Quality of Life

I am so happy to report that my dear friend Kim’s cat Stewie is improving. In response to what I first wrote, commenter Mel’s recommendation of Vitamin B-12 shots seems to have made a significant difference. Kim says Stewie’s personality is coming back, she’s eating solid food on her own, and she’s looking a little stronger.

Thank you Mel.

Recall that Stewie started showing symptoms in April and ever since then, Kim’s been feeding her by syringe. So it’s just wonderful that Stewie is eating by herself again.

But. The other night Kim and I were on the phone when Stewie had a seizure. It was not Stewie’s first.

We just don’t know, but it seems clear that seizures would indicate a serious condition. Does it really matter which one, after so many treatment options have been tried.

It seems to come down to quality of life. When we don’t know what the condition is, or definitively what to do about it, our decisions must turn on how much weakness is too debilitating, how much the decline in health bites into the intensity in which life is lived, how much is too much, or not enough –

Kim and I thought the question could be boiled down to this: As long as the trajectory is improving, there is incentive to continue.

Bugsy, on the other hand, has no qualms about expressing his attitude toward Arkansas wildlife.

qualitylife1 001-cropHere’s a close-up:

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This reminds me of the time my New Yorker nieces and nephews came to visit. They stayed up half the night outside with a lantern, marveling at the fauna that the light attracted. Ever since, they call Arkansas “Jurassic Park.”

Ultimately, Bugsy doesn’t feel it’s worth losing any sleep over.

qualitylife3 001-cropBarney is his usual jolly self.

qualitylife2 002-cropNothing’s worth getting too worked-up about.

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Let us take a tip from Bugs and Barnes. Let’s make the most of life.

Live it to the fullest, while we still got it good.


About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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7 Responses to Quality of Life

  1. Sparkle says:

    Bugsy, how can you be so nonchalant about such a tasty looking insect morsel!? They are so good for you, full of protein and fun to catch.

    I am purring lots for Stewie and her human.

  2. We are purring hard for Stewie and Kim.

    Mommy says the boyz are welcome to visit and check out the Nevada wildlife–she had to scoot a sidewinder off the walk last week!

  3. Whee are wheeking and praying for Stewie and Kim. Quality of life is furry impawtent to consider and pets who have seizures can be heartbreakingly frightening. I couldn’t begin to guess a kitties condition but if it were a guinea pig I would guess something neurological, an ear infection or vitamin deficiency. It may be worth seeing if Stewie can get a brain scan just to rule out the most serious issues. It may even be epilepsy which can be controlled by medication. Don’t give up hope!!!

    Whee are sure you and Kim will make the right choices and always do what is best for Stewie!


  4. We’re praying for Stewie! Sending healing power her way! All the best! ❤ xoxo Roxy & Tigerlino ❤

  5. kimmo,spiveroo,stewie and smeezer(our real names have been changed to protect the guilty) says:

    We appreciate all the prayers and love sent our way…we know it is helping! Enjoy your companions and your sweet lives with them!

  6. That morsel on legs looks quite delish. We are purring for Stewie xx

  7. Pingback: Stewie Is Better | catself

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