Max, my first old cat

Dear Max, You were a healthy cat for most of your life. No chronic issues or common problems. We always fed you a high quality diet, and I think that helped a lot. Good quality nutrition for our pets, just like for us, helps us build and maintain a healthy strong body and immune system.…

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Max up a tree

Dear Max, After you recovered from the skunk incident, we continued our outdoor adventures. The first order of business was to tighten the harness. With cats, we have to make the harness much tighter than you would with a dog. Cats have a more flexible back and rib cage, so they can get out of…

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Max’s leg

Dear Max, You were a playful kitten. Because you only had two humans to entertain you, we got a lot of your attention and you, in turn, got a lot of personal attention from us. And how you loved to play. I take part of the blame for this incident, but then how could either…

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Max and the puppy

Dear Max, When we bought our first home, we lived in a rural area with a nice yard and a young family. It was time for a puppy! If we’d taken a vote, I’m pretty sure you would have said ‘no’. Your only previous experience with a dog in the house didn’t work out very…

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Max’s Heart

Dear Max, You had a heart murmur. The first time I took you to the veterinarian for your kitten vaccines, she heard a mild murmur. When she was listening to your heart with her stethoscope, the lub-dub had an extra sound, meaning that the flow of the blood was not smooth. There is a good…

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Max and Kids

Dear Max, Initially, baby was interesting, warm, always wrapped in something soft. When she made noise, you just had to take a step back and you were out of range. But then, she started to move. She got fast and agile, and she could fit in almost every little hiding nook you found. Life became…

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Max and the Pregnant Lady

Dear Max, After we moved you several times, tried to introduce a dog and successfully introduced a kitten, we decided to have a baby. I remember when I was pregnant, someone asked when we were getting rid of our cats. “Umm, never.” Her first concern was the litter box. She worried about ‘that infection’ I…

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Max and The New Kitten

Dear Max, You were the perfect cat for students. You loved to drape yourself across our textbooks and notebooks as we studied. You were fastidious and forgiving. We sometimes let the litter box go longer than ideal and there were no problems. You were easy to feed. We could just keep food in the bowl…

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Max meets a dog

Dear Max, You were happy being an only cat. You moved with us in and out of several apartments and rooms, without issue. We moved around like students do as we transitioned from our first university to Guelph and my time at OVC. Veterinary school! You were an excellent study cat. You would do your…

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