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Waldo ailing but pulling through

May 7th, 2015 at 05:09 pm

Waldo was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I started him on meds and he seems to be doing well, but I have to bring him back in 2 weeks for another check of his blood to make sure we don't over-correct the thyroid, because that can cause problems in itself.

I had been sure he had kidney disease because the symptoms for both are so similar: drinking a lot of water, peeing a lot, losing weight, lethargy.

On top of that, the vet also told me he had an injury to his back foot. I knew he had arthritis in his back legs and was having trouble jumping up or down as a result. But she said he injured his knee and it can only be corrected by surgery, which I won't put him through at his senior age of 14.

The bill for the complete exam, bloodwork and meds came to......$500.

Mainly because this is a 24-hour, 7 day a week vet. I chose to go there becus while this wasn't really an emergency, they don't require appointments and I have trouble keeping to an appointment becus I sometimes have trouble capturing Waldo when it's time to put him the carrier. Also, they are a mile away from me so it was super convenient to go there after work.

I did talk them into a $50 refund for the urinalysis because she was unable to collect the urine while he was there and I didn't collect it at home either.

I will have to take him to my regular vet for the followup in 2 weeks; I don't bring the cats to any vet "regularly," but this was the vet who saw him when he lived at the cat shelter.

I started physical therapy because I still have 3 numb toes after pulling a hamstring last September. After the first session earlier this week, it really seemed like I had 4 numb toes; all the stretching exercises seemed to worsen things. I spoke to them about it and they said skip the at-home exercises for now. But since I'll be returning tomorrow at 5:15 p.m., I got the ok from my boss to work from home tomorrow. Nirvana.


The Famous Hooked Toes - Waldo's a cat who likes to feel anchored.


A closer look...


Just hanging out with mom.

Spring has sprung. All is beautiful in Connecticut.

5 Responses to “Waldo ailing but pulling through”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I wouldn't put a senior cat through surgery, either. I hope Waldo starts feeling better with the meds.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I hope Waldo is feeling better!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Although it's not a good thing he has hypo, it's a good thing you caught it! Hope he starts feeling better soon.

  4. Dido Says:

    Sorry to hear Waldo is not feeling up to par. Hope he's better and symptoms are under good control soon!

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