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.
Especially when it comes to helping with the housework…
Mischief and all, she loves her brother Skylar like crazy…
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.
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.
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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