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Of Undead Cats and other Critters

So ballistabob takes Scandal the Cat to the vets for his annual checkup and shots, and they decide to do some bloodwork as follow-up from last year's kerfufel among other things.

A couple of days later, Ballistabob receives a phone call from the vet:

"So," says the vet. "Everything seems okay, except that the kidney screening in Scandal's test shows an elevated renal count. We would suggest that you put him in a special diet, and . . . yada, yada, yada." The yada, yada means that you can pick up the food at the vet's office since it's special and it's not for sale elsewhere, etc.

"Yes?" says Ballistabob. "Anything else?"

"Well," says the vet, shuffling her papers. "Uhm . . . it seems that he has had the same levels for the past six years . . ."

"That is accurate."

"Wow. And he even put on weight this past year."

"Oh, yes," replies Ballistabob. "We are accutely aware of that."

"Wow," repeats the vet. "Usually cats with renal count this high wither away and die within a year. Yet your cat is not only alive but putting on weight."

"And thriving," Ballistabob points out helpfully.

"Well, whatever you're doing, keep doing. It's certainly working."

We have come to the conclusion that we probably have an undead cat in our hands. This perky little guy has kept his feisty personality and eating habits through thick and thin. (Thick mainly referring to him.)

I said it once and I'll say it again. When Armageddon comes, it will be Scandal and the cockroaches glowing in the dark and terrorizing the world.

In the meantime, he will spend his time eating preferably gooshy food, sleeping and fighting.

Life can't get much better than that.

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lorebubeck
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Cats - undead or otherwise - are the best! May he have many more years - undead or otherwise!
belfebe
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
gianetta
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that your little zombie cat is doing OK. I had been worried that our Sylvi had one foot in the grave when they diagnosed her with the same thing last year, but she's gained two pounds (more or less a healthy weight for her) and is doing great since we put her on the special (gooshy) food.
belfebe
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'm telling ya. They'll stay alive just so they can eat more gooshy food!
duchesssimone
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Morgan too is doing well on gooshy food... he only has a few teeth left and kidney problems... but he isn't losing weight :-)
Glad your undead kat is thriving.
belfebe
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
I have the theory that gooshy food is good for cats. At least better for their kidneys. Glad to hear that Morgan is doing well too!
greta_k
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Scandal will stay alive just to torture El Brato. It's his mission in life.
belfebe
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Gotta torture the boy.
orlacarey
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
I really wish our cats would be willing to eat gooshy food because I've been told before that it's actually better for them. But both of our current cats (and Ruby when she was alive) turn up their noses at it.
belfebe
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
They're cats. They're supposed to be finicky. LOL.
dawnhutchings
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
I truly believe cats rule the world. They sleep all day, get feed and do nothing for it besides purr when you pet them. Being a cat rules.
belfebe
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
The biggest difference between a cat and a dog is that the dog thinks "These people feed me, play with me, take care of me, they must be gods!" The cat thinks, "These people feed me, play with me, take care of me, I must be a god!" :-D
fiberferret
Feb. 18th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
hold it, had they told you the last several years of these elevated levels or was this the first time you heard of it?
ballistabob
Feb. 18th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
We've known about these past 6 years, and been doing what we can to help him with it (the doc was new to the practice, so was not familiar w/Scandal's history). Seems to be working so far. :-)
fiberferret
Feb. 18th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
gotchya, the way you phrased it I wasn't sure. Glad what you're doing is working!
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