12 December 2011

A little more news......

Hi everyone.. Sorry for not updating before but several appointments have kept us away from the computer. We have continued to give Jasper the tablets and he has continued to eat. The tablets do make him drowsy but in between sleeping he gets up and goes to his dish for a nibble. We went to the vets this morning early as the vet was fitting us in before he started operating.We were able to say that Jasper had been eating with the medication and that he seemed much brighter on himself and much more back to wanting cuddles and lap time. When he was examined Jasper he seemed to be holding his own and when he was popped on the scales had even put a small amount back on which meant he was not using his body fat and this is good for his kidneys. We were given prescription food to try and mix with the normal food to try and wean in as it will be better.
Mum asked what the prognosis was and the vet said some cats last weeks,some months and he had known one cat last a year, it all depended how Jasper's kidneys fared.We at least know the truth and we just hope that we get the higher scale. he main thing is that at the moment the quality time is good, Jasper is home with us where he belongs and getting and giving love.. Very much so. On Friday we go back and blood Will be taken to see how the levels are doing and until then we carry on and enjoy while we can..


Dad holding GJ close..We have been so emotional...


I will tomorrow try and visit with friends as I have neglected that terribly and am sorry for that. I got all our Christmas cards posted out to friends and will try and get GJ's secret Santa sorted out too..


Thank you all so much for all the good wishes.. They are keeping us going.. Much love GJ and mum and dad xxxxxxx

92 comments:

Repositório said...

I continue sending my best purrayres to GJ!!!
Hugs dear family!
Marilia

Fuzzy Tales said...

This is cautiously good news, and we continue to send purrs and purrayers to GJ and to you and Barrie.

Oh, please don't spend your time and energy visiting--we all understand.

Paws and fingers crossed for GJ....love and hugs and universal Light to you all.

-Nicki, Derry and mom Kim

ABBY said...

We are so delighted to see an update. WE have been checking back regularly. We are cautiously optimistic for Jasper and we will continue to purr and send a great many prayers to you and Barrie and Jasper.
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

susanphoeb said...

Still purrfully praying. Hopefully the new food will help, So very glad GJ is eating.
Susan, Shadow and Joey

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Everybuddy, we are so glad Ginger Jasper is feeling a little better. Enjoy each day as it comes. We love the photo with Ginger Jasper enjoying his cuddles. Thinking of you all. P.S. We DO NOT feel neglected at all. Your first priority is to our special fluffy friend. We want you to spend all your time with him. Take care and hugs to everybuddy. No worries, extra love and slobber, Stella and Rory (and Carol)

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

One day at a time!

As fur getting the khards and such out, GJ is the best pressie and khard fur all of us!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Old Kitty said...

Carol and Barrie! Thank you for the updates. My heart goes out to you both. Truly. I am so so so sad and so upset for you both that your most beautiful boy is going through this at only 11 years old. I cannot begin to understand how unfair this all is and I am so upset to know that this most beautiful cat whom I've followed and adored is so ill. But today is a good day for sweet GJ. He is eating and above all he is home with you. Please don't worry about the blogging. You must both be so emotionally and physically exhausted. Oh I am getting very teary eyed! I am just so glad gorgeous GJ is with the nicest mum and dad ever! Please give him a little extra cuddle from me and Charlie. There just aren't enough tears..!

Hugs and purrs,
Please take care
x

Angel and Kirby said...

We hope you are lucky enough to have your boy around for some time to come!

BeadedTail said...

We're so glad to get a good update and we'll continue to send purrayers that Jasper responds well to the foods and medications. Please give Jasper some cuddles from us too! Hugs to you and Barrie!

Nola said...

One day at a time! Paws still crossed for you and your family my sweet little friend! We love you! That picture is so heartbreakingly sweet
Dachshund Nola

Frankie Furter said...

I can't speak for ALL butt fur MYSELF Please use every SECOND that you have with GJ instead of reading my blog or commenting... AS MUCH AS I LOVE THE COMMENTS YOU LEAVE.
I WOULD RATHER you spend THAT time with GJ. Butt PLEASE keep us informed on your blog.
Do tell him that I am thinking of HIM and of his beloved mom and dad. And that I have my paws crossed fur ALL of you.
Sincerely, Frankie Furter

Madi and Mom said...

