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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

45 Strawberry Alarm Clock

At precisely 6:32am every single morning, including sleep-in-Sundays, for longer than we can remember we were always awoken by our precocious little red tabby, Chloe.

16 years old, and feisty as a kitten, I’ve always said we should have named her Mischief instead.

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Especially when it comes to helping with the housework…

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Mischief and all, she loves her brother Skylar like crazy…

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We recently noticed she began loosing an incredible amount of weight. In a matter of just a couple weeks, her already tiny 8-pound frame dwindled down to a measly 5-pounds, and you could see her entire bony skeleton poking through her fur. She could no longer walk. Or eat. Or drink. When we placed her in her littler box, she would fall down.

We found out from our vet she has advanced kidney disease, and her numbers indicated her chances weren’t good.

Adam and I sat in our car and held hands as we cried.  

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Our animals are our kiddo’s. We rescued Chloe and Skylar when they were just weeks old. Bottle fed and given the best possible lives we could provide for them.

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Every day for us is a struggle to help restore Chloe’s kidney health. With specialized medicine and food, we gently manage to get her to eat and drink, and when she successfully ingests all of her medication (twice daily), it is a small victory. We’ve even had to succumb to giving her subcutaneous fluids at home, which entails a large needle and tubing, attached to a bag filled with hydrating fluids.

And now we anticipate the day when our 6:32am early morning wakings begin once again from our little red tabby, our favorite strawberry alarm clock.

I know things have been quiet here on the blog. And I appreciate that you’ve allowed me the time to pull myself back together. Blogging for me has always been a wonderful outlet, and a safe place to share among friends. I’ve missed you so. This was a hard one to write. Thank you for letting me share this deeply personal post with you here today. We will keep you updated with Chloe’s progress.

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45 comments:

  1. Thinking of your sweet cat. She and her brother are lucky to have you guys. :)

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  2. Hi Jennifer and Adam My heart goes out to you. Our pets are like are children and when they are sick it is a struggle to watch them struggle. Thankfully Chole has you two to try and help her get better. We have 2 older Basset Hounds and our 14 year old just got dx'd with Cushings and we have gone through something similar with our Molly. It is so heart wrenching to watch them struggle to stay with us. Our Molly is doing better day by day as your Chole so I totally understand what you are feeling and going through. My heart and my prayers go out to you. Please know the wonderful life you have given those two little furry friends is such a gift in itself. Hope she feels better as each day goes by. As a following blogger I totally understand your needing privacy and a break through this tough time. Take care.
    Kris

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  3. WE thought we were going to lose our cat, who lost a lot of weight and had other symptoms as you describe. He is doing fine now with daily meds. They are such a part of our lives, aren't they? Hope your sweet kitty recovers well enough to give her some extra years of waking you!

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  4. Thinking of you. I have been there and it's hard to see them struggle. I had a cat years ago who go feline leukemia which everyone told me was a death sentence but he lived another 7 years with meds and good care. You just never know...they can do so much now. 8 pounds...that's so tiny! I had one little girl cat that was small like that and she was the sweetest little thing in the world...thanks for making me remember her! The cats I have now are 6 and 2 but they both weigh 18 pounds...they are males though!

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  5. So deeply sorry for this time. We understand in this home how hard this is. Not all do. God bless and keep you all.

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  6. Jennifer, I understand what you are going through having been there myself with our 18 yr old outdoor kitty. I know I was blessed with such a long life for him being an outdoor cat and all. I made him come in at night, but still. Our pets are such a beautiful loving part of our lives. Hang in there and I hope she just keeps getting better for you.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  7. Dear Jennifer and Adam, I have been where you are, and I know how you are struggling and trying to cope with this very difficult time in both your lives and in Chloe's sweet life, too. My heart is breaking for you. Both Chloe and Skylar know how much they are loved by you, how much you care so much about and for them, and that you are doing everything you possibly can for Chloe right now. I know that her chances are slim, especially as she's 16 years old, but miracles do and can and have happened. I've seen it happen, and nearly went down on my knees and thanked the heavens above when one of my cats pulled through when I thought she had no chance. I will light a candle for you and Adam, for Chloe and for her brother Skylar too, and offer up a prayer of healing for her. You are doing everything you can for her, and she loves you and always will love you for this. I wish there were something more I could do besides send my love and prayers and the very warmest wishes for her to regain her kittenish self back again. My heart goes out to you, and I am hoping she will come through this. With much love and hope, June

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  8. I wish you and your fur babies all the best, specially Chloe.

