An even worse nightmare than taking one of our cat to the vets, is taking them both…..
- Jozef saw a strange cat in our garden one evening last week and saw it off after a bit of a battle. He came in full of himself and we could see no wounds but decided to keep a close eye on him.
- Then Walter came in wet and skidded on the lino, he seemed OK too but another one to keep a close eye on.
- Monday, Jo had scabs on top of his head and Walt was walking carefully, not limping but going up and down stairs and jumping cautiously.
- Tuesday Jo had knocked a scab off and there was a bit of pus oozing out, yes a trip to the vets was definitely in order for him so we decided to take Walt too to be on the safe side…
….Down came the cat carriers from the top of the wardrobes, dusted off and put ready for the ordeal. When the time came to go and the wicker basket creaked all hell broke loose, the poor little souls didn’t know who was the one going, so they both did a runner lol little knowing it was both of them.
Well we eventually got to the vets, Walter quiet as he usually is, Jo protesting loudly. It’s only a month or so since he was there for his x-ray and tests and he probably thought we might leave him again.
It was a new vet we hadn’t seen before, Kathryn, she was lovely, so very gentle with our boyz. Jo was first, after the usual battle to get him out of the basket, he gave in, the vet had a good look at his head and said it was clean, we’d done a good job bathing it.
She checked him over especially his tummy as he’s prone to hairballs and pronounced him very fit. Gave us some advice on the best diet for him, James Wellbeloved hypoallergenic biscuits along with senior wet food would help his sensitive tummy.
She doesn’t think raw food diets are good, too much chance of bacteria in chicken and meat too these days, which we agreed, we wouldn’t like to feed our boyz raw meat with all the bad news around it now.
She picked Jo up and took him off out the back to be weighed, he sat in her arms quite happily! Then he had an antibiotic injection and he was finished. Walter next, he just goes limp and hopeless bless him but he was very good with Kathryn, she gave his back legs a really good examination and couldn’t find much wrong, maybe one knee was a bit swollen.
Off he went in her arms to be weighed and came back and had a steroid injection. But the bad news for him is that he needs to lose a bit of weight, so his legs don’t have so much to carry, oh dear and he does love his food.
We were in half an hour and had a really good chat about how cats are wild at heart and we shouldn’t try to control them, they need their freedom and she admired us for giving it to our boyz, for getting up early to let them out and for loving and caring for them so much.
Such a nice lady, a real cat vet, she has restored our trust in vets as she didn’t try to sell us tests or expensive food. It’s good to have a friendly cat loving vet who really took the trouble to put us and our cats at ease. I said ‘Sorry we’ve taken up so much of your time’ she replied ‘It’s my fault, I do love to talk a lot’ lol
Incidentally the vet who pushed the blood tests and X-rays and throat exam on us for Jo last time we went when he was coughing, has left!
We came home light hearted, nothing serious and the bill wasn’t half as much as we feared. So after settling them in, off we went for the recommended dry cat food, saw some sachets of the same make so thought we’d try some of those too…big mistake £6.99 down the drain lol they wouldn’t look at it! They love the biscuits though, oh poor Walter, how is he going to lose weight? More exercise, fun and games are on his menu now.
We told them they were such good boyz we might treat them to a new cat carrier each soon when our bank balance recovers , they had some real beauties at the vets, with a little trapdoor in the top to put your hand in to comfort the cat. What a good idea!
They both said ‘Don’t bother, you’ll not catch us next time’ lol