Rosie Gets a Do-Over at Life and Love

Everything about Rosie demanded your attention. Her striking coat of long, ginger fur. Those bright green eyes. Even her height (she was a tall kitty!). And especially all the ways she wasn’t feeling good.

First, there was the upset stomach. On top of that, weight loss. And she had aches and pains. Rosie was 9 years old, but she felt about 20.

Her family brought her to the Connecticut Humane Society, having given up hope she could get better and, even if it was possible, unable to afford the weeks or months of veterinary exams, testing and treatment it might take.

CHS’ Waterford Pet Wellness and Adoption Center was willing to take a gamble on Rosie. Generous supporters made it possible. This senior would get the care she needed to solve those tummy troubles, and if it took months, that was okay.

One of the first steps in healing her was a simple one: Adjust her diet. Her previous veterinarian had prescribed a certain food, but when this picky eater went on a hunger strike, her past owner served up her old food. Sometimes senior pets need special diets, and this redhead was no exception. Her finicky side still showed for mealtime at CHS, but her people pals figured out she liked her food warmed up in the microwave.

CHS veterinarians also discovered Rosie had colitis (painful inflammation in her digestive tract), which was giving her those stomach and litterbox problems and numerous trips to CHS’ medical department. But despite medications, supplements and a strict diet, her bathroom woes remained. And if you can put yourself in her shoes—a mature little lady trying to make friends—your litterbox is the last thing you’d want people discussing!

X-rays and other tests showed no other conditions were brewing. At last, the right combination of medicine and special food was found for Rosie. That, with the love and affection she received from CHS staff and volunteers, gave her a boost to put on a healthy amount of weight that she very much needed.

Now the focus turned to Rosie’s outgoing and sweet personality, and finding a home committed to the regimen that had her feeling like a new cat. Soon, she found a mom who pledged to help her feel young at heart.

" I wanted a cat, but not a kitten. I also know that adult pets tend to spend more time in the shelter. I was more than happy to take her home. She has fit in perfectly, and my son adores her. She has her forever home," mom Veronica says.

At 9 years old, Rosie still mattered. She got a do-over at life and love. This getting older thing? She’s decided it’s not so bad after all.

See below for CHS veterinarians' advice on how to keep your senior pet healthy and happy:

  • As any animal ages, it is common for them to develop some arthritis in joints (hips, knees, shoulders, back). Keeping them at a healthy weight can prevent extra stress on their joints. More stress on their joints makes it much harder and more painful to perform everyday activities. Keeping pets at a healthy weight will help them live a longer and happier life. --Dr. Montresor

  • Keeping a healthy weight for senior animals as they age is crucial. While extra weight can cause additional work on the joints and ligaments, it can also cause or exacerbate some endocrine and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, Cushings disease, and thyroid disease. Maintaining a healthy weight can prevent these problems. --Dr. Maciejewski

  • Scheduling regular exams is very important for senior pets. A yearly exam is recommended if the pet is otherwise in a good health. An exam every six months is advised if the pet has any ongoing chronic diseases and is on a treatment plan (such as for a thyroid condition). --Dr. Kaur

  • Senior cats tend to not sharpen their nails as they did when they were younger. This can cause the nails to add extra layers and become thickened, as well as curl and put pressure on the toepads. Regular nail trims will help to prevent this from happening. --Dr. Kucia




Rosie Gets a Do-Over at Life and Love

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