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For some of you guys I'm sure this sounds pretty dumb but for any pet lovers I think it will make some sense.
I've got a thirteen year old domestic short haired tabby, by name of Stripey. Stripey, Stripes, Stripey Monster, baby-boy, my beautiful baby, kittums, all those booboo noises that we use for nicknames for him you know the drill.
I was there when he was born, I know his entire pedigree from time spent on the farm where his forefathers and mothers were born and raised. I brought him home when I was about seven or eight years old, when I first moved to Morrill, the place I currently live with my parents.
I've had him for thirteen brilliant years. He's my sounding board, my writing editor, my critic for my artwork, attacker of computer cursors, vibrating X-box controllers, and anything that might try to hurt me, including two ex-boyfriends and countless prospects I'd be better without. He's my cuddle buddy, my shawl, and my four-legged, fur covered baby.  
He's also not a spring chicken. He's getting old and it's starting to show. It hurts him on some cold days to move, and now suddenly he's dropped a lot of weight. I'm thinking it might be his mouth, maybe a few abcesed teeth or something but I almost know it's something more sinister than that.  
I came back from my shitty semester at school and all of a sudden my baby was an old man in a housefull of "kids" with the new dogs and the younger cats.
What's worse is my mother says things to the cat that for some reason just rip my heart out. The worst I've found is "Don't worry Stripey-monster, your Mumma's home. She'll make it all better." And then all I can do is look down at that handsome pink-nose, green eyes, and tacky brown,black and white striped tuxedo and then he purrs at me and it's all I can do not to outright break down.
I've spent a lot of time with him, sprawled out on my heating pad stroking his side, feeling each and every rib in his frail little body and wishing for more time to be with my baby or better that I could just take it all away and turn him back to the cocky beautiful bastard he was in his prime.
We've got an appointment with the vet tomorrow at three. I'm scared to go. It might be just teeth, but if it's not and I have to come home with an empty cat carrier, I don't know what I'm going to do. I want to be strong for him, to smile and just cuddle him, but I know the moment I start crying for him it's all going to be about me, his little voice asking if I'm okay and trying to kiss away my pain with his little face.
It's stuff like this that makes it so damned hard to get out of bed in the morning.
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K-Red Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
I don't know if you've already found out what's going on with him, but here's my two cents, hope it's not tl;dr:

I had a similar situation with a cat, and it all turned out to be a food allergy. Some cats develop them as they age, and when their bodies aren't able to tolerate it anymore they suddenly have a lack of energy, drastic loss of weight, arthritis-like symptoms, low pain threshold, and some loss of bone density. Have that checked out.
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DrAw6BD Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
That is so sad. I remember when my dog was old...he got 15 good years, and towards the end...he could barely move and was messing anywhere. I'm so sorry you have to go through this.
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suricata5 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Aww June, I hope things are OK - I know things are rough right now. Remember you're welcome over here anytime (as long as I'm home) - actually when I'm not too - you know my mom and family care for you a lot!

If there's anything I can do to help out, let me know.

Adam
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SirPointy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Awwww hun ;.; I'm so sorry your cat isn't doing so well. It sucks when beloved friends are in such a state. I hope the vet goes well for him though *hugs* ;.;
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