June 20th, 2012
Bartok has a Checkup
Posted by F&S
Bartok, one of our feline housemates, is named after the famous 20th century Hungarian composer and pianist, Béla Bartok. It’s no secret that we’re all getting older, and Bartok is an impressive 15-years-old! Recently, he spent some time at the veterinarian’s having a bunch of tests, just to be sure that he’s in tip-top condition.
1 Here we go, Francesca! Off with Uncle Carlos and Laura Acuna, going to an all too familiar place - the vet! Only this time we aren't the patients. We're going to pick up Bartok, the cat!
2 It's important for all animals to get regular check-ups, especially as they get older. Our pal, Bartok, is 15-years-old! Can you believe it?
3 Unfortunately, kidney failure, or uremia, is quite common in older cats and Dr. Jean urges regular check-ups, especially if they show symptoms. A big sign is when a cat increases the amount of water he or she drinks.
4 We were all relieved when Dr. Jean gave Bartok a clean bill of health!
5 Dr. Jean says you need to monitor your pets and note any changes in behavior. Changes in eating, energy levels, and frequency of urination can be red flags for uremia.
6 If your cat does become uremic, it's important to follow your vet's advice about medication and supplements. Uremic cats lose a lot of vitamins when their kidneys stop filtering their waste properly.
7 Sharkey, let's take Bartok and get out of here. These white cats seem to be multiplying! In a moment, they're going to outnumber us!
8 Don't worry, Bartok. We'll be home soon! I know you don't like being in that carrier, but you should just do as Sharkey and I do in the car.
9 First, find a comfortable position to snuggle. I prefer a cozy friend, like Laura here.
10 Then, close your eyes and fall sleep.
11 By the time you wake up, we'll be home and you can go back to chasing birds in the gardens.
12 Right Sharkey? See, Sharkey's got it down pat!
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