Once a year, our Vet, Dr. Kathy Neel, comes to the house for our annual check-ups and vaccinations. We definitely don’t look forward to that day. But it is better than being stuffed in PTUs and carted off to the place that smells like woofies. Even though they have a cat’s only exam room now, those big furries are everywhere else. And the aromas…pure animal fear!
On Friday our breakfast was late, and we all got locked in the kitchen while we were eating. Mom had to coax Fiona downstairs with treats. No breakfast in bed for her that day. All being corralled together could only mean one thing which made for lots of tension. And then we had to wait and wait. Dr. Neel needed to help a sick kitty before she came. She and our favorite tech, Tamika, were an hour late. Our nerves were pretty well frayed by that time and a lot of complaining took place. (Mom will post the video of Fiona and Giulietta’s duet later this week.)
We must admit, the whole process went lots better than last year. Not even one of us escaped! Last year, all of us, except Lily Olivia and Mauricio, bolted after Lisbeth pried open the door to the foyer. Dad, Mom, Dr. Neel and Tamika had to chase Astrid and Fiona throughout the house. Astrid wedged herself under the sofa and Fiona plastered herself against the wall UTB. (Click here to read about last year’s fiasco.)
We all got pretty good report cards. A couple of us need a teeth cleaning sometime this year. Lily Olivia has developed a heart murmur. Dr. Neel rated it a two out of a six. Even though Lily is now 15, her weight has only decreased by 1 ounce in five years. At seven pounds, 15 ounces, she is no longer the smallest. That honor goes to Astrid at seven pounds, 13 ounces.
The remainder of our weights are (from heaviest to lightest): Mauricio, 13 pounds 8 ounces; Giulietta, 13 pounds 7 ounces (no change from last year); Calista Jo, 13 pounds 6 ounces; Lisbeth, 13 pounds 4 ounces; Fiona, 9 pounds 6 1/2 ounces; and Misty May, 8 pounds 10 ounces.
Mom got Dr. Neel to show her how to trim our claws. Fiona got to be the demo cat much to her disliking. She got the purrito-wrap treatment, but she wriggled her way out. The job, however, was completed. We’ll have to see how long it takes Mom to work up the courage to do the remainder of us.
We won’t say that “a good time was had by all,” but Dr. Neel and Tamika left unscathed. Mom and dad take that as a victory. We take it as a personal challenge for next year!
Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
Glad to hear that the Vet visit went well for you kitties, it’s good that you could all be seen at your house without having to venture out.
oh you are so lucky to have a vet come to your house!!
That was nice of the v-e-t to come to your house! We’re glad everybuddy is doing well too!
Wow, you guys are lucky to have house visits from your vet. Our vet drops by occasionally because he’s a neighbor, but we all hide. Mom HATES stuffing us into the PTU for our check-ups.
Yeah for the good report card on you all! Mom has been trimming my nails since I was little. She likes the ‘sneak up on you while you are basking in the sun’ approach. Your mom might try that. Mom says a few nails are better than none!
Guys that’s a much better way to see the vet…we are thinking of doing the same with the girls here..four in the car singing is a bit noisy!! glad the ok was given to all and glad some treats were dished out too! hugs Fozziemum and gang xx
Wow! A vet who does house calls. We don’t know if we’d like that or not. But then again, we don’t like being pushed into the PTU either.
Kitties! You need to work on your strategy! Last year went far more smoothly for you. We hope you aren’t getting soft….
the critters in the cottage xo
P.S. Be sure to give your Mama a hard time with the nail clipping…it’s all you have left now…
If we have to see the v-e-t, we would much rather have one come to our house than go in the PTU. But there’s no travelling v-e-ts around us. We’re glad you all got pretty good reports. 🙂
Whew that was a kitty korral for sure! We are glad everyone came out unscathed and that for the most part everyone had a pretty good check up!
YAY for Dr.Neel and Tamika!!!! Your Mom is smart to have you all checked at home, brilliant idea! Glad that over all, the report was basically pretty darned good!!!
I am glad you all got good reports. Mum says you are lucky to have the vet come to your house. I don’t want any vet knowing where I live though.
Well, it is over and the reports were good, so hooray gang!
It’s really great that you found a vet who will come to your house. We can just imagine how traumatic it would be to put everyone in a crate and take them to the vet at the same time. (We go for our annual visits in pairs and it is still a hassle.) We read your blog from last year and it sounds like things went a lot smoother this year. The good news is that it is over for a whole year. Whew! Love, Cali, Andy,Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)
That doesn’t look pleasant. Last year, TW had made an appointment with some v-e-t to come to our condo but then I developed the cough so they took me locally. I’m due to go next month but TW doesn’t want to put me through the trauma again. They give me my rabies shot but can’t cut my claws or do x-rays. Other than the shot, a weigh-in and a check of my teeth, it’s pretty much a waste of money since they have to pay cab fare to and from.
Vets is a swear word in our house
So glad to hear that the vet visit went by with no catastrophes. We are especially glad to hear that everyone is doing well. Sampson has been worried about Astrid – he knows how scary the vet is. He is very pleased to know that she is happy and healthy. Hugs from all of us, and nose-kisses to Astrid from Sampson
Oh Wow! A House call! Mes can’t wait to hears the duet! Purrhaps mes can sing aling…
Mes has heard Mommy mention that mes will be going to sees my favorite vet while me is here in Calgary! Me is quite looking forward to it as it has been a while since me has shredded a vet!!!
We’re all feeling a bit stressed at the mention of the V word!
The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx
A housecall vet… the head peep has talked about getting us one of those, but they are really rare here.
Wow. I bet V-E-T Day was quite a production! But I suppose bringing all of you TO the Vet would have been worse.
But at least you get a home visit so you don’t have to get in that awful carrier and meet those scary dogs at the vets!
Wow a house visit? Pawsome! We are so pleased you all got checked and all is OK. At least that is it for another year. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly
I actually luvs going to my vet – I roll over and get belly rubs!! Da vet man says he wants to adopt me.
The dogter came to your house!?! Woo!
Yes, bloods would have been great. But we’re just jealous you have a V-E-T that comes to your house. We still have to get into a Prisoner Transport Unit and ride in a car!
Mommy sure wishes there was a service like that here in Vegas. We, on the other hand, do NOT!
Well, at least it was less stressful than the clinic! I wish there was somebody here who did home visits – I really hate going to the vet.
We love our house-call vet! We steal her stuff while she’s looking at one of the family!
I’m *really* disappointed there’s no bloods in this picture. Shame, Kitties, shame!