Teddy Bear, my nearly-toothless, 90% blind senior kitty, suffers from arthritis.
(Cue my husband's mention that I feed our cats too much.) Okay, so it is possible that his obesity plays a role, but when you're 90-something in cat years, and you can't see, what fun can you have besides eating?
He still retains his Brad Pitt looks, and the charms of a gigolo, but what good are those if you can hardly walk? His movie star features may be why he’s okay with weekly trips to the vet. The young ladies at the front desk ooh and ahh over him like he’s a furry Justin Timberlake. What species of heterosexual male wouldn’t enjoy that every week?
Maybe the real reason Teddy Bear doesn’t resist is because he understands the visits help him feel better. Not in a conscious way, the way humans understand the benefits of practicing palates and reducing their Newman O’s intake. (No one's claiming here that I actually do either of these) I like to believe Teddy Bear “gets it” on some special feline wavelength. Instinct? DNA programming? Whatever it is, he is by far easiest kitty I've ever taken to the vet.
Dr.Johnson, his fabulous vet marked specific spots from his lumbar area and his legs on a diagram during our first visit. She placed that into his chart. On each visit, the vet tech. uses the chart as the guide, and holds the laser one each spot for about sixty seconds. Mom, Teddy Bear and the vet tech wear special goggles to protect their eyes from the laser beams. The UV lasers break up scar tissue and stimulate circulation, but their also dangerous for your eyes.
Oh yeah, and it's pricey. I've had to cut back on some comforts of my own to cover treatments. But when I see Teddy Bear dragging his back leg like Quasimodo, what's a mom to do?
I can tell a difference when I skip a few weeks, because he stops jumping up on the couch. When he's having treatments every seven to ten days, he's more active, and makes those leaps without any problem. I'm a believer, and as long as I can swing it on my budget, The King of Fluff will continue to have them.