Selfie Sunday 6/23/24 and an Update | Lola The Rescued Cat
Sunday, June 23, 2024

Selfie Sunday 6/23/24 and an Update

Hi, everyone. Lexy and I are long overdue with an update. And since today is Sunday, we'll share some selfies of Lexy in one of her favorite things - a box. 

Black and white cat in a box

This isn't exactly the update I've been wanting to give everyone. At just about 16, Lexy's health isn't the best. Several weeks ago she wasn't feeling well - vomiting, not eating, lethargic. I took her to the vet where she got fluids as well as Pepcid, Cerenia, an anti-inflammatory, B12, and Penicillin. We both thought she was having a flare-up of her IBD. About five days later she still wasn't herself so I brought her in again. 

At this visit the vet did bloodwork but the results were not what we wanted to hear. Lexy's kidney disease has progressed. In mid-March, she was at stage 2, and at the beginning of June she had progressed to stage 4. 

We are trying a kidney diet which, surprisingly, she will eat from time to time. Her appetite fluctuates and some days she just nibbles. She also isn't grooming herself as fastidiously as she used to, and she has slowed down some. She is also much more cautious about jumping onto anything high. 

Right now our plan is to keep her on the kidney diet as much as possible and continue with her current meds (Prednisolone and Mirataz, as well as Cerenia PRN.) I keep a close eye on her, that's for sure. And I have wonderful vets so she gets the best of medical care. While this isn't the best news, she is currently stable and hasn't regressed since our last vet visit. 

So what does that mean for the future of Lola The Rescued Cat? I've worked very hard over the past several years on the blog, improving my writing, forming relationships with brands, sharing educational information, etc., and I'm not quite ready to give it up. It has just been difficult to concentrate and motivate myself after Lola's passing and with Lexy's recurrent health issues. 

At this point, it's probably time for Lexy to retire from product reviews. She isn't as food motivated as she used to be. There are days when she is very social and active, but many when she just doesn't want to be bothered, so I don't want to put undue stress on her by trying to get the perfect shot. She also looks unkempt at times, despite my attempts at helping her groom. Perhaps, depending on the product, there may be one from time to time, but we'll see. Product reviews were something we both really enjoyed. She loved posing for the camera and getting extra treats, and I loved bringing information on top-notch products with giveaways to you. This just needs to be put on hold for a bit. 

I do have one product I never finished reviewing that I must finish. It's with a brand I have a very good relationship with and I want to uphold my commitment. 

I opened my Trello board after quite some time, and couldn't believe all the topics I had entered for future posts! There is so much information I can still share to help cats, and their cat parents, live their best lives ever. As our lives change it also opens up different topics and information to share with our readers, such as pet loss and grief and senior cat care. And there are many cat cafes to still visit! I also have an idea for a new book that I would like to begin.

So there is still quite a lot to write about, and I hope to dive into it soon. The major obstacle I face is time. I have to learn new computer programs at my full-time job, and the college where I teach part-time is moving to a new online learning platform that I need to master before the Fall semester starts. 

.When I started our blog almost ten years ago I had two young, healthy cats. The twists and turns that life throws at us are interesting. Intellectually, I knew both Lola and Lexy would age and inevitably leave me. Emotionally, I can't believe we find ourselves at this point in time. But I know I'm not the only person experiencing this. The blogging and social media communities have lost so many pets over the years, and I have cried tears for each one of them. 

But there is no place for tears today. Lexy is holding her own and is still bossy and demanding, just a little thinner and slower. But I will continue to share her sassy personality with the world. 

So this is where we are today. I miss visiting blogs as frequently as I used to and I'm going to make an attempt to visit more and keep up to date with you and your kitties. 

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  1. I'm sorry you two are facing another challenging time, we all send tons of hugs and lots of love to you both.

  2. Sending lots of love and hugs to Lexy and you! Our human has gone through it too and knows how you feel.

  3. Dearest Dawn,
    The three siblings (by blood) I'm living with have all their issues at age 17 + 2.5 months now.
    As for myself, living with CKD stage 4, I know too well what that means.
    Mariette + Kitties

    1. Sending love and courage to you all😻😻😻

  4. I am sorry that Lexy's kidney disease has progressed. I send love and good thoughts to both of you.

  5. What matters now is that you look after yourself and Lexy. What happens after, really time will tell, but the inspiration does not end when we do, and like life, when one door shuts another opens.
    Sending lots of Buddhist purrs to you all to fortify you and Lexy.

  6. Love to Lexy; and I hope she does what she has to, to stay happy and eating well. Smoochies, Lexy.

  7. Love and purrs to both of you as you navigate these times.

  8. Sending lots of love and purrs from us! We've missed you but we haven't been very active ourselves due to my illness. Many hopes that Lexy will continue to do as well as possible! Look forward to seeing more posts from you whenever you can!

  9. az all wayz, st francis' blezzingz two ewe lexy ~~~ itza hard time for ewe N mom, we understand bout
    knot bee in online ♥♥

  10. Sorry to hear that Lexy isn't feeling her best anymore...but she knows you will care for her the best you know how for as long as she needs you.
    Sending a ton of love and hugs to both of you.

  11. We are so sorry Lexy is feeling poorly. We send our most earnest and heartfelt purrayers for her well-being. Purrs.
    Trixie, Caspurr and Shimshi (plus Mummy Shimona)

  12. Not the best news BUT Lexy is still here, being cared for and she has YOU. So many people forget that thousands of cats get dumped as shelters because they get older (wicked owners) or even get just a sniffle!

    I KNOW you and the blog have a lot to say. I KNOW you can keep going. Do your produce review, know that people pay attention to share you say and this is IMPORTANT. Lola would be disappointed if you stopped (OK I am guessing she would be furrious!)

    Lots of love to Lexy and you.

    Marjorie and Toulouse

  13. We send purrayers and POTP for you and Lexy. We will support any continued work you do as a blogger/cat writer of course. May the girls continue to support you with their love.

  14. I have so enjoyed your blog for many years. I miss Lola and her sweet face. I think of her often. I have been praying for better news about Lexy. I love her antics, the USPS box and now her new box. I wish you had better news to share. Please tell Lexy we are all wishing her the best and we love her. I know how hard this has been on you. I recently lost I one of my dogs to cancer. Long story short, should never have happened. I hope you will continue with the updates regarding Lexy. I wish you well with whatever you decide in the future.

  15. We think of you so often and thank you for the update, although it's not what we wanted to hear. Sending you both bucket loads of purrs, prayers, and love. I admire your positive attitude so, so much.

  16. Hello Dawn~ BellaSita Mum here! We are sending lots of white light of healing & ***purrss*** to Lexy.....She & Lola were/are so loved. The decline of our 4 legged furbabies is so difficult. Like you I cry over every loss. We are this ginormus family all around the world. That is the blessing of Blogging.
    Blogging brought us all together.
    Please **kiss** Lexy for BellaDharma & myself.
    (((hugs))) BellaSita Mum aka Sherri-Ellen & ***purrss*** BellaDharma

  17. We're thinking of you and Lexy. Every day is another battle ... but at least it's another day. We love Lexy and her sassiness!

  18. Thank you for the update. We are sorry to hear that Lexie is not feeling well. We cat owners all face these tough times, and know how painful they are. But do please stick with us. Too many people have disappeared from the world of blogging, which saddens us. Sending hugs.

  19. Sending lots of hugs to you and Lexy!


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