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R.I.P Zara

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« on: January 28, 2011, 07:41:46 am »


Zara was coming up for 13 years old. She was the sweetest wee cat I have ever met. Zara was a Cream Burmese Angel. She was the mainstay of my little feline family. Zara was the one who mothered and nurtured the others. She was always the one who stuck close by my side after the hip and knee surgery dramas.

Over New Year Zara lost a lot of weight suddenly. She had no other symptoms but because she had a nasty bowel infection early 2010 and cholangial hepatitis (which she recovered well from) I took her to see my lovely Vet for a check up and some blood tests 2 weeks ago. The blood tests came back normal. I had suspected Diabetes because her lovely Uncle Sam (some of you will remember me posting about his antics) had Diabetes with no other symptoms than sudden weight loss. Her glucose level was normal though so we were very relieved. The plan was to do some more blood tests 2 weeks later - being yesterday to see if there were any changes. I took her home after Tracy had done the bloods and had only just arrived home when she rang and said that the glucose had gone way up and that her bilirubin levels (liver) had sky rocketed.They wanted to have Zara for 24 hours to put her on IV fluids and run urinalysis so I took her back on my way to work.

Zara had been frailer over the last few weeks but was really tired and quieter than usual over the last 3 days.

The arrangement was for me to ring at 3.30pm for the results, but I had only been at work a short time when Tracy rang and left a message for me to call urgently. The urine test showed that poor wee Zara was in a ketoacidosis crisis (on top of the liver problem). Ketoacidosis is a very serious complication of Diabetes.

They could have tried to get Zara through the crisis but there were no guarantees. IF they had managed to get her through they would have had the liver to have stabilised, then they would have needed to try and stabilise the Diabetes with insulin injections twice daily for the rest of her life.

Sam developed Ketoacidosis in November 2006. They fought for 4 days to save his life. He didn't respond then went into septic shock. Zara's chances were as bad as Sam's but with the added complication of a liver problem on top of it all.

I could not put my darling wee angel through that. I left work and went in to say my goodbyes and to be with Zara for the end of her journey. Zara knew how sick she was and looked into my eyes then gave me loads of loves and smooches and her legendary facial headbutts. She was obviously very unwell but purred right up until the moment her heart stopped beating.

I came here last night but couldn't post. Thanks for starting this DT.

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