Siamese cat vomiting, finicky eating and kidney failure

by Bruce Heath
(Denmark)

Our little girl recently passed away at 4 years of age. She had always been a picky eater. She started vomiting about a week before she died and we took her to the vet.

He kept her over night and took at array of blood tests and scans. It turns out she had extremely high UREA and CREA levels, and her kidneys had failed.

According to the vet, this can be genetic and at only 4 years old this is even more likely.

She was a purebred Siamese and unfortunately by the time she started displaying the first signs, it was already too late to stop it.

From what I understand, kidney disease cannot be treated, but the effects can be slowed down by altering their diet.

Had we known that this was a possibility, we would have had her tested earlier and maybe saved her and us a lot of pain.

The picky eating may also have been a sign that certain foods were more difficult for her kidneys to process and her being picky was a sign that something was not right.

Hindsight is a terrible burden.

Bruce

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Oct 21, 2011
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Very sad for you
by: Ruth

Bruce I am very sad for you.
Please don’t feel guilty, you did the right thing by taking your cat to the vet as soon as you saw she was ill.
Fate can be very cruel, we lost a 5 year old cat a few years back and went through the guilt feeling too even though we did the same as you and took her to our vet immediately we saw she wasn’t well.
Try to remember that your cat is at peace now and it’s you suffering.
If you eventually feel able to take in another cat in her honour there are always many in Rescue Shelters, possibly including Siamese, needing good homes.
R.I.P your little girl x

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


Oct 20, 2011
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Sorry FOr. Your Loss.
by: jo singer

Bruce,

I am so sorry for your loss. There was no way really to know or even suspect your young cat had failing kidneys in such a relatively short time of symptoms. You took your kitty to the vet, and sadly the news was grim. I feel for you and your sorrow. We often second guess and feel we Could have done more… It”s part of the grieving process.

This said, I think the Siamese are one of the most loving and intelligent breeds. I bred them for years long ago. Reputable breeders want to know about these illnesses so they can work genetically to try to reduce medical conditions that tend to plague certain lines. Please tell your breeder.

I have two Oriental shorthairs who are both W years old . Since they carry Siamese and American Shortair I too worry about kidney failure and hope the ASH balances out greater risk. My Lilac Point OSH has just started showing borderline blood results and we watch every 6 months now for changes. Our vet is holistic and traditional so we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

I must slightly disagree with Michael about staying away from the breed. Look for a breeder that breeds for health and is knowledgable about health issues associated with te breed and is working to avoid them. These cats are truly amazing. However when you are ready to get another kitten and you want the purrsonality and type consider an OSH that is not pointed.

My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

Best wishes,

Jo


Oct 20, 2011
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Been there too: I empathise with you
by: Grahame

Bruce, I recently lost a precious 17 year-old best friend cat. I had hoped that he’d make it to his mid-twenties. It isn’t any easier if death comes after more years.

Please don’t beat yourself up. I know that I often have afterthoughts: did I miss something? Have I failed my faithful cat? He was much loved and well cared for, and yet….

If, one day, you want to bring another cat into your life, I advise that you adopt a moggie. They are much tougher, on the whole, than over-bred cats, and, in my long experience, much healthier. And no high-toned prima donna cat could be more beautiful than a gorgeous moggie tabby I have here. I look at her with awe. My cats have always adopted me, and I have had wonderful luck with moggies down the years.


Oct 20, 2011
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Cynical
by: Michael

Thanks for sharing this Bruce. I have a cynical view about the Siamese. The more I read about this cat breed the more genetic illness I see associated with it. I don’t know what breeders have been getting up to.

The Siamese has the longest list of genetic (inherited) illnesses of all the cat breeds. The Persian has a similar number.

These are both long standing cat breeds. I am sorry to hear of your loss. It is painful. My cat is dying of old age right at the moment and I can’t really relax.

See Siamese cat health and genetic diseases in purebred cats.



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