12 May 2018

This guy will be 17 next month.

Yes, my shoes are on the sofa, but I was vacuuming...
 A year ago I honestly didn't think he'd still be here this close to his birthday (which we decided was the 20th of June, even though it's probably closer to the 10th. No, I don't remember exactly why other than we picked Buddah's "official" birthday first.) We're already thinking in terms of him being 17--the vet does, so why not?

Six months ago, I didn't think he'd see 17. He was tired and losing weight, but it seemed normal for a kitty his age. The weight wasn't dropping off, but it was just a tad more than we intended, but not enough to worry about. But then his appetite skyrocketed and it became a Hmm...maybe he should have his checkup a few months early this year thing.

Dood was hyperthyroid. And while we're still adjusting his meds to get the right dose, he's doing remarkably well. His weight has remained spot on at 14 pounds--still overweight but I think this is where we want him to stay--and his appetite dropped (though he still expect meals 5 times a day--and gets them--but he doesn't finish everything which I don't mind.)

I'm not counting on him making it to 18, but at this point I won't be surprised.

And yes, we really do have bedtime stories when he wants. He acts like he's reading along with me, and who knows, maybe he really is.


Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Happy Birfday, Max my old friend! I'm 14 now and slowing down some myself. The Human's retiring soon, so I expect since she'll be home a lot more to start getting the royal treatment I so richly deserve--fresh foods 5x a day? Sounds good to me. Maybe 6x would be even better! You got yerself a good staff over there. Mine should take a lesson.

Shaggy and Scout said...

Shaggy just made it to 17. I miss him so.
Happy Birthday to Max, love him and enjoy each day.

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

Zippy was just shy of 20 and lived for 6 years with CRF and Sadie, she was just past 18 and lived for 2 years with CRF so there is always hope. May you live long and prosper Max.

Sleepypete said...

Happy birthday Max.

And I bet he's taking tips from the reading for things to put in his next book :-D.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Happy birfday in advance to Max. We hope he sees it. And we suspect he will. He doesn't seem to be in "the last few months", after all. Eating 5 times a day (even if not finishing every meal) is a good sign.