The bad cat goes to the vet

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Took the bad cat, Dakota, to the vet today to be checked-to rule out any disease that could be causing his bad behavior. Also discussed with the vet if its not any thyroid or diabetes type problem causing his mood disorder then we will try amitryptiline to see if we can improve his mood (50% chance of it working he said). maybe I'll try it too. He was in full form today; put on quite a display. The assistant put on those huge suede gloves like you see the bird handlers wear with hawks. He was putting up a good fight tho for 16 and the vet went and got a blanket to throw over him and they had to knock him out with gas so that they could get a blood sample. This is why I don't take him to the vet much and have ordered from the foster and smith catalog and done his vaccines myself (except for the rabies vaccine which is only every 3 yrs. thankfully). So sounds like there is an outside chance that the bad cat can be rehabilatated - I'll believe it when I see it. Like the vet said, he really is a beautiful cat.

Update: Vet called today with the blood results, the good news is he doesn't have diabetes or thyroid(tho it's borderline); the bad news is he has kidney disease - not renal failure but renal unsufficiency. Well, he is old i guess. We are going to treat him with a blood pressure medication that's supposed to help for some reason that fails me now. And I'm going to try and have a cat door installed to the basement so that I can keep food out for him that he can get too all the time. We're going to hold off on the psych. drugs for awhile, for him anyway.

9 comments:

Patry Francis said...

Nice pic, my friend. (And I have faith in the bad cat, since I often act like one myself.)

Frankie said...

Aww he IS beautiful! What a great picture. I love bad cats. I always think they have more character than the good ones...

Mary said...

What a presence he has. You can tell just from the photo.

rdl said...

Nice to see you all. I hope you cliked on the photo-makes larger, since it's so dark and hard to see. you can see his highness better.

MB said...

You are a true angel to this cat, methinks. Let's hope something can help him (and you, by extension). He's a handsome guy, certainly!

FTS said...

That picture just reeks of 'tude. :p

Marewheeee said...

Love Dakota, even though he cozied up to me years ago when I was on feeding duty and then slashed me.
Hope it all turns out well.
My Wendell is like a soul mate. Can't even imagine what I do.
Kisses to all.....
M

Jean said...

No bad cat!!
He is as he is !
I think same Frankie, he has caracter !
I love cats !
Thanks for your comment !

rdl said...

Jean- you will have to read some of my other bad cat posts, like when he tried to take my face off(twice) in the middle of the night(early morn.) and the last time when he bit me so hard I felt it in my bone. I guess that's why I like dogs better - more trustworthy. but this is my only cat (cept for the one i rescued in college but found a home for.) and will probably be my last. Maybe another dog.