We had to take both cats to the vet today; Diesel needed his allergy injection and I think that he might have hyperthyroidism, so asked the vet to check. Unfortunately that meant that he had to clip the fur from under his neck, while a nurse held his back end and I distracted his head end. (Diesel’s, not the vet’s!) Unfortunately, just as he was drawing the blood out, Diesel jerked his head even further backwards and the needle came out. There was blood everywhere and he had to be taken away to be cleaned up and left to calm down.
Then it was Bubbles’ turn. She keeps being sick and, though sometimes it’s obviously because of a fur ball, most of the time it isn’t. The vet said that it could be an early sign of kidney problems; not to worry now but it might get worse as the years go on.
He gave us tablets for her to take, a quarter each day every other day, to see whether that will help to soothe her stomach, much in the same way as we would have an antacid for ulcers. If that’s the problem then we should notice an improvement within a week.
The brown spot is not an age spot but he said it’s caused by the fact that for some reason she is sucking at her fur, possibly because she had an irritation there to start with but that now it has just become a habit. If the tablets make her feel better overall then she might stop doing it; if not we’ll need to dissuade her with some bitter apple spray that they have available.
Then Diesel was brought back in, the Vet and nurse had taken the blood sample and given him the allergy jab in the other room, so we didn’t see what they had to do to him to get it. It’s probably best done away from the owners!
Then they could come home (cost £112) and Bubbles was purring away like a little generator but Diesel was sick in his cage, not that I’m surprised after all that trauma. I have to ring up later to find out the result, and hopefully it will be resolved and he won’t have to go back and have it done again. He’s a bit sorry for himself at the moment, poor soul.