Monday, August 31, 2015

Chucky Two-Butt

The vet tech wrapped Chuck in a blanket

About our vet visit on Saturday:
Chuck's blood pressure was excellent, and the other item's all came in normal.  That's good!  He's been on his heart meds for a solid three weeks, and she likes how he is doing.  Told me to watch for any signs that he is in distress, due to his heart not acting right.  Chuck lost four ounces of weight, and we need to keep diligent about keeping weight on him.  He begs for food often, and I have been ignoring that, but I will slip him some extra from now on.  The vet and I discussed food choices, and we both think what he's eating now is fine.  If needed, there are some limited ingredient prescription foods we can try.

They shaved a spot on Chuck's tail this time, and when he walks around the house, with his black tail in the air, it's almost like he's got two...um, er...you know...butts.  I'll reserve that photo from publication; I'm sure you understand.  The Hubby started calling him "Chucky Two-Butts", and it just rolls off the tongue.

Feeling sad now, since I had to ask for her prognosis, which is not as good as I had hoped.  Chuck's heart will never get better.  The vet said that his heart is technically in failure right now, and at best she has another patient like Chuck who has lasted 10 months so far.  Therefore, his arthritis, his kidneys, or his intestinal problems are not the big issues anymore.  My sweet mancat, who steals my socks and hollers for The Hubby to pet him with his just-did-the-dishes warmed and wet hands, is on borrowed time.  I spend time ignoring this issue, and then sometimes it hits me like a wave of ocean water.  I don't want to leave the house, thinking that I need to spend every minute I can with our boy. Then...I have to get away to keep from turning inside out.

16 comments:

  1. Jenna and I are so sad to hear this. We're sending lots of hugs and purrs your way. We hope Chucky can have many more comfortable days.

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  2. Thank you; hopefully, he'll be around for months and months to come.

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  3. Thanks for the update. We understand how hard this is for you; just try to enjoy every day with him. Pawhugs.

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    1. We will try; The Hubby just called to let me know that Chuck took over his chair when he got up...cats just love to do that!

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  4. Oh I am so sorry to hear about Chuck's heart. I know how hard this is...I hope you have lot of happy days together to come. Sending hugs to you.
    And thank you for your kind words at passing our Kit xoxo

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    1. I was so sorry to hear of Kit's short life, but he had love in the end. Thanks for your words about Chuck too.

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  5. dood....never under estimate de power oh St Francis......& may bee purrhaps & ya never noe.... what kinda medisin will bee discovered that can help ewe ...N we hope sew ~~~~~ ♥♥♥ de food serviss gurl noes how yur mom & dad feel.....manee hugs two all ~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥

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    1. Tell the food service girl that I hope with meds and love, we can have Chuck around for a long while...thanks.

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  6. I am so sorry....I went through this with Bobo but he was much, much older then Chuck. Sending (((hugs)))
    catchatwithcarenandcody

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  7. Oh dear, so sorry to hear about Chuck's heart. It is very hard to get such a prognosis. Enjoy each other every day. He may surprise you with his staying power! Purrs.

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  8. I am sorry the prognosis wasn't good. I think you can prove the vet wrong- Chuck is going to want to be here with you and the hubby for a long time. PS: My black cat Spooky also had that tail shaved issue :)

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  9. We are very sad to hear about Chuck's health issues.
    We purr that he will thrive for a long while yet. He has a great Mom looking after him :)
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  10. We purr Chuck has more time than that. With you taking care of him, we know he will. ♥

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  11. Aw, Chucky! I bet you can hold your own for a very long time. And you know what? I can spare a bunch of ounces if you need any. We just have to figure out a way to do that.

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  12. Chucky-two-butt, that's funny. Your Dad can only call you that until your fur grows back.
    I'm glad the meds are helping but sorry you didn't get the prognosis you were hoping for. It's always hard finding a balance between doting, and just letting time unfold and enjoying each moment as it comes. I know you'll have many, many more special moments together.

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  13. I do love that nickname =)
    I hope you have lots of time to spend together -just chilling or what have you.
    It's hard. What you wrote-wanting to spend time doting on him and not leaving to needing to get away-describes how I feel about my Oscar kitty.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Sending purrs and prayers.

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