Rescue Remedy helped him so much! But I would put a drop in his fur. Now I use it just in an emergency.

  • Lilly Pegourie Saturday, 30 January 2010

    I am so sorry but having said goodby in 2 years to 2 beloved pets, one cat and one dog, I know your grief. And the sense of isn't there something else to do.

    We have a pharamcy in Louisville that 2 sisters own who make cococtions of meds like you are thinking about. Before flavorings were readily available at regular stores they did all of that. So the tech is out there to do that. I would have done exactly what you did with that pill. With her being that small and delicate you sure don't want to accidently hurt or break a jaw which would be god awful for all of you.

    I did read something in CAT Fancy I wish I had known when I lost my cat. He had been the sibling to the one left, and with the dog for almost 14 years. They say that each animal in a home grieves and needs a chance to know and realize that animal is sick, or actually gone. I should have let them actually come around an smell and sniff at Bud Bud after he died, he had died of a relative common cat cancer in his stomach, and had just gone down rapidly. He just fell asleep. They said each animal reacts and needs to interact with sick and ailing animals in their home. It is like our families we want to visit, grieve and if possible visit as they go down. I think Scarlet and Homer are expressing some of that but Homer is not understanding since he only has smell right now and that is not smell he is familiar with since it is so mixed up.

    We are keeping you in our hearts and checking your blog every day.

  • Debbie Buckley Friday, 29 January 2010

    God doesn't give us more than we can handle. I will keep Vashti in my prayers. Maybe by being home she may feel better, knowing that she is safe and loved. God Bless.

  • Eric and Flynn Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We are sorry that the news from the vet wasn't good. We will keep purring for Vashti that her treatment lets her enjoy a good quality of life so she can stay with you for much longer. Being back home with you will make her feel so much better too. We think we said before that Kitty Yumbum lived for another four years after she was first diagnosed with CRF. Mum also had a horse diagnosed with Cushing's Disease and was told he only had six months to live, and with a change of diet, he lived for a further three years.
    We send lots of (((hugs))) and purrs to you.

  • Max Thursday, 28 January 2010

    Oh man...I'll keep paws crossed that she just surprises everyone and does really well. I am glad you get to bring her home, and I bet she is, too. The stabby place is not somewhere you want to have to stay...

  • Kathie Thursday, 28 January 2010

    My mother has a 19,yes 19, yr old kitty who has been in kidney failure for almost 2 yrs. Even Though Cindy looks like hell, she still thinks she is beautiful. Even the vet can't expalin why she is stilll here, except that she is very attached to her life. I also have a friend who took in an adult cat. TWENTY ONE yrs later Doc was still around. He lived for 3 years in kidney and liver failure. He was happy and scrappy up till 2 weeks before he died. You never know. I hope that Vashti stays comfy and happy for a long time. Every life is different, just like with people. If she doesn't make it to a much riper old age, I am sure it has nothing to do with how she was treated or loved. I have no doubt she is where she belongs. I have sent her a couple of Reiki sessions and will continue to do so from time to time. It is a small little give back for how much I have enjoyed her story and Homer's (& Scarlett!

  • Amy & The House of Cats Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We haven't met before but we are very sad to hear about Vashti being so sick. We have been purring and praying for her since we first read about her on the CB. We really hope she will improve and you can have more time with her.

  • Karen Thursday, 28 January 2010

    My heart goes out to you about Vashti. However, don't feel that "a little while" can't be wrong. Two years ago I adopted a 6 month old kitten from the shelter I volunteer at who has a hole in his heart. I was told he would have about 6 months left to live and wanted his remaining time to be in a house with attention and love. He is still with me today and doing very well. I absolutely believe that if he had stayed at the shelter, he would have passed in the 6 months. The power of love and attention is very life-sustaining. And Vashti will have lots of those two things. You and Vashti are in our hearts and prayers.

  • Julie Thursday, 28 January 2010

    My kitties and I wish you the best with Vashi we will be purring for you.
    Alvin, Sunny, Spicey,Jacoby and Dweezil

  • jansfunnyfarm Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We're glad Vashti will be home with you again. We're sorry for the bad news, though, and we hope Vashti will be with you for a long while.

  • Debbie Thursday, 28 January 2010

    I am so sorry to hear what Vashti & you guys are going through. I know it is so hard. It's good that she is getting great care. I just read a book about a woman & her cat that went through a similiar situation. She started taking tons of pictures so she could capture as many moments as possible. She said it was the best thing she ever did. I will keep you guys in my thoughts & like you said the doctors are not always right and maybe Vashti will prove em wrong !!!


  • Catline Crew Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We are so sorry to hear about Vashti. But we a re glad she will be at home with you all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Zippy, Sadie and Speedy Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We're still praying for Vashti...sometimes just being at home makes them feel so much better. We're hopeing for a lot more time for you to be together. Enjoy and love each other each and every day...

  • meowers from missouri Thursday, 28 January 2010

    dear miss gwen an' fambly--we's furry sorry that vashti is sick, but we purrs an' purrrays that you will still haf plenty of time wif her to hug an' cuddle an' pet. she knows you love her an' allus do the best fur her--there's no greater comfort you kin gif her. we loves YOU fur bein' that kinda bean!

    hugs & headbonks,
    ed, nitro, xing lu, an' igmu sapa

    (HUG) from meower mom, and a gentle "there, there" pat or twenty

  • Sniffie and the Florida Furkids Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We're sorry that there wasn't better news, but glad that Vashti is coming home and hopefully will have lots of quality time with you.

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  • Kathy Kimber Thursday, 28 January 2010

    Gwen and Laurence, I'm so sorry that you've gotten this bad news about Vashti. But I'm glad that you get to bring her home. I hope that all of you still have much time to spend together. Blessings to you all. Take good care.

  • kerry Thursday, 28 January 2010

    I think what matters is all the love you give to Vashti in whatever time she has left. And I know how much love you have for her. God bless you, and, of course, Vashti at this difficult time.

  • The Island Cats Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We're sorry to hear the news about Vashti. But we are happy that she will be able to come home and be with you. Sometimes just being in a more familiar place with those that you love and who love you can make a difference. Enjoy the time you have with Vashti whether months, years, whatever. We're purring for all of you...

  • Charlemagne and Tamar Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We're sorry to hear that the news isn't better. That said, we'll continuing purring for Vashti to defy the doctors and feel better and stay with you for as long as she can.

    Kitty snuggles to all of you,
    Charlemagne and Tamar

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