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Good Cat News

Miss Ripley: seventeen & spry!
Miss Ripley: seventeen & spry!

At the risk of jinxing it (knock on wood), and because some of my friends have recently endured sad pet-related life events, I just thought I’d share some good news about my seventeen-year-old feline companion, Ripley.

She had her semi-annual checkup (with full blood profile, etc.) on Monday, and I’m happy to say my sweet ol’ girl is in pretty good health for a cat her age.

For the past three years or so, she has been taking a steroid called prednisone to relieve her arthritis and the pain of her hip dysplasia. The drug can sometimes cause complications with an animal’s organ functions, so its effects need to be monitored at regular intervals.

Well, so far so good (and knock on dense plant fiber again). All her blood chemistry tested as optimal; her mobility, strength, and weight are good; her teeth and gums are healthy; her appetite is good; etc.

Here’s hoping the ol’ girl has a lot of high-quality life left in her.

Clean Bill of Health (mostly)

I’m happy to report that my second invasive procedure of the week is done with, and that nothing bad was found. A few slightly anomalous details were noticed and biopsied, but the doc says it was just a precaution; he thinks I’ll be A-OK.

What this means is that tomorrow morning, I may have coffee again. And tomorrow night, I may have wine with dinner.


One Down, One to Go

I’m happy to say that the worse of my two invasive procedures for the week is behind me. (Ba-dum-bump!)

Now that I’m conscious again, I have to run out and get some prescriptions filled.

In the immortal words of Han Solo, “I feel terrible.”