Throwback Thursday to this day in 2016... Penny was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease ten days earlier and just had an emergency dental done.
She was still on insulin at this point, but because she wasn’t eating much, I had to watch her blood glucose levels very closely and she earned a dramatic decrease in her insulin dose. We were up at 2am almost every night “steering” her to safer numbers with high carb wet food so she wouldn’t go into insulin shock (“hypo”). Weruva Cats in the Kitchen pouches kept her sustained enough that she didn’t go into fatty liver disease. I fed her as many as she would eat to keep her weight from dropping too quickly.
We just started daily sub q fluids and some meds and supplements to try and help her through her “crash”. I almost lost her about a week before I took this selfie with her, and even at this point, we were on a one day at a time basis and her future was very uncertain.
But she was my baby. And so young at the time. I had to try everything I could.
I was hopeful in this picture, but so scared I would lose her.
Little did I know at the time that I would have another almost two quality years with her. And that she was on her way to her second remission from feline diabetes.
I underestimated her. AND myself.
And although she eventually DID across the bridge in late 2017, everything we did for her was SO worth the effort.
She lived a stellar quality of life while she was “sick”. Running and playing with The Kits (who were still kittens at the time), nagging me for chicken, hunting crickets in the basement and squirrel watching for hours and hours.
She was by my side for five years of my life.
And I would have done all of the treatments for ten more years if she could have maintained her quality of life! ❤️ Read more about Penny’s diagnosis, crash, and how we got her through on our blog in the “Feline Chronic Kidney Disease” category. Link in bio!