This is Frank. He has just returned from a trip to the vet and a very unpleasant blood draw which is why he is giving me stank face. There is no creature on earth that has mastered the dirty look quite so effectively as the cat. This look is mild compared to the ones he gave me at the vet's office. I would be among the recently deceased if cat looks could kill.
If you've been reading this blog for long you've probably met Frank. He is the first Christmas gift Tom gave me sixteen years ago. We named him Frankincense and Purr. Being a purebred we thought we needed a name worthy of the breed. All in all, he's been a great cat. Over the years his loyalties have been fickle. For years he only had love for Karl. After Karl left home he transferred his attentions to me, then Tom and now he can generally be found on the back of my favorite chair on my favorite blanket. I'm ok with sharing these things because I love him.
So Frank is old and most likely, no.....most definitely sick. He has been steadily losing weight and with some more recent behaviors we think he could be diabetic. We should have blood test results by tomorrow morning and then will come the difficult conversation about financial burden and quality of life. If a diagnosis provides a way to make his life better for the few years he has left we want to try and make that happen. If that diagnosis comes with a substantial price tag we will have to take that into consideration.
Having geriatric furry family members is difficult in so many ways. I wish they could tell us what doesn't feel good and give us an idea how to help. I feel strongly about not letting them suffer, but no one wants to say goodbye before we have to. And then there is the cost. We cannot afford outrageous vet bills (and it can add up fast. Today's blood work was just shy of $200.) especially considering that Samten is also growing old and Miss Magnolia (queen of the cat world) isn't terribly far behind. I just want them all to be happy and live a life as free of pain as I can provide. If only it were that easy.
I'll keep you posted on what we find out about good old Frank. He's been a good friend to us for a long time. I hope we have been the same for him.