Today, I am sharing a look back at Cooper in July. June was a difficult month for Cooper, so it is wonderful to share the month of July on a happier note!
July 1 is Cooper’s birthday. This year Cooper turned 15! Technically, Cooper was born in May, but we brought Cooper home with us on July 1, so that is why we celebrate Cooper’s big day during this time of year. This year we kept the celebration low key since Cooper had spent so much time at the vet getting his blood pressure and kidney levels to a safe place. Cooper was finally doing well, but he and all of us were adjusting to a new treatment plan. Cooper did go back for a recheck at the vet, and his levels were remaining stable. However, there were some fluctuations that needed to be watched, so we would come back in 2 weeks for another recheck.
Week 2 was a “normal” week for Cooper. What I noticed is Cooper was starting to get back to his cat self. Getting up early to watch the birds and greet the neighborhood cats that walk by our house every morning. Watch the raccoons and opossums that come in our back yard at night. Cooper looked forward to his breakfast, dinner, and everything in between. Cooper was starting to truly get back to being Cooper!
Week 3 was good overall, but Cooper did have a digestive issue that needed to be resolved so his kidneys would not suffer from lack of hydration. Fortunately, an anti-nausea pill put Cooper back on track without further complications. The daily subcutaneous fluid therapy and his renal diet were maintaining Cooper’s kidney health, but the slightest compromise in hydration in Cooper could create havoc towards Cooper’s health. The following week, Cooper was scheduled to go to the vet for his re-check, so we were all hoping his digestive issue and had not taken a toll or been an underlying issue.
The last week of July, Cooper went to the vet for his 2-week checkup. His levels were staying the same, and they did not seem to be compromised by his digestive issues from the last week. Cooper has now graduated from 2-week checkups to monthly checkups for now. I would say that is a great note to end the month of July for Cooper. Now, Cooper can spend more time in August watching wildlife outside wile safe and sound indoors!
In the grand scheme of things, we celebrate the small achievements Cooper has made. There is no forgetting why Cooper is going to the vet so often, and how severe his levels were in June. We have to be vigilant with symptoms that may arise at any time. However, instead of focusing on Cooper’s health as devastating, I am amazed by the treatments available these days and how well Cooper has responded and accepted treatment. Cooper is a tough cat that has rallied through yet another adversity.
July was good to Cooper!
The Cooper story is such an inspiration to so many. Thank you Tabsandtidbits for the journal and incourging reports. Age 15. Wonderful.
I once was told age is not a disease. Mr Cooper proves that.