03 November, 2011

Tygana 11/2/2011

I would like to start by apologizing for my absence from the cat blogosphere. I have not forgotten any of you, but found it near impossible for me to keep up with everything else going on. As some of you may have even noticed I took the blog down. But something has happened as some of you may have already heard that has prompted me to post.

As many of you know, Tygana was diagnosed with CRF, high blood pressure and a heart murmur roughly 8 months ago. He began taking meds for his high blood pressure, calcitriol and receiving subcutaneous fluids for his CRF. He started out doing quite well and even gained a bit of weight as we began to gain control over his condition.

Tygana was receiving 75ml of lactated ringers every other day, a calcitriol pill and high blood pressure pill daily. In his bloodwork his numbers never got back to normal but we got close, which was good enough for us.

About 4 months later Tygana lost his appetite for his prescription food. He was an interesting eater because unlike most cats he would get tired of eating the same thing after so many months, to let you know he would not eat, but if you presented him with something new he would devour it. So I switched his wet food back to his old food but he continued to have prescription dry food, he never get tired of that cause he did not eat it often.

Over the next 4 months we would be switching his food often as he became quite the picky eater. 3 months later he began to lose weight again, I tried upping his intake to get him to gain but he just did not have that strong of an appetite.

Still fairly active and playing around with his brother I did not think way too much of it, just that he was incapable of eating too much cause it makes him uncomfortable or something.

This past week is where things got weird. It all happened so fast, he got even thinner, began to eat less, started taking naps in the bathtub, got less active. We scheduled him a vet appointment to get him checked up. The days before his appointment he completely stopped eating, barely drank and chose a room that he would not leave except to go sit in the bathtub or on the toilet. He stopped cleaning himself, had an awful smell. I wiped him with a damp cloth but the smell was coming from his mouth I looked inside and his teeth were fine, gums looked all right, his balance was starting to get thrown off.

I was terrified to take him to the vet, for fear they might say what I was thinking in the back of my head. What I really wanted was some kind of new suggestion, pill, suspension or injection that might bring my little guy back.

The vet looked him over...he was very dehydrated, his body couldn't hold on to any fluids including his lactated ringers it all went straight through him, his kidneys were done. The smell was toxins in his body his kidneys were no longer processing, they were coming out through his mouth. He didn't fight anything the vet did, he didn't have the energy his muscles had begun to atrophy as his body was eating his muscles to sustain his day to day life.

Of course I did not get the hopeful answers I was looking for, the vet suggested it was his time and gave me time alone with him to think it over and call someone if I needed to. I called his previous owner and let her come to say goodbye, she was holding him saying goodbye and in his last physical act jumped from her arms to my lap. I gave him some last cuddles before our final moments together. The decision was made to help Tygana to the rainbow bridge, I stayed with him petting his head and whispering in his ear. I stayed with him for a while afterwards and finally was able to pull myself away.

Pepper finally this morning realized that tygana is not around, he looked for him a bit but has relaxed. He will probably be off and on like this for a bit. Waking up this morning was terribly hard because tygana is usually right there waking me up, clawing me in the face to be exact. It's hard to look around and see all the stuff I got for him, the pictures of him on the wall.

I miss him terribly.

I know many of you miss him as well and I'm sorry we have not been around. Feel free to leave any messages for tygana here.


Jan's Funny Farm said...

We were so very sorry to read about Tygana yesterday. Thank you for sharing the details. We send you a big hug, purrs and woofs.

Fuzzy Tales said...

You absolutely did the kindest and most merciful thing, gave him a last and best gift--he's now free of suffering.

Sending you soft purrs and universal Light, wishing you peace in your heart.

-Mom Kim and the boys

The Island Cats said...

We are so sad to hear about Tygana. We will miss him too. We send you purrs and headbutts to help comfort you during this sad time.

Wally, Ernie & Zoey

Having had a cat with CRF, I know exactly what you went through with Tygana...trying to get him to eat, the meds, etc. Hugs to you...I know the decision to set him free was not an easy one.

Island Cats' mom Sue

d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Oh no no no... poor sweet Tygana, I was so heartbroken to see he'd passed.

