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By toxicfur (Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 05:33:43 AM EST) (all tags)
So, as I explained in my last, very worried diary, my oldest cat Simon is very sick. He's been hospitalized since Monday, and he's proving yet again that he's one tough cat.

And even though this is one of the most stressful things I've been through in the past three months and two days, I have not had a cigarette. I have had too much alcohol and one Atavan, but I have not smoked. I'm tougher than I give myself credit for, perhaps.

I've been going to visit Simon every day at our vet's office, and he's seemed much the same. He's happy to see me, and wants me to hold him. He growls at the techs and purrs in my ear. He's kind of more lethargic than usual, and he has a kind of distant look in his eyes.

Yesterday morning, I called the vet to check on him and to let her know that I was going to be away from a phone for the afternoon and to give ana's contact information.

"Well, he's doing about the same. He's still vomiting. And we found out he is FIV positive."

"Oh, no," I said. My voice cracked.

"If you do research like I know you'll do," said Dr. Kasow, "you won't necessarily hear this, but cats with FIV that we see live a normal, long life, and they die from the same things and at the same age that other cats die. Do not worry; it's just something we need to be aware of."

Of course, that means Silas, my younger cat, likely is positive for FIV as well, and that also means that I really can't bring another cat into my house, unless the cat is already positive - I would not want to be responsible for making another kitten positive. Knowing that makes me a bit sad.

Back to yesterday, I spent the afternoon at an "Office Outing." We went out to one of the Boston Harbor Islands, had a picnic, and played games (water balloon toss, three-legged race, etc.). It was fun, the office bonded or something, and I spent the day worried. I was not very good company, and I couldn't wait to get back to the mainland, get home, and get to the vet's office.

While I was out with my coworkers, Simon was getting an implanted feeding tube, and I really needed to know how he was doing. When I finally got back to the T station, I called.

"He's doing about the same," said the front-desk person. "Dr. Kasow wants to talk to you when you get here, though."

I kind of freaked. I thought something had perhaps gone wrong and she wanted to wait to tell me in person. I finally got to the vet's office a little before 7 last night, and all was mostly well, though. Simon still seemed a bit groggy, and he was wearing a little t-shirt over his new feeding tube, but he was much the same. There were even teeth marks in his bandage where he was trying to rip out his IV. The tech told me that he growled as they were giving him the anaesthesia for the surgery, and even when he should've been out, he was still growling. That's my boy.

ana and I hung out with Simon for about an hour. He dozed in my lap and growled at me when I tried to shift his weight around. Finally someone brought ana a stool as well, and Simon tried to jump into his dad's lap. Oh, no, boy, we're not going to try that. Not with a new feeding tube and an IV and everything. So ana slid closer, and Simon climbed mostly into ana's lap, with his back feet still on mine. The three of us sat there, cuddled together, until the office was ready to close.

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Must have photos by iGrrrl (4.00 / 2) #1 Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 06:13:23 AM EST
T-shirt kitty, yes.

You did fine yesterday, and you even laughed, which was good, I think I shocked them more by doing pushups on the railing of the gangway to the ferry.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

FIV by sgt york (4.00 / 2) #2 Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 06:13:25 AM EST
When I was a kid, one of our family cats was diagnosed with FIV. He was about 6, IIRC. We had the other cat tested, and she had it as well. They told us to expect them to both be dead within a few years.

They both died within a few months of each other about 12 years later of unrelated causes.

There is a reason for everything. Sometimes, that reason just sucks

Thank you. by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 06:26:01 AM EST
Hearing that does make me feel better. I'm going to get my younger cat tested soon, once Simon is more stable and everything. I feel guilty, because I know Simon got it from being a cat who is allowed outdoors, but I also know that he would've been miserable kept inside his whole life.
If you don't get a Bonnie, my universe will not make sense. --blixco
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the local humane group by cam (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 12:01:19 PM EST
regularly deals with FIV cats and they live to ripe old ages as long as their is some sensitivity to their health. FIV is pretty common in feral colonies and that is probably where he got it from.

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Your cat is a tough cat. by blixco (4.00 / 3) #4 Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 06:37:42 AM EST
And he'll be fine.

Your worry will not enhance that.
"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin

You are wise. by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 10:09:01 AM EST
but I'm still going to worry. And then I'm going to do something concrete, like give Simon a hug and skritch his ears.
If you don't get a Bonnie, my universe will not make sense. --blixco
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