Welcome to a new chapter of The Reluctant Cat Owner’s Journal.
Due to a recent discovery, I feel that the tone and content of this website should change. So what are the changes?
- The heading has been changed from “Dear Journal” to “Dear diareaders.” Diareaders is a portmanteau for “diary readers.” I chose it because I couldn’t do anything with “Journal Readers,” and “diareaders” made me giggle.
- The tone of the content will be less abrasive towards any of my five cats (except maybe Elvis) and more supportive.
So why the change?
A few days ago, Mr. Tiddles was taken to the vet because of a persistent cough. We expected a little cold, but instead, left with a diagnosis of restrictive cardiomyopathy. The heart disease caused the fluid in and around his lungs, hence the cough. When questioning how Mr. Tiddles could cover up signs of something this serious, the vet replied, “Cat are very good at hiding their ailments.”
After close to $1,000 for the diagnosis, there is now almost $200 per month in medication. This isn’t counting the cost of follow up testing such as blood work and additional echocardiograms to track his progress on the meds. Despite these costly hurdles, my husband and I will be with Mr. Tiddles every step of the way. This just means no out-of-town trips or splurges so that we can closely monitor our new budget.
So now my focus is to provide our first cat with the best quality of life I can offer until the day comes when he has to leave us. That way I will have the confidence to say that he departed knowing he was loved very much. After all, he deserves it for providing my husband and me with many years of stories, laughs, and devotion.
For those that have read me for a while, this transition may seem odd. I just no longer have the heart to make comedy out of re-homing my cats or imagining how to prevent elevator butt pee with electrified chicken wire. But I appreciate you for sticking around during this humbling transformation.
Now go and spend time with your cat. They probably need a little exercise. Oh, and be sure your fur babies are checked by your vet regularly, because “cats are very good at hiding their ailments.”