Monday, February 14, 2011

Au's last Days

Au is in bed.  He is grooming himself, he plays his games at night but he has no appetite.  I'm feeding him twice a day to make sure there is something in his tummy. 

We've been to the vet again but nothing can be done. Au's liver is actually OK now with those pills, but our kitty has been diagnosed with FIV.  If he doesn't get the urge to eat again, these will be his last days.

It is very difficult for us but it's important to remember that Au is not suffering.  He clearly feels fine, except that he doesn't have an appetite.

I'll keep you posted.

82 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

And all of you will be in our thoughts and khrossed paws -

Khyra's Mom and Khyra too

Katnip Lounge said...

My prayers are with you and your wonderful Golden boy, Au. He has had a wonderful life and you honor him by letting him stay or go, with dignity.
Love, trish and the Kats

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh Au--our purrs that you and your family-

Ginger Jasper said...

You are so in my thoughts and prayers.. Sweet Au with love.. GJ xx

Neri said...

Ellen, I'm praying for the best. All of you are in my thoughts constantly.

Eric and Flynn said...

That is very sad news. We are purring for you and Au.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh we are so so sory about Au - we hope he will decide to eat again - I know FIV is difficult but have heard stories of FIV cats deciding they want to fight and staying with us for a while. We are sending tons of purrs and prayers for Au - no matter what his time left is he has had a wonderful loving home with you and we know you will do what is best for him. And we are sending you tons of comforting purrs and prayers too - no matter what, try to make as many good memories as you can with him while he is still here.

ABBY said...

We will keep all of you in our purrs and purrayers. We hope that Au will eat some and we will continue to believe.

♥♥♥
purrin
xoxoxo
♥♥♥
Abby

boo_licious said...

I'm sorry to hear about Au's diagnosis. Having gone through all this recently, it's difficult but I'm hoping for the best and a miracle for Au. Hugs and take care. Call if you need to share.

Kat's Kats said...

::hugs:: Nicodemus the Evile Anti-Koala didn't have FIV but he also ended up not eating very much and then nothing at all. He passed away very peacefully in my arms after all of the rest of the Horde (as it was comprised of at the time) had come by to say good-bye. He just purred on my chest until he crossed the Bridge.

I pray that Au has the very best outcome. He is certainly well-loved. Prayers & purrs from all of us here at the home of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde.

Maggy and Zoey, Zoolatry said...

Hope and prayers can be magical...
we will hope for the best, and pray harder for little Au and
all of you.

The Whiskeratti said...

Oh no. We're so sorry to hear about the FIV. You have our purrayers. Hugs to you all.

Cory said...

We are purring for you and Au...and know that FIV may not mean the end. Our Jonathan lived with it for years, but we know that is not the case will all FIV kitties.

Cory and family

Simba said...

I am purring very hard for Au. This must be so very hard for you. Mom sends virtual hugs.

Julie said...

Au we are so sorry about the diagnosis, you and your family are in our thoughts and purrs. You are a beautiful kitty with a wonderful mommy.

Brian said...

Oh sweet Au, I sure hope you decide to eat some my friend. Lots and lots of kitties have FIV and live for a long time, really. You've got to do you're part though. My sisters and I send you tons of purrs, love and hugs.

Lucy the Cat said...

Oh no. This is so sad. I really hope you can get him to eat! I've heard of many kitties with FIV living a long time. Many hugs to you! I'll pray that he eats.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Oooh Au....I'm focussing all my prayers and purrs for you. Purrrlease get well and eat, Au. Purrrlease......

ML said...

So glad he is not suffering.
Brian just emailed the news, will post on the CB.
We have also heard of FIV cats living a long time.
Whatever, he has the best family.
Love & Purrs,
KC

BeadedTail said...

We're so sorry to hear this news. We're sending lots of purrayers for Au.

AL said...

Sigh, I just felt so sad with that news. :((

Admiral Hestorb said...

Au, Mom and I love you so much. Yes, we really do. Mom's is having leaky eyes again so she'll just say she love you and Target too of course.
xoxox

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, we are sorry Au is sick and not eating. We know this is not easy for you and we send purrs and tail wags for Au and for you.

catvet02 said...

I will be thinking of you and Au! Please give him a kiss from me!

Lorenza said...

I am so sad to read your post.
You are doing what is in your hand for him.
My paws are crossed for him!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Boo-Bah said...

I am so sorry. You are in my prayers. He is so beautiful. We are very sad, but not giving up hope. I hope he will want to eat again. I have heard that sometimes
FIV cats live with it for a long time.

MoMo said...

We are so sorry to hear this. Our purrs and purrayers are heading your way. We know this is a difficult time but knowing that he is not suffering and has all the love would make things easier for you all.

