Thank you, everyone, for all of your good thoughts for Little Merlin.
I brought Merlin to the vet when I took Prince Tee for his regular appointment. Tweets came back with me, but Merp stayed the day. There’s mixed news for both of them. Tweets, who I thought was doing great apart from losing a bit of weight, seems to be showing signs of hyperthyroidism. Also, there was blood and cloudiness in his urine sample. Given his history of renal issues, I’m really worried. 😦
The doctor complimented him on his gorgeous coat, and he’s been preening ever since.
So, Merlin stayed at the vet’s for the day and they did more tests and stuff. It looks like the swelling on his chin is an infection, so he’ll be on antibiotics. This is all in addition to his renal issues. But the doctor, who saved Prince Tee’s life back in 2009, was really impressed by Merlin’s alertness. She said he’s “a real little trooper” and she and her assistants thought he had a lot of spunk. They said that despite everything he’s dealing with physically, he wasn’t acting like a sick cat. That really gave me hope.
Since bringing him home just a short while ago, he returned to his nap spot on my bed (with Mani). He never used to go upstairs or nap on my bed, until a few months ago. He’s been more social in the last few months than he was when he was younger. And his arthritis must not be bothering him as much because he’s climbing the stairs and jumping onto higher places.
Also, they cleaned him up and trimmed some of his fur, so he’s a lot more clean and comfy.
Now we’re just waiting on the lab work so we know what’s up with Prince Tee, and if Merp’s infection is something that he can fight off given his fragile state.
I’m really worried for my Miaos and I know it is hard on Papa Miao to see them suffer at all. We’re trying to do what is best for them, to keep them happy and healthy as long as possible. I’m also really worried because the medical expenses add up and I’m not earning any money yet. I should be studying for my final board exam. If I fail it, it will be a waste of $300+ dollars, actually double that because I will have to retake it. But so many things come up and before I know it another day has gone and I’m that much less prepared for my exam.
Thank you for your continued good thoughts for the Miao Bros.
*purrs* from Merp & Prince Tee for everyone