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Hang On Tiggy

October 22nd, 2008

A little over a year ago we lost our first cat, Cupid. Now our second cat, Tigger, appears to be having health problems.

It’s unfortunately nothing new for her; she’s been living on borrowed time ever since we discovered that she had a bad ticker back in December 2003. She’s been getting up to seven pills daily and has far outlived her original six-month prognosis. Tiggy’s had a good run; she’s more than fifteen years old.

Really, her current condition is hard to pin down. For the past week or so we’ve noticed that she’s been lethargic and lacking appetite. Other than that, she’s had no outward signs of illness.

We took her to the vet yesterday for a battery of tests, and everything turned out negative. That’s not really a good thing, though, since it likely means that it’s something not easily treatable. She’s a bit anemic and a bit dehydrated, and she’s lost about a pound.

The doctor suspects cancer, but the only way to tell that would be additional tests that we’d rather not put her through. It’s not as if they could really do anything for her given her age and pre-existing health conditions.

So, for now, we watch and wait and hope, though we’ve resigned ourselves to the likelihood that she may not be with us much longer. Still, she’s previously proven to be much more resilient than anyone believed. In any case, she doesn’t seem to have any obvious distress, and at least she’s at home where she can be comfortable and loved.

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