Friday, May 18, 2007

skinny

My big old cat, Mo, is getting skinny. He began wasting away while we were at the beach a month ago. A trip to vet told us nothing beyond the fact that there's nothing blocking his innards and he "has the bloodwork of a kitten." Mo, formerly Big Mo, my 18 pound cat, now down to a mere 13 pounds. At 15 years, I know he's on borrowed time but the prospect of losing him is not a happy one.

8 Comments:

Blogger evilganome said...

What a handsome fella'! A friends cat Shadow had this happen. He was the biggest kid on the block for years then as he got older he lost weight. Nothing wrong with him (except he went deaf) he just started to get old. He lived to be almost 20! Don't stop calling him Big Mo. You'll hurt his feeling and then he'll use your pillow for a litter box. You know what cats are like!

May 19, 2007 5:16 AM  
Blogger Beula said...

Scary isn't it when they change? Rocket Socks is still my fat kitty, but Whomper Dinky is shrinking and she was not so big to begin with. Vet says she is fine. I hope so. Nice looking Kitty.

May 19, 2007 7:01 AM  
Blogger Willym said...

Same thing happend with my best girl Bundnie - she was never fat to begin with - sleek and all muscle that girl - not sure if there are lesbian daschsies but she was pretty damn butch. Then she started to loose weight - she was 14 at the time. Vet explained that most of the food she ate - and being a daschie she ate - was going to keep the heart pumping. And pump it did until we - out of love and kindness - made it stop two years later.

Notice this past few weeks that Reese - who's always had a rugby player build, well actually he's overweight - has start the same thing. Its the aging thing I guess. Like us they shrink with age.

Lynette don't change his name - in his mind he's still Big Mo. Don't disillusion him.

May 19, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Ms. Place said...

Beautiful little Buddha cat. I sorta like his belly and hope he doesn't lose too much weight. My darling Cody gets a big butt when he puts on three pounds, bu his belly remains the same.

And, yes, your heart will be broken when Mo goes to that fabulous mouse field in the sky. That's the price we pay, isn't it, for the pleasure of having these creatures in our lives?

May 19, 2007 2:14 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Your kitty looks healthy and still seems to qualify for the Big Mo moniker. Maybe when you were away he got sad and didn't want to eat, and now that he's lost a little weight he feels inspired. ;) Maybe he's experienced that mythical stomach-shrinking phenomenon we all hear about.

My parents had an outdoor cat who lived 22 years. She kept having close calls but she hung in for a long time. So you never know.

May 19, 2007 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Big Fella said...

Hyugs and kisses to Mo from Baxter, Bailey, Bliss & Murphy. May he have many more years as the superior feline being in the household that allows you to share with him.

Scroll down here to get a look at Bliss: http://indefatigable-indolence.org/Disclaimer.html

May 20, 2007 4:32 PM  
Blogger Helen the Felon said...

If there's nothing wrong with him, he might actually live longer without the extra weight. My girl is 12 years old, and went from 16 pounds down to 9 while she was mourning our baby cat. She's back up to 12 now and holding, and has more energy than ever. Mo's metabolism is probably just changing, the way old mens' tend to.

Good lookin' old man he is, too.

May 21, 2007 7:23 AM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

Somehow I missed this post. He is gorgeous. Big fatcats are the best. Good thoughts to Big Mo

May 23, 2007 6:04 PM  

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