Laura is my senior kitty who is going to turn 20 in May. Laura used to have a brother - Romeo - but he died 6 years ago this June from chronic kidney failure. Immediately after his death, my husband and I, didn't want to get another cat, saying that surely Laura won't be living very much longer either and then we'll start with siblings again. But Laura didn't tolerate being alone after always being with her brother for 14 years and so we got Aimee to keep her company. Two years later we brought Aaliyah into our feline household as Aimee needed a younger cat to be active with, thinking that this was just going to be a temporary solution because surely Laura wouldn't live that much longer. That was three years ago ;-). So yes, Laura has outlived all our expectations by far.
Over the past few weeks I have noticed that she was drinking more water than usual. We therefore took her the vet to get a blood test. Yesterday I got the results back and my sweet old cat is in chronic kidney failure. I don't know what her life expectancy is, we won't really treat it - given her age.
But I really hope that she will hold on a little bit longer - I want her to have another summer on our balcony - basking in the sun light and enjoying the warm wind in her fur.
Laura aged 11