Since early summer, Merlin has been going through pretty severe chronic renal failure. He started recovering back in August when Papa Miao started giving him sub-Q fluids three times a week. Merlin needs an extra tiny needle because he is an extra tiny kitty, especially now. At first, Merlin really resisted the sub-Q fluids (unlike Prince Tee, who is as docile as a lamb), but now he’s getting more used to it.
I wasn’t here for most of what Merlin went through, because I didn’t have a chance to go home until I moved back in December. So Merlin and Papa Miao were really struggling through a lot without me, and for a while things were looking bleak. Merlin’s fur started falling out, but then whatever combination of meds the doctor gave us managed to stablize him, and his fur is growing back.
Now Merlin is active and he has a good appetite. He has only hunted glitterballs once within the past few months, but he really likes to snuggle and purr.
The only thing is, he needs a bath badly. He’s had arthritis for a while and Papa Miao has been giving him some kind of oily supplement thing, but it gets on his fur. And just in general, he’s not grooming as much as he used to, and his extra long fur is pretty hard to keep up anyways. So even though I’m a little nervous, especially since Merlin bit me hard in the wrist many years ago and wouldn’t let go, and I’m afraid that he’ll do it again, I’m going to have to bathe him this weekend.
Until he’s nicely bathed, I won’t have many pictures of Merlin to post. But here’s one from this month where he is cuddled in the warm laundry.