Queen of Our Castle…

 My little co-pilot otherwise known as Isabella is the Queen of our castle! She is the only little lady in a our home full of rowdy boys other wise known as her animal-brothers! Bella is 12, I found Bella when I was in college in a box outside of a Wal-Mart and we have been together ever since! Bella has lived in 7 different apartments and homes with me and she is quite the trooper! My first child and we have essentially grown up together. We have grown into Women together….

 Over this Summer I noticed that Bella was drinking water to excess and not wanting to use her litter box anymore so last week we took this little lady to the vet for a check up. They ran a lot of different tests and we found out the results last Thursday and have been processing them since.
Our Bella has Kidney Disease. The vet thinks that it is only in Stage 1, so that is great news. Kidney disease is not curable and is not really treatable either which is hard to hear. Currently she is still happy as a little clam and as bossy as ever which is good!
Bella could very well have many years more with us which we HOPE and PRAY for but it will be a waiting game. Knowing when the time comes that we will have to make a decision, knowing that we only want her to be happy, healthy and not in pain…. that is the #1 goal. All of my family is devastated…..this little girl is very loved.

Matt and I go back to the Vet on Wed to learn more about what all this means, different ways to help her get the fluids she needs and things to look out for as we navigate this new road together. And then we will go on loving her, snuggling her even though she hates to be cuddled and forcing our love on this independent little cat! And the litter box issue? Well….. we have started by laying out towels in certain areas she seems drawn towards and we will go from there!
Just wanted to let you all know!


  1. Anonymous
    November 25, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Oh Nicole, I am so sorry to hear this. Praying for you, Matt, and the family. Pets are like family and being with you the longest, its that much harder. Thanks for keeping us posted.

  2. Claire
    November 25, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    awww so sad, but she has a great life with you, so lucky it was you that found her! she certainly does look like the queen!!

  3. Anonymous
    November 27, 2014 / 6:40 am

    I'll be anxious to hear what the vet said about Bella. My cat had kidney failure and lived to be 20. Put her on the special food and only feed her that. Does she have high blood pressure too? I gave my kitty high blood pressure meds for years and she did well. Anyway, I hope the visit went okay today. My cat was black too and I adored her. You just have to get her on the right track and stay on top of the problem. Hang in there!

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