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Hussy’s and Old Man-Cats

It was a crazy week here. It started out normal enough for a house with 10 cats. (You can’t understand that kind of normal unless you have a minimum of 6 cats – just saying.)

Then, Tuesday morning I noticed the kitten, Angel, behaving strangely. Almost as if she were in heat.

At 3 1/2 months old!? Nooooo, I thought at first. I’m imagining things. After a few more minutes of watching her pull herself across the carpet toward Mikey, purring and chirping; I decided she was either in heat or auditioning for a part in a cat porno film.

I called Dr. Kevin.

Angel already had a spay appointment scheduled in early September. Dr. Kevin said to bring her in and he would go ahead and do the spay that day. I’m sure he believed me to be paranoid. Ha! An old cat-lady like me?

Sure enough, when he called later that day he said she had indeed been in heat. The little hussy! Since the spay was done late in the day, she stayed overnight. I picked her up the next day, still a little loopy, but fine.

Thomas T. Tomcat, on the other hand, is having troubles of his own.

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A year ago we learned Thomas had a class 3-4 heart murmur. It wasn’t bothering him at the time. Lately he started coughing a lot. Dr. Kevin put him on heart medication, which he takes once a day. It is helping, but he seems to lack energy (maybe because he is 13-14 years old) or maybe something more.

I see a vet-trip for Thomas in the near future. (Sigh)

The other 8 kitties are OK for now. (I am almost afraid to say so…it seems like every time I do another one develops a problem.)

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A Feeling of Dread–Part 2

Mama Cat is sick.

We made an unscheduled visit to Dr. Kevin last Thursday afternoon. Mama Cat had become listless with labored breathing and a rapid heartbeat. She was vomiting often.

We had to wait while Dr. Kevin’s staff worked us in between appointments. It wasn’t a long wait. Soon Dr. Kevin was examining her. She had lost weight, down to 5.5  pounds. Her mammary tumors were no larger than several months ago. Her teeth were good. Her temperature was normal. Her heart was racing.

Mama and I waited while Dr. Kevin ran blood tests.

The results showed some indications of heart failure. Dr. Kevin prescribed a heart medication and a nutritional supplement.  He also decided to test her for hyperactive thyroid.

Mama Cat’s condition has not improved since Thursday. Oh, there are times during the day when she seems better . Then she droops and seems weak and uncomfortable. Her irritability increases each day.

The last test results will be in today. I hope it is the thyroid. We can treat that.

Here is  Mama Cat. . . pictures taken this weekend.

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Mama is a very sick kitty. We are praying that Dr. Kevin will have answers and additional treatment options today.

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A Feeling of Dread

I’m a little worried about Miss Lisa and Mama Cat. Both are seniors (Lisa almost 16 and Mama 14). Both have health issues: Lisa has intestinal lymphoma and so far is beating the odds on length of life, Mama has high blood pressure and tumors in her mammary glands which are probably cancerous. Both are receiving palliative care for the cancer and Mama takes medication for her blood pressure.

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Lisa

For the last week or two, both girls have been acting a bit different. Lisa is a little more withdrawn. Its hard to say definitely, since she has always been shy and a scared of her own shadow. But something is different.

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Mama Cat

Mama Cat’s behavior is also a bit different. She is eating like a horse and not gaining any weight. In fact, she may have lost a little. The other changes are as hard to define as Lisa’s, but to me they are there.

Both these girls have beaten the odds many times over. Both are tough little cats with an amazing will to live.

I feel an icy feeling of dread easing around my heart. I am in fear that these precious little ladies may not be with me much longer. I pray I’m wrong.

~ Mommy

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