by Janet Blue on April 1, 2016


Mom says, “The annual round-up was peachy keen!” If you are too young to know that expression, it means unusually fine, dandy, outstanding. Unfortunately, Mom was using the term sarcastically.

Kitties Blue Misty May gets blood drawn.Misty May gets the prize for best kitty, which surprised both our humans. She had everything completed, including a blood draw for the senior panel. She barely struggled and didn’t make a peep. We won’t mention the caterwauling that occurred while we were shut in the kitchen prior to Dr. Neel’s arrival.

Lily Olivia gets put into time-out during annual round-up of Kitties Blue.Lily Olivia gets the prize for worst patient EVER! She struggled, fought, growled and smacked Mom upside the head…HARD! Her legs were flailing around like one of those whirly-gig thingies in the wind. In spite of all that, she had her exam. Good news is that her heart murmur is unchanged. Everything else looked good as well. She got her vaccinations and a portion of her pawticure before all “H” really broke out. The purrito wrap was unsuccessful, and she was banished to time-out. Mom saturated Lily and the PTU in Spirit Essences Stress Stopper. When the round-up was complete, Dr. Neel and Tamika took Lily Olivia with them. We were all cheering, “That’ll teach her.”

She started out bamboozling everyone at the vets’ office by being the perfect angel—nothing like what Dr. Neel described as her behavior at home. But then the calico revealed her true spots and turned into an unholy terror. Dr. Neel did manage to complete Lily Olivia’s pawticure and get her blood drawn. She then spent the remainder of her day at the vet’s office. Dr. Neel returned her to us at the end of the day on her way home after work. We kitties were all disappointed. We didn’t know she was coming back!

She proved today that she is still a feisty fireball of feline fierceness even at 17. As Dad says with a chuckle, “It’s amazing that a seven and one-half pound cat can best three adults.”

Mauricio hides behind Fiona during annual Kitties Blue round-up.Mauricio was a big baby and didn’t act anything like the brave Cat Scout he claims to be. He tried to hide under the top of the island behind itty bitty Fiona. But he didn’t escape. Barely into his blood draw, he jerked and and dislodged the needle. As he needs a dental cleaning, he’ll be heading to vet office soon and will have his senior panel blood draw then.

Mauricio during annual Kitties Blue round-up. The remainder of us were less than happy about the proceedings, but we didn’t  fuss too much. We basically didn’t mind having exams and vaccinations but squirmed and writhed during our pawticures. We are pawsitive having our weapons of mass destruction blunted goes against our Universal Bill of Rights for All Cats.

Dr. Neel wasn’t able to bring a scale from the office this time so our dad tried to do our weigh-ins with the digital scale he uses. We’re not sure he got his math right when subtracting his weight from that of man plus cat. If the numbers are accurate, Mauricio and Giulietta are pleased to report they lost weight, while C.J. and Lisbeth are in denial. They claim it is entirely impossible for them to be the two heaviest Kitties Blue. We think we heard Mom guffawing in the background. She’s watched their foodables thievery, and she’s tried to lift each of them!

Here’s a few more photos from our ordeal.

Annual Kitties Blue round-up collage.

Clockwise from upper left: Giulietta has her toothies examined; C.J. is ready to bolt; Lisbeth is poked and prodded; Astrid doesn’t realize Dr. Neel can’t see her stink eye.

So that’s all folks, until we get the results of Misty May’s and Lily’s blood work and Mauricio gets hauled away for his dental.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Tina Barbour April 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm

That is so nice that your vet comes to your house. Our cats usually sing–loudly–the song of their people in the car on the way to the vet. The Barbour cats have a reputation of being difficult. Our vet said she doesn’t understand how two such nice people like Larry and me can have such fractious cats. MOL! But Natasha, who we adopted in December, does pretty well. I hope the blood work all comes back fine.
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Jeanne April 2, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Aren’t you glad you don’t need to do that every day?

Austin Towers April 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm

I am impressed with the amount of fuss made by Lily Olivia!!! I always scream up a storm but when it comes to the actual deed, I’m as quiet as a mouse!!! All mouth and furry trousers, The Staff says!!!
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles April 2, 2016 at 2:33 am

OMC! What tortuous things were happening at your den, Wow!

Glad its peacfur there now…at least we hope so. Hope all the lab work comes back fine and that the dental is not a tooth stealing misadventure.

