QUOTE OF THE DAY (OR MORE): "No, no. You don't understand. This is an '89 Calico. I'm pretty sure that exceeds the Kelly Blue Book value. The cat's totaled." --A comedian whose name I forget talking about a vet who presents a $3,000 bill for a 12-year-old cat

Thursday, April 22, 2010

And the cat continues to hurl....

So... we just moved, which means I needed to find a new vet. I approached this challenge the same way I always approach a challenge to find the best of something. I google it. What in the world did we do before the internet?

I have to add that I REALLY liked my old vet; all of them were really laid back and down to earth, but I can't drive 45 minutes to the vet, especially since the cat hurls after approximately 3 minutes in the car. I'm not kidding. It's ridiculous.

So... I googled. I found a vet. I made my decision based on the pictures on the website... well, partly.

I had to take her for an updated vaccination, nothing more. A quick shot.

"Okay... so it's been awhile since she's had a complete exam," the receptionist tells me. "He'll do an exam before administering the vaccination."

I'm thinking... great. That's $50 bucks so he can look in her mouth and ears and tell me she's fine. But I don't say anything. I surmise that maybe they have to cover their asses since I'm - I mean she's - a new patient.

So I go in and meet the vet. He asks me how she's doing. I tell him she's fine and that she has a nasty habit of upchucking pretty often.

He embarks on a long-winded explanation of how evolution hasn't yet caught up with cats' diets. They're biologically still used to feasting on wild mice and other natural wild victims and manmade cat food just doesn't agree with them.

I can understand that, I think, although we humans don't wretch left and right and we have the same evolutionary issue...

He then looks into her mouth, which she despises.

"Ah.." he says with a disappointed look on his face. "Have you looked at her teeth?"

Now why the hell would I open my cat's mouth and look at her teeth?

"Nope," I answer.

"They really need brushing," he admonishes.

For crying out loud, I'm thinking. So how is it that cats haven't yet evolved quickly enough to master man-made food but they sure have evolved at lightning speed to need their teeth brushed by humans. That is ridiculous. At this point I'm thinking these people just see dollar signs when folks walk through the door.

I'm not so sure about this new vet... and my cat's teeth need brushing, apparently. Sucks for her.


  1. My (people) dentist's hygienist brushes both of her cats' teeth twice a day. There are days when my children's teeth don't get brushed twice.

    My cat is also bulimic. I think most are. Best of all, if you don't find it in time, the dog will eat it. Hope you already at breakfast...

  2. Looking at the picture is a good method for finding the right vet.

    I am absolutely and unalterably conviced that my dog *actually prefers* female vets with nice breasts.

  3. Yep. Sometimes you really do think it's all about the money!

    Poor kitty.

    Happy Brushing.

  4. omg, brushing?!

    just had to say that Tall Mom Mel posted a comment you left her about being in the moment while running a race, it really hit home and I'm taking your advice!!

  5. LOL.... she's lucky she got to the vet IMO. let her brush her own teeth on Sophie's tail.
    great post

  6. Give me a break. I'd sooner put my cats to sleep than brush their teeth. I might consider it, though, if it would stop the vomiting!


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