Dear Carol, Barrie and GJ.
Madi and I are thinking of you each and every day and sending your warm fuzzy thoughts. God bless you all. Give GJ a nose tap from Madi
Hugs Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom said...

PS I 100% agree with Frankie...I would rather you spend any time you might use coming to my blog with Ginger Jasper...we just want updates on his health!!
Madi and Mom

Mango said...

I' m so glad that he is home where he can get the medicine of love. We are all thinking about him and hoping that he has some good time left to share with you.

Mango Momma

Eric and Flynn said...

That is very good news that Jasper is eating some food and has even managed to put a bit of weight back on. We hope that with the medication he has many many more happy months with you.
As others have said, don't worry about visiting or commenting. We all know that Jasper is your priority and we wouldn't want to take any of your time from him.
Love to your handsome boy and to both of you x.

The Cat From Hell said...

Enjoy Jasper. Get as much lap time as yous can and cuddles. We is happy that the power of the purrayer has been helping. Wes will keeps purraying for him and sending yous comforting purrs and kisses
Nellie

MrsB said...

You all are going thru so much - it is good to get some good news. Love that boy as much as you can.
Give him some scritches from his pals in Alabama.
xoxoxo
MrsB

♥I am Holly♥ said...

I am sending lots of love and prayers to all of you and to GJ to keep his strength up and do better. Love, Debbie

Tillie and Georgia said...

WE are happy that Jasper is hanging in there :)
All your attention needs to be on him. No need to visit right now. An update is good enough.
Spend your time with your precious kitty.WE know what it is like with a sick kitty.
We will be here when you need us.
Hugs & Purrs!!!!!

Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure and JJ
and mom Nancy

Brian said...

Please don't feel like you have to visit, please spend every moment loving on that GJ, we all understand and wish we could be there to love on him too. We so appreciate the updates though. We love you guys and that precious GJ. Hugs and love from all of us.

Marg said...

I totally agree with Brian who is one of our favorite people. He said it just right. Please don't worry about visiting. We are just thankful for the updates since we all love GJ too. Just spend the time with that ginger cat please.Besides our blog is hard to leave comments on. That is at least a tiny bit of good news. Please take care and give that boy a hug for us.
Sending tons more purrs.

Prancer Pie said...

Don't visit us.. just spend that time wif GJ! I'm sure efurrybody feels the same way. We're still sendin tons of purrs and luf! xoxo

Julia Williams said...

I am so glad to hear that he is eating and wanting cuddles. I know how difficult this must be for you, and I sure hope you get lots more quality time with your sweet boy. Hugs, purrs and prayers to you.

Jacqueline said...

Do you have the option of sub q fluids?...I gave my Nikki sub q fluids daily for almost 2 years and my parents did the same for their Siamese, Asia for 5 years (their vet told them Asia had about a week to live without the fluids)...It is relatively easy to do, takes a few minutes a day...I am praying for your precious boy-he is a cherished and wonderful sweetheart...hugs and love...J

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Please do not waste an ounce of time worrying about visiting us. We are thrilled to see an update here - GJ is what is important now. We are happy to hear he continues to eat. As for days, months, years, not as important as enjoying every minute in the right now.

We wondered too about giving him sub q fluids. Our daughter did that for her cat for a couple of years too.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Percy the Cat said...

We are so glad to hear that Jasper is starting to do a bit better. We will keep purring and purraying for him!! :)

Sparkle said...

Thanks so much for the update - it's good to know that GJ has perked up and is doing better. But like everyone else here has said, it is more important for you humans to give him all your quality time. Don't worry about us bloggers, we are all here purring for you and giving you our support. You don't need to worry yourselves further by trying to come by and visit our blogs right now with everything else that is going on. We just want to see GJ get as much love and care as he can.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We know you are enjoying every minute of having Jasper back home and watching him eat. We too hope you have the high end of the scale! Hugs, purrs & woofs.

Kari said...

Thank you so much for the update! We appreciate it so much ! Whatever time Jasper is granted is a blessing beyond belief for all of us who love him so. We continue our prayers for his comfort and well being. We also ask if it is possible for him to get Subcutaneous fluids at home. We have had seven cats over the years who have benefited from this therapy. Its not painful or cruel in any way. Some of my cats were resistive in the same way as when their hair was brushed. But others, like my bridge-kitty Arthur, would not even bother to move! I'd insert the needle, start the fluids and he'd just sit next to me! If Jasper has any kidney function left at all it is worth a try. Please give him our love, our special love and let him know we are by his side in spirit. Whatever the outcome, Jasper couldn't want a better home or better, more loving parents than you.

