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Back from the Cat Doctor

Of course, Alex and Julia – at the last minute – wanted to come to the vet's too, so I sent them upstairs to get dressed QUICK while I moved the car seats from the truck to the car and rearranged the cat carriers so everyone would fit.  Phew!

Not a whole lot to report, actually.  All three cats were weighed, temps taken (oh, how they love that), shots galore were given, and they took some blood from Blur since she hasn't been to the vet in several years.  I also brought in a lovely fresh stool sample from Softie, for follow-up analysis.  I'll get a phone call tomorrow regarding that and Blur's bloodwork.

The kids – the human ones – were pretty good while we were there.  Julia wanted to see everything – including when they took Blur out of the room to do her bloodwork.  I didn't let Julia follow.  Just as well – they had a tough time getting a sample from Blur's leg – old veins, the vet said – so they took it from her jugular.  Yeah.  So she wasn't too happy with her visit.  She sat in my lap on the floor and shed a sweater's worth of hair all over me.  But she's in great shape, our vet – Dr. Cat Lover – has a special place in her heart for older cats, she told me, so she REALLY loved Blur. 

I bring the kittens back in 3 weeks for their next distemper shots and their rabies shots, then go back for a tech visit (no office visit charges – thank you Dr. Cat Lover!!) the following week for leukemia shots and pre-spay/neuter bloodwork.

I told my sister it would have been cheaper just to get pregnant again.  NOT REALLY AND I AM JUST KIDDING AND DON'T MEAN TO BE FLIP ABOUT THAT.  But still.  It's been – as I have mentioned before – a REALLY long time since I had kittens – plural – and so the vet bills – they're giving me a permanent deer-in-the-headlights look.  Not really.  I pride myself on not reacting.  Not even fainting.  I just write the check.

Bill called my cell as I was leaving – "Do I want to know?" he asked.  "No, no, you really don't." I said.

But this will not happen EVERY time.  It will lessen.

It's a damn good thing they're CUTE kittens, that's all I can say.

5 thoughts on “Back from the Cat Doctor

  1. I have an old country vet. Kind of like the ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ vet…his name is escaping me for some reason….anyway, he is 70 and wears plaid shirts and is just the sweetest man.

    He only charges $15-25 a visit.

  2. I laughed when you talked about the excessive shedding at the vet. My cat should be bald after a visit to the vet from shedding so much. I always forget about this part and then have to change when I get home since I am covered in cat hair!

  3. i just spent 900 DOLLARS (ack) on our crappy old cat that is grumpy, barfs everywhere, will not let anyone pet her and meows EVERY morning at 4am in such a manner that she wakes up all three of us. it’s brutal but what can i do? Let her die? *thinks for a moment* hmmmm….

  4. i just spent 900 DOLLARS (ack) on our crappy old cat that is grumpy, barfs everywhere, will not let anyone pet her and meows EVERY morning at 4am in such a manner that she wakes up all three of us. it’s brutal but what can i do? Let her die? *thinks for a moment* hmmmm….

  5. Every cat I’ve ever had has shed like crazy when at the vet! It’s amazing.

    Yeah, I’ve been paying vet bills for almost 30 years and the prices sure have gone up!

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