The vet has been. Smoke is very thin (this is really obvious), more or less stable (physically perhaps, not mentally) and is doing 'okay'.
After Smoke put up firm resistance to the examination, the vet
declined to either get a blood sample to see how her kidneys had
deteriorated or clip her claws. Smoke's claws are a hazard to
everyone at the moment, but the vet thought it would distress her too
much to be held and clipped. Just trying to get a look at her teeth had
been quite a challenge. The poor old cat didn't manage to draw blood
though, she is really feeling her age.
The dosage recommendation is for a cat of 1kg. This may be
overestimating her weight. There is nothing to her, I am scared to pick
her up in case I hurt her. This is a recent thing. When she was
younger I had no hesitation in lifting and dropping when necessary.
The vet thought that she may be around for a few months only. I think
it was this time last year that a vet first said that. I expect I shall
still be bullied by Smoke next Christmas, and possibly the Christmas
Smoke is now sulking in front of the fire, feeling very sorry for herself. Long may she continue to be a hazard.