Some of you know the pet my wife and I have shared our lives with, and you ask about her often, so I figured I would post here and let you all know.
She's nearing the end now. Since July we've known she was having kidney problems. In the past three months she's lost a lot of weight and her eating is erratic. She's slowing down and napping a lot more. She really hasn't wanted to go outside (except on the balcony/deck) for a few weeks. This week we'll have her blood tested and see how far she has come along. We don't expect good news.
Isis has been a good kitty to us. She never ran away, she never sprayed the furniture, and she always came home when we called her. The only bad thing about her was we were her family and she never did accept anyone else. We tried having more cats and she never wanted them around. When she first would met our friends she would either hide, or if they tried to pet her she would swipe at them. Isis was always protective of us. It was only after several meeting that she would warm up to our friends.
Isis is pretty old for a kitty, she's been with us for 18 years, and we think we found her when she was a year old (the vet couldn't tell us her exact age). We don't know what her first year was like, although we think her previous owners weren't very good to her. She still sometimes will startle at the oddest things. We found her roaming Chagrin South Reservation, and she came to us, ignoring all the other people there. At the time we lived in an apartment, so she didn't have much room. When we bought the house she got to go out more and hunt. She really liked that, although it's been over a year since she's brought us presents. It took her nearly five years before she would sit on our laps, and even then she never stayed long, and at least for me, it was very rare anyway.
Of the two of us, she likes Bette the most. Although I'm the only one Isis will let pick her up without a struggle. I'm the only one she's allowed to pet her stomach or chin.
We don't want her to suffer or be in pain. And we will miss her terribly when she's gone. She was our little cat.