I really need to start bringing a camera to Assumpta's vet appointments so I can win the "Evil Kitty Face" contests.
Yes, today was the day I put on the gauntlets and took Assumpta in for her annual exam and rabies shot. My bad luck they had an emergency come in right before me (they were on the phone to my house as I came in trying to let me know that they'd be running 20+ minutes behind and come a bit late). Good start to the afternoon, but y'know, I've been the emergency before, so stuff happens, I can wait.
Nothing too out of the usual, save a bit of dryness in the ears (probably from the wood heat), a little red spot on the gumline near a molar (vet took the opportunity to help me berate my husband for refusing to help with toothbrushing
), and some very slight age-related changes mostly confined to one eye. Rabies shot (no other boosters this year), weigh-in (weight loss stalled again
at 11 pounds
), and a little breeches trim. Much hissing, spitting, growling, and a few other upset-kitty vocalizations to amuse the vet. We agreed that next year we'd start some basic geriatric screening to hopefully head off any problems before they start.
Okay, that bugs me, even though I should know better...Assumpta is 7 or 8 now (we're pretty much agreed that she's closer to 7 though, and the vet thinks she looks really good for her age and might even be a tad younger), and she's never really had any health issues...but I have a hard time thinking of her as an "older" cat...middle-aged, maybe, but not "older." So I was really a little depressed to hear "age-related eye changes." It's probably largely due to the fact that I just talked to my best friend last night, who just is NOT a cat person, and who never fails to tell me that my cat is OLD, and all of her cats have died by the time they were 8 or 9...so I was already feeling a little sensitive about the age issue.
So someone remind me how annual geriatric screening (liver/kidneys/thyroid/blood sugar etc.) is a good idea for cats over 7, and how it's preventative medicine and doesn't mean that Assumpta's "old."
Oh, and dig this, canned-food feeders...we were discussing how since Assumpta's a little on the heavy side (though not as heavy as she used to be), we wanted to be really dilligent about diabetes, and I happened to mention that her canned food is very low-carb, with no grains in it, and the vet says "Excellent, that's exactly what cats are supposed to eat," and winks at me...I think I may have finally brought her over to the dark side....