Monday, August 22, 2016

Buddy update

Buddy did better today.

I set my alarm to wake up at 2am Sunday morning to check on Buddy (which is when I wrote the last post). I was hoping he would look better than before but that was not the case. I was not feeling too hopeful when I wrote that post and then crawled back in bed. Sleep was hard to come by as the tears wouldn't stop.

When I woke up again at 6am, Buddy was waiting for me on the stove, and meowed his morning greeting, then asked me to pick him up! My heart leapt! My Buddy was back! Joy!

Then he went to his usual breakfast spot and demanded his chow.

I was so happy to see him more perky and eating. He was also drinking water again.

He was back to his more recent self. 

Apparently Buddy rallied! I am so happy. We had a lovely morning tummy rub/cuddle time. He purred and purred and I soaked it up with tears flowing.

One of the reasons I was so worried last night was because we were going to be gone all day today (Sunday). We went up to Vancouver, BC to move Laura into a small apartment. She's going to be going to grad school there full time and commute home on the weekends. Anyway, I wasn't thrilled about leaving Buddy all alone if he was feeling so miserable. Since he rallied, I felt more at peace about it, although I wondered how he would be when I got home.

And when I returned home, this is what I saw:

Perky Buddy wanting some dinner!

I remember with Max and his CRF it was an intense emotional roller coaster. He would be miserable and then rally. Up and down. It looks like we might be on the roller coaster with Buddy. One challenge is that we won't be able to give him fluids for his kidney failure due to his congestive heart failure. I made a vet appointment for him on Tuesday morning to check in about what's going on and come up with a plan.

A huge thank you to everyone for your kind comments. I know you all get the emotional heartbreak that comes with end of life matters. It's really, really, really helpful to not feel alone.

Please keep praying and purring for him. And for me - with Laura living in Vancouver for the weekdays now, it means I'm alone in looking after the Budster - which kinda sucks. Thanks again everyone for your support.


  1. I don't know what is going on with Buddy as I haven't been visiting blogs as much these days, but I am really glad to hear that he has perked up! CRF is such a roller coaster, and I am here if you ever want to talk. I will try to check in with you later this week to see what the vet has to say. Purrs and hugs. <3

  2. I didn't see that yesterday at all. I don't know why my dashboard didn't tell me--- and I am subscribed to your blog; but oh yes, I completely totally 100% understand the heartbreak and worry. And I would not be surprised if your own personal day isn't shrouded in worry 7/24 because Buddy is not well. It's hard, Very hard. Our love for our fur babies is all encompassing. Prayer keeps us with our heads above water. Ask Him for peace. He will hear you, and you will know that peace we are promised.

  3. Our continued purrs and prayers and Light, to Buddy and to you. Hugs and kitty kisses, peace to you. ❤

  4. My heart goes out to you and Buddy. We lost our beloved Snickers (who looked like a short-hair version of Buddy) to CRF about 6 years ago and I still get teary eyed when I think about him. I hope the Vet is able to offer some help if it was nausea that Buddy was experiencing. I know how hard this time must be for you emotionally. I will continue to send prayers and positive thoughts to and for you and Buddy and will look for an update after the vet visit later this week.

  5. So happy to see Buddy rally!! I know the roller coaster and it's not fun but to spend extra days with our sweet kitty boys is worth it! Hugs!

  6. I know what you're going through. Skootch has me on a roller coaster too. Saturday he threw up after breakfast and went into hiding. Finally yesterday he ate like a champ. He is so frail that he needs every scrap of food he can eat. As the saying goes, "getting old is not for the faint of heart".

  7. Oh yes I fully understand the ups and downs and it's hard to be on the rollercoaster ride. I will continue to keep you and Buddy in my prayers.

  8. I know only too well the ups and downs of crf. I have had 5 cats with this. Each one is different.

  9. I am so glad you had last good day together. What a gift.


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