Derby, Ducky said...

Good news that GJ is eating some. Enjoy the cuddle time, that is where you need to be. Don't worry about us and not visiting, we know you will be back when time permits.

The Island Cats said...

We are happy to hear GJ is continuing to eat. And we hope he starts to feel better. Enjoy your cuddles and snuggles with him. And like the others have said, don't worry about visiting us...GJ is your first priority. We wish we could be there to snuggle with GJ too!!

We send you all headbutts and purrs!!

Asta said...

Evewy moment is a miwacle and special and to be tweasoowed..mommi says that bwainy skie ence types say the past and pwesent and footoowe all happen at once, so I know you will always be wif us, but as a meewe pup, I just pway fow as many wondewful days cudlling and being wif youw pawents and us as pawsibull
healing smoochie kisses
ASTA

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear Ginger Jasper is eating, and wanting to be cuddled. I must say the photo brought tears to my eyes...you can see and feel the love. Thoughts and prayers to all of you at this difficult time.

Eva & Gracie's Mom

Deb said...

I'm so glad he has you at this time. I'll keep him in my prayers and please give him a hug for me. Deb=^..^=x4

san said...

Keep It Up GJ. We're purraying for you.

the amigos and san

Sweet Purrfections said...

We continue to send our best purrs to GJ.

Mom Paula is especially thinking of Mom and Dad as they go through this period.

Truffle and Brulee4

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We are thrilled with the developments. Come on GJ! Keep on getting better and keep on eating!

Katnip Lounge said...

GJ, we are thrilled your appetite has returned, it is so important that you eat and stay well hydrated, this will keep your kidneys happy!
We hope that soon you'll be feeling more like your old self.
We are sending you warm healing purrs and mommy sends {{hugs}}.

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

So glad to hear this bit of good news. Hope you can try giving him Sub C fluids at home - it will help his kidneys and perhaps extend his time with you! We are purring big time.

Punapippuri said...

Hurrah GJ - you are eating a little! Please keep on eating a lot more - and also going to your Mum and Dad for snuggles (you'll need this to keep warm!). We echo what others have written about subcutaneous fluids and it was not something Äiti knew about in the UK at all, but is much more common elsewhere. And it really does help rehydrate kitties with poor kidney function (and is easy to do).
And PLEASE do not for one minute worry about visiting us because every moment more you spend with GJ is precious. We love you visiting but please do not feel you have to pop over and see us or comment - you have so much to do and think about right now. Very loud purrs from FInland - come on gJ buddy boy, get your nose in that food bowl xxxxx

Poppy Q said...

Carol, when our old girl puss had renal failure, I was able to give her subcut fluids at home every week, which reduced our visits to the vets and reduced her stress.

My vet told me that I would know when she had had enough, and she was right. It was hard to let go,and Puss hung on until I knew that no cuddles or snuggles could make anything better.


We hope you get more cuddles from your lovely boy.

Smooches
Julie and Poppy Q
xxxx

JC said...

That photo says it all.

I'm so sorry ...

JC & The Purr Gang

Cory said...

Don't worry about visiting...just spend the time loving on GJ for us, ok?

Big purrs.

Laura and Taffeta Rose said...

We continue to purr for Jasper. Please do spend your time loving on him. You won't ever regret it.

Hugs and Purrs,
Laura and Taffy

Chesney Cats said...

Just keep taking care of Jasper...all your furiends understand. Sending love, hugs & extra strong purrs!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Please spend every precious moment together, sharing and loving. The rest can wait. We know and understand that your focus right now belongs to GJ. We feel your family as we hope you feel the loving arms and paws surrounding you...there is no need for words. White Dog woos of gentle nurturing and positive thoughts. We wish you all peace and strength.

Clooney said...

We are so happy and relieved to hear that GJ has continued to eat on his own and that the pills and purrs are working. Our continued purrs and prayers for GJ, for him to have an appetite and feel better and for you and Barrie to have wonderful quality time with your sweet little man. Love to you all.

Au and Target said...

