Catching up once again - I'd like to be posting in real time, so here we go!
As many of you read on Facebook, Mr. Kitty has not been feeling well. My husband noticed it a little bit before we went to California, but it was very noticeable when we came home. Poor kitty - you can see in that picture that he is very lethargic and his fur was very rough - and he was drinking a large amount of water.
Here's a picture of him from last year laying in a similar position but you can see how much healthier he looks!
Dave took him to our normal vet last weekend and the doctor wouldn't and didn't examine him at all because Mr. Kitty just goes crazy there. He wanted us to bring him back today, and he would put him under anesthesia in order to examine him.
On Monday morning I decided to stop at the vet at the end of our street and see what they would do, and they had me bring Mr. Kitty in that afternoon. The doctor came in and, of course, Mr. Kitty wasn't too happy to see him, but he picked him up by the scruff of the neck and sat him on the scale to weigh him, and then he held his head firmly and was able to listen with a stethoscope up and down his body - all without an anesthetic but with a firm hand. They took him in the back to draw blood and brought Mr. Kitty back looking like this...
The orange going up to the doctor's elbow is his glove and Mr. Kitty has a little cotton mask on to keep him calm - and they were able to draw blood for testing without a problem. A couple hours later the doctor called with the diagnosis - diabetes! Ugh - I have mocked people who do what I have considered "too much" for their cats - and now, here I am in that position. I know some people will agree with me and some will vehemently disagree with me, but I've never been one to spend a lot of money on a cat. Cats, to me, come and go, and although we've only had three cats over the span of 35 years, I still feel like you love the one you have.
Well, it's Mr. Kitty! and of course, we will try treating him and hope that he responds well. We went to the vet for our insulin shot training - he has to have two shots of insulin a day (I felt bad for the "hospital cat" that "let us" practice on him.) Mr. Kitty has had three shots so far and seems to be doing a little better - a tiny bit perkier. Here he is this morning, gobbling up his new high protein food that we're feeding him...
(Edited to add that he has done fine with the shots so far - he doesn't even seem to know that anything has been done to him. Dave is doing the shots - although I learned how to do it and can do it if I have to, I'll let him tend to this!)
Let's hope he feels back to normal soon and will be expressing himself again like he did on Thanksgiving as we skyped with Jeremy and Becca - Mr. Kitty had a whole conversation with them. :)
Hope your day is great - take time to enjoy the season! We have sunshine here today!!