Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Well, It's Like This.....The Situation is Murky......

Sometimes I wring my hands and shriek, "What's to become of me?" and instead of having a gorgeous Rhett Butler to toss over his shoulder, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.",   all I get is a tired voice from within muttering, "damned if I know."

I have been struggling for weeks with a sick kitty......sick in the sense that for months now she has been losing weight till she is merely skin and bones and concurrently demanding to be fed approximately every 3 1/2 minutes.  Naturally, I am feeding her every 2 minutes and having every test known to man and felines performed on her  to determine the "why" of it. 

Last week my Vet took more tests and determined that one of the thyroid test results showed an abnormality so he was convinced tht she might have a benign growth on her thyroid causing hyperthyroidism which would explain the symptoms.  He explained to me that there is an animal hospital here which specializes in doing thryroid scans and, if a tumor shows up, administering a week of radioactive iodine treatments with a 97% success rate.  Of course the treatment is so exalted that you must mortgage your home to pay for it, and your cat comes home a bit radioactive for several weeks (don't let her sleep on your bed for about 12 days) but it is a cure and after that, (except perhaps for an occasional glowing in the dark..... (the cat, hopefully not YOU) everything should be fine.

So for 2 sweeks now (first available appointment was today)  I have been opening cans and preparing kitty smoothies just like Gussie likes them and grilling liver and giving her kitty treats at the least little "meow" and allowing her to sleep endlessly on a fake fur pillow strategically located on my boobs and tummy while I recline in the lounger and wonder if this is the life's purpose my mother had in  mind for me.

Just to prove that sometimes life tests a person beyond endurance, the only appointments available at the west LA office of this one-of-a-kind treatment center are on wednesdays, the one day of the week that my driver and caregiver, Florence, does not come and I had no intention of driving to Tustin (wherever the hell that is in Orange County) on any of the other days so it was time to call in some raincheck favors.  Uh-huh.  I will not pursue this path except to say that I did finally find one friend willing to take me so I should just shut my mouth and be grateful.  Realized much later that I should have simply called the Agency and hired another caregiver driver for 3 or 4 would have actually been less expensive since SUV's seem to hold a lot of gasoline in their tanks. 

But never mind all that.........we, of course, encountered the obligatory construction blockage on the way to the Hospital which made it a good thing that we had left the valley about 40 minutes earlier than needed and we arrived at the place on time, were received, I tearfully handed Gussie over to be taken to the scanning room and thence to the radioactive kitty center and, after taking my friend to lunch, lurched into the house, ripped off all my garments, donned The House Robe and sank into the recliner to allow Winnie to try out the pillow on my boobs and tummy while I awaited the news from the Doctor at 7 or 8 pm this evening.

Well, it turns out that Gussie does NOT have a tumor on her thyroid so I can go back and pick her up tomorrow and can spend the rest of my days taking her for various tests to try to find out why she is so skinny.....(he thinks perhaps a bowel condition which does not let her absorb the nutrition from her 37 meals a day but then, who can tell without more tests.).  I will be happy to get her back un-radio-iodized so she can sleep on my bed immediately without having to wait 12 days and without my having to confront her glowing in the dark some nite.  As for the bill amounting to the national debt which I was preparing to pay........not to will only be about a third as much because she does not require the treatment and the week's hospital stay......and I can spend the rest for further tests at other Veterinary Centers. 

The irony is that, thru all of this, Gussie has not complained once of being too skinny....(she probably subscribes to the "you can't be too thin or too rich" theory)  ...I am the one who screams and groans and tears my hair as I run my fingers along the poor little furry skin and bones creature.  If I can keep her at 7 1/2 lbs with the 37 meals, perhaps I should just let it go at that.....but noooooo......I would, of course, have to be that crazy person who likes her cats to be fat.  If she were only more like Winnie, who is now so fat she can hardly bend herself in half into that amazing cat position so she can wash her hiney.   Often I have to help her do that.  I really would not want Gus to be that fat.........having to wash two cats' behinds would really strain my sense of dignity.............if I still have one.

So, y'all say you want to know what I have been up to...........don't you wish you hadn't asked?


