It is said that cats have 9 lives. Mr. Bing came to us in 2001 and in 11 years fully used his 9 lives hunting, being the meeter and greeter in our house and running the household with 2 female cats. In July 2012 Mr. Bing was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting. I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care. This is the story of how we gave him a 10th life. Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.
Snuggling with Ann’s friend Michele (also his cat sitter when Ann is away).
As the days grew shorter and colder here in Minnesota, it was harder to get outside. And by November, it was too cold and snowy to go out. He began to lose weight again and seemed to be in pain, crouched and staring into space. He was eating less too. I talked to the vet and she suggested I add Raindrop essential oil therapy to his regime. This consisted of 8 or 9 essential oils combined together which reduce inflammation and heal the body. We started this therapy on Nov. 12. She also gave me Arnica crystals to give him to help with pain. A week later, he was still eating and drinking much less, down to 6.5 pounds and looked like skin and bones. His eyes were getting sunken and he was lethargic. I was very concerned that he wouldn’t make it through the Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) weekend and since I needed to be gone, I didn’t want my cat sitter to have to deal with a crisis. I took him to the vet and she rehydrated him. This really helped him feel better and he made it through the 4 days I was gone. Upon my return he started going backwards again, so back to the vet for more fluids. She gave me a fluid bag so I could hydrate him every few days. She also suggested a different food so I picked up this new pricy food to feed him. I stopped giving him the probiotic and the liquid clay since it wasn’t doing much good anyway. I continued Raindrop therapy, energy healing and Arnica. My intention was to keep him comfortable to the end. And even though I thought he was ready to pass, he clearly was not.
Read the next blog to see what happened next.