My cats are most definitely a huge part of my life. When I lost Buddy, so many of you shared in my grief. When I started volunteering at the humane society and found Vernon, you cheered. So now I'm going to ask you to cross your fingers for my tiny kitty, Max.
Max is twelve years old, and he's a rescue kitty. He's my cuddle cat, too, always snuggling up to my tummy as close as he possibly can when I go to bed at night. He's a little slip of a thing, only weighing between six and seven pounds. So you can imagine how he and Vernon look next to each other -- the total Odd Couple. Vernon at 21 pounds (he's put on more weight) and Max the Munchkin.
|"What are YOU looking at?"|
For the past couple of years, Max has been taking thyroid medicine, but now it's no longer working and he's at a critical stage where something has to be done or ... well, or. So our tiny kitty is going to be going to a special vet in Baltimore, MD for feline radio iodine therapy to cure his hypothyroidism. We hope. He'll be radioactive for a few days (so obviously, he'll be away from home during that time) and it costs a lot. A lot. A LOT of money. Deep-intake-of-breath-when-I-heard-the-cost kind of money.
But that's what you do when cats are part of the family.
|Max in my jewelry-waiting-to-be-photographed bowl.|
Some people may think we're crazy for spending this kind of money and traveling that far for a cat. But this is a cat that saw me through desperate times, lean times, on to happy times. He's a constant, he's a link to my past, he was Buddy's best buddy, and I'm not ready to give up on him.
So if you would, keep this little puff of fur in your thoughts for a minute or two. The treatment isn't nearly as bad as the alternative (surgery) and once he's had it, he shouldn't have to take medicine again. I wasn't prepared for this particular phone call this evening, so it helps me to know there are other cat lovers out there, too.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.