My friends, the emergency vet called Friday with the lab results for Bonnie. The results point to either lymphoma or hepatitis - the technicians are split on which. Briefly, lymphoma means cancer somewhere in the lymphatic system and hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Or maybe she had both. We could find out for certain, but we'd have to pay for more tests. We feel the information we have is enough to bring us closure. Most importantly, it was NOT something in her environment and it was NOT contagious.
Bonnie had a blood test last August before being knocked out for teeth-cleaning and the results were normal. While she was out, the vet examined her more thoroughly than was possible with Bonnie awake (she would, with great dignity, growl, hiss and snap throughout the exam). Nothing was detected then.
The "signs" of illness we now recognize were few and easy to overlook or explain away. The worst was weight loss. She was looking a bit skinny, but we didn't realize she had dropped from 12+ lb to 9.5 lb. Aside from that, she was typical Bonnie - demanding water from the sink instead of the fountain; requesting extra Temptations so as to avoid eating mere cat food; mellowing her reaction to one of our friends as he became familiar; tolerating Victor somewhat more than before. Nothing extraordinary. Typical ornery Bonnie!
The weekend before Bonnie died, I watched Victor approach her in her kitty kuddler. They touched noses and she didn't growl or hiss. I don't know who was more surprised, me or Victor. But Wednesday morning, waiting for treats, she gave Victor one heck of a whap on the nose. That was Bonnie for you - Beauty and Beast rolled into one.
I've changed the blog title, but it's not final. For one thing, it's too long. It's Victor's blog now and we'll change it slowly. As for a title, "Victor Tabbycat", "The Spin Doctor", "Victor's Blog"... I don't know. He'll tell me when he's ready, but some part of Bonnie Underfoot will always be part of this blog.
((((HUGS)))) and PURRS
Tabbymom Jen and Victor Tabbycat