We're purring that GJ is one of those cats who has a wonderful come back so he can enjoy his twilight months with you. It's so tough to know you are living on borrowed time, but if he's happy, then all you can do is enjoy the blessing. We feel that way about our Au who was at death's door in January and has since recovered - although he's still FIV positive and will be 14 in March next year. Still, every good day is a golden one. We're thinking of you. Our purrs to you all.

3 kats and a kwiltr said...

We are glad the pills are helping and that GJ is putting on a little weight. We are purraying that the time you all have together is long and enjoyable for all.
Sending snuggles and purrs, still.
Taz, Runt, and Charles in Illinois

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

We agree with all our friends in the comments. Enjoy every moment with each other and don't worry about any of us.

We were also wondering about the pills. You mentioned they were no longer available in the UK. Do you have enough? Are they still available elsewhere? If there is anything we can do to help you get more, please don't hesitate to ask us! And Poppy's Sub-Q suggestion also sounds good.

Many Purrs, Woofs, Neighs and Hugs from us all

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so pleased to hear that GJ is eating a little and wanting cuddle time. The small weight gain must be a relief and hopefully will have increased again when you visit the vet on Friday.
We are still sending all our purrs and love to our mate GJ.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
Hugs from Mum xx

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Pleased to hear the latest on Jasper, when my cat Tabitha was diagnosed with diabetes the vet told us she had a life span of about two years, well she went on for four years before develping gall stones, what I'm saying is with love and care I know Jasper will make the higher life span.
There is so much love around him and he is such a fighter.
Love to you all.
Hugs to Jasper.

Yvonne.

Huffle Mawson said...

Don't worry about visiting. The best thing is to spend time with GJ.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Thanks for the long post about how Jasper is doing. WE are continuing to send oodles of purrs your way. So glad to hear that he is participating in lap time and hugs again. That's a good sign. We will continue to watch for posts and are sending our love to all of you.

pawhugs, Max, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

Momma Tea (also Ronnii, Uji and Izzy whose open ids wont work) said...

Have tears running down my face now Carol, so pleased that Jasper is holding his own but will continue sending our prayers and healing thoughts for GJ.
Thinking of you all so much

Love
Momma Tea & Gang
xxx xxx xxx xxx

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Just do what you can and what brings a smile to your and GJs face and don't worry about the rest. Spending time with GJ is the most important thing. Thanks for keeping us updated. We are so happy to hear he gained a little weight and is holding his own. Healing purrs, Hugs & Love

Anonymous said...

We're so glad thet GJ has perked up a bit and hope it continues for a long long time. Chin scritched from us and wishes for lots of quality time.

Purrs,

Lizzie & 3 kitties

The Meezers or Billy said...

keep up the good eating GJ!! Sending {{HUGS}} to mom and dad - we love all of you and are holding you in our prayers

SuziQCat said...

This is good news...and yes, it nice to know what the outcomes can be...enjoy each day and consider it a blessing. GJ is a special boy. We will continue to send purrs your way.

~Four Crazy Cats

Team Tabby said...

You don't need to visit us, but we are so glad you posted the latest news! We will be keeping up our purrs and prayers.

HoundDogMom said...

We continue to send drool and keep our paws crossed for GJ. All, we can say is just enjoy your times and snuggles everyday. Dont' worry about checking in on us bloggers we know you need to focus on your GJ right know. We know to well the impact our fur-babies have on us when they are sick. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

We continue to purr for GJ, and paws are crossed.
-JB

Rene said...

Hello, we found your blog from the blogosphere, and we are very sorry this is happening. We recently got a bad diagnosis of cancer for our Tucker, so we understand the emotionallness (is that a word) of what you're feeling. HUGS.

TK and Squashies said...

We not thinks you need to bisit. You should spends time wif each other.
We all loves you and wants you to enjoy your time togever!

Love, TK and Squashies

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

We, too, are cautiously optomistic for GJ as the pills are still working! That is a good sign. But as so many others have said, if you can give SQ fluids at home, it will help GJ just like dialysis in a human kind of. Our Bo got 60cc every day after he was diagnosed, and he was very very ill--BUN ~160 and Creatinine ~ 5 (We don't know if they measure it the same way in the UK as in the US but are curious to GJ's numbers if you could share those). Also, Cornell Veterinary School has a really easy to understand video about Kidney Disease in cats and it will help you understand more if you watch it. Here's the link:
partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/kidney-disease

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Never underestimate the power of love along with all the medicines and fluids. You are in our prayers. Cuddle close and enjoy the time.
Marian in Houston

Forty Paws said...

