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the thing about having persian cats.... - The Villages

hutch0
Date: 2007-12-13 23:37
Subject: the thing about having persian cats....
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...is that you have to accept that they're very high-maintenance. You have to brush them on a very regular basis otherwise you wind up with a really annoyed lump of felt. You have to be assiduous about cleaning their eyes otherwise they can get ulcerated eyelids. And they're so overbred that they're prone to diseases and conditions your average mongrel moggie would just laugh off. So we keep an eye on them, particularly after Dougal's brush with death a couple of years ago from pyothorax.
So when Kasia, the youngest of our cats, started peeing in inappropriate places (ie pretty much anywhere she felt like it) we took her to the vet. The initial diagnosis was cystitis, and we got medication for that which seemed to work. And then she started doing it again, and this time there was a certain amount of blood involved. So we took her to the vet again, a bladder stone was diagnosed, and today she went under the knife.
She came through the op fine, and at the moment she's lying downstairs, still a bit groggy and postoperative from the anaesthetic and the medications and probably a bit sore and almost certainly mildly pissed off at us. We've been through this before. Dougal had a stone (it seems Persians are prone to them, though Kuron has never had one - what we had with him was an ulcerated eyelid when we got him, due to his previous owner not cleaning his eyes often enough, a fatty tumour on his back and a condition called megacolon. Google it; I'm not going to gross you out myself) and he was a different cat after it was removed. And no, Thog, he was not literally a different cat - I know how your mind works. The difference with Dougal is that he's such an unutterably chilled cat. Kasia, I think, is the type to hold grudges. We'll see.
It's kind of distressing to see your pets like this, as I'm sure most of you know from personal experience, even though you know it's been for the best and they'll feel better soon.
I just popped downstairs and Kasia was lying on the landing, funnel collar on to stop her worrying at her stitches. Bogna had draped a pillowcase over her to keep the draughts off.
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pds_lit: Baby quilt
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Date: 2007-12-14 01:27 (UTC)
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You could have just said that Kuron was full of "shit"! Must have been a real pain-in-the bum - you know the word I was thinking of typing instead of bum. I can just imagine his glee at it being removed.

Kasia will forgive you, just give her lots of love. Now that Strider has to take a pill everyday - which he does not like to do - I am forgiven before we all go to bed, until the next day.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-15 21:57 (UTC)
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The cure involved removing an unlikely distance of his digestive system, but he seems fine with it. We have to keep an eye on him, and if it looks as though he's straining - which would stretch the colon wall too much - we have to change his food, which gives him diarrheoa, or use Catalax, which is a cat laxative and something of a nuclear option.
Kasia, as you predicted, forgave us. She was just groggy and post-op. Now she's wandering about happily and, as Bogna puts it, peeing for England.
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jmward14: Duzell3
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-12-14 02:43 (UTC)
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Poor kitty--and poor {{{{hutch0 & Bogna}}}}. I remember what it was like after Duzie had his abcessed tooth removed. The worst part was trying to give him the meds the way the doctor specified. Once we figured out we could squirt the antibiotic on chopped shrimp he would've forgiven us anything. :-)
Seriously, it rips you up to see them hurt. They aren't quite our kids, but the relationship is very, very close.
Hugs,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-15 21:54 (UTC)
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Oh, Kuron's long medical rap-sheet involves an abcess as well. He's been under the knife so often we used to think he was getting addicted to the anaesthetic.
Giving them medication is a bit tricky, isn't it? When Dougal had his pyothorax incident a couple of years ago he had to be on antibiotics for a whole month after he came home from hospital. We knew we'd never be able to give him the pills, no matter how much we dressed them up, so the hospital left in the neck-tube they'd been using to feed him and we crushed up the pills, mixed them with water, sucked them up into a syringe, and squirted them down the tube. He's such a chilled cat that he just sat there and let us do it, then wandered happily off.
And, I know we shouldn't, as far as we're concerned, they are our kids.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-15 21:48 (UTC)
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It's not so much the fact that she's long-haired, it's that Persians have very flat faces. It's something to do with their tear-ducts being very short or something.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-15 23:56 (UTC)
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If Toast has a pronounced muzzle, and is pretty good at cleaning his own face, it may not be so much of an issue. Dougal and Kasia, for instance, are very good at cleaning their own faces so we don't have to wash them so often. But it still can't hurt; we usually just moisten a cotton pad of the kind used to remove makeup and give them a bit of a wipe around their eyes and down the sides of their noses. Kuron, I suspect, was taken from his Mum before he got the full instruction course, which would explain all sorts of things about him. In lieu of cleaning, he sort of waves his paw pathetically around his head and expects everything to be magically clean. I'm not being judgemental; I do it myself.

Edited at 2007-12-16 12:06 am (UTC)
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