Originally Posted by BabyWukong
What gorgeous kitties! And... WOW, Missy is 21 years old? That's phenomenal
I met Yvonne in 1997 so before that I didn't know Missy, One day Yvonne and her kids got arguing about how old she really is and figured out that they are pretty sure she was born some time in 1987 or possibly real late 1986, so she may be 22 by now. Yvonne says Missy was 2 years old when she got her so she don't know much about her before that.
The first time I took her to the vet about 4 years ago I think because she acted like she had a sore mouth or tooth at the time, while the vet was checking her over she asked how old she was and I said we think about 17 or 18 and she thought I was kidding. She did have a infected tooth but some antibiotics took care of it. She said normally she would have just removed the tooth but when I got her to believe how old she is she didn't want to chance removing the tooth. I have had to the vet a few times in the last few years and the vet always says Missy is amazing.
We talked about her tooth when it acted up again about maybe removing it but she was against it, then she said we could do some blood tests to see if she is showing any problems that we can't see on the outside, so I said go ahead and a couple days later she calls and said she couldn't believe how well her blood work turned out. She did the blood tests again earlier this year to compare to the last blood work about 1 1/2 years before and there was basically no change and going on that if need be she might consider removing the tooth if it became to much of a problem, but since I have been feeding her soft wet food her tooth has not been much of a problem, she still eats the dry food for the other cats so her tooth must be OK yet.
The vet said chances are because of her age the Missy probably wouldn't be with us much longer, she said a year at most, I laughed and said Missy is tough as nails and will probably be here for another 5 years, I was half joking but she thought about it for a minute and said you may be right. I don't know if she will make another 5 years but I think she has been here close to year since she said that. She has slowed down allot in the last year but she still can get goofy at times and tear around pretty good yet. I have noticed that sometimes she acts like her back legs are causing problems like if she jumps to the floor from the bed or something like that but after she takes a few steps she is fine again so I am watching her close. After the new years stuff is all over I want to take her in just for another check up just to see if her vet can see anything new with her.
I am pretty sure she is not suffering in any major way yet but she is real good at hiding stuff like that. I have been pretty sick myself since last Sunday and Missy has been by my side or lays on my chest like she knows I am sick, so I pet her and she lays there and purrs away.
Sorry, I didn't mean to right a book here but I thought some might like to know some of Missy's story.