Charlene had an appointment at the vet on Friday -- she was due for her annual checkup and vaccines. Though she always gets a little scared when she visits the vet, she did well, stayed calm during the examination, and waited patiently for it all to be over.
Generally, she's doing pretty good, but our girl is showing more signs that she is aging. Doc noticed some arthritis in Bean's hips during her last visit and now she can feel it forming in her knees and elbows, too. She doesn't think it's making Charlene uncomfortable at this point, but it's something we're keeping our eyes on. We're continuing with Adequan injections which help lubricate her joints and rebuild cartilage. She does need to lose some weight (no surprise there) and we're trying hard to keep focused on that.
On our way home from the vet, we stopped by the pet store to pick up some food. As I chatted with the gals working there, they asked about Wylla and Charlene and I told them that Bean was waiting in the car and said I could bring her in if they would like to say hello.
I went out and grabbed the carrier, brought her inside, put her on the counter, opened the door and took her out. She sat calmly on the counter, looked around the store, and received some love from the gals. There were several shop cats wandering about and though Bean did notice them, she didn't seem to mind their presence at all.
Shop gal Deja asked if she could pick Bean up and give her some love, and it seemed like Bean might agree to that, so I said "sure!"
Both human and feline enjoyed the squeeze --- you could see Charlene was relaxed and comfortable in Deja's arms!
Unfortunately, my phone was out in the car and I didn't want to leave the shop to go get it, so I wasn't able to document this sweet moment.
I never would have guessed Charlene would do so well out and about in the world like that! Wylla, yes, she's had so much experience "stepping out, but besides trips to the vet, this was Charlene's first outing.
I don't know quite why, but the whole thing almost me made me teary. Charlene just really made me proud, I guess, which is silly, I know.
It was a big day for Bean and she was happy to get home. Her reward for being such a good kitten was another outing -- this time, just on the back deck for a little sunshine.