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We're taking Shadow to the vet soon. A vet we've never been to, because they're one of two places open on Sundays, and this is one is a good 40 miles closer (have I ever worded in an entry how much I HATE living up here??). But he's MISERABLE.
On Friday, I noticed he was extra moody. Now, that's saying something. Shadow is BEYOND moody and temperamental; he can go from purring to aiming for your eye and back to purring after he's hurt you and doesn't recognize that that ISN'T the kitty way. But he was just...I can't word it. But I noticed that when he was eating (my little fat boy LOVES to eat!), he was GROWLING. No one was near him, just him and his pellets, and he was GROWLING at them. I told my mom I thought he had a toothache because of what he was doing. And when I went to sleep, I bumped into the blanket hanging off my bed and it YOWLED at me.
You guys, he's been my cat 10 1/2 years and he's NEVER gone under anything besides a car when it's raining outside. EVER.
Didn't see him AT ALL Saturday morning before I went bridesmaid dress shopping. Usually I can atleast catch a glimpse of him somewhere, but not at all. Then, couldn't find him when we got home at about 4:15, even though everyone was sure he wasn't out. Finally got him in the basement, carried him up and gave him treats. Then I was showing my dad how swollen under his chin looked. I guess I accidentally brushed against it.
I have NEVER heard a noise like that. Holy shit, it was the kind of noise you keep hearing, like if you've witnessed a car accident or something. I cried a little bit knowing I hurt him.
Which brings us to this morning, with him again under my bed, still growling as he chews, and me terrified.
What if something is REALLY wrong? How can I be a crazy cat lady without a cat?? Who's going to entertain me with his learned tricks? Who is going to answer to the 50,000 nicknames he's got? No other creature is smart enough to know as much as he does!
This CANNOT be a big deal. It needs to be an icky tooth and that's all.
No jaw tumor/cancer like Ace. I can't go through with that again.