A couple of months ago I wrote that I was thinking of changing my weekly posts from Mondays. After trying things out on other days, I have to say that I like my old pattern best which is to try for Mondays and if other days arise, then post then instead or additionally. So it’s Monday. And I’m posting.
I want to tell you about my darling Perry (in the photo he’s nestling up against Kana). It’s been years now since he first showed up in our backyard and we trapped him, got him neutered, took him to the shelter where he was all but kicked out. They thought he was feral because he was completely shut down emotionally. I ended up bringing him home and earning his trust over weeks and weeks. I read poetry and stories to him, sang to him, and held his food bowl while he ate. Then one day when I stuck my hand under the bed, he came toward me and started to touch my hand with his paw. That was the moment when I knew he wasn’t feral and was going to be a big sweetheart. Video of Perry Hiding Under the Bed Touching my Hand
Perry has been a member of our family for 5.5 years now, and he’s the King of the Castle. He’s been the babysitter of cats and kittens. He is in charge of it all. I have expected to have him around until I was really old. Imagine my shock to realize something is wrong with his health. He’s got weird poos that have gotten increasingly soft, light-colored, and smelly. He’s lost weight–down a couple of pounds in the last two years. He feels skinny. And yet he’s a picky eater which gives me anxiety as it reminds me of Felix and Tiger when they got sick. On top of the GI symptoms, he suddenly has a level 3 heart murmur. This isn’t a terrible one, but it’s significant and especially for a seven-year-old cat. So he needs medical tests. The GI troubles could be Irritable Bowel Disease–or they could be lymphoma. The vet want to start with an abdominal ultrasound. Perry’s going to get an echocardiogram to examine the heart murmur. Please send all your prayers, vibes, and general good wishes for my dear darling special boy. The ultrasound is Friday, and the echo is in a month (they are hard to schedule).
As you may realize, we took in my son’s two cats six months ago. Two older cats who have their own ingrained habits and don’t get along that well to begin with is a pretty big thing to bring into a household with three older cats (two seniors plus Perry). It has not been a smooth six months. Not. smooth. at. all.
The gardener and I are over our Covid (we hope). It wasn’t fun, but it sure wasn’t anything like Valley Fever (I’m only speaking for myself here).
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52 responses to “An Update on My Dear Darling Perry Cat”
Oh, no. Poor Perry. And you two—just way too much stress and grief. My heart hurts for you all.
Thank you so much, Amy. You do understand.
Poor Perry. Maybe the IBS is triggered by stress from the new kids on the block? My Hazel has the runniest smelliest poops. I even bought an air cleaner for the litter box room so my condolences to you. Her situation never did straighten out. She crossed the bridge with her smelly poops and that’s the only part of her I didn’t miss. Fingers crossed for you all!
If it is IBD I am going to have to figure out how best to handle things. We still haven’t figured out a way to make the house less stressful. Right now we’ve blocked it off in the middle because Lily and Sloopy Anne hate each other. But then that upsets Perry who needs to go back and forth. Ugh. I’m so sorry about Hazel. It’s so hard.
It’s hard when two cats hate each other and live in the same house. I had that with Jake and Lacy. It never went away until Lacy died.
I’m so sorry to hear that Perry isn’t well! Sending healing thoughts his way. (I loved the under-the-bed video.)
Thank you so much, Liz. Yes, isn’t he the cutest, though?!
You’re welcome, Luanne. Yes, Perry is a very endearing little fellow.
That video is so dear. We dealt with two visiting dogs over Thanksgiving, at least one of them with “issues”. Yikes! I’ll take a kittie any day!
Thank you, Joy. Perry is such a sweetheart and has a sweet heart. I hear you about the dogs. They are so much more needy moment by moment than the cats who are needy enough!
Hi, Luanne…so happy to hear you and the gardener are on the other side of Covid but of course so sorry to hear of sweet Perry’s problems. My family sends warmest wishes to you all for his recovery and healing. Such a special fellow – so lucky to have found you. Bless all of your hearts.
Thank you, Sheila. We are not back to any form of exercise, but other are doing well. Thank you SO much for your family’s wishes for Perry’s health. He is so loved!!!!
You’ve done such wonders with Perry and given him a much better life in these last several years. I hope he will bounce back and get healthy again. Prayers up for Perry.
