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Jack has to go to the vet. We just spent $650 on Victoria to find… 
24th-Jul-2012 10:56 am
B5: Hostility of the Universe
Jack has to go to the vet.

We just spent $650 on Victoria to find out that she has allergies. So when Jack started lurking in bathtubs and under beds and being lethargic, we were like "this is probably nothing" and "he's just reacting to the heat wave".

But it turns out that Jack has lost a lot of weight, and we're not seeing him eat. It is really undeniable that there is something wrong with our doofy cat, and he's going to the vet tomorrow.

We managed to pay off Victoria without resorting to fundraising, but god know what Jack will cost, so, y'know, brace yourselves, and let me know what you might be interested in chipping in money towards. Almost certainly going to have to do a Wind Tunnel Dreams series. Theme ideas?

(When I do WTD, it means I can write any damn thing else; I'm using my finite spoons on junk food. So this means no progress on the Vegas short story, Cicatrix, or poetry.)

(Things I was going to spend money on this week that now I cannot have, indefinitely:
* a haircut. I haven't had a haircut in... over a year? Because something always comes up. I was chopping my dead ends off last week and I feel like I have fucked up my hair, and I finally made a hair appointment, for which I was praised for finally taking care of my needs. Now we can't afford it.
* Paint for the craft room (which I'd planned to paint Thursday and/or Friday, before Friday's concert), dining room (which I'd planned to paint, with the guys' help, next Monday and Wednesday), and my bedroom (less immediate).
* The yarn for the next strip of my striped Noro blanket.
I hate this, because I had $200 to work with and had carefully planned everything to maximize that $200, and for once there was something just for me and not For The Household. Now I get to do none of it, because just the initial vet visit tomorrow will take that $200; heaven knows what all the tests will cost. And I'll likely have to go to my mother, hat in hand, and I still haven't paid back the money she loaned us for the move, because Something Always Comes Up. This is the exhausting thing - every single month, Something Comes Up, something that snatches an average of $500 from us.)

All selfishness aside, he is our doofy cat and he needs help and we will fix him.
24th-Jul-2012 03:14 pm (UTC) - Pet insurance?
Especially as the cats are all getting older and have been having problems?

I understand that adding another monthly expense is hardly ideal, but it sounds like it could really pay-off in helping to alleviate the "Something always comes up".

It certainly sounds like its worth investigating at least.
24th-Jul-2012 03:17 pm (UTC) - Re: Pet insurance?
Victoria's the only one who isn't already too old. (And most months it's not cat stuff that comes up.)
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24th-Jul-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Pet insurance doesn't always handle everything. It took me too long to find a pet insurance that would handle diabetics, and that was a massive hassle that wasn't worth what I was paying.

How much is he drinking and peeing? It's sounding like Marcus when he went out of remission. For your sake, I really hope it's not diabetes. The 12-hour schedule is nothing short of psychological prison. Take note of how long he's stopped eating. If he goes too long, he'll get a fatty liver, and then he won't be able to eat. Had to force-feed Marcus 4 times a day with a feeding syringe for 6 weeks to get him through a fatty liver spell when his lifelong partner in crime passed away.

Potential option: does your vet do CareCredit? It's bailed my ass out when Marcus hit the $600 abscess on his face last month and I didn't have the money.

*big hugs* Work with your vet. Maybe they'll let you have a payment plan?

One thing that I've done for medical payments is start a separate checking account just for that. I know it's not the best timing, but if you sock away a little $ into that account every time you can, and you know it's for medical expenses, it might keep it secure for those "something always comes up" moments?

There are always options. *big old hugs and skritches*
24th-Jul-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
They do CareCredit, and we'll try for it; our credit is shitty. :(
24th-Jul-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'll donate readings, if it comes to auctioning stuff.
24th-Jul-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hug* Can you write something up that I can post?
24th-Jul-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Sure. What do you have in mind?
24th-Jul-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Just what exactly you're offering and how much you're offering it for.
24th-Jul-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)

I am offering Tarot readings, 10 card spreads done over IM or email with (in person possibly, if you are within a 90 drive from Middletown CT) pictures of the spread itself and any significant cards (with cameraphone, sorry to say). Cost for online readings is a $20 donation. If you are local to southern New England, I can arrange to read in person for a $50 donation. I'll start by offering 5 online readings (and 1 in-person). If I get enough responses, I'll offer another 5.
24th-Jul-2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thinking good thoughts your (and Jack's) way. The sudden weight loss does sound like diabetes, though the going off the food does not (our cat was eating and eating and eating and still going down to skin and bones). If he's peeing extra, that's another sign.
24th-Jul-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
It could also be his thyroid. My Pumpkin acted the exact same way. While not as ideal as Healthy Cat, it was less expensive to treat than diabetes. Still means expensive tests, frequent medicine, regularly scheduled tests and more added to the growing pile of chronic expenses and shrinking income.

BTDT couldn't afford the t-shirt. But sending hopeful, good luck thought's to Jack and his bipedal family.
25th-Jul-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thyroid is also possible to treat permanently, if a cat turns out to be one of the 15% of cats who are allergic to the medication. We had to get one of our cats irradiated for her hyperthyroidism about 8 years ago, but she is currently 16.5 years old and healthy (knock wood). :}
24th-Jul-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
I second the thyroid. Our Elder Cat was eating CONSTANTLY and losing a ton of weight, and it was thyroid. But she WAS eating. And when not eating, she was yowling for food.
24th-Jul-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Jack isn't eating, though.
24th-Jul-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Madame's thyroid problems have included her not eating periodically. She's gone from fat cat to a skinny little thing.