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Our purrrrs and prayers go out to you Au and family!!!
Hugs from your TX furiends,

Mr Puddy said...

I am purring very hard for Au. I purrs purrs for him to get his appetite back.

Hugs for Au and Au's mom
xxxx
Puddy

Roy said...

We just got to your Blog this evening and I must say I am so very sorry to hear about the little one's sickness. I know the pain the future will bring. We had to let a little feral go shortly after welcoming him to the family. When he went for his first checkup we discovered he had the disease. A week later we had to let him go to the bridge. It hurt us all so very much. Our thoughts and best wishes to all.

havetailwillwag said...

Sending positive vibes to Au. Stay strong little guy!

Barbara said...

Oh so sad... we'll be thinking of you all and sending hugs and purrs for Au. Btw, I found this, don't know if it will be any use but still... http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Love-Cats/forum/Treatments-For-FIV/9042

Ikaika said...

We are sending lots of healing purrs and hungry vibes to sweet Au. FIV kitties, as others have said, can live long after diagnosis. We hope Au will decide to stay with you.

Cloon said...

We are very sorry to hear about Au. We send you our very best thoughts, purrs and prayers.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are sending extra special love and purrs for Au this Valentine's day, and always. We will purr for a recovery ~ but we know you will make the right decisions if necessary.

Mekkan said...

Sorry to hear that. I really didn't expect that he is that serious. I'll keep you all in my thoughts. Take care.

Karen Jo said...

I am very sorry to learn that Au has FIV. I am also an FIV kitty. I got very sick last spring and wouldn't eat much. Mom was getting really worried and was trying everything. What finally worked was Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys. I tried it, I liked it and I regained my health. Every kitty is different, but if you haven't tried it yet, it's worth a try.

Herman

Cezar and Léia said...

Oh noooo, I'm so worried about Au!He is adorable, I'm sending love and purrs for him.
LUna - WE LOVE LUNA

Everycat said...

We are sending love and many rumbly purrs to dear Au. We hope he decides to stay, but we know that he will be surrounded by love whatever happens.

Whicky Wuudler
Oliver
& Gerry

Kimi Ryl said...

I'm sorry to hear about it.. feel sad.. be strong~

Old Kitty said...

Oh no!!!!! Oh beautiful Au!!!!
:-(

Me and Charlie are so sorry to hear this, we are truly sorry. We are purring and praying very very hard for sweet Au and for all of you. Please take care xx

Anya said...

Oh..oh Ellen
wat lees ik nu over AU :(
Ik denk aan jullie
en ik hoop dat hij gaat eten.
Kon ik maar iets voor jullie doen.
Jullie zijn in mijn gedachten...

Liefs XX

Furkidsmom said...

We're purring for Au.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Parker said...

We send our purrs and our prayers...

AFSocksScylla said...

We are so very sad for all of you. We are purring that Au will start eating again and be able to spend more time with you.

Healing & Comforting purrs, ~AFSS

Mango said...

Sending all our best thoughts to you. Please eat your food.

Mango and family

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

purrs and prayers for dear sweet Au and all of you.

This is totally breaking my heart.
Thinking of all of you, Au is such a wonderful kitty, praying for a miracle
xoxo

=^..^= said...

We are so sorry to hear that Au could be on his last lap. Apart from his appetite, he seems so spirited still. We hope that will be enough to help him hold out a little longer. Meanwhile, we'll be purring long and loud for his appetite to return in full force.

~Slash & Bronzy

Kea said...

Kim here...You and Au are in my thoughts and prayers.

Annie is not eating at all (except a tiny bit with help via appetite stimulant) and hasn't groomed herself in quite some time...I feel in my heart it's time to say enough is enough, in spite of what everyone is telling me (give her anti-biotics, give her B12, give her this or that, she'll be fine, etc).

Please know I'm holding you all close to my heart at this time and am sending hugs and Light.

Carol said...

My thoughts are with you, I know it's not an easy thing. Hoping for the best.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so sorry to hear the news about your darling boy Au. He is such a handsome mancat.
We are purring for him and you too as we know hard hard this will be for you. We know that you will do the kindest thing when life becomes too hard for him.
Love Hannah, Lucy and mum Sue xxxxxx

Kay said...

Had a cat who couldn't eat well for 3 years ++ so I could relate to the anxiety of cat eating very little. Somehow she sustained with just a morseful of food. She was a real toughie who endured daily medication throughout. We knew she rather be with us and chose to fight the battle with us till the very last. I still missed her after 3 years.

Lots of purrs

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Soft woos for all of you - Ann of Zoolatry told us about Au.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Random Felines said...

We are sending long distance purrs for you and Au.

Cat said...

