Today, as I came home, I saw all my kittens gathered around in the living room. One of them, Simba, is usually always running to me and actively asking me to play with him. But there was something different today... As I opened the door, I saw him sitting on the couch with his sad face looking at me and giving me a weak "meow". Simba was trying to jump off of the couch but there was something strange with his left leg. I walked towards him and he walked towards me, and then I saw it... he walked limply with pain on his face.
And then I started to panic: what happened to him that caused him so much pain?! Seeing the changes in him made me so sad and scared at the same time. Bad thoughts kept coming into my mind: what if Simba couldn't get well soon, what if I couldn't see him the next day? And as those thoughts kept playing in my head, I started to become more scared and felt like crying.
His veterinarian will come tomorrow afternoon to check him, so by then we'll know more. Even though this situation made me sad, I can't help to be grateful as well. Grateful that I know Simba is sick and I have the chance to check his condition. Can you imagine what would happen if I didn't know what's wrong with him and the next day he is gone? It would be painful for me. Just like all those family members of HIV positive people who didn't have the chance to get the patient on ARV treatment, because they didn't even know that their family member was infected by the HIV virus. So, before it's too late, get yourself and your loved ones tested! The sooner, the better.