My Ernie cat is going to the doctor tomorrow. I called a vet we haven't seen in a while, and explained how she she hasn't been eating much, and I explained how she gets aggressive an agitated when we bring her to the doctor. This vet agreed to see her without sedation to try to get a blood test and maybe a urine sample. The urine probably won't be a problem. She uses her pee as a weapon at the vet. I know y'all probably think I am exaggerating, but I can assure you: she is five and a half pounds of fluffy fury when she goes to the doctor. She hisses, spits, bites, scratches, and, if she's really mad, flips onto her back and shoots balls of poo at the doctor with amazing aim. She has torn apart exam rooms, broken stuff, peed everywhere, and generally wreaked havoc. Yep. It's an adventure. Between the yowling and the crashing of equipment to the floor, the people in the waiting room are more than a little nervous when our door opens. So I know y'all will find this hard to believe, but I did not purposely schedule the appointment during my work hours. That was totally up to the vet clinic, as they had no morning or early afternoon openings for a week. I did not stick Walker with this duty on purpose. Really.
It sounds like Ernie may have a hyperactive thyroid. There are a couple things the vet wants to check for, but based on the symptoms that's where I'll lay my odds. I can feel a knot in her neck, but I don't know if that's her thyroid gland. It's in about the right spot. Anyway: I feel better now, knowing that we can at least try to help her without the risk of sedation. If they can't pin her down long enough to get blood, we'll have to move on to Plan B. Right now, I don't actually have a Plan B. So please, cross your fingers for us. We'll need all the help we can get.