It was around this time last year that we went through the same thing with Inigo. I know they're together at the bridge, watching over us.

You're in my thoughts.

Laura and Jet Dragon said...

So sorry for the loss of your beloved Tygana. I saw the notice on the CB, and came over to offer comforting hugs and purrs. The two cats I lost last year both had CRF (though they both died of something else). It is a terrrible disease. You made the choice out of love for him, and he knew he was loved. Hugs and purrs to you at this sad time.

Laura, Taffy, and (angels) Jet & Venus

Old Kitty said...

Me and my cat Charlie came over from the CB. We are so sorry to hear that sweet handsome Tygana has run off to the rainbow bridge. He was surrounded by love right to the end. We are sending you all lots of purrs and hugs. Take care

Ikaika said...

Oh dear, we are so sorry to hear that Tygana has made his way across the Bridge. You absolutely did the best thing for him but relieving his suffering. We send comforting thoughts and gentle purrs to you and Pepper.

Run free at the Bridge, handsome Tygana ...

ABBY said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know that you are missing your baby. You gave him the most compassionate gift you could possible give. WE send you soft purrs and furry hugs.

meowmeowmans said...

Oh no. We are so sorry to hear that Tygana had to run off to the Bridge. Thank you for loving him so much, and for making the courageous and compassionate decision you did.

We are purring and praying for you.


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The Lee County Clowder said...

We are so sorry to hear about Tygana. We never knew him, but it is clear he was much loved.

Sending comforting purrrrrrrss and gentle headbutttss to you all.

Cory said...

We ran over here as soon as we heard the news of Tygana's crossing over The Bridge. He was a good cat and a good furriend. Sending you hugs and purrs.

Cory and family

pee ess, our Roger Ramjet ::bows head in honor:: has CRF and we know how hard it is.

Karen Jo said...

I am so sorry that you had to help Tygana to the Rainbow Bridge. That was the best gift you could give him. We will all miss him, too.

Fin said...

We are so sorry to hear of Tygana's passing. My purrs and Mom's hugs to ease your sadness.

Fin & Meg

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Lots of purrrs and prayers for you!! We shall miss Tygana!! Till we meet again!!
Your TX furiends,

Chesney Cats said...

We're so very sorry to hear that Tygana had to be helped to the Bridge. Sending hugs & purrs. You are in our hearts & prayers.

Jacqueline said...

We are so sorry for your huge loss, but know you did the very best thing you could for your precious Tygana...Love is an energy that never dies and your sweet boy will be with you forever in your heart...Tygana was one of our first friends on the blog and we loved him too; we will never forget him...There are no words to express the courage and sorrow that you are experiencing, but know that we send big hugs and much love to you and your family...Big kisses to sweet Pepper=we know you guys will help each other through this difficult period...Wishing you all peace and comfort...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki
PS...I gave my Nikki sub q fluids for almost 2 years and understand the devotion you feel for Tygana= he knew how much you loved him...Always remembered, never forgotten, forever cherished...J

3 kats and a kwiltr said...

We just wanted to stop by and offer our snuggles and purrs on your loss. Often, it happens just this quickly and you gave him the freedom to run and play at the Bridge and not continue to suffer.
We will send purrs for his safe arrival and look forward to the day when we all meet at the Rainbow Bridge.
Taz, Runt and Charles in IL

Grrreta said...

We are so very sorry to hear the sad news about sweet Tygana. We send you comforting purrs.

Kimo and Sabi said...

We wish you a peaceful 2012.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Stopped by to say we're thinking of you.

A few Good Cats said...

We saw a comment you left for us awhile ago and thought of you. We hope your grief is easing a little more every day. (Even though it never will completely go away. We feel the same way about Mr. Kelly.)

meowmeowmans said...

We just stopped by to say hello, and wish you a happy birthday. We hope things are okay with you.

KC and The Sherwood Bunch said...

We miss Tygana very much.
Stopped by to wish you a Happy Birthday.
Love & Purrs,

Karen Jo said...

We all still miss Tygana. I just stopped by to wish you a happy birthday.

Anonymous said...

Miss you, Tygs...

ra husky said...

We found your bloggie today and wanted to stop and paw our sympathy and offer soft husky woooos,



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