I’ve had Bobcat for over 15 years now. She’s a cranky kitten who’s rather tempermental. And sometimes, just mental. K noticed that Bob’s gums were swollen so yesterday we took her to the vet. We decided to get her tested as well for FeLV since the two kittens had it previously and we were considering getting a new kitten to amuse Bob. I checked my voicemail this morning and nearly threw up when I listened to the message that said that Bob was positive for the virus.
Don’t get me wrong. At Bob’s age, I know she has limited years left but this just hurts because that time could be even shorter. The kittens survived for a short period after their diagnosis (6-12 months) and it’s still somewhat fresh. I’m hoping that Bob lives for at least another year or more. To lose 4 cats in a two year period would be devastating. It never ceases to amaze me how attached we can get to these little 4 footed creatures. They each have a unique personality and can make you love them as well as drive you up the wall (Bob’s favourite thing is to meow at 5 am for no reason other than for one of us to be up with her).
This picture is one of my favourites of Bobcat in K’s arms. She’s defiant about her independence but loves the attention.