by Janet Blue on April 25, 2017

The petretary has been teasing you for the last few days with hints of a post about our annual round-up. For those new here, that is the day each year when our vet, Dr. Kathy Neel (Vinton Veterinary Hospital), comes to the house for our annual exams and vaccinations.

We decided to take that report into our newly pawticured paws this year. Before we go into detail, we’ll let you know that we are all basically healthy. Some of us could gain a little weight and some could lose as you can see. Cooper Murphy thought he was going to escape the round-up entirely, but he did get weighed. Dr. Neel had warned the humans that she feared he was going to get B-I-G. She was right! He’s gained about three pounds in two months. Here are our weights from small to L-A-R-G-E.

  • Lily Olivia = 6 lbs. 14 oz.
  • Misty May = 7 lbs. 1 oz.
  • Astrid = 7 lbs. 4.5 oz.
  • Mauricio = 11 lbs. 8.5 oz.
  • Giulietta = 12 lbs. 8 oz.
  • Lisbeth = 13 lbs. 8 oz.
  • Calista Jo = 15 lbs. 9 oz.
  • Cooper Murphy = 17 lbs. 4.5 oz

We all eat stinky goodness for breakfast and dinner, but we also have Hill’s prescription Metabolic + Urinary Stress kibble, specifically for Giulietta. It’s pretty impossible to feed those of us who don’t need this food something else, so we all eat it. This is why some of us who didn’t need to have lost weight. Astrid and Lily were pretty excited to hear that they get to have extra portions of stinky goodness as well as extra treats.

Lily has the beginnings of kidney disease (not too surprising based on her age) so the humans are going to have to see if she will eat k/d foods. She’ll eat just about anything, so that probably won’t be a problem. She already gets a nutritional supplement and vitamins. The humans were happy to hear that Lily Olivia’s thyroid values are within normal limits. So many kitties her age have hyperthyroidism and need meds.

Dr. Neel checked Giulietta’s eye freckle, and it remains unchanged.

Best of all, everyone’s teeth passed inspection.

Here are a few photos from the round-up. Most were taken during weigh-ins and pawticures.


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Yesterday’s post, which includes a giveaway, has additional photos. Click here to see our review of the Purrfect Pouch, which was highly useful during our exams. If you leave a comment there, you’ll have the opportunity to win one!

If you have several anipals in your family, and they dislike going to the vet’s office as much as we do, we suggest you check with your vet as to whether they would be willing to make “house calls.” We don’t enjoy being poked, prodded and stuck, but it is way better having it done at home in familiar surroundings without the stress of being stuffed into a PTU and taking a road trip.

No humans were significantly harmed during this year’s round-up. A few minor punctures and scratches were inflicted. Dad Tom demanded that we share this photo.


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If you’d like to read about or see photos from previous round-ups, here are the links.

Annual Round-Up – 2013

Monday Meowsings: The Round-Up – 2014

Thankful Thursday: Our Yearly Round-Up – 2015

Our Annual Round-Up Does Not Make Us Thankful – 2016

So, that’s it until 2018, unless one of us gets sick. Paws crossed that won’t happen.

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

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Katie Isabella April 26, 2017 at 7:27 am

I am SO happy that everyone did so well in this RoundUp! And everyone’s weights were magnificent. Me..I gain wait just looking at my food dish. My Vet Tech baby sat for me last trip over the mountains and she saw for her self how little I actually eat. That made mom feel better! All of you…keep being healthy and loving and happy! xxxx

Charles Huss April 26, 2017 at 6:30 am

If we had a vet come to our house, Puck and possibly Floki would be UTB before the front door shut.
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meowmeowmans April 25, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Thank goodness the Roundup wasn’t too bad, gang, and that’s great that everybuddy is doing pretty darned well. 🙂
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Nellie April 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm

Glad to hear everyone is doing so well! And LOVE the band-aid!
And I know exactly what you mean about the smallest being the hardest to hold down! We used to need 3 people – all wearing welding gloves with Nellie – even when being sequestered in a Purrfect Pouch clone!
Kozmo, on the other had who is enormous (Cooper Murphy size) is gentle as a lamb! He does not even flinch when the vet sticks him with needles and all you have is a single hand on his back!
Love Barb
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McGuffy's Reader April 25, 2017 at 7:32 pm

Good news all around there, Kitties Blue.

I spent Monday at the vet with Maggie. *sigh* Chloe Jo is doing better after some diet and medication adjustments. Again.

