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.

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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!

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!

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?

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?

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.

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.

We were all relieved when Dr. Jean gave Bartok a clean bill of health!

4 We were all relieved when Dr. Jean gave Bartok a clean bill of health!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

First, find a comfortable position to snuggle.  I prefer a cozy friend, like Laura here.

9 First, find a comfortable position to snuggle. I prefer a cozy friend, like Laura here.

Then, close your eyes and fall sleep.

10 Then, close your eyes and fall sleep.

By the time you wake up, we'll be home and you can go back to chasing birds in the gardens.

11 By the time you wake up, we'll be home and you can go back to chasing birds in the gardens.

Right Sharkey?  See, Sharkey's got it down pat!

12 Right Sharkey? See, Sharkey's got it down pat!

Comments (16)

  • ..Bartok,so happy you have a clean bill of health!.I like kitties...my jaunt down the driveway was fun..I got down there okay..visited a bit with the county crew..yes, they had a snack ready for me..and lo and behold..down the driveway came James and Lucinda to whisk me off for a ride..and a maple bar..we went beach combing..i got out and strolled a bit on the beach and then barked and acted naughty.. came home barked and acted naughty some more...and now I am worn out..so taking my meds and stretching out in front of the pellet stove..as it is cold and clammy out..over and out, Cora-Belle

  • Good morning one and all,
    Bartok is amazing. 15 years old and no health problems. That is awesome. Go Bartok! It was very nice of you girls to keep Bartok company on the way home from the vet.
    Well, I see by yesterday's post that Missy Chow checked in. Glad to hear from you little one. You know me, I worry about our Glue Squad members. Now, where in the heck is Chloe? I also saw that Lynn posted about Delia visiting her daughters. Delia, you tell your girls you need to use their computer to check in with us.
    Anyone have anything special going on this week?
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It’s so good you take care of those cats at your house. I think every dog should have a cat. After all, you then could stay in shape by chasing them. I like to chase cats out of my yard. They come for the birds but find me there waiting for them. Hehehehe I’ve never caught one but my Daddy tells me I really don’t want to catch one. He says that they have a fistful of sharp claws. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what he is talking about. Not much going on around here this week; just hot and getting hotter. I stay inside as much as I can and catch up on my naps. Speaking of which; nap time!
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Now that you both are so familiar with Dr. Jean, it is very nice of you to accompany Bartok. I am so glad he received a clean bill of health. Kitty Kats have to watch for health issues as you say. I think a lot of our pals are on vacation. I am glad Missy Chow is a o.k. My favs are #11 and #12. Girls need their beauty sleep. Maddox, don't get too dizzy with all that thinking, and Zoe, Mom needs to buy stock in the t.p. companies. Kirby, Dudley, Rebel, Abby, Chloe, Missy Chow, and all my pals I love reading what you are up to. Now Cora Belle, this "coon" story is especially with you in mind. You know how you protected Basil from the coons putting the word out, well they are here again. At 5:30 the other morning one was waddling down the back walkway to our back where the ditch is, and I thought he was moving very slow. The fool coon had our sweet neighborhood gray cat in it's mouth. Hubbie said I was imagining things, and that coons aren't carnivores. They may not hunt like coyotes, but if cornered I know they will attack. The moral of this story. Have Cora Belle put the word out to keep the coons away from our furry family members. I know they have a right to life too, but I was soooooo mad. Anyway,thanks again for protecting our Basil, Cora Belle. You are the best!!! How is mom feeling, Abby? Have a good day all.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Good morning ladies!
    What great pals you are. Sure am glad Bartok got an A. O.K. from Dr. Jean. He's such a pretty kitty.
    Looking at you two snooze made me sleepy, Mimi said she could just hear you snoring away. LOL
    Good going Cora-Belle. You get friskey any old time you want to.
    Book club gals are coming to my house tomorrow. Mimi is baking cookies. I guess the ladies like wine and more wine with cookies. I'll let you know if they manage to talk about their book. Papa & I will be upstairs avoiding all that giggling & gossip.
    Hot again here, too. Lots of napping going on.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad, Good news for Bartok,I'm sure he will continue to keep an eye out for you girls and wondering what are those Frenchies up to next. Yeah, early computer time this morning. Not much happening here today, it's going to be real hot and I'll probably catch up on my nap time, just like Kirby Bear. Next couple days is suppose to hit very high temperatures so the a/c will be a real comfort for me anyway. Rebel, did you get your a/c installed? You will l-o-v-e it :) . Weekend plans for me includes training on Sunday, the trainer said I have done very well since my first day in beginners class, with alot of improvement,she can really see the difference in me. ;) .

    Back to "inside" patrol in cool temperature.

