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Here are two views from my back door today.
These were taken in Palmerston North, New Zealand on a grey, mizzling sort of day. Winter is coming, but Yoshi doesn’t care 🙂

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Poppy

We’ve had so many trips to the vet over the last two months, that they are no longer charging us full rates.
Percy has been in hospital three times – twice with a blocked bladder, after which he contracted the flu. His poor nose blocked up so he couldn’t smell his food. Apparently, if a cat can’t smell it won’t eat. In the end, they were so worried they kept him in and fed him with a syringe for three days. Now, thankfully, he seems to be back to his normal self – still on his special urinary tract diet however.
Poppy has been having more allergy problems … Then she started peeing in odd places again. It was obvious something was not right, so I took her back to the vet last night.
Some time ago the vet said if medication didn’t fix her allergies, we should do blood tests to make sure there wasn’t something more sinister happening.
Turns out there is.
Kidney failure.
She is very young for this to be happening, so they think she was probably born with poly cystic kidney disease.
She is off all allergy medication and on a strict special diet to try and stabilise her kidneys… If it works … and it is a BIG if… she may live a few years with a reasonable quality of life. The allergies COULD go away once her kidneys are functioning better. But, they may not. And that would be a deal-breaker. Allergies make her miserable, and she is just too much of a sweetheart to be allowed to live in misery.
She is asleep on my knee, having no idea of her prognosis. And I am already mourning for her. Daft eh?
It should be a consolation that in the year since she spcame to us, we have done our very best to make sure she had a lovely life. It will be one day, I know. But, not today.

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