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Year of the Tiger?

Posted by Dirck on 30 September, 2010

I don’t have the heart for much of an entry today.  Miranda, the cat whose health was a large component of the entries for the end of August, was in at the vet yesterday to get her teeth looked at, and about an hour after yesterday’s posting I got a call about her.  What looked like the puffiness of an abscess turned out to be a well-advanced maxillary tumour.  She’s unlikely to last a fortnight.  I am not in the mood for jolly banter.

I do want to pose a largely rhetorical question before shutting down for the day– what was it in 1998 that predisposed cats to an early end?  The other cat we lost this year was born in that year, as was the one who passed away at my in-laws house last week of the very same sort of malignancy which afflicts Miranda.  That’s not any more than middle-aged for cat, and they were all well-coddled cats as well, kept indoors and on a reasonable diet which as far as I know was free of pitchblende and radium.  I don’t expect an answer, any more than one should to the usual, tearful, “Why?”

My wife was quite shattered yesterday, but is more or less back on her feet today.  The Regular Job, happily, is quite understanding, so when three hours before close of business, I rolled the top of my desk closed, returned my pen to its well, and called “Cat emergency!” as I put on my hat, nothing was said other than condolences.  It may not be the very thing I want to be doing, but there’s far worse places to work.

And now I’m rambling.  That’ll do.

Today’s pen: Wahl 326
Today’s ink: Noodler’s Tulipe Noir

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