Thursday, August 23, 2007
Today, well, sucked. My mother changed my appointment that I had made for the dog without asking me, so I was mildly annoyed. Then, she decided that since I had decided if Sandy was really bad I would put her down, she would put the other two cats down. So, I woke up to my mother taking the cats to the vet this morning.
We got one of the cats, Sam, in 1992. He was just over 15. The other cat, Snowball, was my first official pet. She was 14. The cats had long lives, I give them that, but I am not sure I totally agree with my mother putting them down. I keep 'seeing' the cats and then it dawns on me that for the first time in my life, there are no cats at my mothers house.
And, while I have tonnes of pictures of both cats, dating back to the kitten years, I don't seem to have any on my computer right now. As to Sandy, I am not sure. We only gave her a look over, the vet says she is going to need x-rays and tests to find out what it wrong with her for sure, but all of her options are not life-threatening. I thought there was something wrong with her stomach, but the vet does not think that is what it is. Her gagging is a cause for concern, it could be something ver minor or it could be something very serious. It is the only thing that doesn't go with what she thinks is wrong with her, and that is that she has a thyroid problem. Then, she has arthritis, but I knew that already. Her sister had it super bad, and she was younger than Sandy is now when she died.
So, summary, I have no cats in my house anymore which really sucks and me and my mother argued over at the vet, but I might end up keeping Sandy afterall! I need to decide about the tests, though, one of them is 400 dollars. Sandy is 12. I don't want to put her through unnecessary stress at such an elderly age. You multiple by 7, right? That means in people years she is 84. The vet said that other than being overweight and what might be causing her to gag, she is doing pretty good for such an old girl.
The above picture is old, it is Sandy and Atra when he was a kitten. Atra is a HUGE cat now, so it is rather funny. Actually, when we first got Atra he used to stay here and Sandy treated him like her kid. Get this, Atra used to, um, suck and for some reason, even though Sandy should not be able to, he would come away with his face wet... Atra still sucks, but on a blanket. He's a strange cat, and I have noticed Tolkien likes to do that too, maybe he has tried it on Miko and that's why she avoids him...