Both Duke and Duchess had their vet appointments yesterday. We are awaiting blood test results.
But already sad news for beautiful Duchess. She had a severely distended abdomen. An ultrasound revealed her abdomen to be full of fluid. A major disease is in process.
Without additional testing, the vet cannot be certain if Duchess has a tumor or if an organ is failing. The vet drained as much fluid as she could to give Duchess some relief, but it’s not known how quickly or slowly fluid will accumulate again.
The vet believes this internal fluid leakage is also what’s causing Duchess’s eyes to be watery. She does not have an eye infection. The vet recommended we provide palliative care and not put Duchess through additional testing and treatment. At 16 ¾ years old, that would be tough on her. She’s currently happy at her foster home where she is receiving plenty of love, food and rest.
Duchess probably does not have long to live. But, we will NOT separate these two at this point. We want Duchess to live out her life with her brother by her side. When she passes, Duke will then be available for adoption.
Imagine losing your beloved pet parent not once, but twice! That’s what happened to 16 ½-year-old Siamese-Maine Coon mix siblings Duke and Duchess.
The two lost their lifelong guardian in January 2017 when she became critically ill and surrendered them to the Monterey SPCA. She later passed away. Golden Oldies heard about the then-12 ½-year-old and very shy cats and took them in from the SPCA. Duke and Duchess were adopted four months later by their foster mom, Lou Anne. A generous Golden Oldies donor pledged to pay their expenses for life. The two had a great life with Lou Anne in Pacific Grove.
Then Lou Anne became ill in January. The Pacific Grove Police Department contacted Golden Oldies and cared for the cats at the City Yard while Lou Anne decided if she wanted to try to keep them or surrender them back to us. Lou Anne ultimately decided the best thing for her beloved cats was to return them to Golden Oldies. Duke and Duchess arrived Feb. 4. Both cats had lost about four pounds in the last year.
Happy to be back in a home and with people, they adjusted surprisingly quickly, seeking attention and napping next to their foster mom on the bed. Both are super affectionate, loving and enjoy snuggling with their person/s. Duchess is a real lap cat. Other than a comfy human bed, her favorite nap spot is on her person’s lap. And Duke is right by, with his head on his person’s thigh or chest. Ever the gentleman, he lets Duchess have the prime spot. Both like head and neck scratches and reward them with purrs.
Now they need a forever home…again.
A quiet home and a patient person who understands they have suffered so much loss in their lives would make the perfect pet parent for Duke and Duchess. Based on their foster experience, they should adjust quickly to their new forever home. They just need the love they deserve. Duke, with his long Siamese-colored fur, needs a cat savvy person who can keep him brushed. They will make some lucky person very happy, as they are absolutely pawsome.
These two are indoor-only cats.
All Golden Oldies cats are spayed/neutered, up to date on rabies and FVRCP vaccines, microchipped, FIV/FELV negative and have had a complete blood panel done.
If you would like to meet Duke and Duchess, please fill out an adoption application.