    Till next time,

    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, I am so proud of you two girls for helping take handsome Bartok to see Dr. Jean for a checkup! He looks so healthy and it's hard to believe that he is 15-WOW! I just love cats and sure would love to meet him, too! These photos are great! My favorite ones are of you beautiful girls sleeping in the car on the way back home! Sure hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful 1st day of summer! For once, it is going to be in the middle 70s here with sunshine and no rain! Hope all of you have a wonderful day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good Morning F & S
    Glad to hear the hairball got a good report. Were those white cats creepy or what? Ghost cats - yuk!!

    Franny I'm with you I like to snuggle and snooze in the car.

    Well I don't have much time mom is leaving for work. I'll be back later.

    Zoe

  • Good Morning Francesca,Sharkey, Beautiful Bartok, Lynn, Maddox, Cora Belle and all the glue squad,
    How nice that you frenchie girls accompanied Bartok to the vet for her well kitty check up. Glad she is doing so well at 15 years old. We really liked the white cat pictures and especially Franny snuggling!
    I personally like to curl up and snore on the back seat while mom drives home each night.
    Thank you Lynn, Dudley, Sonya for the nice thoughts and concern for my mom. She is feeling a little better today and waiting for more test results. I am working hard to roll on my back and snort which makes her laugh. We have today off for walking in the park and cuddle time.
    Maddox were you really naughty??? Keep those naps going Kirby. Rebel do you like your new a/c? Wine, cookies and books sound good to me. Good luck missy Chow on your training. Lynn, we felt bad for that kitty and the aweful raccoon. Maybe the glue squad should all pack on it and "make my day" as Mr. eastwood would say. That would teach the raccoon.
    Keep cool glue squad buddies, heat wave here.
    Love and barks- Abby

  • Great news Bartok had a super check up.

    Part of being a responsible pet owner is making sure of the yearly vet visits.

    My cat Muffy is almost 14 years old and sees the vet on a yearly basis.

    Hey, I'm surprised one of the white cats didn't hitch a ride back with you.

    What's one more cat!:)

    Stay cool today! It's going to be a hot one here in NH!

    gail

  • Hi all,
    Sounds like Cora-Belle had heck of a good time. I am very happy for her. You know, it is 94 degrees in Pa. and Karen is out mowing grass. Mammuy Jean told her it would wait but she said if she cuts it short today, maybe the sun will kill the rest of it.
    She is crazy sometimes. She has a couple acres to mow and with her arthritis she gets real stiff on the riding mower. When she is done it takes her over 5 minutes to get off of it. It is a spectacle to watch, I must say. hehehehehehehe
    I hope everyone stays nice and cool.
    Later,
    Maddox

  • What wonderful housemates you two are. Not only do you take of each when you have to go to the vet but you also watch out for your cat friends in the house too. No matter how much you may tease each other, you all take care of each other when it matters the most. Wow Bartok is fifteen and fit as a fiddle. Must be all of that great farm livin':smile:

    Chloe can you tear yourself away from your pool to check in please? What fun mischief have you been up to lately? :wink: Lynn that's just awful about your neighborhood grey cat. Have a great day everyone! :smile:

  • ..Yes, coons are vicious little meat eaters...luckily we live next to a river and they have lots of frogs, crawdads and salmon ( after they spawn) to eat..we have lots of grass to mow and I can just picture Karen getting off the riding lawnmower..because James and Lucinda also have arthritis and it is a ordeal to watch them disembark and try to stand up straight..Lucinda said we should just declare the yard a wildlife preserve and leave it long. James says then for sure people would think we are The Clampetts!!...I see nothing wrong with being a Clampett..Cora-Belle Clampett has a ring to it!!! must get out and enjoy the sun...later, Cora-Belle.....p.s. glad to hear Abbys' mom is feeling better..oh yeah..happy first day of summer fellow glue squaders..hope you all do something fun....

  • I am glad that Bartok is doing well. Our cat, Willa, is a feral cat that Mom brought inside before a brutal Wisconsin winter one year. We don't quite know how old she is, but Auntie Ellen, who takes care of her, makes sure she sees the vet on a regular basis. My sisters and I will be going soon to have our nails done and our butts squozed. Dr. Dude (that's what we call our vet, but I don't know why, it's something Chloe, who is at the Rainbow Bridge, invented before my time) always looks us over really good and we get blood work done once a year. It's good to live with someone who knows how important it is to see a good vet on a regular basis!

  • I guess that makes Bartok 15 years young, not old! Glad to hear he's doing well!

  • Bartok you look great for 15 years...I'm so glad you got a clean bill of health. :-)

    Oh Lynn how awful about the Coon killing the grey cat! :-( I love all animals even the coons, but hate seeing something like that...guess it's nature.

    Baby Favor, do you live in WI? Kitty came to us the same way in Wisconsin.

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

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