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Weasel…my balls…where are they, Weasel?

We’ve had hectic day today; Mad Jack went in for the snip-snip this morning. He’s come back to us…a little loopy. Unsteady, pupils the size of saucers. He’s obsessed with getting out, going from door to window to back door and scratching at the woodwork and meeping. They told us to keep him in for 24 hours, so he’s out of luck, but it’s a trial.

Have you ever had an animal come back from general anesthesia a little wrong in the head? I sure hope he’s back to himself tomorrow.

Right! LesterIII takes the dick with Mickey Rooney! After all that drama, and all the times he was picked, the old coot was only 93? I expected a more impressive number.

That means Dead Pool Round 62 queues up on Friday. If anyone was thinking of picking Peaches Geldof, I’ve got some bad news for you.

I leave you with this moving tribute I made for Damien, my last kitty to have a snip ‘n’ chip back in 2006. Damian vanished two years later, probably looking for something he was missing.


Comment from Deborah
Time: April 7, 2014, 9:16 pm

Cats. Maybe someone in your neighborhood thought Damien was a stray and lured him in with fois gras. He could still be livin’ the high life.

Yes—all our pets were ditzy for several days after their testiclectomies. They’ve been deprived of food and water, they have upset tums, and someone’s been at their privates.

Comment from mojo
Time: April 7, 2014, 9:35 pm

“You’re the besticles?”?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 7, 2014, 9:41 pm

Damian was actually sighted around the neighborhood several times after I lost him. He was an ordinary gray stripey tom, so maybe it was him, maybe it wasn’t.

Apologies to anyone who was reading this blog then. I went to a dark place and stayed there for a while.

I probably shouldn’t have animals. I take it too personally.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: April 7, 2014, 9:43 pm

I dunno if you ever had surgery but it takes a while to get back on your feet from those drugs. Cats recover really fast but its still messing with his head. Should be okay by the morning.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 7, 2014, 9:51 pm

Oh NOES!!!! NOT THE SNIP!!!!!!

LOL.. Schrodinger got his, and the vet said “Ease him back into his routine”. I got him home, and his first act was “SCREW EASY!!! WHERES MY DAMN FOOD???”

Kitteh’s is the QUAYSIEST PEOPLE!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 7, 2014, 10:11 pm

Poor kitteh!

Took me a year to recover from being sedated, give him time…probably having ghost pains from his missing parts.

Comment from DJMoore
Time: April 7, 2014, 10:40 pm

One of the more popular veterinary anesthetics is ketamine, which does not exactly put them to sleep.

Instead, it makes them trip so hard they do not experience pain as…well, pain exactly. (Or at least, that’s the way an anesthesiologist told me his patients described the experience. “Not like any anesthetic state I’d ever seen before.”)

So. Loopy. Yeah.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 7, 2014, 10:55 pm

My kitty is a girl kitty, so no testiclectomy for her, but I did have her girl bits yanked. She came home, took a swipe at the nose of her big brother- a 160# Rottweiller- curled up between his legs and slept for the rest of the day. I had all my animals fixed. The only one that had a problem was that 160# boy rottie. He never did take kindly to anesthesia. He was a puking, snoring, stoned bastard for a couple of days after any anesthesia. I always thought they overdid it with him because he was such a massive boy they felt he needed massive amounts of drugs.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: April 8, 2014, 12:08 am

I doubt Peaches had made any Dead Pool list. Very, very sad.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 8, 2014, 12:57 am

Trying to be sympathetic.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 8, 2014, 2:35 am

If he suddenly starts reading lots of Robert Bly poetry & bandying about the terms “alpha” & “beta” like some kind of retarded Greek philosopher, you know the lack of balls is starting to affect him.

Comment from Mad Jack
Time: April 8, 2014, 2:44 am

Plotting my revenge…

Comment from Harry
Time: April 8, 2014, 2:55 am

All of our lady cats got the “mandatory trip to the vet” as soon as they were old enough. Man, a stoned kitteh is SO funny! The best part is after they sober up–they all have that attitude “I don’t know what I did, but PLEASE don’t ever take me to that place again!!”

When one of them cut her foot and we ran her in to the vet, she kept looking at us like “Have I been bad? Are they going to do THAT to me again??”

Comment from catnip
Time: April 8, 2014, 3:24 am

24 hours? He can be loosed on the world after 24 hours? Our vet told us we had to keep our little beast indoors for 14 days to make sure his hormone levels had dropped! We managed to hold him captive for 11 days and nights of yowling.

Comment from American Gypsea
Time: April 8, 2014, 4:11 am

My bigger dog doesn’t handle anesthesia at all & is just a mess for the 1st 24 hrs…cries, moans, can’t settle down & sleep it off…it’s the worst. Keeps moving from spot to spot but acts like he can’t get comfortable. Worse still is my little dog (Pomeranian/Jack Russel mix…a pairing dreamt up in the 7th ring of Hell) attacks him viciously when he comes back like that. Sees him as an interloper & tries to drive him away, when he can least defend himself. I hate the annual teeth cleaning.

Comment from drew458
Time: April 8, 2014, 4:30 am

Aww, poor petsitzes, missing their bits and suffering from nasty drug trips.

I had heard that neutered cats become indoor kittehs from then on for their own safety. They don’t smell right to the other cats and will get attacked. Or was that just for the declawed ones?

