By Samantha Keefe
First of all, I want to thank everyone who helped us out when the Momz told you about me drinking a lot of water. Momz assumed it was because of my thyroid maybe being out of whack again (I am on meds for hyperthyroid), but some of you let her know that it could be other things too.
That made her get me into see our vet a little sooner, and even though everything turned out OK, if it had been something bad we would have wanted to get a jump on it.
Our vet agreed it could be either my thyroid or a kidney problem. So not only did I get rudely poked and prodded by the vet, they stuck me with a needle and sucked my blood out! They checked both my thyroid and kidneys and by the next morning we knew all the tests had come back good! There was a little issue with one of the kidney ones, but the more important one was fine and the vet is not concerned at this point.
My T4 test for my thyroid came back good too! It is on the high side of normal, but that just means we need to continue to monitor it and I can stay on the same dosage of my meds, which – most of the time – I take like a champ in my Greenies Pill Pockets*. The Momz is actually really surprised that those are still working, so she says “knock wood” as I tell you this.
Everything else in my thorough exam by the vet was great! She didn’t feel anything unusual in my belly, which was one of the concerns last year. Something was going on then, but Momz and Dadz declined to put me through an endoscopy and we’re all so glad that decision turned out to be the right one.
As far as why I might be drinking a lot of water: Well, I might not be drinking any more than I ever did. At the old house I shared water dishes with the dogs, so Momz didn’t really know how much I was drinking. Plus I snuck water out of faucets sometimes too! Here I have my own dishes so it’s far more noticeable. Also, Dadz, who mostly takes care of my kitty litter didn’t think I was peeing any more than usual. Also, at the old house Momz always added water to my canned food and she hadn’t been doing that here, so duh – I’ve been thirstier! Momz is such a worrier!
I also wanted to tell you that I still don’t have full run of the house, but I am OK with that. I have lots of space to roam and cool places to explore and sleep. Momz lets me hang out and be her office cat, and then if I decide to go upstairs to nap after working hard for a while, she’ll let the dogs in the office.
We still plan to get me integrated, but because we’re under construction in our new house the dogs are a little more stressed out so it’s just not a good time. Next week we’ll be getting a break from having workers here so we hope to put Luke on a leash and see how he does with me. I know he’s just blustering – he’s so immature – but Momz and Dadz want to be 100% sure that I’m safe with him, and we still have to figure out the kitty litter situation. My kitty litter is gated off, but my silly beagle sister Cricket can fit through my cat hole! They also want to be sure the dogs don’t bug me when I come out of there because they think that’s why I wasn’t always using my kitty litter at the other house.
Speaking of kitty litter, we’re all so excited that we found a new kitty litter that we all love! I am happy to use it and Momz and Dadz are happy that it is not dusty, it’s all natural, and it doesn’t smell one bit! I say this is TMI but Momz said I should tell you that not only does the kitty litter itself smell really good, but they cannot smell pee or poop, not one bit, even right after I use it. So if you’re looking for a better kitty litter you might want to try this Weruva Cat Litter* made from hinoki wood and green tea.
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