Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Smudge's V-E-T Report
Honest, Dad, I had known there were going to be tests I would have studied more.
To all Smudge's friends, his V-E-T did not go as well as I would have hoped. Dr. Nick said that all of his insides looked good, and that his coat was in excellent shape, but then we came to the weigh-in.
Two years ago when Smudge went in he weighed 5.1kg (11.2lbs ) and then last year he weighed 4.6kg (10.1 lbs). Dr. Nick thought this was great since Smudge did have a bit of a fat pocket on his tummy. But as we had feared, Smudge has lost more weight, too much weight. He weighed in at 3.7kg (8.1lbs). Dr. Nick said losing fat is one thing; but when Smudge has started to lose muscle mass, he gets concerned. He said it would be like a human losing 1/4 of their body weight unintentionally, and that weight loss like that is never a good thing. So, Smudge had to have some blood and urine tests done. Now we have to wait to find out the results.
I love all of my cats. Each has a personality that is completely different than the others. But Smudge is my boy. He is my stretch out on the couch for a Sunday nap partner. He lets me know when it is time for bed and when it is time for snuggling. He is my nightly foot warmer and my early morning alarm clock. To lose him will leave a hole that no other cat will ever fill. We have all had a cat like that in our lives; that one special cat that seemed to shine only for us and that seemed to defy description when trying to explain their effect on you to other people.
On a lighter note, Dolce was her usual self. She made herself right at home and weasled her way into Dr. Nick's good graces. She managed not to break anything but she did stick her paws into everything. She then sat right next to her chart and watched Dr. Nick fill it out. I think she was supervising. She weighs 3.5kg (7.8lbs) now, but given her tiny frame Dr Nick says that she needs to start watching the groceries. She demanded to be let out of the carrier for the drive and she was quite well-behaved for the entire trip on my lap and shoulders.