I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.
~ Jean Cocteau
I am late posting, because we had a visit to the vet today with our sweetie Sierra. It looks like we are going to begin treating her for lymphoma. That’s the bad news.
But the good news is that the protocols for feline chemo aren’t nearly as dire as what humans go through. Of course every cat is different, so we will see. But the prognosis is hopeful.
In any case, I am thankful today for the team of wonderful veterinarians at the Morrisville Cat Hospital.
We discovered several cat generations ago that unless kitties are already used to having dogs for friends, regular small animal practice vets can be very stressful. And it is my unhappy experience that some vets seem to think cats are just smaller, more fidgety dogs.
Dr. Wendy Simpson became our veterinarian when she was with the Durham Cat Clinic (at that time, much closer to us than its current location). She is a passionate cat lover, and has that special way with felines that I love to see. So when she moved her practice to the outskirts of Cary (which is on the outskirts of Raleigh), even though it is a 45-minute drive each way for us, we stuck with her.
And let me tell you, that is saying something. When you have an unhappy cat riding in a carrier for a total of an hour and a half, you feel each and every mile!
There is a very nice dog and cat clinic about 10 minutes from us, and in a life-threatening emergency, we would go there. But Dr. Wendy and the other vets in her practice — Dr. Kim Camacho (who has nursed Sierra through years of allergies) and Dr. Jaime Tarigo, who we also like very much — are irreplaceable. And their staff of assistants, many of whom are students and graduates of our nearby vet school at NC State, are tender-hearted, gentle-mannered, unflappable cat wranglers.
Dr. Wendy was our trusty expert when we were having a nightmarish time with an adopted cat who was having “litterbox issues” and wrecking our house on a regular basis. And she was our rock and solace during the long, painful decline of our little tuxedo cat, Mr. Bitsy.
I am so thankful to have someone I absolutely know has our back, who is very mindful that we are not her ritzy jet-set patients (in the Cary area, she certainly has plenty!), and who loves our Sierra almost as much as we do.
So as we look ahead to an uncertain future for our sweet girl, I give thanks that we have a brilliant, state-of-the-art cat care provider who will walk this path with us, with enormous compassion and skill, whatever may come.