Yea! I am so glad to hear about Jerry. It made me feel a little
better to read your email tonight. My cat, Griffin, is going under
anesthesia for his MUCH overdue dental as well. He is still, as of 3
months ago, in the mild heart disease stages. I pray he does well. I
will be so nervous until afterward. However, it is absolutely
necessary. His vet is a little concerned he has a bad tooth or two.
We will see! Thanks for the update on Jerry and I hope and pray he
continues to be a very happy kitty. Amanda and Griffin
> I realised that I haven't posted an update in a while.. so here
> bi-annual ramble :)
> Jerry was diagnosed with mild to moderate HCM 3 years ago. His
> disease has progressed to moderate to severe but he's still a
> happy cat. After his last ultrasound in Janauary we started him on
> diltiazem, liquid, 3 times a day (7.5 mg) and when that settled
> had his much overdue dental surgery. They had thought they would
> 1 or 2 teeth during the 30 minute surgery.. things ended up being
> worse then they had thought, 6 molars were removed during the 1.5
> surgery.. he did fantastic during the surgery and recovered very
> About 4 months ago he got a new favourite toy. I named him
> After Jerry did so well in his surgery I decided it was time to
> third fury around the house. I decided to, for the second time
> my life, get a kitten from the animal shelter instead of an adult
> Make the intro's a lot less stressful for everyone and I really
> I thought I did at the time) wanted a cat with no complications..
> things don't turn out the way you plan them, and sometimes thats
> Hitch has pretty aggressive feline herpies (by my estimation Hitch
> capable of producing his own body weight in snot, every day :) ),
> has had him on medication for most of the last 4 months, until
> when I found out about L-Lysine (this stuff is amazing!) that has
> his herpies at bay for the last 2 weeks and hopefully will help
> for the rest of his life.. and hes got what's called Cerebellar
> Hypoplasia (an underdeveloped cerebellum that causes tremors,
> movements and coordination problems) ... he'll have it forever,
> aside from the rare chance of complications because of injuries
> tad bit of a clutz).. he's expected to have a normal life span..
> would hardly call him the "normal" cat I thought I was getting,
> a perfect fit in our crazy family :).
> Although of course I would prefer Hitch didn't have the extra
> he has.. it really has been a perfect match for Jerry.. Hitch is
> all the time, so whenever Jerry wants to play he has the
> but Jerry can without much effort get away from Hitch when he
> be alone. There are a lot of cat friendly places Jerry likes to
> that Hitch simply can't get to. Nova has got a lot more playful
> Hitch joined us as well, which has caused her to lose some weight
> really fat as a result of the struggle of keeping Jerry the proper
> weight), and even with her weight, with Hitch's poor coordination
> can get away from him pretty easily too.
> Jerry has taught Hitch pretty much everything.. plays amazingly
> with him (it sure was cute when Hitch was 3 pounds and Jerry was
> award winning acting letting Hitch tackle him to the ground)..
> takes his parenting responsibilities with even more seriousness
> pleasure then he takes his guard dog duties (which he works very
> and is extremely proud of).. and although I still have a lot of
> about how Hitch will take eventually losing Jerry, given how crazy
> they are.. he'll be good comfort for Nova when that time comes..
> have the comfort that Jerry has in every sense of the term that
> had the opportunity to be a parent, and in that respect, parts of
> will live for a dozen years or more whether he does or not.
> Although I can tell Jerry is getting worse over time.. with his
> fixed and being a "daddy".. he's happier then ever.. I never fail
> amazed at his strength and the absolute joy he is in every single
> despite the obstacles.
> Dawn, Nova, Jerry and Hitch