Wednesday, February 7, 2007
So Maw takes me to da V-E-T yesterday. This was not sumting dat I wuz ikspektin. She tells da V-E-T dat I bin bery le-thar-gik. She sez Eyem dinkin lotza water. She sez Eyem yakkin.
So da V-E-T tries to palpate my tummy and such. She sez I'm "overweight". Excuse me? Dat is not nice to say to a lady. She sez my liver feels funny, but it mite just be da fat. Excuse me? She sez she wanna take dem x-rays and pull blood outta me. An she also sticks a needle in da bump on my lip. Excuse me?????
So den da V-E-T brings dem x-ray visions bac to show Maw an sez dat wun of my kidneys is square, probly cuz da fat is pushin on it, and my stomach is in the wrong spot, probly cuz da fat is pushin on it, and she caint see my liver real gud cuz the fat is in da way, and my body extends bowt 2 inches past my frame. She sez Eyem FAT. Excuse me? Wat do u ekspect wen der is 5 types of fud laid owt banquet style an I kaint run an leap cuz of my disabilities?
Den she tells my Maw dat I shuud way bowt 8-10 lbs. Maw's jaw hitted da floor. Maw sez "But that's what Sally weighs and she is the tiniest cat we have!" Da V-E-T shows dis chart to Maw an sez I must go on a diet immediately. She says dat mebbe I be ok at only 12 lbs. Well, now, that don't sownd az bad. Dat's only 5 1/2 lbs instead of 7 1/2. Excuse ME???
Maw here: A diet for Gatsbi won't be as difficult as it would for any other cat here because we can put everyone's food up on the counters and tables and Gatsbi can't get to it. She can't jump because of her disabilities. So, we've put the prescription diet on the floor for Gatsbi, but come to find out, several of the cats are enjoying it. Well, that's ok because several of the cats here at Forty Paws could be considered "overweight".
Of course, this change to the feeding arrangement has got all of the cats quite upset. You know how they hate change. And you know that weight loss in cats must be done very slowly and carefully because they can easily get Fatty Liver Syndrome or Hepatic Lipidosis. This is a disease where a lack of appetite can trigger fat cells to start accumulating in the liver which can't break them down quickly enough. This can cause irreparable damage to the liver if not caught quickly and treated. Obese cats are particularly susceptible to Fatty Liver Syndrome and it is extremely important for the humans to watch for signs of inappetite and get veterinary help immediately.
So we are awaiting the blood results and also waiting to see if we will need to have a sonogram done on Gatsbi's liver if the liver counts are off.
Gatsbi here: Diet's SUCK!!!!