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Not so great for dipping

So, a month or so ago, I was sitting on the couch, watching a video – I forget what it was. I had my cat Shark on my lap. I also had been eating a bit of dessert, and had a glass of milk in my hand, resting on the couch next to my leg.

At one point, after not taking a drink for a little bit, I looked down and discovered that the tip of Shark’s tail was sitting in the milk. Had there been a camera handy, there would be a picture, but alas, there was none.

I removed the offending protuberance, and tried to clean droplets off. Shark now realized that his tail was wet and proceeded to clean it – he cleaned it for a long time actually, presumably because it tasted good. Meanwhile, I removed a few hairs from the glass and drank the rest. Yes, I probably ingested some remaining cat hairs, but it isn’t as though I don’t do that all the time anyway. Those with hairy pets understand.

Posted by seaking on 12-02-2006 at 09:12 pm
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Nematode 199?-2006

She was originally called Spike by her previous owner, and came to live with us in the Fall of 1997. We think she was around 4 years old or so then, but we’re not entirely sure.

Nematode liked to sit under blankets and such, and also liked to lay down on the other cats. She was always the most aggressive of the three, despite being the smallest, and would always try to take snacks or toys from the other cats. She did that up until the last week or so, even, but then ceased to do so.

That was just one way we knew that her cancer had progressed too much. By last weekend she seemed to be heading downhill rapidly. She had trouble using the litter box, was nauseated much of the time, and couldn’t walk without stumbling. This past Monday we took her in to be euthanized. This was the first time any of us have had a cat put to sleep. It was quick (very quick) and painless, and of course sad for us. Even though I had some doubts before we took her in, I’m sure it was the right decision and the right time.

We miss her, and maybe the other cats do, too, though it’s hard to tell yet. We’re glad she got to have 8 happy years with us.

‘Bye, Neme.

Posted by seaking on 02-09-2006 at 11:02 pm
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Worst Fears Confirmed

This year, we’ve noticed one of our cats, Nematode, losing weight. We took her to the vet in August when we thought she was below 8 pounds (normal weight for her is 10 or more), and found that she was actually 8.4.
We just checked her again and found she was 7 pounds, and took her to the vet again where that weight was confirmed. She has seemed to have a healthy appetite, so we wanted to try and figure out what was going on. In examining her, the vet felt what he had previously thought was an enlarged kidney being even larger (we discovered 2 years ago that she had kidney problems and have been treating them). The more he palpated it, though, the more he realized it didn’t seem to be the kidney, but was some kind of growth.

And it has doubled in size in the last 3 months.

The expectation is that it is a tumor, and that it will probably double in size again in another 2 to 3 months. And that will be it for her. If we wanted to be more sure about the problem, some surgery would probably be required, and there is a good chance that surgery would do her more harm than good at this point.

The goal now is to make her comfortable – continuing her kidney treatments with slightly higher frequency, giving her iron for anemia – and enjoy the time we have.

She’s sitting on my lap purring right now, and probably thinking, “I’m not dead yet!” Certainly, even though I’m preparing myself emotionally, I don’t want to treat her as though she’s already gone. Her being the first to go is unexpected, though, in that she is the youngest of our three cats.

For anyone who doesn’t know her, there are some pictures here and here.

Posted by seaking on 11-13-2005 at 07:11 pm
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Cats will be cats

So a few mornings ago, I had gotten up, and discovered a dead mouse lying on a piece of laundry on the bedroom floor. At first, I though maybe it had fallen from behind a ceiling panel, since I’d seen and heard at least one mouse up there (see Indoor Wildlife).

It may have fallen, but that ain’t what killed it. I rolled it onto a piece of cardboard and saw a wound on its stomach, and realized that one of the cats dispatched it. How they managed this without waking anybody I don’t know, but I guess even coddled, cat-food eating, indoor cats still have intact hunting skills.

I’m guessing we don’t have to worry too much about any mouse problems this winter.

Posted by seaking on 10-02-2005 at 10:10 pm
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