A happy, healthy Max with his brother Joshua in 2004.
Our sweet Bengal kitty Max has had chronic kidney failure for a few years. It was first detected in 2009, but since he seemed to be doing fine and we didn't realize the significance, we haven't had him in for a check-up since then. Sadly it has progressed to a very bad point, "Stage 4" as the vet says. It seems that kitties with chronic kidney failure usually live about 2-3 years once it starts. It has caught us completely by surprise, as Max had seemed to be the kitty who did not age, and fairly recently was very active and thriving, even while we were unaware that his kidneys were failing. Even this fall, we thought it was normal aging starting to catch up with him. But sadly we learned yesterday that it was not.
We are "giving him a chance" as the vet says, by treating him for a UTI that he has, and he also had a dose of fluids. He has also had an appetite stimulant, which does not seem to be working. Looking at him, I know his time is short if he doesn't start eating. It breaks my heart, he doesn't understand why he doesn't feel good, and why we can't help him feel better.
From what I have read, kidney failure is not a peaceful passing for kitties, so we will have to make a decision soon. Praying for some sign of improvement and healing, and wisdom about when to let him go. One of those has to happen very soon.
We will be sad to lose this special, loud, exuberant member of our family who is now quiet and still, but we know that our responsibility is to help him have a good quality of life, and sadly we cannot help make it better any more. He's been my kitty since I was in college, and honestly this feels too soon, though he is fourteen years old. His loud yowling meow drove me insane during many a naptime when the girls were little, but also I had just as many smiles on my face watching him play with the girls.
We will be so sad to say good-bye, sweet Max. I am so sorry you are sick, and so sad that we can't make it better.