24 June 2016



Having spent two days in “hospital” having intravenous fluids to flush her kidneys, Lulu is much, much better.

The shaved area on her back (she has a matching one on the other side) is where they performed the ultrasound scan.  This showed that her kidneys looked perfectly normal so there is no obvious explanation for why they are failing.

She is more like our old Lulu, the one we now realise we lost several months ago, which is probably when she started to feel ill.  When we collected her from the vet’s she was bouncy, wriggly, full of beans, although skin and bone because she has eaten hardly anything for over a week now.

She was discharged with kidney pills, antibiotics and a load of special food that should not put any stress on her kidneys, dried kibble and canned meat.  When we got her home she managed to eat and keep down a small amount, which is looking very promising.

The idea is that now she feels better and the flushing of her kidneys has eliminated the toxins they can no longer remove, she should stabilise as long as she stays on the special food.  If her kidneys are so badly damaged that they can’t cope she will go downhill and get to the point where she was last week.  If she remains stable, we could keep her for months or even years.  Now that we know how lively she should be, we should be able to spot the deterioration quickly.  The sad thing is, if it happens again, there will be nothing that can be done about it.  So we’re keeping our fingers well and truly crossed.

So we got our Lulu back when two days ago we thought she was a gonner.  As for the result of the referendum – words fail me.  Goodness knows what will happen now.


  1. Very happy to hear things are looking very positive for Lulu. Long may it continue :-)

  2. I'm so happy for you and Lulu! Will be keeping my fingers crossed.

    I'm truly sorry the UK voted to leave the EU. A lot of people seem to have voted for the wrong reasons. Did you know there's a petition to call for a second EU referendum? Don't know if it's going to lead to anything, but my (English) husband has signed it, just in case. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215

  3. So very glad to hear about Lulu... my brother's cat that we adopted developed kidney problems... she also lost weight... which in a four ounce cat was extreme.... but on the renal diet she lived quite happily for four years and regained a lot of her vitality...the loss of which we'd put down to age [she was fifteen when she developed the kidney failure - she died at nineteen!]

    Yes, everyone with an interest....
    please sign the above petition...
    it is tricky and you may have to try multiple times...
    there are so many calling in, the site keeps falling over!!

  4. Poor Lulu. I hope she's on the mend now and that you will enjoy her company for many more years. As for the outcome of the referendum, I'm really sorry for what happened. I hope it won't affect your new life style 50/50 France-UK! Now that you've found your dream house and investing in its renovation. Best of luck! Martine xxx

  5. Tim's comments about the success of the diet is reassuring. I'm glad there is this ray of hope. And as you can see from the lack of mention of it on our blog we have no idea what to say about the Brexit result either.

  6. Good to read that Lulu is back to her own-self. Hopefully the medication will help her and she won't need to get the kidney flutings.

  7. I too am glad to hear about Lulu.
    I read no one really knows that happens next. It does not sound pretty. I bet UK nixes the whole thing as error.

  8. So pleased to read that Lulu is back home and much better, I should think she's very happy to be back by your side :)

  9. A little good news, a ray of much needed sunshine. Take care,