Post 1425: slow day today…

Dougy waits patiently for me to move. Not today, kitty! I want to rest. Maybe later we can play feather games or you can play with Andy. 

[Dougy was half in the light and half out, so he looks a bit odd in this photo.]


24 thoughts on “Post 1425: slow day today…

    • They may come around later when I go to bed, but right this minute, they are napping! I take that back – Dougy’s whining for attention using his sad little kitty whine: he’s an expert!


    • It was really a very small incision that required just one suture. I went in mid-morning, and was out early afternoon, Michel. As far as infection control, the nurse at dialysis (which I had the next day, with no complications and much improved blood flow, thanks to the procedure) took care of cleaning and bandaging after she took the suture out. I’d say the incision was approximately 1,5-2cm long, and just slightly below the surface of the fistula. The doctor inserted a “balloon” device and stretched the restricted section of the fistula. There were no complications, I enjoyed a talk with the doctor and staff (all of whom know me from several other times they worked on me….!), and then headed home after the pleasant filet mignon and beer. I live in a beef raising part of the USA, and the steak was perfect! The only restriction I had to honor was not driving my car till the next day.

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    • In the right light, he is black, but his color (and that of his brother Andy) varies by the quantity and type of light. (Not fat, though, because half of what you see is hair! I make sure to have their veterinarian check them for weight. So far, they’ve both been the right weight for their size and age.)

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      • Yes, I think you are right! Another possibility is in the structure of the hair, something like those birds that have feathers that have prismatic characteristics instead of pigmentation to give them color. Andy and Dougy are what are called smoke Persians. This phenomenon is characteristic of their pelage. (I think the reason for the color shift is somewhere between your thought and mine…! Regardless, it is fascinating to see, and it is a beautiful characteristic of my kitty boys!)

        After I made a search in Google for an answer. The answer is, indeed, very involved, but I think you, especially, of all people will find it fascinating!

        The article discusses all colors of Persian cats, with links to other articles. The genetics of cat color are very interesting.

        I might add that Andy and Dougy had a Birman father, something Persian cat breeders sometimes do to improve the genetic health and vigor of the resulting kittens. That means that you can see evidence of the Birman points (like Siamese cats’ black legs, etc.)

        Have fun, Dan!

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      • You are welcome! I agree with you that science is important, and I approve of your mission to show people (especially kids) that there are more interesting things in science than what they find on their smart phones or playing games. Science feeds the mind and helps us find solutions to survival in the world!

        (p.s. I am Doug. Dougy is named after me, a family joke. Andy’s named after St. Andrew, one of the apostles of Jesus. He’s a serious kitty, and Dougy’s a jokester!)

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