Gimzo lost his battle with illness at 4 am this morning. He turned 16 yesterday.
He started to go downhill a few weeks ago in March. Many would have said, “He’s old, that’s to be expected.” But Annie knew something was off, and got him right to the vet. It turned out to be his thyroid. Yes, cats can have thyroid issues too, not just dogs. His levels were so high that they were literally off the charts. His liver and kidneys had begun shutting down, and he was getting jaundiced. After sleepless nights and many days of pumping him with fluids, antibiotics, liver pills, force-feeding for a week and a half, and of course thyroid pills, Gizmo began to eat on his own and his coloring returned almost to normal. He had a number of vet visits, and we were hopeful that he’d make a full recovery.
But it was not to be. He became increasingly anemic, and simply could not regain his strength.
He will be missed. Donations to help pay for his vet bills (over $1,000 for the past two months) are gratefully accepted.
Gizmo came to us when he was about 3 months old. Hawks had taken his mother, and he would have been left to die in the hot, hot desert. We noticed the mother cat’s body, and lo and behold there was a small kitten nearby – Gizmo.
The hawk was still waiting.