FINAL UPDATE Nemo passed away about 11.20 a.m. on Friday Morning 27th of February 2015. He had a lovely meal of organic free range chicken last night and took a short walk out in the fresh cool air of the garden. This morning after Paul said a goodbye to him before heading to work, his breathing became very odd. With the Welfare Officer for the Upper Hutt Animal Rescue by my side, we went down to the rescue vet. The kind lady said he was deteriorating fast and it would be best to help his cross the Bridge. He left us on a sunny morning the kind of weather he had been enjoyed in our garden.

Thank you everyone who offered advice and links about irritable bowel issues, and about geriatric cats, your prompt help allowed us to give Nemo even more help than that I thought we could. He was a spirited cat who worked out FAST that the kitchen counter was where the food was – that is just the most awesome thing. I do not regret a moment of us having Nemo in our home and would do it again tomorrow. Rest in Peace Nemo.



This is our long term foster Nemo, he is old, fragile looking and spunky! He is our first entry in the Tuesday’s Tails blog hop. The alternative to ‘long term foster’ with us was Nemo languishing in the rescue, depressed and confused, for months or years. We look one look and said  “not on our watch“. Long term foster means he is with us until he crosses the Bridge, whenever that may be – and we are good with this. Technically not adoptable, but we hope acceptable as part of Tuesday’s Tails.

Mum is learning about geriatric seniors as she goes – and is a bit nervous – but is asking for help from various groups on FB and Twitter, and any people she can find as Nemo is a paper thin geriatric gent with an irritable bowel. We are very grateful for the help from blogging anipals so far, and have booked a supplementary trip to our own vet. We intend to learn what we can, and gain reassurance about dealing with a geriatric old boy. We will keep track of what we learn on the blog in the hope it may help others in turn.

Learned so far :-

  • Nemo’s poop smelled very odd on the Hill’s ID the Rescue provide for him (as he is a foster), but after a 24 hour break on plain fish, organic chicken and Feline Natural, a freeze dried food with no additives or preservatives that might irritate his tum, this has subsided a bit. Feline Natural is made here in New Zealand and its contents tally with many of the recipes for raw food diets we have read so far and no additives.
  • Being so thin, it is important Nemo has soft places to rest, or he may get pressure sores – these would not be easy to heal – forcing down antibiotics or more than one vet visit would, we feel, damage the quality of life we are working to improve. Nemo sleeps either in a soft bed or on the family Purrito Wrapper we got from the USA at LiveLoveMeow.
  • One thing to remember is that in the USA the range of foods available for cats with bowel issues is much more extensive that here in New Zealand. I am currently looking to see what can be imported – not easy as the information is so comprehensive you can’t figure out what you can or can’t bring in. More on this as I work it out!

I will update you on Nemo’s progress early next week guys! Thank you to DogsnPawz and Talking Dogs for hosting this lovely opportunity to hop some cool blogs.

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  1. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    March 2, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    you gave Nemo life when he did not expect to have it again. He is free of that pawful disease now
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  2. Kitties Blue

    March 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Please accept our condolences on your oh so sad loss of Nemo. He was a super handsome kitty, and we know you did everything you could for him. He is no longer suffering and that is important. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo. Mom is keeping you all in her prayers as you grieve.
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  3. Nerissa's Life

    March 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I’m so very, VERY sorry to hear ’bout Nemo’s passing and my eyes are tearin’ up just thinkin’ about that but… But some of those tears are actually good tears. Although so sad that Nemo is no longer here, I’m so very happy that his last days were spent with you, in your loving care. You gave him that. What an incredible gift to give.

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  4. Dogs N Pawz

    March 2, 2015 at 3:33 am

    So sorry for your loss. You are a special person for taking care of Nemo and making him comfortable in his last days. He was so lucky to have you.
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  5. Chuck Huss

    March 2, 2015 at 3:16 am

    So sorry for your loss.
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  6. Austin Towers

    March 1, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Nemo was so lucky to have had you in his last years!
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  7. Thomas Archer

    February 28, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    *soft paw* Bless you and Uncle for giving Nemo such a loving home and looking after him until the end. How I purray there were more like you in this world. Nemo left this world knowing love and security, he knew happiness. RIP and run free, Nemo. You are truly loved xx


  8. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    February 28, 2015 at 6:13 am

    So sorry to hear of Nemo’s passing. We are glad to know that he crossed the Bridge as a loved and well-taken care of kitty. How lucky he was. Thank you for all that you did for him! Sending purrs and prayers to you all.
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  9. da tabbies o trout towne

    February 28, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Godspeed to you Nemo; your mom & dad & family & friends loved you bunches and bunches and bunches. We are happy in that we got to know you and we know you are now back to full health; there in heaven. Big hugs to mom and dad XXXXXXX

    loves from boomer, dai$y, tuna…. & dude & sauce too XXX


  10. Jan K

    February 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

    We are so sorry for your loss of Nemo. Bless you for giving him a safe home to live out his life in peace.
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  11. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    February 27, 2015 at 3:32 am

    What a wonderful thing to do! Nemo is lucky to have been taken in by such a loving family. Loooking forward to hearing more about him.


  12. Hilary

    February 27, 2015 at 1:04 am

    He’s very lucky to have you…
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  13. The Island Cats

    February 26, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Nemo is in good hands and we hope you can some good food for him. 🙂
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  14. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    February 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    We’re so very glad you’re looking into the best foods for him – Ryker had IBD, and we’ve been chatting up Katie as they work to manage hers too. Purrs to Nemo!
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  15. Brian

    February 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Nemo looks like quite the handsome gent and we’re so glad he has you looking out for him.
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    • Dash Kitten

      February 26, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      We worry Brian, he is literally skin and bone. We know he is old, may not have long BUT we want to do the best for him.


  16. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    February 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    It’s wonderful that Nemo has a safe place to live out his life with you, and that you’re going the extra mile to make him happy and healthy despite whatever landed him in a shelter. Paws up for seniors!
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  17. Summer

    February 26, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Paws up for taking such good care of Nemo! While there may not be the broadest selection of prescription-type cat food in New Zealand, I do want to say that the overall quality of your food there is probably better than much of what is offered in the U.S. For some reason, a lot of crap (both human and pet) seems to be allowed here that isn’t in many other countries.
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  18. Maggie

    February 26, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I’m so glad Nemo has caring people to love and help him. My tabby Tommie has CRF and that same standing up spiky hair on his boney spine.
    xxoo to you all.
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  19. meowmeowmans

    February 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Oh Silver, thank you to you and your loving, caring family, for welcoming Nemo into your home and lives. We know he is in great hands there, and that he will be well-loved.

    With gratitude and love,

    Moosey, Gracie and Zoe, and Mom Tracey and Dad Kevin, too
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  20. da tabbies o trout towne

    February 26, 2015 at 4:30 am

    nemo….dood ewe R in de best oh hands…we R happee ya haz gotted yur for evers …pleez ta tell silver ta tell mum ta chex out thiz site:

    we haz known finn & lacey sinz R catster dayz and ther big sis alex had ibd…ther mom haz dedicated a ton oh time & put a lotta heart & love inta thiz site in alex’s memoree…

    with help frum otherz who haz thiz illness a long with her own eggs peer e antz & add vize frum vets; we think thiz mite help nemo

    de site doez knot lack for info…if ya wanna contact ther mom, her name be lisa; tell her da tabbies sended ya XXXX


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