Anneli, thank you so much for the prayers for Perry. He definitely needs them. He isn’t eating enough.
Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that Perry isn’t well. Sending hugs and healing thoughts to both of you. 💙 I’m glad you’re feeling better.
Thank you, Merril. It’s so distressing to see him getting some of the same symptoms Felix had.
I’m sure it must be. I’m so sorry. 😞
Payers for Perry. I hope they find the cause of his distress.
John, thank you for the prayers for Perry. Soo appreciated.
I’m so sorry to hear that dear Perry is unwell. I pray that the vet can lead him back to good health. 🙏🏻 Perhaps ask the vet re: the liver or bile duct?
Thank you, WJ. Is the liver or bile duct thing something that will show up on the utrasound, do you think?
I am sorry to hear about Perry and Sending my love and prayers, my cat Peeko sends the same. We are waiting to hear for his last week’s results💕💕💕and should know this week. I am glad you are feeling better Luanne!!
Thank you Peeko and Jade. I hope you are feeling ok, Peeko! xo
Oh my, noooo. Not Perry! I am crossing all fingers and toes that he gets out of this… whatever it is!! May he bounce back to his healthy, spunky self! xoxox
I assume you (and the gardener) are feeling better now. News here: daughter got it, in spite of being sooo careful. And: today my son turns 50!!! Oy. And Yay! 😬
I hope your daughter is having a mild case. I still have a lot of congestion, but otherwise quite well. Happy birthday + one day to your son!!!
Thank you about Perry. He just has to worry his mama!!! Two days until the ultrasound!
Her case is SO mild! How mild is it? Yesterday she was making chicken soup – from scratch – for herself, and posted a pic of it on Instagram with the caption: JEWISH PENICILLIN! Lol!!
Hope your congestion goes away pronto!
Son and wife and doggie trying to fly home from Fort Lauderdale birthday vacation, back to LGA. But bad weather, so they diverted to Hartford. They’re still stuck on plane there, on ground! Thanks for bday wish for him!! Still cannot believe i have a 50-year-old “kid”!! Lol!!
Aw i hope time will fly and lil Perry gets thru the ultrasound ok, and hope it’s not anything serious! I’m rooting for him!
Oh your poor family! What a stressful trip.
I actually made turkey soup for myself. I think that is sort of double Jewish pencillin because of the strength of turkey broth made from turkey stock. Thank you re Perry. I’m nervous for tomorrow!
Crossing fingers and toes for good luck!!
Aww…poor Perry. I hope he feels better soon. ❤️
Thank you so much, Jill!
Poor Perry, and poor you two, still in recovery mode from Covid with so much going on in your household. I wish you all brighter days ahead. Love the video 🙂
It’s been so crazy over here. I am so glad you like the video! Still congested, but anxious over trying to get Perry to eat!
So sad to hear of Perry’s health issues. Sending good vibes your way. It seems you have been going through things with the cats for so long now.😔
A year and a half, one after another, plus adding in these two new kitties. Oy. Thank you about Perry. Fingers crossed.
I’m happy to hear you’re both feeling better. Sending all good wishes for a positive outcome for Perry. 💗
Thank you, Charlotte. I really appreciate the good wishes–so does Perry!
That’s a sweet video. I’m saying prayers for him. And so glad you’re over Covid! God bless.
Thank you so much. He’s such an adorable boy. It breaks my heart to see him not feeling up to par.
I wish him and you well. I am pleased you and The Gardener are over Covid
Thank you so much, Derrick. I’m still congested, but we all know covid has a tendency to hang on . . . .
Thank you, Derrick!
I hope Perry gets better just as you did. It’s hard to see them ill.
Marlene, it’s so hard. And Perry especially. He’s such an irrepressible spirit!!!
I hope all is OK with Perry. He’s such a handsome cat 🙂
Thank you so much. He is so handsome. I actually geeked out and had his DNA tested, thinking he was part Maine Coon. But I discovered that he’s actually 11% Sphynx cat!
Oh dear, poor little Perry! My heart goes out to you as you deal with this, Luanne. They steal our hearts away, don’t they? ❤️
Thank you, Jennifer. I am awaiting results of the ultrasound. He is still with them. He’s my darling best little person.
That is a beautiful video of Perry. I am so sorry to hear of his trouble, Luanne. My heart goes out to him, and to you.