Raven April 2, 2016 at 1:50 am

My goodness, what an ordeal you all had. It’s convenient that your vet comes to the house.
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Nellie April 1, 2016 at 11:01 pm

Mes was hoping it really was a April Fools joke! But it was not! Mes glad that Misty May was the purrfect Cat From Hell!
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caren gittleman April 1, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Oh my it takes a village!!!!!!!!! What an ordeal for all of you!!! Hoping all the test results come back fine and that the pre-dental bloodwork goes well!
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Sometimes Cats Herd You April 1, 2016 at 6:13 pm

You have a pet who picks up and delivers? Talk about service!
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The Island Cats April 1, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Whew! We bet everybuddy was exhausted after that ordeal!
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Flynn April 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Well that sounded like a very exciting day! I bet your humans are more relieved than all of you that it is over.
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Ellen Pilch April 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

I bet you are all glad this is over. Lily Olivia is a feisty one 🙂
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The Swiss Cats April 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

You all were so brave ! CJ, don’t let that vet tell you you’re fat or overweight : you’re just big boned, that’s all ! Purrs and kisses on your lovely nose, Zorro
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Emma and Buster April 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

One good thing is that your vet makes house calls. Less stress for y’all.
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That's Purrfect April 1, 2016 at 12:37 pm

That sounds like quite an ordeal. I’m glad you came it through it all unscathed – and hopefully you now all feel peachy keen!
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Savannah's Paw Tracks April 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

You had a kitchen clinic just like the ones Mom L does for Community Concern 4 Cats, only Kitties Blue made up the whole clinic!!
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Random Felines April 1, 2016 at 10:51 am

glad you all were able to keep the humans jumping
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Toby April 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

Poor kitties! I hope you got lots of treats for all that torture you guys went through!!
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Kitty Cat Chronicles April 1, 2016 at 10:43 am

Wow, what a day!!! Glad to hear that everyone is doing well, even though they may not have behaved well.. MOL! Astrid, Sampy is proud of your stink eye he says! He also sends you 2043985720349578 kisses and lots of love!!!
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da tabbies o trout towne April 1, 2016 at 10:12 am

guyz….time for mom & dad ta get sum kittehz we noe a ….”we R sew sorree ta haz put ewe thru all that” ….gift & bring home a new cat tree !!!! 😉

heerz two a flabby whalefish kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

Katie isabella April 1, 2016 at 10:07 am

Mommy has no idea how I was for the dental but it could not have been pretty!

Katie isabella April 1, 2016 at 10:06 am

Boy oh boy, I need to belong to you all. My mommy said that me and Lily scream, swat, growl and spit alike when it comes time for exams, bloodworm especially and pawdicure for sure! I am horrible. You’d never know it was meek mild mannered Katie! I ask my tech to come and give me a pawdicure. She can handle me and the burrito works fairly well. I don;t growl or scream but the squirming is magnificent and so is the talking I do.

The Menagerie Mom April 1, 2016 at 8:11 am

Well, I say good job to you all, regardless of how “peachy keen” the whole ordeal was. As for little miss Lily Olivia, I used to work at a vet clinic, and I was always amazed at how the smallest cats could put up the biggest fights. And, a large portion of the most feisty patients were indeed lovely little calicoes. Well, overall I’d say good job, Kitties Blue!
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vera April 1, 2016 at 6:49 am

oh what struggles ! but now all is peace, all is calm … kisses and caresses to all of you for going thru that ordeal. Love from Vera and 1kitty1.

Sammy April 1, 2016 at 5:06 am

Well! What a FUN (not) day that was! I know you’re all glad to have that out of the way for another year (especially Mom!) but we do hope everyone’s blood comes back just fine and dandy. Sorry about your upcoming dental Mau but you can handle it – you’re a CAT SCOUT after all!

Hugs, Sammy
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Summer April 1, 2016 at 4:18 am

Whew! At least it’s over… except the test results!
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Lone Star Cats April 1, 2016 at 1:10 am

Glad y’all survived!
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lorraine williamson April 1, 2016 at 12:54 am

I need to try that calming spray where do you get it from frankie could not get his shots because before I could catch the vet she touched the dreaded spot you want to talk about hell breaking loose glad everyone is doing better thanks for sharing and plmk where to get that spray from thanks again
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