A-Z is almost over, so…back to normal, soon. I have been writing and thinking. We will see where that goes. HUGS.
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Sherri-Ellen T-D. April 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Yur Pappaw Mistur Tom iss so-o funny Lily O an Gee an thee hole gang!!! Thee round-uppy soundss like a pawtastick idea!! Mee iss goin on a road trip tomorrow to a Vet sumwhere uppy country fur a x=am an mee follow uppy rabiess shot. Mee iss all ready worried an LadyMum iss a bit weerd…
See shee iss goin with Mumma Mary-Ellen ann mee butt shee iss stayin inn thee car outta site just inn case shee iss refused care fur mee. It iss a mess as youss’ know.
Mee wood LUV a Vet who made house callss….**sighsss**
Well dun on yur weightss!! Cooper Murphy yur 17 poundss??? Mee Pappaw King George was BIG like you…Mee iss around 12-13 poundss. Wee will know xact weight tomorrow.
Hope efurryone gets sum stinky goodness fur beein so good!! 😉
***nose rubsss*** Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

The Island Cats April 25, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Round up Day must be quite the experience around your house. You guys are lucky you don’t get carted off to the vet like we do.
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Flynn April 25, 2017 at 4:44 pm

I am glad your round up was painless and no treatment needed.
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mommakatandherbearcat April 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm

Uh oh. Those kitties don’t look amused with the whole round-up concept! It’s a wonderful idea when you have more than a few cats though – you don’t have to worry about remembering the time of year for each kitty’s visit – and take care of all of it at one time. Bear is terrified of going to the vet – I might look into options here for having a vet come to our house instead. I’m surprised at the weights of the kitties. I guess it’s hard to tell from pictures only the actual sizes – especially in comparison. I never would’ve guessed Cooper and Calista Jo were so much bigger than Astrid! Another year of complete kitty purr-fection 🙂
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Deziz World April 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Glad to hear ya’ll are doin’ well. Sendin’ hugs and purrayers.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Raena
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Brian frum April 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I’m sure glad y’all did good on the round up and that really is good news on the toothy front!
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Ellen Pilch April 25, 2017 at 11:59 am

Congratulations! Glad you all got through the round up. Cooper Murphy is a big boy 🙂 Where did you get those bandages? I need to get some. PS: Phoebe is jealous she wants vet that comes to the house too. XO
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The Swiss Cats April 25, 2017 at 9:54 am

Yay, we’re glad you all have good teeth and good results ! Purrs
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Linda Arthur Tejera April 25, 2017 at 9:50 am

Glad that all went well. Sounds like Cooper Murphy is following in the pawsteps of one of our gingers who is obese. We’re in the process of having a halter specially made for him so we can go on walks. Since we’re in the process of changing vets, that’s one of the questions we’ll be asking (about house calls)! 🙂
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Random Felines April 25, 2017 at 9:49 am

sounds like a good report all around (except maybe for your poor dad). and holy smokes Cooper is a big boy!!
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The Menagerie Mom April 25, 2017 at 7:47 am

Hooray for the Kitties Blue! It sounds like you are all fantastic patients. We are so glad that all of your teeth are looking squeaky clean, and that overall your health is good. We’re hoping that Lily Olivia will enjoy the kidney food, and that she and Astrid enjoy gobbling down those extra portions of stinky goodness! Now, this human is wondering where she can get some bandages like that, because that is purrfection. Purrs!
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The Florida Furkids April 25, 2017 at 5:37 am

We’re glad you all have good teeth! The idea of a VET coming to the house is great. Our VET is only a few blocks from our house so we don’t get too upset when we have to go. We love our VET tech too. Allie says her handsome husband is more than twice her size!!!

The Florida Furkids with tons of smoochies and love to Mau from Allie
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles April 25, 2017 at 3:47 am

House calls would be great! There is a traveling vet in our area, but thus far petcretary has not seen the need to make use of his services. Besides our vet dude is nice and he boards us when petcretary goes out of town…on account of Minko needing to be hand fed.

We are glad all is well fur now and we sure hope with you that it stays that way.

Summer April 25, 2017 at 2:38 am

Wow, you guys lucked out on the teeth front! And I can’t believe that everyone weighs more than I do (although with Lily Olivia and Misty May, it’s only by a few ounces). I’m glad everyone is basically doing well!

My human can take all of us to the vet without too much trouble… although I love the idea of getting a house call!
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