Comment from scr_north
Time: April 8, 2014, 5:37 am

Hell, I’VE come back from general anesthesia a little wrong in the head. Those drugs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. The hallucinations were pretty cool though.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2014, 12:24 pm

He seems pretty much himself again today. He has a terrible bloody wound, though. I’m hoping it’s more blood than wound, but I don’t recall any of my other tomcats having a visible cut at all.

The nurse did tell us the incision was too small to require stitches, so maybe it’s just…bruising.

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: April 8, 2014, 1:49 pm

One of my grandad’s descriptive phrases was “Lazy as a cut cat.” He was talking about a coworker. Said that’s why the guy had been fired more than Davy Crockett’s rifle.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 8, 2014, 6:16 pm

Have you ever had an animal come back from general anesthesia a little wrong in the head? I sure hope he’s back to himself tomorrow.

I have a friend who had what seems to be a similar experience.
He claims he was snatched up and carried off in a strange roaring machine against his will….next bright lights in his eyes and wierd looking faces peering at him just before he passed out. Suddenly found himself back home with a sore genital area. Frankly, he was never right in the head afterwards…..he claimed aliens probed him..,, but now I wonder if it was just the NHS

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: April 8, 2014, 6:57 pm

Many thanks to Pupster for my literal LOL Of The Day – that doggie may be ‘avin’ the larf, as an old Cockney friend used to say, but the look on that cat says, “Go ahead ‘n yock it up, suckah…soon’s this glass ain’t between us, we’ll just see who’s laffin’, and who’s not!…Gonna own yer laffin’ ass!”

Anent post-anesthesia loopiness: We had one tough-guy tom who endured multiple surgical “renovations”, always came home and went thru the same sequence: Slightly out of it for 8 -10 hours, then ready to rip anything in his path a new orifice of the bloody sort for about another 6 – 8 – 10 hours, then back to about as close to “normal” as your average American Short-Hair/Maine Coon crossbreed tomcat is ever likely to get. Our little sweetie-pie Calico, OTOH, after her one-and-only surgical dealie, simply settled down for a solid, quiet-as-a-stone 6 to 8 hour “nap” on our side-porch – after that, business as usual, all good-natured purrs and buzzes and occasional ankle-bumpings at food time.

As for myself – after quad-bypass surgery,I wasn’t “there” at all for about a day and a night, gradually – over about the next 2 to 3 days – became more and more conscious and in-control. Then, I was about 10% -15% below normal mode (per Spouse’s and Daughter’s accounts) for about 4 to 6 months, then ramped gradually back up to full speed after about 10 months to a year. Sometimes during that period, I was aware of not being fully up-and-running, but mostly not…YMMV, depends (I think) on how long and how deep they have you “under”, just what the surgery is, and what the exact chemical mixture of knock-out it is that they use on you.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 8, 2014, 8:07 pm

When I was a boy, our tom Rusty went off to the vet for the snip (he didn’t start spraying until age 7 years, if you can believe it), and came back dopey for sure. He insisted on stumbling all over the ground floor of “his” house, making sure he was home. Then he staggered to his favorite chair and blinked up at me. I lifted him up into it. He zonked out and stayed that way for six hours.

He woke up ravenous, and fine. Lived another 6 happy years.

Now this was 1972, and he’d had to stay at the shop for a couple of nights before he came home. Nowadays, they send the cats home the next day. Wolf, my gigantic black longhair, seemed utterly unaffected by the surgery, but he’s a phlegmatic fellow anyway.

The only surgeries I’ve ever had were tooth extractions; I insisted on, and paid for, general anesthesia. Worth it, every penny. Best nap I’ve had in years. But Miss Linda had to shepherd me home in a cab, and she tells me that the second time, I was babbling and difficult — which I don’t remember at all. So yes, the stuff they give you can leave you loopy.

I’m sure Mad Jack will be revving to redline again soon.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: April 9, 2014, 4:45 am

I’ll let you know on 25th April – that’s when our new kitten (half snow Bengal, half Siamese) goes for the snip. Vet won’t have trouble finding ’em, that’s for sure!

Of course, being half Bengal, half Siamese, he’s already a little loopy…

Comment from MikeW
Time: April 9, 2014, 3:55 pm

We interrupt this thread with an important update on the subject of an earlier Weasel post:

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2014, 4:45 pm

They sent Jack home a few hours after the procedure. That’s probably why he was so dazed and loopy. He seems perfectly all right now, but he really worried us that night.

That must be a truly lovely beast, JuliaM. Any pitchers online?

We just got back from the supermarket, where Uncle B bought six little cans of baked beans because, he said wistfully, “I don’t suppose you’ll be helping me eat the big cans any more.” No. No, I will not.

They also sell them in a big screw-top plastic container so you can always have some in the fridge.


Comment from JuliaM
Time: April 9, 2014, 6:26 pm

I’ve been known to post a few on Twitter … 😉


Not sure how he’ll turn out looks-wise – atm, very like a lynx-point Siamese, with a shorter muzzle & slightly thicker coat, though he’s still got his baby coat.

He is, though, quite the boldest cat we’ve had yet!

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: April 12, 2014, 10:16 am

I had a kitty spayed, and she came back ketamine’d out of her gourd. I put on some Doors for her.

Comment from Simon’s Cat
Time: April 16, 2014, 4:36 pm

Cats. You can’t live with them, and you can’t live with them.


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