Thursday, February 07, 2008

Since There's A Bit Of A Veterinary Diagnostic Issue Going On, I'm Tempted To Call This Post "Animal House."

Why is everything always so complicated with these cats? I took Happiness in today for a dental cleaning, and when they checked out her heart to make sure she was healthy enough for the anesthetic, there was apparently an anomaly on her ECG indicating that the left side of her heart was enlarged. Which can be a sign of hyperthyroidism, which would fit in with her weight loss. So they did x-rays, which showed a very slight enlargement, and a thyroid test, which came back fine. The vet thinks it's probably nothing serious, but apparently the thyroid test doesn't necessarily always show problems, because levels of thyroid hormone can vary with the time of day and god knows what else. So he figures it's worth keeping an eye on. Meanwhile, it turned out she had an abscess, which could also explain why she's lost weight, if it's been hurting her to eat. Poor kitty. They ended up having to take out two teeth. I feel bad, because I really should have made her the dental appointment at least six months ago, but who knew? She wasn't acting like she was in pain.

And now the poor thing is supposed to stay in her carrier with no food or water overnight while the anesthetic works its way out of her system. She's really just not a happy kitty today.

Me, I'm wondering what constitutes "overnight," since I'm starting night shifts the day after tomorrow and desperately need to try to stay up as late as possible and sleep as late as possible. Although that may be difficult, since I woke up at 7 AM today.

Aargh. Why is it a struggle trying to keep the cats healthy, but the ants continue to thrive despite the fact that I'm actively trying to kill them? Stupid animal kingdom.

2 comments:

  1. Why is it a struggle trying to keep the cats healthy, but the ants continue to thrive despite the fact that I'm actively trying to kill them?

    The universe thrives on irony?

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  2. That and ants being hardier critters than cats, I guess, yeah.

    Stupid universe. :)

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