Oh no!!! We are so sorry to hear this news. We have posted Au's badge on our sidebar and we are purring hard for him hoping that he will start eating again.

Maggie May said...

I am so very sorry to hear this news. We are purring and purraying very hard for sweet Au! Our Rambler is also an FIV kitty.
(((hugs))) and ♥
Maggie May and The Creek Cats

Dianne said...

all my love to you and Au
gentle hugs

Meowers from Missouri said...

oh, my dears! we has our purr motors set on "super high" for darlin' au! our hearts go out to you all.

Clarissa said...

Au is in our prayers. We just discovered your blog from a comment you left on the Katnip Lounge. Stop by our blog for a visit when you have time!

Purrs,
Clarissa & Co.

Cheri said...

Our Ivy has FIV and she is going on 12 with no symptoms. If you can get Au stabilized, he has much time to live too. We do lots of immune support things to help her. Don't give up on him. Sending lots of prayers.

Cats of Wildcat Woods

Annie said...

Dear Ellen

You and Au are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless and may Au fight thru this and have a happy life

The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear about Au. We are purring for him...and for you too....

Sweet Praline said...

Our purrs and purrayers are with Au and you at this time.

Life Ramblings said...

hope Au will be able to overcome this challenging time and win the battle. i'll pray the best for him.

lokithecat said...

This is so sad. You are in our thoughts and will keep purring for you!

Hugs,

Rose and the Royals said...

Our hearts ache to think Au may be helped across the Bridge soon.
But, as ML pointed out, these tenacious tabbies can have remarkable skill when they are just having Too Much Love and Fun to leave just yet.
We had an FIV kitty whilst we were in Upper School who simply accepted the additional fussing over him and stayed with me-or with my mom, really- until he thought we were okay for him to move on. We still think Mischa would be with Us if he knew what a mess we're in now!
In point of fact, Au will clearly let you know when he feels it's time to cross The Bridge. At that time, you will have the loving arms of all The Cat Blogosphere around you and many lights and purrayers guiding him to that Beautiful Place!
We are all here for you, and Au, and effuryone in your household!
Peace and Blessings,

Rose and the Royals

Mishkat said...

Ellen - we are so sorry to hear this and are sending Au many purrs and good thoughts. We hope that things will resolve themselves in the best way for him. He is such a wonderful cat.

Lots of love to you, Au, and everyone in your human and feline family -
Franklin, Tasha, Dobby, and mom Katie

catsynth said...

We are so sad to hear about Au. But glad that he is not suffering and hope he gets his appetite back. Sending our healing and comforting thoughts for Au and for all of you.

Junior and Orion said...

We are sending tons of purrs for Au and the rest of you! Come on Au....eat up!

Kari said...

We are so sad to hear that you are ill. Hope your folks can find something, anything, to get you eating again. some cats can live lovely lives with FIV. Our gran had a kitty diagnosed at age 2.He lived to age 16 when he went into compete renal failure. Each kitty is different. What we want to say is your life is precious to us, please fight for it. We prayed for you before we posted and you know you have our prayers for as long as you need them. God bless you.

Mumsy, Chancy and Company said...

We are sending up prayers for Au and you. Hugs and nose kisses

Bubbles, Madness and Trouble said...

I adopted an adult FIV positive cat (Mrs. B)and she lived many years without any serious health problems. Don't lose hope.

meowmeowmans said...

You and Au are in our thoughts, purrs and prayers. Peace be with you.

KnottedFingers said...

Our thoughts and purrs are with you and AU. Whether he decides it's his time or stays for longer he knows he's loved. WE are so happy that you love him so much.

Love,
Melissa and Kitties Darcy and Gabriel

Us4 Cats said...

we read this and our hearts ache for Au. we will send many purrs and Hope your way that Au eats and knows he is cozy loved each day.

Karen Jo said...

I am really glad that Au is eating again. That's how Herman turned around. He started eating a little, then more, then he started pigging out until he gained all his weight back, plus some.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are thrilled to hear Au is eating today! YAY! We will keep purring for him to get better.

GRAÇA said...

Thank you for one day of sweethearts desejare good, but actually I had a bad day, he forgot about me .. the best gift was the knowledge that the Au is starting to fight to remain with us, it makes me very happy I have a lit candle on my blog by him and Annie
Ronrons of your little friend
Kika

Furkidsmom said...

We came back to say we're happy to hear Au is eating. FIV can be managed and we hope he is around for a LONG time.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Meowers from Missouri said...

happy dance, happy dance! au is eating!! c'mon, dude--suck that chow in, an' stay wif us!!! we LOVES YA, man!!

kv said...

looks like my cat, Meow..hehe

Meowers from Missouri said...

we hopes au is still chowin' down and feeling better!