Mar 19 2011
Spring break wasn’t quite as relaxing as I had hoped. If you follow me on Twitter, I’ve been tweeting about two of my cats. They have had issues that required vet attention. One cat, Wepeel, had a mole mysteriously appear on his ear, the other cat, Yoshimi, has been wheezing and lost her appetite.
The mole doesn’t appear to be cancerous, but it’s really too small to say anything about it; it was too small to extract any tissue to determine if it is cancer. The vet told me to watch for any changes with the mole. The vet observed he needs to take better care of his teeth, so I’ve started brushing his teeth (and the other two, for good measure), and I’m including a dental cat food in their diet.
The other cat, well, she lost 2 lbs, which is quite a bit for a 10 lb cat with a voracious appetite. After some very expensive tests (including an x-ray), we still don’t know what’s wrong with her.
It could be diabetes, it could be a hernia, it could just be unknown. Luckily, the x-ray and bloodwork doesn’t show cancer,
but we’re waiting on yet another test to determine if she has diabetes. The vet administered a steroid injection, which has helped the cat’s breathing and somehow stimulated her appetite. However, whether this is a temporary fix is yet to be seen.
My entire Thursday was spent carting around the cats and as a result on Friday, my body was fatigued from carrying the cats. My left side was achy, because I carried the cats with my right hand and must have kept the left side stretched. Because I take public transit, carrying the cats isn’t simply walking them to the car and then from the car to the vet. I live a 5 minute walk from a train and the one vet is about 10 minutes from the train. Not bad, but when you’re carrying a 13 lb cat who will suddenly move from one end of the carrier to the other, it is a lot of cat carry.
As nice as leaving Boston for farther than Lowell, MA (although a very enjoyable day trip) would’ve been, using spring break to take care of my pets is more important. Thanks to everyone who has been supportive through this!