    S
    xo

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  9. I am new to your blog. However I am not new to an animal with kidney disease. Our pets become family members, as yours clearly are. It is hard when they are sick. Especially when they cannot tell us if they are in pain. We make decisions that we think are best but without clear communication from them we always wonder if what we choose is right. I wish you the best as you care for Chloe. She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing the very cute alarm clock story. I often joke that I have not had a good nights sleep we adopted our two cats. But I would not trade it for the world.

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  10. My heart breaks for you and your poor little adorable sick kitty. I'll say a prayer for Chloe and hope for the best.

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  11. I am so sorry to hear about Chloe. It reminds me of our beloved Mandy years ago. She was the best dog anyone could have had and we were blessed to have her for 16 years. Take care.

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  12. Jennifer sorry to hear about your kitty Chloe I so understand been though this so many times, Me,Tia,Mya,LB and Diesel are sending our prayer to you guys. Hang in there.

    Hugs
    ~~Pattie~~

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  13. I'm sure Chloe is a tough little gal, and she has loving parents and a brother by her side. She will get through this. You're all in my thoughts.

    Ivy

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  14. I'm sorry to hear about your Chloe - we had a wonderful large orange cat that also had kidney disease and it was a hard road. I'll be saying prayers for her and for you. Hugs!

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  15. What a sweet girl Chloe is! My own sweet girl has chronic kidney disease and gets meds three times a day. She refuses her kidney food so we give her Fancy Feast Classic flavors, which at least have a low phosphorus percentage. FelineCRF.com is a great site for info on the disease. And I joined a wonderful Yahoo group called Feline-CRF-Support which I highly recommend. There are very knowledgeable and caring people there. One thing you might want to consider is using a smaller needle called Terumo Needles (http://www.thrivingpets.com/index.php/terumo-needles-box-of-100.html) for subcutaneous fluids. Many cats find it less painful than those huge needles, although it takes a little longer for the fluids to flow through. God bless you and your husband for caring so well for your babies! I'll pray for you all.

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  16. Jennifer, my heart goes out to you and I will say a prayer for your little strawberry alarm clock ~ she is so sweet. We just lost our little Scooter, so I kNOW how you are feeling right now. Blessings and keep us up to date

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  17. Oh...I know exactly how you feel. I've been there several times. She is so pretty. What a nice way to think of her as your strawberry alarm clock. I pray that she gets stronger and gets back to her old self. I had a cat that grew very very ill too as she got older and it was so frustrating that for all my efforts she got sicker and sicker. I do hope that Chloe has some more good years in her. Thirteen years flies by doesn't it? My Violet is going to be 12 and I can't believe it. It truly feels like just yesterday she was a puppy.

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  18. Jennifer, Iam sorry your furbaby is not doing well. I wish her the best.

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  19. Jenn, I hope your kitty gets better soon,what a sweetheart! Hugs to you & Adam and your sweet Chloe. ox, Diane

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  20. It's awful when a family and it's members are out of sync and things are not just so. Best wishes to your family especially your furry babies.....B:) x

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  21. I'm so sorry to hear this -- our kitties are our babies, aren't they? Lots of hugs to you & Adam.

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  22. Jennifer
    Hugs to you and Adam and lots of wishes for a speedy recovery for Chloe.

