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feline vet junkies-the startling statistics
and now for something- completely the same: sylvia has had to be whisked off to the vet. this weekend/late night vet fix my girls have been harbouring the last year jumped the f'ing shark , oh, about the first time i had to bring brown in. feline trauma- apparently i just can't get enough. blah.

i suppose the truth of the matter is that they're all old and old for all of us means more goes wrong with our health. it's only recently that the ladies have had any health problems whatsoever. persia, brown, and sylvia had never been sick a day in their lives before all this kitty cat medical jonesing.

sylvia appears to have somehow got a gaping infected wound around one claw -a tear around a pad on one of her hind paws. i have no idea what happened or when. the only reason i noticed it was that she jumped up on the kitchen counter saturday, while i was standing there, and sat back, exposing her back paws. i noticed one toe seemed askew and puffy.i hadn't noticed any blood or limping or anything abnormal about her. it was clearly infected-angry and red. when i tried to clean it to get a good look at the damage-it was under and between the toes so not exactly noticable unless you were right on top of her- it appeared as if she had gotten her claw caught in something and had rather violently yanked it away. she could be arthritic-maybe she just can't detach those talons they way she used to. i could find nothing exposed and sharp around the house. she really wouldn't let me really clean it and try to get any pus out and it looked big enough for stiches so i was hoping to bring her in tuesday( figures monday/today is a holiday and all vet clinics nonemergency hospitals are closed) as she was not showing any signs of distress and was not feverish and was eating and drinking normally and not hobbling around. cats are very prone to abscesses and the resulting infections can even be deadly- and this is located on the litter scratching and stomping feet. so i freted and worried and thought about going to angell but i am truly loathe to set foot in there unless it's a dire situation. then i took a chance and called this Indian guy who has clinics in east cambridge and arlington because someone on line said he was prone to open his office if you called him last minute and that he was no frills but really good and caring.

so off we went in faithful HAL to dr. mohammad ( persia will be pleased)! he gave me an appointment for a mere 2 hours after i called and he answered his own phone. he was quite nice and so was his wife and they have an awesome resident cat in their office. he's going to have to sedate her because he'll have to do stitches and perhaps remove the claw. it was hard to leave her there but at least i know exactly what's wrong this time. i left feeling i could trust them and need not worry. his prices are very reasonable and he didn't even want a deposit-highly unusual with vets. angell practically turns you upside down from your heels and shakes every last dime out of your pockets before they'll even consider whether they'll even begin to treat your pet.

he's doing the surgery today and i should hear from him early tomorrow afternoon. sylvia was so good on the trip over- and she hates the car almost as much as her mom did. so give a thought to sylvia today. she's about the sweetest cat there is. ever since her mom died she's been sort of lying low- she had taken over a box in the livingroom and seemed to spend a lot of time in it. she's 16 or 17, afterall ,and cats in general do sleep a lot and the older ones sleep even more. she was a tad miffed at the new cats- but in that understated sylvia way-nothing truly ever seems to fluster her and if bothered in any manner she just calmly walks away from or around the perpetrator as if they're invisible. i do not think i have ever heard her growl.

i've been up all through the night- i have to try and sleep...

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Oh my poor splotchy baby!!! Many good wishes to her.

My poor Peekers is on meds, for get this, acne! I have to keep her on these antibiotics for 4 - 6 weeks and if it doesn't get any better, they have to sedate her to remove them (medically popping a pimple as it were) and then continue her on the antibiotics.

So kitty issues abound...and I hope my gal Sylvie does well!

i keep getting this image of peets with acne meds lotion smears on her fur, winding her braces and getting ready for the sock hop...kitty acne! oh my.those difficult teen years....does she take her meds like a good girl?

well sylvia was in fine health and bopping around the house- not limping or anything to show she was hurt- and not showing any serious signs of illness associated with infections so i think she'll be fine. at least it wasnt another cat launching into acute respitory distress. i havn't heard from the doctor so i assume she went through surgery fine. she's in arlington. what a strange place-like a normal small town. ive been in the city too long.

brown and alice are a wee bit peeved i took her away....brown is all worried, i can tell. theyve been through so much the past year. i'm just mad at myself i didn't notice it sooner-but it was rather well hidden and it's not like she lets me loll around playing with her back toes...

Nope..Peets, like a good cat, hates her meds...she is getting a wee bit better about it, but not much.

Yeah..I never thought my old lady cat would end up with a teenage girl problem. At least she doesn't have a myspace page...YET

I didn't notice Peets' "problem" until I noticed sores around her mouth...this is a stage known as advanced. It is so hard with kitties sometimes...

I am happy to hear that my gal Sylvie is on the mend. You really have fulfilled your kitty health issue duties for a lifetime.

i really like this doctor. he looked at her teeth when she was under and very guiltily reported that they need attention seriously-very common in older cats. he felt bad he didn't show me in person exactly what was wrong. what a difference. so she stays until tomorrow night for dental cleaning.

cats are notorious for hiding symptoms of disease.sylvia's wound was indeed huge enough for stiches and she wasn't even walking funny on it.

those damn pill pockets really work. as you know brown has what's referred to as ' tortie-tude'- about pills. ie she's a fucking bitch about it until i stuffed them in that kitty crack.

these cats got to let up for a moment- i need to go to the eye doctor damn it. maybe i should just go to the vet too-im there all the frigging time.i can't see where the care would be any worse.

Sending the kitty lots of positive vibes!

wel it worked.l the doctor called and she's doing fine. he removed the claw and there wasn't really a lot of tissue damage so she's got the stiches and a big old bandage!

i get to get her tomorrow night-

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