Hello, dear reader, and concerned friends everywhere!
It's me, the Old Geezer, Nikita, here. ;-D
Monday, and Tuesday, were interesting to say the least.
So many tests! On top of my annual Buzz Cut. ;-D
I always take a couple of days to adjust to it, but I DO love my Buzz Cut! ;-D
After a week of hints it's time I come clean. After giving one more reassuring head bump to Elvira, I let Daddy toss me in the Carrier, and we headed off to catch the bus for the journey to The Cat Care Clinic in Orange. They have been my Vet since 2006, and have always done right by me, so I trust them. The bus ride is always interesting. Everybody always wants to ooh, and ahh, over me! You would think they had never seen a Cat take a bus ride before, I swear! We take 2 busses, and the trip is over an hour. We arrive, and soon find ourselves in an examination room, where a nice assistant lady comes in , and weighs me, and takes my blood pressure, and temperature, after I make a show of supposedly being reluctant to come out of my carrier, and end up on the floor, under a chair, until Daddy picks me up, and puts me on the exam table. ;-D
After a week of hints it's time I come clean.
After giving one more reassuring head bump to Elvira, I let Daddy toss me in the Carrier, and we headed off to catch the bus for the journey to The Cat Care Clinic in Orange.
They have been my Vet since 2006, and have always done right by me, so I trust them.
The bus ride is always interesting.
Everybody always wants to ooh, and ahh, over me!
You would think they had never seen a Cat take a bus ride before, I swear!
We take 2 busses, and the trip is over an hour.
We arrive, and soon find ourselves in an examination room, where a nice assistant lady comes in , and weighs me, and takes my blood pressure, and temperature, after I make a show of supposedly being reluctant to come out of my carrier, and end up on the floor, under a chair, until Daddy picks me up, and puts me on the exam table. ;-D
I weigh 13 lbs! That is 3 lbs less than I usually do.
My Temp, and BP, are both normal.
ME "Normal"? Who knew? ;-D
The Assistant gave me a couple of treats for not making her job difficult, and went to fetch the Doc.
Doc Page came and gave me an exam as Daddy explained my behavior of the weekend.
I like Doc Page, though I DID put on a show of being pissed off with the feel of her cold hands on me, though her hands weren't cold at all, and her touch was assured, and professional.
She told me "You can Call me ANY names you want, Nikita!", and I grinned up at Daddy who laughed, as well, when we realized she understood Felinese quite fluently. ;-D
I walked around, and she observed me, and remarked that you could tell by the positioning of my feet that something was not right.
They wanted to do x-rays, along with the full Senior Plan of Blood Screen, Cardio Test, Urinalysis, and Ear Exam.
So I stayed the night since Daddy would be unable to come by in time to pick me up that evening.
It was an interesting afternoon, evening, and night, as they tested me, gave me my haircut, and made me comfy for the night.
I had several interesting chats with other Cats who were constantly coming , and going.
If you thought the variety of medical issues Human Clinics, and ER's, dealt with on a daily basis, were a varied lot, you ain't experienced a busy Cat Clinic, trust me. ;-D
Due to Privacy Laws I was sworn to secrecy about who was there, and why, but I CAN say this: No Celebs, either Feline, or Human, put in an appearance, unless you want to count Dr. Wexler-Mitchell, herself, of course, but I was so distracted by all they did with me I'm not even sure SHE put in an appearance, to be honest, and she runs the place, in addition to writing the Cat Column in the OC Register, and writing books, and doing lots of other things. ;-D
Daddy returned on Tuesday to pick me up, pick up my new food, pain meds, and antibiotics, and learn the results of all the tests.
The Front Right Paw showed a good range of motion, as did both shoulders, though there was a little crunchiness in the elbow, indicating some arthritis, and severe Arthritis in the toes, though not as bad as the left.
The Front Left Paw displayed a sore, reddish, paw, and bone, in the 3rd toe (Soft Tissue Swelling), with bones poking out a little in the area of declawing.
I had a mighty fine ( Real Severe) case of Ol' Arthur in that toe especially, but the other toes, and the foot, as well.
I also have moderate Arthritis in both Front Wrists.
My Hips, and both rear legs, showed a good range of motion, with indications of Arthritis in both rear ankles.
The Blood work results were great, with no clinically significant abnormalities.
There was nothing in the results indicative of causing my 3 lbs weight loss since July.
The consensus being that we chalk it up to my eating habits, and to having an energetic, and feisty, young lady, Elvira, in the home. ;-D
I DO show some loss of Muscle Mass, 1 Cavity, and Mild Tarter, and Gingivitis.
The cardio results were normal.
1 1/2 tablets Clindamycin ( It is an Aunty Biotic usually used to treat infections in Humans, Dogs, and Cats) twice a day for 14 days.
To make sure I don't get "The Shits" (What the Humans call Diarrhea) from taking the above Daddy sprinkles a pouch of Fortiflora, by Purina, on a 1/2 can of my prescription wet food each morning for 14 days. ;-D
1/4 tablet Tramadol, twice daily, for pain.
It is a popular arthritis pain reliever.
Wikipedia has lots to say about its use, by Vets, on a variety of critters, but for my purposes this was the important stuff:
"Tramadol for animals is one of the most reliable and useful active principles available to veterinarians for treating animals in pain. It has a dual mode of action: mu agonism and mono-amine reuptake inhibition, which produces mild anti-anxiety results. Tramadol may be utilized for relieving pain in cats and dogs. This is an advantage because the use of some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory substances in these animals may be dangerous."
Oh, did I mention I love Greenies? Even more do I love the Pill Pocket Version! ;-D
Doc Page also told Daddy to try to encourage me of the advisability of not jumping up, and especially down, from high places.
So he moved the bed away from the shelves, forcing me to use the lower table to reach the window.
We might want to look into finding appropriate steps, or step equivalents, to place there, and next to Daddy's desk so I can more easily reach the computer to surf the net, and blog (Daddy & Elvira, may actually have to do the typing if it's too painful for me.).
She also suggested we look into getting a heating pad to help me with soothing my aching joints, when he is at home, as well as a Joint Supplement such as Dasuquin for Cats, or Glyco-Flex for Cats, for further Joint Support.
Yup, looks like I just might be a Pill Popping Pussy for the rest of my life! ;-D
Food-wise I am being switched over to Hill's Prescription Diet J/D for better Joint Health, and Mobility.
We will watch my weight, and my feet, and how I respond to the meds over the next 2 weeks, and go from there.
We also were told something very cool, and it shows that at least a few people, close to home, are actually reading my blog!
They told us that a new patient's Human said that he had learned about the Clinic by visitng the website of "The Orange County Cat Who Blogs." ;-D
Not counting my haircut Daddy spent $587 on me!
Knowing our current situation makes it difficult for Daddy to spend so much on me ( We have not admitted it until now, except to but a few, but Daddy has been un-employed since the end of August - Company downsized, & he took their Buyout Offer/Severance Package - and on Un-Employment, since mid-Sept., and is now looking into re-training for a new career, and for a cheaper apartment for us to live in, as well. ) I felt a little guilty, but he would have none of that from me, telling me that I am his Best Buddy, and Creative Inspiration, and it was important to him to do the best he could manage to take care of me, and that we would manage to get through this somehow.