: Hello everyone. I don't post much, but I'm Clarissa's
: feisty younger sister. I'm either 14 or 15 years old.
: I've lived with Clarissa since February 2005. When mom
: adopted me the shelter said I was either 2 or 3 years
: old at that time. When I first came to my forever home
: I was scared and had trust issues. Some of it had to
: do with only having sight in one eye. I bit mom the
: first morning I was home because she came up on my
: blind side! I kinda felt bad about it. It took some
: time, but I learned to trust and I became quite the
: lap cat.
: But lately I've become grumpy again. I growl and hiss
: and get angry when any of the other cats get in my
: space. I sometimes get the same way when mom picks me
: up. At first mom thought it was because Tovah and
: Cinnamon joined the family. But they keep to
: themselves and they don't bother me. Cash has become
: very bothersome and I think he does it to irritate me.
: I think he is vying for a higher position in the cat
: hierarchy here.
: Also, mom recently mom noticed that my breath stinks.
: Not like 'cat food breath', but really stinks. I've
: also started keeping to myself. I have a hidey place
: under a footstool that is over a floor vent. It's warm
: and hidden by a long drape so I've been sleeping there
: a lot. I mean A LOT!
: Mom took me to the vet on Monday afternoon for an
: exam. Those to whippersnappers were going to get their
: spay stitches removed. Anymew, I despise going to the
: vet. I get really ugly when I go to the vet. I growled
: and hissed, and complained throughout my exam. So here
: is what mom found out.
: (1) I have had a heart murmur for a long time. Mom
: knew about that. Now I have an irregular heartbeat.
: The vet said it sounds like a gallop.
: (2) My kidneys have shrunk (or shrank) and are
: failing. That is probably the cause of my bad breath.
: The same thing happened to Angel Fred. The vet said
: they go hand in hand (or paw in paw in our case).
: (3) I've gone from 8 lbs. to a little over 5 lbs. Now
: that is over an almost 5 year period. Since I have
: been healthy and I stay inside, mom hasn't taken me to
: the vet since 2013. Since it upsets me so much, she
: was okay with this arrangement. I was too.
: (4) It's just a matter of time before I will be
: crossing the Bridge.
: The vet recommend against having a blood panel done. I
: was so upset and I'm so hard to handle, she was afraid
: I would go into cardiac arrest. And given when she
: found out with the exam, she said she was sure the
: results would tell her that my kidney function is very
: I'm on a prescription diet for now and I'm still
: showing an interest in food and water. As long as I'm
: not in pain and I'm getting up and around mom said she
: will cherish the time we have. Once my quality of life
: fades, she will help me cross the Bridge.
: Mom is sad, but she accepts the fact that with so many
: senior cats our time with her is on the short side. I
: don't know how much time I have left with her. It may
: be a few weeks or it may be a few months. I've had a
: wonderful, long, and happy life with mom. I'm not
: ready to say farewell just yet, but I know the time is
: drawing close.
: One-Eyed Fiona
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