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TMF health update

Since I mentioned I took him to the vet yesterday…

His long-time vet called me back with test results today.

  1. Elevation of a type of white blood cell associated with inflammation, but not an elevated white blood cell count altogether. He speculates that TMF may be allergic to something, and to keep an eye out to try to figure out what.
  2. Slightly elevated thyroid. Not to the point where he wants to try treating it, given that TMF is maintaining his weight, but he wants me to come back in six months from now for another blood test, or if I notice TMF losing weight or otherwise not doing well.
  3. Long term blood sugar tests — fructosamine and A1C — absolutely normal. TMF’s diabetes is being successfully diet-controlled. He said whatever I’m doing, just keep doing it!
  4. Everything else looks normal or even good for a 16 year old cat. He said nothing in any of the numbers worries him at all other than #1 and #2 above.

His final words: “This all looks pretty darn good for a 16 year old cat. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!”

Heh.

– Badtux the Elderly-cat-owned Penguin

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Moar kitteh fotoz plz

By request. (And title change by request too 🙂 ).

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So what am I up to?

I got gentrified out of my place in Santa Clara, so now I’m across the bay in Newark. The new place came with a collection of ferals. I pointed a (sadly poor quality) video camera out the patio door and put out some kibble ($9.95 for a giant bag at Grocery Outlet), and have now collected images of four adult cats, four kittens, a skunk, and two ravens….

Momma Cat, a.k.a. Cali. A Calico kitty

Ghost.

Three black and white kittens

Smokey (gray)

Pepe

Oreo

Gray and white kitten (with Momma)

Note — I’m going to do TNR as soon as I get them used to getting food from me, but it’ll be a bit before I can do that. They have to get used to getting food from the patio, then I have to get them used to getting fed at a specific time rather than having food all the time.

Oh, what does TMF think about all these yard kitties? He’s sad. He sings the song of his people at the window when he sees them, he wants to go out and play with them. The first photo, the one of Momma Cat looking at the camera? TMF’s head is right above it, he’s singing a sad song that woke me up at 6am on a Sunday morning.

– Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

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Tomorrow is the big day where I hand over a huge check and get the keys to the new place. Then next week the movers arrive to actually move me.

In the meantime, I just bought a cat tent for my cat to hang out in while the movers are doing their moving thing.

A cat tent.

A tent. For a cat. Made out of mesh. So he can hang out watching us move, without getting underfoot or running out in traffic or anything.

Am I pussy whipped, or what?!

– Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

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I am at 85,000 words in the current novel and chugging out about 1,000 words a night heading for completion. This obviously doesn’t leave much time for posting stuff to the blog.

I’ll try to do more here after I finish the novel but can’t issue many guarantees. Meanwhile, here, have a cat. He generously left me two inches of my office chair to sit on.

— Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

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Trump’s new lawyer is a real scumbag and scam artist. In short, the protagonist of “Better Call Saul” in the flesh.

His Fraudulency Donald the Trump apparently throws a dart at the White House org chart to choose the new head of the Veterans’ Administration. The new head is White House physician Admiral Ronny Jackson, who, despite the misinformation in the referenced article, has been White House physician since 2012 (i.e., became such under Obama). The biggest thing that Dr. Jackson has ever managed is a surgical pod. Yeah, that’s great preparation for managing an agency with 360,000 employees…

In other news, triggered right wing snowflakes continue attacking children whose friends were murdered, mocking them and making up all sort of vile lies about them. Dudes. Being mean to children is not a good look. Ever. Agree or disagree with them, but being mean to them just makes you look like child-abusing shitbags. Laura Ingraham found out the hard way that nobody wants to associate with child-abusing shitbags, after losing half her advertisers. She then whined and issued an insincere apology. Sorry, Laura. Once you’ve already proven yourself to be a child-abusing shitbag, nobody wants to associate with you, no matter how many apologies you issue. Once a child-abusing shitbag, always a child-abusing shitbag.

And after all that nastiness, we need a cat picture:

The Mighty Fang admires himself in the mirror. He’s not vain, not at all!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Meow!

TMF being bookish.

I paid my Target Redcard bill the other day. $90 worth of IAMS salmon pate’ in the month of January. Bloody cat eats better than me! He refuses to eat the much cheaper Fancy Feast. Because. Cat. LOL.

Thus far his blood sugar is being controlled by his expensive diet, though, so ….

— Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

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