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Diablo, who will be 16 come September, is an Old Fart Kitty. And appears to be a Sick Old Fart Kitty. Not sure yet what kind of sick -- two vet visits this week (prompted by recent weight loss and a bump on his back; the latter turned out to be a benign fluid cyst) have yielded okay blood and urine panels, although he's anemic and they're trying to figure out why. Virus tests (for fe-leuk or FIP) have come up negative, which I'm told doesn't necessarily mean they're not hiding out in his bone marrow and wreaking havoc. Another possible candidate is some kind of heart disease -- he has a murmur they noticed a couple years ago.

He's been gaining some of the weight back since I started giving him some canned food every day (he used to have no interest in it to speak of), and yesterday they gave me a vitamin and iron supplement to give him twice a day. Liquid, which he fortunately doesn't seem to mind (or just doesn't notice) on top of his canned food. Will be taking him back in a month to see how the anemia is doing, and probably getting X-rays (full-body overview, which the vet amused me by referring to as a "catogram") to rule out any cancer lurking inside his ribcage where it wouldn't be felt.

There's not a whole lot to do at his age for, well, pretty much any of the above. Fortunately, however, it doesn't seem to be bothering him to speak of -- he's been kinda low-energy, but doesn't give any indication of being in pain or anything. He still knows where his dish and litterbox are, and continues to make normal use of both. We'll see. :-/

Satine is in a curiously similar predicament (except for being, y'know, not alive, and therefore less worrisome except from a financial standpoint). I took her into the shop on Tuesday to investigate the check engine light, which came back on about a week after some work I had done last summer. I was told back then that it would likely happen because of some computer glitch, which they didn't have the patch for. However, my emission test certificate expires at the beginning of September, and they won't do the test if the engine light is on.

Well, if it was just a computer glitch last summer, it's not anymore. *sigh* And one of the things called for (which add up to more than the car is really worth) is a whole new catalytic convertor, which kind of puts the kibosh on any thoughts of finding a way to get the darn light to go off long enough to get the test done. Because I kinda suspect a car that needs a new catalytic convertor (and oxygen sensor, whatever that does, but probably will affect emissions too) is unlikely to pass an emissions test.

All of which is very annoying, as the car is running perfectly fine. Also because we just spent $240 getting the brakes fixed a few weeks back. *scowl* Also? Not the birthday present I had in mind for brainiacfive. *sigh*

So, starting shopping for another bill car this weekend. Investigating various options from having family members in (or rather, retired from) the industry, etc. (Coming from blue-collar Michigan stock has its advantages. *g*) Hoping somebody has a "no interest/no payments until such-and-such" deal going on, as the plan was to do the car shopping after the end of this year (when the timeshare will be paid off). We were talking some about hybrids, but I'm loath to inflict the wear-and-tear of my current commute on a new car, and there's not much of a used market for them yet. So, off in search of a late-model used something-reliable-with-decent-mileage. No bigger, and preferably smaller, than my current Cavalier. It's a shame they don't make the Metro anymore. Angelique went through two engines and assorted minor stuff, but she went 350K miles and got 50 MPG until the day she died.

Need to paint the garage now that the house is done. (Need to post pictures of the house, come to that.) Was considering doing that this weekend, and might still do some prep (buying paint, figuring out where to rent pressure washer, etc.). But between the "excessive heat watch" (expected to be in effect from Saturday to Monday) and the car shopping, don't think that's gonna happen.

Need to find good fabric for 18th-century corset. Preferably pink. It's probably the PotC influence, but I have decided I want my 18th-century corset to be pink. Also need to pick up the Butterick pattern for pocket hoops and petticoat -- have been holding off in hopes of catching it on sale. I seem to keep missing the Butterick sales.

Need a bloody vacation, darnit. %-}


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Jul. 28th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
< sympathy > for Diablo. Sounds like you're doing everything you can, but I know how much this part can suck. More < sympathy > for Satine. But good shopping <<<< vibes >>>>>, for what that's worth.
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks. So far he's basically fine, so unless there's a sudden and rapid decline (which I know can happen, but am not thinking about until/unless it does), he'll be with us and happy for a while yet.

As for Satine, I still dream of someday getting a new car while my previous one can still be sold to someone in a useful condition. Not achieving that this time, but I can at least hope to get something in trade, which is a step up.
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
Aw, I hope Diablo keeps feeling well enough. I'm going through sick animals kids right now, so I know how it feels. :( (HUGS)
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
{{{ hugs back }}} And yours are young, so double {{{ hugs }}}.
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
*hugs* on Diablo.

