Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Madamish tendencies

Was the vet's unofficial diagnosis of Indigo during a routine checkup last month. I can't help but agree- or rather, there's no 'tendency' about it, she's a right little madam through and through. Not sure that 'Madamish tendencies' would make its way into the Merck Veterinary Manual but it certainly fits her! Anyway, she's very healthy. No further issues with her head, so that's good. The rest of her is beautiful as ever, the Tonkinese truly are a stunning breed.
Another thing that the vet commented on is that Indigo... well she's still packing a little more weight than she did last year. Ahem! And she is, too! Whether that's the effect of kittens (and I can sympathise there!), or all the messing about we had to do with her food, or even the steroid injections she had earlier this year I don't know, but it's something to keep an eye on. There's no point reducing her food right now, because shortly she'll be off to stud and then growing and feeding kittens, but if after all that Madam is still portly, then she is going on a DIET.

Lady, you just had the one kid and look at you!

In all seriousness though, it will be easier to deal with Indigo's weight as she eats seperately to the other cats, whereas interfering with Sofia's food would cause Ava to stop eating. Given that Ava spent her early adulthood at anorexic kitty skinniness, I'm not prepared to rock that particular boat. But Madam here, well she's a different matter altogether *grin*

Poor Indigo. I wouldn't want you to go getting the impression she's massively obese, because she isn't. She looks like a normal cat, but when you pick her up, that's when you notice she's like a sack of concrete lol. Of course there's an argument for saying it doesn't matter, so long as she's not huge and still active (which she is, she never stops tearing about) who cares if she's a bit portly but she's still a young cat and if she develops bad eating habits now then she'll really be in trouble when she gets older and her metabolism starts slowing down.

I think what happened is that she got into the swing of eating for seven, and just carried on. Ah... I'm saying nothing *looks at own ample stomach and then over at the baby the teenager* Ahem! Oh how I remember that terrible, restless, pregnancy/ breastfeeding hunger though... I do sympathise with her!

Of course if she reaches a grand old age, she can eat whatever she wants. She'll have earned it by then!

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