Friday Cat Blogging – 20 May 2016

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This morning I have the most tedious possible doctor’s appointment: one that I don’t need. A high blood-pressure reading during a visit last week provoked Kaiser Permanente’s computer into a flurry of activity, starting with an email, building up through web and phone messages, and finally peaking with a call from my doctor telling me to come in so we can chat about my blood pressure meds. Sigh. I knew I was going to pay a price when I skipped a second reading that day. The thing is, I see doctors a lot these days, which means I get my blood pressure tested a lot, and it see-saws up and down with no rhyme or reason. I barely pay attention anymore since I check it myself at home pretty routinely. (Yes, on a meter that’s been calibrated by KP.) So I already know my blood pressure is fine, but now I have to go through all the tedium of trying to convince my doctor of that.

Anyway, the good news is that this means catblogging is a little early today. As you can see, Hilbert and Hopper have their eyes glued to the native wildlife, which they will never have a chance to chase around. They probably wish they lived a mouser’s life, like Palmerston the foreign office cat. Or perhaps Kevin, the permanently surprised cat.

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