Aby-a-Day – 25 Maj 2020: Anticipating the vet (Medical Monday)

Tomorrow is our annual vet visit. Luckily, I was able to schedule it for a day Björn is off from work this time, so hopefully I won’t have as many problems on the bus as I had last year.

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Mentally preparing for the visit, I’m trying to think of the things we’ll have to discuss tomorrow. I know that everyone needs at least one vaccination (either rabies or FVRCP). Nobody has any major issues; their weights are all good, their teeth and ears seem fine, and theire’s no diarrhea or anything like that. Angel, who will be 13 in a couple of weeks(ish), is pretty healthy for her age. Her weight has been stable and she’s quite active. Her eye seems to be the same as ever, and apart from her having lost that tooth, bringing her down to two, she seems to be in perfect health.

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Alfred is probably overweight. Last time I weighed everyone, he was 5.1 kg (11.25 lbs), and he looks heavy. He’s also been wheezing and coughing, so he may have asthma after all.

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Izaak and Lorelai are fine, but I have questions about their fertility and birth control. I am wondering if Zak’s Suprelorin chip is wearing off, and if he should get another one of if he needs to be neutered. I hope he can get another chip; I wanted to show him as long as I could as a Champion before going to Premiership…but the pandemic is making that difficult. As for Rory, she should not be on the pill too long, and she will be meeting a nice young boycat later this summer. Depending on how that litter goes, we may have one or two more, but it’s definitely something to discuss for with the vet.

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As for Dashiell, he’s a healthy horse of a year old cat. He’s a little goofy, and still a bit skittish; I would like them to check his teeth because he doesn’t let me get a really good look at them, but apart from that, I don’t think he’s going to need much attention tomorrow.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Maj 2020: Mani-Pedis are supposed to be relaxing! (Medical Monday)

Okay…maybe claw clipping isn’t exactly “medical,” but it does contribute to a cat’s health and wellbeing.

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Our lot don’t exactly enjoy getting their biweekly claw trim, but they usually handle it well. After all, they have been getting their claws clipped every other week for as long as they’ve lived with me. Alfred, however…

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…is not a fan of getting his mani-pedi. Usually, he sits quietly and self-soothes with purring, but yesterday he decided to squirm and pull faces.

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It may have been the audience. Björn came in the bathroom to talk to me and captured Freddy in action.

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In case you’re wondering, I always sit on the edge of the tub facing in when I clip claws…that way, the end bits just go down the drain when I’m done.

Aby-a-Day – 2 Mars 2020: Two-fer (Medical Mystery Monday)

The last time I posted about Angel’s dental situation, she only had three canine teeth left.

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Last night, however, I needed to give her medication…and I noticed she’s lost another of her fangs!

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I have not seen any teeth lying about, so I have no idea when or where she lost it. I suspect she may have swallowed it.

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So now she’s down to two teeth…and one eye.

Aby-a-Day – 24 Februari 2020: Alfred and the vet…(Medical Monday)

Alfred and I have had to travel to Skultorp a few times since he got pneumonia.

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Last Wednesday, we went to Min Veterinär to get some blood tested.

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On the way home, I let him walk home alongside me. He loved it. I think he liked being outside despite his ailment.

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I mean…look at his determination!

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Of course, Freddy is lucky that we have had a ridiculously warm winter…hell, we have barely had any winter at all!

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It’s still February! We should not be having daisies this early!

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Today we had to go back to Min Veterinär to get new lung X-rays, so we could see if the antibiotics beat the pneumonia.

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But when I let him out of the carrier, I discovered this!

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WTF? I have no idea how it happened or who did it. It wasn’t there when I fed him last night.

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I asked him who he pissed off, but he didn’t tell me.

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Today, our visit was just about the X-rays (which they will email me soon), and a lot of chilling in his carrier.

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On our way home, we stopped off at DjurMagazinet to get more cat food. I also let Freddy choose a toy to make up for all the vet visits he’s had to endure lately.

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He quickly made his decision: A Yeowww catnip cigar.

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I checked to make sure he really wanted that cat toy.

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He did. He even checked our basket to make sure his cigar was in there.

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Then we checked out the cat trees.

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They were pretty awesome. Too bad we don’t need any more cat trees.

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Freddy loves going to DjurMagazinet.

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And then today, Freddy walked all the way home from DjurMagazinet. I am very proud of him…he had to deal with traffic, bicycles and a motorbike, and he was bulletproof. Not quite Jacoby-level, but still very admirable.

Aby-a-Day – 17 Februari 2020: What’s your type? (Medical Monday)

We want to breed Lorelai later this year, and the breeder who bred Alfred now has a lovely sorrel (red) male. But before we can mate them, we need to know Rory’s blood type to prevent Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (It’s kind of like the Rh factor in humans).

So, I figured I could do it myself. I mean, I’ve done my own blood type in high school, so how hard can it be? I found a test from Genomia, a Czech company, and bought a test kit.

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The kit arrived on Wednesday. I was excited to do the test!

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The instructions were fairly straightforward…except for how to get the blood out of the cat being tested.

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The only way I could think of to get blood from Rory was to clip one claw too short. I felt really bad about that, but it worked.

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The test only took a few minutes…

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…But the result was very clear: Rory is blood type A. Most cats are Type A, so that’s just one hurdle cleared for Rory to have kittens.

Aby-a-Day – 20 Januari 2020: Lorelai at the Vet (Medical Hipstamatic Monday)

Last week,Loreali went to the vet to have some sores on her ears and head checked out. This first photo is at the bus stop; you can see the general lack of winter we’ve had in the background.

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Rory rode the bus like the pro she is, and I didn’t need to let her out during the ride.

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We got to the vet early and were ushered into our exam room.

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While we waited for the doctor, Rory investigated Dashiell’s carrier, which we used for the trip today.

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Then the nurse came in and left the scale on the table. Of course, Rory had to investigate it, and it had some interesting smells.

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Apparently, they were VERY interesting smells!

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But at the end of the day, Rory’s skin issues were most likely related to her early, temporary, heat.

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So her issue was hormonal, and not contagious. GREAT to know!

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Of course, right at the end of the visit, Rory got a little naughty. What can you do?

Aby-a-Day – 13 Januari 2020: Never skip a dose (Medical Mishap Monday Movie)

As you may recall, Lorelai is on birth control pills. I give her her pills every Wednesday.

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But…I messed up. As you may also recall…Christmas was on a Wednesday.

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Björn’s brother, Örjan, came over Christmas day. I forgot it was Wednesday…because it was Christmas.

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I remembered to give her her pill the following Wednesday, New Years Day…but it was too late. I woke up on 2nd January to Rory trilling and Izaak yelling at Rory.

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Apparently, she was nagging and pestering Zak, since he’s the only whole male in the house. Not that she didn’t flirt with Dashiell and Alfred…but Zak was her main target.

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As you can see, he “assumed the position,” but his bits were nowhere near her bits. He was simply trying to get her to shut up and leave him alone! It’s all set now; I had the advice of my friend Anne, and got her to go out of heat, and all is well again. We do have a prospective suitor lined up for her later this year. All in all, my mistake was actually a good thing. I now know that it only takes a week for her pills to wear off and to get her into heat. I know that she knows what to do. And she doesn’t spray or yell her head off…she just trills. All of which is very useful information.

Here’s a little video of the little hussy.