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April 13th, 2006
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Tugger Update [edit: and brief Red update]
When I went off to the Air Force in 1995, my cat Tugger adopted sew_200e. When I moved out of the house to move in with prettypammie, Tugger stayed behind--there really wasn't any question about it. He had a great house, my parents installed a kitty door for him so he had ready access to the outdoors--something he certainly couldn't have been afforded in our townhouse in Herndon. More than just the logistics, he obviously adored my mom, and the feeling was clearly mutual. So, he stayed with them. I visit with him when I'm over at my parents' house--I guess I'm a fondly remembered "person he used to own." He always greets me and we have scritches and head bumps. I'll usually run the sink for him, because he loves nothing more than than to drink fresh water dripping from a tap.

Tugger has been suffering from some degradation in kidney function—noticeable in his bloodwork, but not really slowing him down that much. He just had his vet visit a couple of weeks ago, and the vet had been really pleased because all of his numbers had basically stayed stable from last year to now.

Today, I went over to pick up Q from a “grandma day” [it’s Spring Break here]. I visited with Tugger before we left. He seemed to be not doing so great—he popped out of his basket to greet me, as usual, but there was a pronounced “wobble” in his walk. For lack of a better way of describing it, I’ll say he was walking like an extremely old cat.

I think I’ll ask sew_200e if she'll take him to the vet--just to make sure that there’s not anything wrong that’s easily treatable. His decline from my last visit is just too pronounced for me to do nothing.

He seems to be in good spirits—no grumpier than usual, and eager to be petted and fussed over. I really grew concerned though, after I offered him water from the tap. He walked over with interest but then seemed to decide that leaping up to the sink was just not worth the effort.

For those of you curious how my ride in the horse trailer turned out, unfortunately, we really don't know yet. Red did have a good poop after the trailer ride, but he's continued to be in substantial gut pain and continues to show signs of discomfort.

I will say that I understand why horses's fuss back in a trailer now: bumpy, dusty, a little bit warm [and this was on a pretty cool day], and--the big surprise, though it probably shouldn't have been--LOUD...what came through on the voice post really doesn't come close to capturing the raw auditory experience of it all.

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Date:April 13th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
best wishes for the cat...
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Date:April 13th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
aww. I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. I've decided Chessie is going to live forever and be healthy and wonderful always. yep. None of this growing old stuff for him.
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Date:April 13th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. :( I had a cat die from kidney failure several years ago, and it is a very sad decline. They do age quickly, but surprisingly hold on for a good, long time. you may just need to help him to the sink from now on for tht water. :)
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Date:April 13th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Awww, I'm sorry, bro. Tugger's had a long and happy life so far. Just remember he's got another eight to go.
Date:April 18th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)


Really bad news about Tugger -- he has lymphoma and doesn't have long to live. Bill took him to the Vet this morning (Monday)and got the bad news. Sorry Pete. Bill and I are really upset.

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