Oh yes! We hope that you have a whole year with GJ! And we hope that he continues to eat and gain a little bit of weight again!

Luf, Us and Maw

Mumsy and Furkids said...

We are so happy to hear that sweet GJ is eating and you all are getting in lots of cuddle time. We are praying and hoping for the longest possible time for you sweet GJ. You all enjoy every minute together and not to worry on visiting we understand. Hugs and nose kisses

Brian said...

Love ya GJ.

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

We are praying for you Ginger J. and for your mom and dad too.
I'm glad that he is eating.

don't worry about being behind on commenting and blogging. You spend every precious moment you can with your sweet boy.

Please ask if the Dr. thinks subcutaneous fluid feedings at home would help. It kept my boy alive for 5 years, He would always eat and feel so much better. He had to have them sometimes daily sometimes twice daily. but it was so worth it.

Hugs
Iris

meowmeowmans said...

Thank you for the updates! Please don't worry about visiting ... just spend as much time loving each other as possible for as long as you can.

Continued purrs and prayers!

Simba said...

As so many others have said, don't worry about comments! We are happy that GJ seems to have had a good weekend, and that he is eating. Praying for lot of sweet moments together, and for him to be one of the kitties who lives the longest, in spite of his kidneys. We appreciate the time you take to write these updates. We are sure you already know how much love there is for all of you in the CB.

Pattyskypants said...

Hey, Buddy! You gotta stick around for mai gotcha day and mai mom's burfday and mai poppy's burfday, too. Well, there just isn't a good time fur you to leave, so you gotta stick around fur a good loooonnnng time! xxoo Bhu

Cat Mandu said...

Just dropping a line to say we love you!
Mandu and his Mom

The Lee County Clowder said...

Purrrrrss to Ginger J and his pawrents. Hang in there, GJ.

Sagira said...

The cards and such can wait, just take care of your sweet boy and enjoy every minute you have with him.

Photo Cache said...

Dear Ginger Jasper, keep on eating buddy. WE have been purring for you. Keep holding on. Your humans love you. WE all do.

Purrs,
Emma and Buster

THE ZOO said...

We are sooooo happy Ginger Jaspers put some weight on and is feeling better. continue improving buddy.

Karen Jo said...

I am glad that Jasper is eating and has even gained a bit of weight back. Don't worry about visiting and commenting. Spend that time with Ginger Jasper. Herman send healing purrs.

Kari said...

Hello dear boy, we are praying hard for you. Hope the morning will find you feeling better. We love you so much.
Sleep well and sweet dreams.
P.S. The photo of you and your dad is so heartwarming.

Mark's Mews said...

Purrin fer you, GJ, an the Beins...

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

We send lots of gentle Terrier kisses to GJ and hope he continues to eat his meals.

Thank you so much for our lovely Christmas card...we love it.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Piappies World said...

We continue to have GJ in our prayers and we shower you with our positive thoughts and hugs from Piappies Mom and from all of us here.

Love,
Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

Tara said...

So glad to hear that Jasper is doing better. Paws crossed that you will get a Merry Christmas.

Tara

Mr Puddy said...

I read in tear. I feel good to hear my friend GJ. , he fight for his time and he has a good sign. I still keep paws crossed and purrs for him massive !

and Thanks so much to take your time to purrs for me

Lots of hugs and love
xoxo

The Life of Riley said...

Still sending love to GJ. Give him a cuddle from me.

Woofs,
Riley

Kari said...

Thinking of you with love at our bedtime. We end our day with prayers for your recovery. We adore you, little man. Kisses and hugs and continued prayers.

Sweepy said...

Woof GJ!
We hope you are OK in the house. We are sending you healing light to make you rest without feeling the pain and stir your appetite.

FURKIDSMOM said...

Keep eating and improving GJ. We want you to be around for a long, long time.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

possumlady said...

Still sending healing thoughts and purrayers your way, each and every day.

Hugs,
Christine and the Herd

The Island Cats said...

We are stopping by to say we are thinking of all of you...and purring and praying for you. GJ, we hope you are eating and gaining some strength back.

Love to you all!
oxoxo

Bellen said...

Good luck to Ginger Jasper. I hope he continues to gain strength and surprises you with his longevity.