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I got nothing going on tonight, so I’ll give you an update on the other cat. I don’t post about Charlotte much — former feral, flew with me from Rhode Island — but she’s still very much with us.

She’ll turn fifteen this May and we had a bit of a scare this week. She had a hard kittenhood and has always been a bit round-belly-boney-butt, but she seemed particularly bloated lately. Then she went off her feed on Chicken Night, which is unheard of, greedy beast.

We haven’t taken her in in years (she hates it so very much), but we had the vet look her over. He squeezed her like a stress toy, didn’t find anything and suggested an ultrasound. Said it would run about £70 and rule out most things. So, okay.

Turns out, nothing much wrong with her. A little kitty osteoporosis, maybe some parathyroid trouble. Nothing out of the ordinary for an old gal. Phew.

Oh, and that £70 didn’t include prep, anesthesia, taxes…eh. You get the picture. What happened to the good old country vet who gave kitty a shot of broad-spectrum antibiotic and told you to keep her quiet for a few days?


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 2, 2017, 10:44 pm

Is her belly still distended? Is her appetite back? Glad she is doing okay, tho.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 2, 2017, 11:06 pm

Poor kitty…give her some tuna…

Comment from Niña
Time: February 2, 2017, 11:07 pm

One reason why I don’t have more pets is the vet bills. I hope Charlotte has more good years in her!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 2, 2017, 11:21 pm

Do cats fart?

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: February 2, 2017, 11:37 pm

Feel better Charlotte. I’m afeared to take my girls in, even for the simplest things I don’t walk out without it being over 300 bucks. God forbid they ever get really sick!

Comment from Brother Cavil, Nie Mój Cyrk, Nie Moje Małpy
Time: February 2, 2017, 11:38 pm

Damn right they do, furry little stinkers.

Comment from Hutch
Time: February 3, 2017, 2:45 am

I’m taking our boy Eli in for a dental bright and early in the morning. $603 projected in SoCal money. My wife is insisting, so there you have it.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 3, 2017, 3:35 am

Growing up my daughter pined for a pet, a real pet, mammal, four legs and fur. I compromised and she got a red eared slider that stayed in a converted aquarium. Then ‘Sheldon’ got sick… a gross red thing was sticking out of his shell in the rear. She and I took her to the reptile vet. Sheldon had a prolapsed rectum…common in wild turtles riddled with parasites. The Vet came out and in the best bed side manner said he would do everything he could to save him. As I was writing the check for the visit my five year old was sniffing back tears in the waiting room. I asked the nurse straightforwardly, “So what’s going to really happen?” She didn’t mince words. “We’ll try to push his anus back inside his shell but the chances are slim he’ll survive.” “If it doesn’t work we’ll put him in the freezer.” “Do you want him back?”
I couldn’t write that $120 check fast enough….

Comment from teej
Time: February 3, 2017, 3:01 pm

I have one of those vets! he’s awesome.
But, sometimes the critters get sick off hours, and they go the the all-night vet. Last time we took Small Dog One to such a place, I had awesome country vet check her next day, in normal business hours.
He said, “They took X-RAYS? For DIARRHEA??”
I said, “Well…it sounds so stupid when YOU say it.”

Glad Charlotte is OK.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: February 3, 2017, 3:27 pm

Prices like 70 GBP or 600 USD was the kind of prices we used to pay for human hospital care. Look at some of the old novels from the Thirties to the Sixties, John D. MacDonald and other people. The hero would get banged up, then pay his $150-200 for an overnight stay in the hospital, and limp back to his life.

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: February 3, 2017, 4:31 pm

My cats were recently given some de-wormer medicine that I picked up from the vet. The symptoms of worms can include a swollen belly and if it is a former feral cat and/or spends time outside might be a good idea to get medicine for that once in a while.

Comment from OldFert
Time: February 3, 2017, 8:20 pm

Wolfus: My sisters were both born in the middle-late ’50s. Both by C-section. Same hospital in NJ near Philly.

Two years apart, but deliveries & stay for our mom came to $750 per. That was a lot of money then, though. Our mom was making around 300/month as a lab tech, so that’s 2 1/2 month’s pay. I forget what my dad was making then.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 3, 2017, 8:41 pm

First thing I thought of, Stephen. Despite having had all her teeth removed over the years, she still kills and eats mice. Don’t ask how, I guarantee the details are disgusting. I tried a dewormer on her a few days before we took her in.

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