For almost 21 months after a Stage 4 feline kidney disease diagnosis, Penny lived a STELLAR quality of life. You would never even know she was sick if you didn’t see her blood work or look in her litter box. But on November 15, 2017, Penny lost her battle. The kidney disease won.
Penny passed peacefully with her favorite vet’s assistance while squirrel watching and listening to me singing my awful rendition of “Earth Angel” and “The Penelope Song”.
I didn’t have NEAR enough time with Penny, and she was NOT mentally ready to leave…
But I have to remember that things happen in God’s time, not ours.
Her body was shutting down.
And as much as she tried to rally the past month, as much as she fought HARD to just live her life, her kidneys were shutting down and the rest of her little body was following.
However, she died in remission from diabetes. Small victory. But a victory nonetheless. She was buried in my backyard with her OTJ (Off The Juice) party hat that I made to celebrate her achieving her second remission.
I still have to write on our journey with Feline Diabetes and Feline Chronic Kidney disease.
Because one of the inspirations and driving forces behind this blog is Penny’s journey and her incredible strength and will to win.
And she DID win. Because she outlived the “averages” by over a year with a STELLAR quality of life.
Because she achieved that oh, so obscure second remission from diabetes.
Because her spirit NEVER gave up. She was hellbent on living her life to the fullest…up until her last day.
Because we have a story to tell to save lives. Penny has a legacy to carry on. And her spirit is here with me to share her story with the world so that we can help other special needs cats.
“Turn your mess into your message.”
We will shout from the rooftops on how to prevent Feline Diabetes because in most cases, it IS completely preventable.
We will also show that a cat can live a QUALITY life for a long time even with Stage 4 kidney disease.
There are those in Social Media Land who have traveled this journey with us. Some since her diabetes diagnosis in 2013 and some since we started our Facebook page in 2017. She has touched SO many lives already.
And we are just getting started.
I always said I wouldn’t treat kidney disease in a cat because I thought it would be “torture” and we would just be fighting something progressive and incurable. Until I was faced with it with my little Soul Mate.
Love changes EVERYTHING. Love makes us do things we normally wouldn’t do.
She wasn’t “tortured”. She acted healthier since that diagnosis than in some of her years when she was “healthy”.
Her best life yet!!
Given the chance, I would have fought with her for TEN YEARS if we could have maintained her quality of life for that long!
And I’d do it ALL over again – without a doubt!
Kidney disease may have taken her body, but it will NEVER take her spirit, our bond, our love, and our memories.
Those are Penny’s and mine to keep!
We have had signs that Penny is still here. I sensed that she was holding on because she didn’t want to leave here. I told her she didn’t have to. Just because her spirit was leaving her body didn’t mean that it had to leave home.
This IS her forever home, after all. That means FOREVER.
Rest in Paradise, my Precious Pup.
8/8/08 – 11/15/17