Sei-Chan: #1 said I could have an extra post today to tell you about my visit yesterday to Dr. C. The whole affair was torture because I was in solitary from the afternoon before and was starved overnight and into the morning. I sang "the song" in the car all the way there. I was most thankful when we finally got there.
I am usually quite well-behaved at the vet, sticking as close to #1 as I can during any and all procedures. They shaved me at the throat and stole my blood. We are grateful that Dr. C has all the analysis equipment onsite so we just had to wait about 30 minutes to get the result. It turned out that #1's suspicions had been right and that my urea levels were above normal. However, there is some good news in that they came in at 1.09 g/l which, although higher than normal, is a long way from catastrophic (that would be 4.0 and above). Dr. C told #1 that there was a relatively new drug on the market called Semintra which she had recently started to use on her own cat, and which is supposed to be not only highly efficient but efficient for much longer than previous renal medication. It is a liquid that had to be syringed or mixed with food once a day. From what we can see so far, it is available in Europe and Canada but not yet in the States. Anyway, it is fairly pricey so Dr. C and #1 are trying to figure out where she can get it for the best price (that's the kind of vet that Dr. C is!).
In addition to the Semintra, I am supposed, to the extent possible, to get renal support food. The problem, of course, is that there are four of us, and what Genji is supposed to eat is the polar opposite of what I should be eating (high protein/low fat for him and low protein/highish fat for me), so that will be a bit of a challenge.
So, we are thankful for Dr. C and that this was caught early, but also thoughtful about what the future holds. For the moment, anyway, I am not showing any signs of being ill. And boy did I enjoy my nap when we got back!
As for Da Beebs, he was, as he expected, perfect in every way. He rode shotgun for #1 on the way:
And purred his way through his examination and shots...