We took Lydia in to see our vet last night. When you adopt a pet from the OSPCA, you get a complimentary vet visit, which was nice because Lydia has some issues. First, like most animals that come from a shelter, she had a bit of a cold. Second, She has a heart condition. Third, she has a cloudy eye that the vet at the shelter could not get a good look at, but did take note of.
The heart condition is a level 6 heart murmer. I've learned that heart murmers run on a scale from 1, being least severe, to 6 being most severe. Lydia's heart murmer is a 6. She is so tiny and her heart beats so hard you can actually see the heart murmer when she is laying down. She is a pretty lazy kitty, but it doesn't cause her any discomfort. The vet was pretty clear that it really is a serious issue for her.
Poor kitty also has an infection in her incision from the spay. As a precaution, because of her heart condition and everything else going on with her, we have her on some antibiotics. She is such a nice, docile kitty and takes her pill so easily.
It's sad to know that this sweet little animal that I am already so attached to might not be with us for long, but I suppose I feel repose knowing that at least she will live out her life in comfort. She sits on the chair next to me when I sew and has is starting to come for pats and snuggles with us on the couch at night.
I've never had a pet with any sort of serious health problem, so I'm not really sure what to expect.