Texas: Willow the cat

Every once in a while, I post about our cats. Willow is our now 18 year old tabby cat. Back in November, Willow was diagnosed with the beginning stages of kidney failure, also known as chronic renal failure (CRF). As two of our previous cats have also passed away due to CRF, this was not an unexpected development. It’s an “old age” cat disease, right up there with hyperthyroidism for causes of death in cats.

In the last 2-3 weeks, it has become apparent that we may not have Willow with us much longer. Moving and the pandemic has not helped. We never got to establish a relationship with a vet while we were in Livingston, and now we have moved. Tomorrow, we are calling one or two local vets in this area to see what our options are. We don’t want to be in a panic, but we also don’t want to be denied “end of life” time with Willow. We’ve always been there to the end. Multiple RVers we know have suggested that most vets will allow humans in the room during euthanasia, but we want to make sure that is still the case with the pandemic.

We know that every day is a gift with our cats. Willow is our longest lived cat, so far. We’ve had her since the summer of 2002.

Here are some recent photos of Willow in the last two weeks.

There’s something really good on “kitty TV” out there.
Nap time in the sunbeam.
Napping with Cleo.
This is where Willow curls up when we are driving the RV on the road. She gets the primo spot while Cleo hugs the edge.
Leaving the dashboard area after taking a wonderful nap in the morning sun.
She mostly naps in the circle pose, but sometimes Willow stretches out.

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