I took latte in for labwork yesterday. PCV was around 33/34. Low side of normal, but not officially anemic. So we are uncertain about the litter eating. The vet thought it was ironic that I have tried so hard getting her to eat after almost a year of syringe feeding and she goes and eats the worst thing possible for her. *sigh* Eating litter can also be a sign of digestive issues (which she has), play (this only happens in the a.m., so?!?!?!), or deficiency (she has gained almost 2 lbs in the last 2 months and eating well). Its tough to say. Her PCV has almost always been around this range since the kidney failure, sometimes lower. So, I think its a good thing to keep an eye on. Choking/gagging - I video taped some of her episodes and the vet said she is clearly trying to get something out of her throat. He showed me some video he found as well to see if it was similar. Piecing the two together, he suspects it being some rare disease with a long name (forgot to write it down). Im pretty sure it is what someone alerted me to in the original post about this issue. Im sorry I forgot who it was. But I did look at the information on the disease - basically throat paralysis. It kind of made me a little sick to my stomach, thinking what may come our way in the future. The only treatment is surgery, which is not an option. With that in mind, and considering our finances I will likely have to forgo any future xrays. I did do a renal panel since we have not had one in about 8 months. Since the anemia is non-existent, I have a good feeling that kidneys will not be too bad, or any worse than they have been. I can post the results when we get them in on Monday. She is such a sweet girl, overcoming so many obstacles with such grace. If she didnt have such a sparkle in her eye and skip in her step... Considering all her ailments, the vet said she is probably the healthiest looking 17/18yr old cat he has ever seen! :thumbup I would have to agree.