Thursday, May 19, 2016
Jack, Muffin and Fleurp take a trip to the vet
My cats take trips to the vet in threes because my vet offers a discount when I bring three at a time. It is nice that they do that, but a bit annoying because I end up waiting until there are three issues (as long as none of the issues can't wait. If something needs immediate attention they go immediately).
I noticed a while back that Jack had a bit of tarter on his teeth, and I was doing my best to get it off, but I wasn't having much luck. One of his teeth on his upper right side was dark and seemed to bother him when I brushed them, and his eye started watering, so he was issue #1. My poor boy has so few teeth left, I feared they were going to have to take that one too, but they decided it didn't need to go. I'm glad. He did really well and came home and immediately started screaming for food. He's still a bit wobbly from the sedation, it was a fun combination. He has eaten and is now resting.
Fleurp needed to go too. Well, I suppose technically she didn't NEED to go, but for my peace of mind, I wanted to get a CBC done on her to see if she is becoming anemic or not. She had some obvious issues back in February and I put her on pred for several weeks, then slowly weaned her off of it. I had her down to 2.5mg every four days and I was trying to decide if she should stay on it until June or if I should stop. I opted to stop, and I made a conscious effort to groom her fairly regularly until her winter mane was gone. See Fleurp grows a pretty impressive mane in the winter, but loses it all and looks like a kitten during the summer. If she became anemic in the fall, while growing her mane, it would make sense. Becoming anemic when her hair is falling out makes no sense at all... but on the random chance that consuming all her fur was interfering with something I furminated her almost daily for a few weeks.. so far *knocks wood* things are going well, and her blood work confirms it. I won't feel like we are out of the woods this year until summer officially starts.
For about six months now Muff has had a some of the oddest things going on. No major red flag, just a bunch of tiny, little, minor things that were bugging me. Originally I brought her to the vet for going into the bathroom and doing her little half mew whine thing. She would stand near where Jack used to pee so I feared she was having urinary issues, but no. Then in February, I brought her in thinking it might have been her anal glands. One was a bit bigger but it didn't seem to change anything once it was expressed. Lately, she has been less tolerant of other cats in the house and there would be major hiss offs if someone got to close to her. She would also get snippy with me if I touched her hips when she was laying on the bed. She previously had a tremor in her front legs, which seemed to go away after a few days, now she has something so slight that it could be a tremor, it could be a slight limp, it could be I was imagining things, but I thought I would go and bring her in and have someone put hands on her and see if she might have arthritis. Fortunately, and unfortunately, nothing was found. We decided to do more bloodwork to make sure there isn't a thyroid or some other issue going on there. The vet also recommended she lose two pounds on the off chance it is the beginning of arthritis. So I'm going to cut out the random can of Fancy Feast I've been slipping her from time to time (because it is the only thing that pacifies her when she becomes whiny). She is almost 14 years old, so we might just be entering her cranky old lady phase, but I want to make sure that there isn't something I can do for her to help her be happier.
So $600+ dollars later, I think we are set for a while - well as long as nothing pops on Muffin's blood work.