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Last spring Max and his bonded buddy Tuffy came into OPA. Their mom of 15 years was going into assisted living so OPA intervened and we took them.
Max is an absolutely gorgeous Siamese/Tabby mix. He is big with big paws and a loud grumpy old man meow. From the first night he was not shy, he was super curious and very friendly. He just wanted to rub on everything and walk around the house.
Soon after OPA rescued Max, his foster mom noticed he was not so outgoing, and then he stopped eating. He went to the vet where it was determined he was in Renal failure. Basically he was a hospice case and all they could do for him was give him fluids and make him comfortable. His foster mom took him home and hoped for the best but did not think he would last a week. His personality came back right away once he was out of the vet but he still was not eating. Then a few days later, after forcing him to eat baby food, he started to eat on his own. Turns out he just wanted fancy feast and was holding out until he got it :). Now here we are six months later and Max is amazing. He is still very friendly and curious. He has the funniest weirdest old man meow. He rubs on everything and enjoys his toys and his cat nip. He is declawed so he sharpens his “claws” on the bed and kneads on his blanket and in the air while turned upside down. He is a grumpy old man so he will put my kittens in their place and makes sure they are respectful of his space.
As far as the Renal failure goes it turns out Renal cats can live years in their condition. What we have found is that by administering fluids under the skin twice a week he is stable and happy. The foster mom gets the fluids and needles from the vet and a friend comes over twice a week to administer the fluids. It takes about 15 minutes and then he is good to go. In a perfect world he would eat food designated for Kidney health but he is old so we try to make him happy with some of that food but some fancy feast as well. He is a very sweet companion. He is very happy sitting on his blanket next to you on the bed and getting head rubs. Sometimes he realizes he wants to sit on our laps so he plops himself down, but he is ok just sitting with you. He likes to look out the window and watch tv. He loves kids and tolerates dogs and other cats very well. He is very funny and his foster family laugh at him and enjoy being with him a lot.