Friday, April 23, 2010
Never Say Never
Back before Calvin was sick, Steven and I swore we'd never do saline IVs, aka "kitty dialysis", on him. We watched our friends do that, and it seemed like it was just a way to prolong kitty's life for the humans. We didn't want to do that.
Yet here we are. Calvin needs it, and we caved. The vet said on Monday that cats with kidney disease often get to the point where they're peeing out more water than they're taking in, so they get severely dehydrated.
We talked it over. We know how lousy it feels to be dehydrated, and we decided we just couldn't let our boy suffer through that when we can do something about it. It's for his comfort. If he were so sick that he needed to just be given back to God, we wouldn't bother. But he still runs around the house, meows his complaints about the service around here, bullies his baby brother. He even chased a rabbit when it foolishly entered our backyard when the cats were out there!
He's not at death's door just yet.
So this morning we headed to the vet's office so that Steven could learn how to give Calvin his IV.
Never say never.
(And if you're wondering about his lab results from Monday, we're still waiting to hear the verdict. I'll update when we know something.)