You can try tempting Jack with wet food, gently heating it (so that it smells nice & stinky), and spoon feeding. I smoosh up Madame's food with water so that she can basically lap it up (her teeth can't handle crunchy food any more).
24th-Jul-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
With three cats, it's hard to tell who's peeing! We're going to set him up with litterbox and food/water dishes in my room, where he's spending 90% of his time, so we'll be able to tell.
25th-Jul-2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Believe me, if there were a diabetic cat in the house, you would notice the vast, vast increase in pee quantity. At one point, I was changing all four litterboxes twice a day because Perdita soaked two or more of them almost completely in that short a time. Granted, she was a fairly advanced case then, but I did notice the pee increase even when she was first developing the diabetes. There may also be other cues: if you have any ants in the house, they may preferentially head for the litterboxes for instance. I also noticed, from time to time, a change in the urine odor -- sometimes, it smelled like cigarette smoke. We had a joke going that Perdita was sneaking a smoke in the litterbox to calm her nerves.
24th-Jul-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I still have the two knit Shayara-themed pieces I can send you to auction (or take more pictures and send directly to buyer). There's a blue balaclava in the "From Russia With Love" pattern and a lovely grey shawlette in a pattern that does not come immediately to mind.
24th-Jul-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hug* Can you write something up that I can post, and take pictures? Sending directly to buyer would be most efficient. (Was it the Holden shawlette?)
24th-Jul-2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
I hesitate to offer something that isn't already made, because still trying to dig out from under year of wedding planning. But still...Jack...I will make things.
24th-Jul-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hug* Can you write something up that I can post?
24th-Jul-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'll put something together tonight. I have a couple of ideas now that I've had time to think *hugs*
24th-Jul-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
I have the knits. Tell me where to send them.
24th-Jul-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hug* Can you write something up that I can post, and take pictures? It's most efficient for you to send them directly to the buyer...
25th-Jul-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
24th-Jul-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
I will donate a jewelry object for auctioning.
24th-Jul-2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
24th-Jul-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hug* Can you write something up that I can post?
25th-Jul-2012 02:02 am (UTC)

(Direct link to photo: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8287/7640969094_68c6ec98f4_o.jpg )

Unbalanced and slightly insane black-and-white lampwork glass earrings for an unbalanced and slightly insane black-and-white cat. Will ship anywhere in the world, but if outside the US or Canada, would greatly appreciate if the winning bidder would throw a couple of bucks my way for postage, as non-North American postal rates have gotten rather obnoxious in recent days.
25th-Jul-2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Totally off topic, but is that a brass holder for the nib? Where did you find it?
25th-Jul-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
It's actually a pen. I've used it as a prop in other photos, most notably the beekeeper series if you want a better look.
25th-Jul-2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Love this and especially the description! Totally Jack :)
24th-Jul-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hug* Can you write something up that I can post?
25th-Jul-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Stargazer Cat Key Pendant

This pendant is made from an antique key decorated with a silver plated long haired cat, two slate blue and one white fiber optic star beads, and swirls and spirals of vintage bronze colored enameled copper wire. The pendant is slightly under 3 1/2" long including the bail, slightly under 1" across at the top of the key, and comes with a 19" fully adjustable antique brass-plated steel chain with a solid antiqued brass lobster clasp.

This pendant would probably usually cost $50, but I haven't made any others like it. I will cover shipping via first class/first class international mail to anywhere.

A larger photo can be seen here:

24th-Jul-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
I have some (of my own!) handspun yarn in my stash I'd be happy to donate to an auction.
24th-Jul-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hug* Can you write something up that I can post?
29th-Jul-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
10oz of 3-ply handspun sportweight, spun from a blend of long-staple sheepswool. Fairly lofty, but definitely not merino-level softness.

Pictures taken in daylight, with and without flash.

Recommended starting bid of $15

Handmade stitch markers, made from a variety of materials: plastic, wood, glass, and shell beads on wire or nylon string; different markers are sized for needles from US3 to US10. You can pick one from the pictures below, or ask for a random selection. $3/marker or 5/$12 until I run out.

24th-Jul-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that your cat isn't doing well. It always makes me sad when I hear about cats losing lots of weight and not being themselves because of my own experiences when that has happened. I so very much hope you have better luck and whatever is wrong with him is treatable. I wish I could help out, but I'm broke after paying a vet bill for my own two cats yesterday. Good luck with Jack.
24th-Jul-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
You might want to start force-feeding. Baby food meat thickened with baby food rice or barley cereal can be rolled into balls the size of peas and rubbed against the roof of their mouths; that's one of the easiest ways. I'd expect kitten milk with a syringe would also not be bad- put the point in the "pocket" between his cheek and his teeth, and dribble it in- it'll go straight down the throat and avoid chances of inhaling it. You could probably dilute the baby food meat and use a syringe for that, too...

Poor lad! He'll be in my prayers.
25th-Jul-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
I'll donate caramels.
25th-Jul-2012 12:55 am (UTC)
I'll donate an existing thing or commission or both. Will write up/locate relevant photos later tonight.
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