His great-grandmother Dominique de Menil was an heiress of the Schlumberger oil fortune, an American grande dame who rode horseback in the Bois de Boulogne and married a French banker she had met in a ballroom at Versailles. One of their daughters, Philippa, co-founded the Dia Center for the Arts in Manhattan, while another, Christophe, married Robert Thurman, a famed scholar of Buddhism. Mr. Thurman eventually divorced her and remarried, fathering with his second wife (a German-Swedish model previously married to Timothy Leary) the actress Uma Thurman.
After receiving his morning morphine, Bebe jumped up on the bed and began thrashing around. He wiggled himself under my duvet, leaving his bum sticking up in the air, the rest of him wrapped in a cocoon of white sheets. It was like the love scene from Romeo + Juliet, minus the sex.
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BACKSTORY My little cat is sick. RIght off the top (of his tail) he has neurological damage. His claws to not retract and his reaction time is a little slow, making us a good pair, I guess, so long as he is not in pain. But it seems he is - he has inflamed joints.
THE SAGA CONTINUES The cat was prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication. This medication has been studied only in Europe: small animals having a generally reduced ability to process medications, and there is some difficulty with respect to obtaining consent, as it were, or at least not doing harm. So in addition to this Metacam, which, when the cat began barfing with increased frequency, a nice young vet informed me can cause ulcers and reduced, I have been offered Kitty morphine and a weight-adjusted formula for administering human antacid. I'm sort of shitting myself right now (which, incidentally, is exactly what the cat did in the car on the way home from the first veterinarian).
PRO/CON ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION On the plus side, I have the sort of relationship with the young vet that I wish I had with my own doctor. I observe in detail and communicate clearly; he is open and direct about what could be the problem, risks, and options for treatment, while hearing my desire to not overload the cat and create further problems. On the minus side, my cat could have feline aids or leukemia increasing his susceptibility to infection. If you've never been grossed out about rescue cats, google at your own risk.
A MOMENT FOR REFLECTION This could be the longest post I've ever written, which is both sad and an illustration of the ineffectiveness of my chosen deterrent to the same, giving the cat a ridiculous nom de blog. Dodo is a gentle soul who I love to spend time with, and watching him feel poorly makes me agitated and ill at ease.
DAN THE CAT is so polite he regularly picks the least comfortable places in the room in which to sit and sleep. He is very small and has no tail [MANXY] but when he lies down beside me he stretches out as long as he can go [SOLIDARITY].
I adopted a cat. We picked each other out some time ago, while I was quite sick, and waited to make it final. He climbed into my lap and started purring, which mellowed me right out. He is a sweetheart and a perfect gentleman. He likes catnip.