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  23. Hi Jennifer and Adam,
    It's horrible to see a loved one in pain. Our 14 year cairn terrier, Buster, suffered with kidney failure. Thomas and I agreed to not prolong his pain in an effort to avoid ours. You and Chloe are in my prayers.
    Deborah

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  24. Jennifer, Im so sorry for your sweet little precious Chloe!!! She is so blessed to have you and Adam, and you I know are so blessed to have her.....this just saddens me, as we have had so many babies, and they are our babies, nothing can replace them.....You two are wonderful sweet and caring, and you two are the only ones that can give little Chloe what she needs, and you two are doing it! I know this is a very hard time....You two are amazing parents to her :) I wish i could give you a big hug.....Im sending you one xoxo xo gina Peck

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  25. (( BIG HUGS )) to ALL your family while you are going through a most challenging time ~ your friends around the world care for you xox

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  26. keeping your family and your kitties in my prayers.

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  27. Awwwwww, what a sweet story. 6:23 AM, isn't it just amazing how she has that internal clock. My sister has a 16 year old Norwegian Forest Cat, who is experiencing the same thing, even the fluids. He is perking up, if that makes you feel any better. I know this is a very emotional thing for you both, and i wish you all a gentle ride with it all.

    Cindy

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  28. Sending you good wishes for you and your kitty. My two furry girls are no longer with me so I completely understand. Hopefully with all the love and care she is getting she should be back to mischief in no time. x

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  29. Dear Jennifer and Adam,
    I know how hard this is for you two, we went though some heartbraking times with our family dog. Our pets do touch our lifes and bring us such joy and comfort. Its so sad to see them in pain and then when they look up at you with those big sad eyes it just makes your heart hurt. I hope and pray your sweet Chole will recover. Sending big hugs your way, Elizabeth

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  30. I think you are wonderful. I can't imagine the day when our faithful pets will be where your faithful "strawberry" is. Hang in there.
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  31. I am so sorry. I can so relate. Hoping Chloe is back to her old self again soon!!

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  32. So sorry to hear of Chloe's illness! I know what it's like to have a sick little fur baby and have given meds and sub-q fluids before as well. I hope that she will be feeling better soon! Yes, please, do keep us updated. Hugs, Leena

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  33. Our dear sweet Jennifer ... you do not EVER need to worry about us. Take your time to nurture your loved one for we will be right here waiting for your return.

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  34. I'm so sorry to hear of Choloe's not being well. I have two cats who I absolutely adore. Sending love and a hug through the internet ether Jennifer. :( Em ♥

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  35. Jennifer - I'm so sorry to hear about your fur baby. Have you heard of a natural whole food called Protandim. Vets are just now getting introduced to it. It works so well on humans and animals that the makers are now making a pet dosage. If you would like to know more about it email me at angelap003@bellsouth.net and I will send you the information on it.

    God Bless,
    Angela

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  36. My heart goes out to you as our 2 kitties are our babies, too, and it hurts so much to see them hurting. Prayers and well-wishes to you!
    Susan

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  37. Hugs to you all. You are in my thoughts. :-) Ev

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  38. I'm so sorry to hear about this. There's just something special about orange cats, no? We've been in the same position you're in now and I know it's not an easy one. Just keep giving that sweet one lots of love.

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  39. Know I'm thinking of all of you furry and non-furry. My husband and I went through the exact same thing with our little kitty Emily about 5 years ago. She had to spend a few days in the hospital. They finally let her go home, and she did much better at home. We took her in for the fluid shots, but we gave her medicine and fed her water and food by hand.

    My heart hurts when they are sick. They are so helpless. We can just give them the best lives we can and shower them with love. I am so thankful for our kitties. They teach me about love every day.

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  40. I'm so sorry to hear this news about Chloe. I'm a huge cat lover myself ~ and have three. Pets are definitely our fur babies. I hope that with your loving care, that Chloe will regain her health. xoxo

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  41. Ahhh...thinking of you and your family. I have an orange and white tabby.... Lucy.

    hugs

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  42. Oh Jennifer and Adam....typing with tears in my eyes for you, Chloe and Skylar. I so know your pain...we just lost our precious Socks in January. She had similar symptoms as dear Chloe. I prayed for God to allow her to pass in my arms..and two hours later, she did just that. She was Jordan's kitty...need I say more.

    My heart goes out to you. It does, it really does. And yes, they are our babies. The pictures are precious.

    with utmost love and affection,

    becky

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  43. I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope you still have many days left with her so you can enjoy her a while longer.

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