We've still got the Saturn, and you're welcome to it for any time you need a functional car whilst you still need to look for a vehicle.
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but if we end up not getting anything before 9/1, we'll just be a one-car household for a while. (One of the benefits of brainiacfive telecommuting.) Satine is still perfectly functional to all appearances, which is of course part of the annoying. :-/
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Jul. 28th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
I hope Diablo starts feeling better. I was actually thinking about him yesterday. Aging is a scary thing in our pets; I'm watching Sheba slow down in her 17-year-old dotage, and it's saddening. You never want to see it happen, and hopefully they're both just having a lazy summer and will have several more years. My sister's cat lived to 20+, so I know it can happen.

Best of luck on the other things. Jamais deux sans trois, n'est-ce pas?
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
C'est vrai. :-}
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hope kitty is feeling better soon...after going through old age with 3 cats, I can relate. We now just have the one 8-year-old cat, and it's a relief not to have the litany of health problems to deal with.

An unsolicited car recommendation: Toyota Echo. We bought ours new 6 yrs ago, and it's a fabulous little commuter car. Good gas mileage, small, reliable, tons of cargo space, very well designed. We just sold ours (trade in for the minivan), but I was sad to see it go. Good luck with the search!
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Cool. That's actually one I had mentally bookmarked to investigate -- I just like the looks of them, and Toyotas in general seem to have a reputation for reliability. Good to have the recommendation. Thanks!
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Jul. 28th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
::hugs to Diablo:: hope he feels better soon!

And bugger about the car; I'd offer to nick the catalytic converter from our an excavation, but a) I don't know what it looks like b) I doubt it'd fit anyway and c) it might qualify as looting an archaeological site.

So, instead I'll offer happy shopping vibes.
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
c) it might qualify as looting an archaeological site.


I think (b) is kinda the deciding factor, because yeah, I doubt the CC from a van would fit a Cavalier.
(no subject) - thanatos_kalos - Jul. 28th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 28th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
Poor Diablo. With any luck, the onset of elderly age is the main problem, and not something more serious.
Pink corset? *grins* PotC sometimes helps more than it hurts, I guess. I'm still reeling from the second movie, which, if you have not seen, I will not say anything else about.
Your FList has deemed me unworthy, and tossed me out. :(
(At least, I hope it was your FList XD)
Jul. 28th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
I hope Diablo won't have any lurking cancer or the like. Good thoughts going his way!

I took her into the shop on Tuesday to investigate the check engine light, which came back on about a week after some work I had done last summer. I was told back then that it would likely happen because of some computer glitch, which they didn't have the patch for.

Your light's been on this whole time? I'm skeptical of it being a 'computer glitch' especially with it being an older model car. Check engine lights are emissions related issues and if any model vehicle is having a problem with that that is a compliance issue with the EPA and CARB. In short, car companies NEED to FIND and RESOLVE the problem else pay big government fines. Hence, I'm wondering if whatever work they did caused an issue in one of your emissions related components by mistake.

(and oxygen sensor, whatever that does, but probably will affect emissions too) is unlikely to pass an emissions test.

The O2 sensors in simplest terms detect how much oxygen is in your exhaust which will then feed back into your car's engine controller to tell it if the engine is running too rich or too lean. If there's very little or no oxygen in the exhaust, the engine is running rich (more fuel than air), hence complete combustion has occurred. Running rich increases the amount of NOx and VOCs produced. Running lean, you have too much air and not enough fuel which produces bad performance. The sensors help keep the air/fuel ratio in balance to incease performance and reduce emissions.
Because of this, O2 sensors are emissions impacting as well.

Have you thought about buying another Cavalier? irish_horse has had nothing but great luck with them and from the sounds of it, this one has lasted you a good long time as well.

Jul. 28th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
About 4 years, but then it was used and Val put tons of miles on the thing in that time.

Cavaliers are no longer being made, but there's always the chance of finding one in a good used condition, I suppose.
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Jul. 28th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)

Jul. 28th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
This is seconded by the rest of the SIMIAN household!

(Just imagine all the voices singing to Diablo...)
(no subject) - wiliqueen - Jul. 29th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 29th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
*hugs* and good luck vibes re: Diablo. Re: Satine, if things had happened a few months ago, I might have been able to give inside track to sale of family's Malibu or Saturn, or practically given you my old cruiser outright. All gone now, so all I can offer is more good luck vibes...
Jul. 29th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
...er, that was me. Sorry. Didn't realize I wasn't logged in. Jet lag, sorry...
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