  1. I'm assuming you use an alternative ass-cleaning method when you give assistance than the time-honored feline formation...

  2. G'day Lo. Great post. It made me chuckle because the tyroid condition and the radioactive treatment is exactly what I have recently been through. I didn't know they gave it to animals, so that was interesting to learn. I am glad Gussie is ok. Take care. Liz...

  3. I really hate to do this, but I must: did you ever read my Cat Shit post?

  4. I hope you can find out what's wrong with Gussie.

  5. Wow....are you me? I was just thinking the same thing about my dear kitty...losing weight and feeling her bony back... I researched on the 'net to try and figure it out before spending the $$$$ and found that thyroid problems and diabetes are at the top of the list.

    I have an appointment for Friday to see the vet. Hopefully they will figure it out. I am hoping it isn't diabetes, since having a diabetic cat at one point a few years is a time consuming occupation - administering insulin and all the problems ensuing.

    It's a puzzle for sure.

    Hope your kitty is ok.

  6. Poor Gussie, and poor Lo!! It is so hard when one of our fur-babies is sick!!
    Sending healing and soothing thoughts your way...

  7. Best wishes to you and good ol' Gussie.

  8. Poor Gussie, and poor you. Lucky, the shelter mascot cat, was severely hyperthyroid, and we gave him pills and any food he would gobble and treats galore during his final years. He was happy.

    As silly as it sounds, Gussie will be in my prayers, that you find out what's wrong quickly and can treat it easily. Yes, i'm one of those silly creatures who believes the Almighty takes all of our concerns seriously, even our pets.

  9. And I thought I had medi-pet stories; will have to keep quiet now.

  10. I hope you find out what is wrong with Gussie, and can fix it.

  11. Phewww, so glad there is no tumour, I was getting worried. Like you I seem to build fat cats but at the same time don't like to see them struggling to get to bits out of reach.
    Just along the road from me are two cats that must be around 16 years old, thins as rakes and still climbing high walls. How guilty I feel when I look at mine but one meow is enough for me to shake a few more biccy's into the bowl. I know, I'm a softie and I know I'm doing them wrong but they have me in the palm of their paws. lol
    Good that the vets fees are not going to be quite so horrendous, we have paid out some weighty amounts in the past but never regretted it.
    Keep well Lo, always nice when I see you have written another post.

  12. You are a patient and generous kitty-mama. Our cat is skin and bone, too, and I keep thinking she's on her way out. I think she's determined to outlast us!

  13. Poor kitty. I've always found that small animals that can't tell us what is wrong with them to be soul-troubling.

    I hope yours finds the miracle cure --

  14. Lo, my Chatter cat had the radiation treatment for hyperthyroidism. It was worth every penny of the queen's ransom we paid for it. Aside from having to be away from her while she was being treated and having to treat her poop as hazardous waste for a week or two due to the traces of radioactive material it contained, the whole experience was benign for everyone involved. She was completely cured, and went on to live a long, happy life.

    You're doing a good thing for Gussie.

  15. Gussie is so lucky to have you..I'm thrilled that it wasn't a tumor...Now "God let her eat good and gain some weight,please." I agree with messymimi!!I know His eye is on the aparrow, so why not Gussie too..Meanwhile, don't forget to take care of Lo! Luv u

  16. Hope you and Gussie are soon feeling better Lo.

  17. Maybe Gussie is just trying to balance the universe; since Winnie is taking up extra space, she's trying to keep herself small! I hope she feels OK, and does not have any dire condition that can't be treated. Kitties are so special.

  18. How is 7 1/2 lbs a skinny cat? Is she a huge breed? It seems to me she is a normal weight. Our cat at 10 lbs is actually plump and very lazy! We have been asked by the vet to reduce her feedings.
    Love the way you told the story though and I do hope she's okay even though her weight has dropped.

  19. Oh my. If our pets could only talk and give us a more definite.... Also a word of thanks for you kind words on Mrs. T. Baron has been really buttering her up and today the Mayo Clinic ongologists had nothing but positive words. Things are looking up... :)

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