10/17/2016 – Sunny Days with Sunny

Sweet Sleeping Sunny - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Sweet Sleeping Sunny – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

It might not be sunny outside at this exact moment, but our autumn sunshine is scheduled to reappear in a few days and that will make Sunny very happy. She is doing well, recovering from a second UTI and a second week’s worth of Veraflox antibiotic, which smells faintly of vanilla and of which we are certain she has had just about enough of consuming.

Her second UTI occurred just four days after her first round of antibiotics ended so Mom’s nervously watching and waiting and hoping it doesn’t come back a third time. If it does, it means something else is going on and Sunny will need another vet visit. We talked to our favorite vet a little about this possibility but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves to discuss that here just yet. We could use your good thoughts.

In the meantime, we’re reading and studying up on kidney disease, the various stages (Sunny is in stage 3), and how UTIs can get in the way of treatment. There are several homeopathic remedies but all come with risk and each cat will react differently. We have been extremely satisfied with our vet, whom we’ve been with since 1989 and who has cats in various stages of kidney disease, and we will continue to follow their guidance.

Nurse Quint - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Nurse Quint – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Sunny has settled into our family very nicely, and has a couple of the best nursemaids you’d ever want looking out for her well being.

Nursemaid Olivia - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Nursemaid Olivia – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Even with everyone watching out for her, she does require extra quiet time to help keep those UTIs at bay. We’re preparing to move her from the isolated Cat Den where she had been recovering, while trying to get her to enjoy wet food exclusively over kibble, and to ensconce her permanently in the big master bedroom alongside Ruby who loves this room like no other, where the two of them can run around, frolic, kick their heels up, and do all those things senior cats tend to do when away from other cats, human eyes, and camera lens. Like they do.

Playful Sunny - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Playful Sunny – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Frolicking Sunny - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Frolicking Sunny – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

And if that means Ruby gets to share special meal times as Sunny is becoming accustomed to, we don’t think she’ll mind one bit.

Ruby approves! - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Ruby approves! – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

It’s a win-win!

22 responses to “10/17/2016 – Sunny Days with Sunny

  1. Hopefully Sunny is over the worst with the UTIs. Gorgeous and a sweetheart!

  2. I’m sending lots of purrs to Sunny!

  3. Aw, Sunny, get well soon. We know you will do everything you can to help her kidneys. There are some good support groups and resources online too.

  4. Wee…I am so glad that Sunny has integrated into Colehaus, and having Ruby as her friend will help heal her. As you know, we have bladder infections going on with Angel, who appears to be better (fingers crossed, knock wood!). It’s also great that you trust your veterinarian; that is a good feeling!

  5. what a precious photo
    Hugs madi and mom

  6. Sunny is just precious! I hope there will be no more UTIs. That is so sweet that Quint and Olivia are watching over her. Sunny is a lucky kitty to be in your family.

  7. sunny….we haza total lee awesum pal who goez bye de name St Francis & we will ask him ta send blessingz yur way that de nastee ewe tee eye iz gone,stayz gone, N never comez bak fora vizit……♥♥♥♥♥ we noe ya prob ablee canna haz fish but canned food
    can bee prette good….what with diffrunt choizez ~~~~~ ☺☺☺

  8. Sweet girl, medicine all the time is no fun.

  9. Katie Isabella

    Sunny, here comes a lot of love for you and its from me and mommy. xoxox

  10. Sunny, you are so special! We both love you! 🙂

  11. Sunny está muito feliz com vocês e tem os melhores enfermeiros que alguém poderia desejar. Espero que o tratamento dê bons resultados.

  12. We’re purring that Sunny is better soon. Nobuddy likes those nasty UTIs.

  13. I hope that the UTI gets kicked into touch. It is lovely to see how well she has settled in.

  14. I will be praying for Sunny. How sweet that she has made some friends.

  15. We are purring that Sunny recovers from this one and that she gets better soon.

    Emma and Buster

  16. She is so sweet, and we are glad you adopted her fully.

  17. Sending ya purrs Sunny!

  18. What cute pictures! I’m glad you’re happy with your vet, I’m sure that makes a lot of difference. Sending hugs and purrs to Sunny.

  19. We send you tons of purrs, Sunny ! Purrs

  20. We definitely will be praying for Sunny. How are you treating the kidney disease now? Fiona is in stage 4. We’ve managed to keep her going for ten months with a variety of medications and subQ fluids. She’s faded a bit lately, but it is a day to day process. Good luck getting the UTI cleared up. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    • Thanks for asking about how we are treating Sunny’s kidney disease! She is almost completely transitioned over to wet food exclusively, though she won’t eat the prescription wet kidney disease food. She’s a hard-core kibble lover. She does not respond well to medications (she stops eating) and we’ve yet to go to subQ fluids yet. Her temper will most likely get in the way of that happening (she needs to be sedated before anyone can do anything more than just touch her). Her blood work was extensive and we have all her values. Her phosphorus level is still below 6 so we can’t use a phosphorus binder in her food yet, and we try to only buy wet food low in phosphorus. She is currently in training using the SureFlap feeder that keeps everyone else from eating her food (no one else is off kibble yet) and we’re following our vet recommendations on her path forward after we’re certain her last UTI is gone. It’s a lot to digest. We’ve a part of the Feline Chronic Kidney Disease group on FB, though the information there is overwhelming and mostly sad, with some possibly quackery tossed in here and there, so we don’t visit too often. Our big goal at the moment is to get Sunny to eat enough calories every day (230-258) so she doesn’t slowly starve to death, which is a HUGE problem in cats with kidney disease. That’s been a struggle for us until very recently. Good luck with Fiona! We are sending hugs and soft purrs!