Re: [FH] Re: Purring. Good or bad for him?
- When Tigger was diagnosed with HCM at 6 months of age, I was terrified to play with him. I was afraid I'd give him a little kitty heart attack. But I have a very wise vet. He said kitties are "here for a good time, not a long time -- so have a good time, the sun don't shine everyday" -- I hope you all know that song. Tigger doesn't know he's sick, he just wants to enjoy life. So we play and run a little everyday, the exercise is actually good for him. He's 6 1/2 now, and you can't even tell he's sick. Now he is slowing down a bit, and I wish he wanted to play more! Please let your kitties purr and run and play, whatever they want to do -- do not stop them from playing unless you see open-mouthed or labored breathing. Stop immediately if that happens.
The worst thing you can do is hover over your kitty and try to keep him in bubble wrap. He will sense your anxiety and that will upset him -- you know how tuned in they are to our moods and feelings. Just do everything normally, just keep an eye on the breathing.
take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
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Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 11:54 AM
Subject: [FH] Re: Purring. Good or bad for him?
If Aslan is purring for joy, let him purr.
When I questioned if I should let Gump play with his toys, someone asked if I would take toys away from a terminally ill child as not to over-excite them - I realized how cruel that sounded.
My Dad had lung cancer. Toward the end of his life, we had some great conversations that often led to serious laughter. Even with coughing and choking, I could see the light in my Dad's eyes.
Personally - I'd rather die laughing than of boredom.
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