Serbia: Good and Bad News – The Latest From Shelter Felix 26/8/15.

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Valerie is recovering nicely and is supposed to have the screws removed from her knee joint next week. She’s still kept in a cage but she doesn’t complain one bit 🙂 A huge heartfelt thank you to all of you who have helped this beautiful kitty girl!

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Sneska has always been skinny and has never shown much interest in food, but over the last few months she has become so frail that it was heartbreaking to look at her – she wasn’t just slender, she was gaunt. Her ribs were clearly visible beneath her skin, her hips protruded sharply and she looked almost skeletal, as if she had never eaten anything, which was sadly not far from the truth.


She was diagnosed with stomatitis back in June, the vet prescribed her a course of antibiotics and she seemed to be improving a little, but our happiness was short-lived. She quickly began to refuse food again, lose weight and was at serious risk of developing fatty liver or hepatic lipidosis due to chronic malnutrition. Very soon she reached the point where she ate two or three times a week at best, not because she had no appetite, but because chewing and swallowing apparently became difficult and painful for her. The additional problem is that she isn’t a youngster anymore, her age is given as 13 or 14 years and we had no time to waste, so she was urgently taken to the vet for a thorough checkup which was done a few days ago.

A UV scan has revealed that her kidneys aren’t in great shape, although the levels of urea and creatinine in her blood are still within the limits of normal range and we have been told we can expect her to have pretty much a normal life span. The nature of her chewing and swallowing problems has finally been revealed – she had uremic stomatitis.

Right now she is being given injections every day, she eats the prescription renal diet mixed with some wet food because she doesn’t like it very much, but at least she looks more cheerful and she even seems to be gaining weight, little by little. Of course, we have no way of knowing how long she will live, but can we all gather together to make the rest of her life as pleasant and comfortable as possible?

This sweet, good tempered and cuddly wisp of a girl has been through a lot so far and definitely deserves a dignified, pain-free and secure old age!

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