I had Harry's blood and urine tested this week. Yesterday I got the results. He has some liver and kidney damage that is atypical in a 23 month old cat. Specificially his creatinine and ALT levels are way too high.
Harry was not a huge fan of the Iams and Nutro cat pouches, but I always offered him half a pouch, same as Marmie, and he would take two bites and fart off somewhere. Often he drank the gravy - both cats loved the gravy. And we all know what was in the gravy. So I think it's pretty obvious why he has some organ damage. Harry's other food was Iams dry, which I will also never use again but which I will be hanging onto nonetheless. Just in case.
We can manage his condition with a special diet and some vitamins for his liver. He is not in pain and otherwise seems quite healthy. He's clearly lonely for Marmalade - still looks for him and calls for him - but as stress can increase these levels, I will hold off on introducing a new friend into the household until we have it under control.
And, oh, it isn't free. Oh no. So far, this little adventure has cost me one cat and over $1600 in vet bills. With Harry's special food and vitamins, and new tests scheduled for April, the meter is still running.
When I adopted kittens, I knew there would be expenses. I knew that it would cost money to neuter them, to get them vaccinated and dewormed, and I knew that somewhere down the road, they might get sick - for example, diabetes and kidney problems are not uncommon in older cats. And I was prepared to meet those expenses when and if they arose.
But this? I didn't sign on for this. Somebody owes me and thousands of other pet owners big time.