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F.U.P.A.

The kitties are now 7 and 8 months old. Grumpus has grown into a lean, athletic Alien kitty. Mason has just grown wider and wider. He looks like an obese kitten. When we picked up Mason he was the fattest cat in a the basket of nine kittens. There was an e-coli outbreak in the cattery and he had just finished all of his medications. When we got him home Grumpus was much bigger than him and yet Mason would push Grumpus out of the way and eat his food or treats. Tom and I came hope one day to find a bag of treats on the floor covered in teeth marks, we then found out the bag that contained their dry food had been chewed open. Why mason wanted that food instead of the same dry food that was in his bowl, only he knows.

Our cat John who died last February had been a fat cat too. He loved his wet food, and treats and dry food and people food when he could get it. He would steal Emma's food before she passed. Emma wasn't fat but she had kittens before Tom saved her from Kitty Auschwitz, so she had a saggy belly. Mason has a saggy belly only it looks full like there may be a kitten in there. Tom and I have grown more and more concerned with it, the litter after Mason's had an outbreak of FIP. The breeder was devastated. She took the kittens into the vet for their shots and that's where they caught it. Horrible. One of the symptoms of FIP is fluid in the abdomen, so Tom and I have been keeping an eye on his FUPA (Fat Under Pussy Area).

The other day, Mason was laying on the back of the couch on his side underneath a lamp he uses like a heat lamp. His massive belly jiggling underneath hung down over the side of the couch. Tom and I both looked at him in horror as he purred away. We felt his belly to feel if it felt liquidy, it's didn't really and much to our surprise it didn't feel like he had a kitten in there either. The next morning we made a same day appointment to see the vet.

I took Mason in and left Grumpus at home, Mason was pissed to separated from his brother for the first time, and when we came home Grumpus was even more upset than Mason. But at the Vet I explained our fears and the e-coli and FIP situations. The handsome vet quickly ruled out FIP. Our old vet moved away so it was my first time meeting this new vet. He instantly fell under Mason spell and during inspection kept having cute-tourettes "Let me check his breathing and Heart... Oh my god you are cute. Are his ears normally like... What a lover you are... um, are his ears always like this?" Mason can charm the pants off anyone, unfortunately the vet's literal pants stayed on. After a full inspection the vet narrowed down his F.U.P.A. to two causes: Hernia or just plane fat. He recommended an ultrasound to be sure and warned that he may have to shave Mason's belly, that caused me to laugh and I assured him, he wouldn't but if he did that was fine. I think he forgot what his belly looked like in the 10 seconds he was talking to me. He told me it would take 20 minutes and warned me about the cost.

Ten minutes later he came out with mason and a big smile, "It's not Hernia, it's just fat. That was easiest ultrasound I've ever performed so we are only going to charge you half price." That's yay but why is he so fat when Grumpus is trim. We feed the kitties dry food because mrhavisham a former breeder told us wet food was bad for kitties unless they aren't getting enough water but we leave them a bowl out all day. I told this to the vet and he tilted his head and said, "Dry food is pretty fattening, maybe you want to not leave it out all day. I think this little guy is just eating too much. He weighs twice as much as the last time you brought him in and while he is a kitten and weight gain is normal... this is a bit extreme."

So yes, I made my child obese. It's going to be hard to reign in his eating and get him into better habits. I worry that Mason will continue to stay fat and Grumpus will starve. Wish us luck.

P.S. Yes I want the new iPad, but I think I'll wait until it has an isight camera. Second Generation for the Win please Alex!

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julrikson
Jan. 28th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Meaningless...
...without pictures. We want pictures of the kitties. And the hunky vet too. (Wink/Kidding) Not kidding about the picture of the rotund Mason. Picture of Grumpus will work too, but not without pictures of Mason. iPad needs a Media Drive, otherwise, useless. Too be to be portable. Never understood why Steve refused to put a camera in the iPod Touch, but did in the iPod Nano. Some nonsense about it being too expensive. Not buying that excuse. I'll stick with my iPod Touch, thank you.
monkeyx3
Jan. 28th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Meaningless...
Check my latest post for pictures and a link to a lot more pictures of the kitties. Unfortunately I wasn't sly enough to think of snapping a shot of the hot vet.

It's always best to wait for the second generation, all the kinks are worked out, the price normally drops and lots of new features are added.
sisyphus238
Jan. 28th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I'm with you. It's appealing but I've read of people being underwhelmed by what's arrived versus what they were hoping for. The next two versions will only be better.
monkeyx3
Jan. 28th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed at what they have done but it doesn't have all the features I want, and I'm pretty sure it will have them in the next generation. I think the iPad may be a godsend to the publishing industry. I know I would love to be able to read my trashy magazines without those damn perfume inserts.
ewe_2
Feb. 4th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad nothing is wrong with Mason.
:-)
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