Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I See The Doctor

Last week, mom got the dreaded cat carrier out of the closet. When she does this, it can only mean one thing. It's time to go to the doctor. Mija went first, the day before me. Mom says I'm easier to catch so she has to take Mija first. When I saw them leave, I went to the basement to hide and didn't come back upstairs until mom and Mija had been home for an hour.

Mom puts a warm towel in the bottom of the carrier but it doesn't matter. It's no fun to ride in that thing. I complained loudly and tried to dig a hole through the bottom. When that didn't work, I tried to open the door by sticking my paws through the grate. That didn't work either.

I should have suspected something when mom wanted to give me a thorough combing in the morning. But she had treats and it's kind of nice to have the comb through my fur. It sort of feels good on my skin. She told me how pretty I was and how soft my fur felt. The minute I came out of the carrier at the doctor, mom was dismayed.

She said I looked like a street urchin or a cat without a forever home. I am prone to dandruff but mom said that changing our food to one higher in protein has almost eliminated that problem. I don't know if you can see but my dandruff came back like the snow that was falling outside when we went to the vet. Our doctor said she sees this all the time. "Even the best groomed cats can have fur and dandruff reactions to stress." It didn't make mom feel any better because she wants the doctor to see how well she takes care of me.

We did have some good news this trip.

The vet said last year that I was getting pretty chunky and I needed to lose weight. Turns out, the change in cat food and the bit more exercise mom has us do has paid off. I was down a whole pound. Mija had lost 0.2 of a pound but she's not as round as me. The vet is very happy with our health and says mom is doing a great job of caring for us.

(Mom here. Don't tell Pilchard, but she doesn't get as many treats as she used to. Treats, while a good reward, can be very high in calories. If your cat needs to lose weight, you may have to gradually reduce the number of treats you give him or her. And, I need to not cave in so quickly to Mija wanting deli turkey. When I make those kinds of sandwiches, she is underfoot, demanding some. Must be strong. Must be strong. Yeah, right.)

Once all the poking and prodding and the required shot for something called rabies, was done, we could go home.

I don't like going to the doctor. It smells funny there and I hate the car ride. Mom says we go because it's important to be healthy. I know that, but it's still not fun. I forgave mom, however, and later that day, we had our usual evening lap time. Don't tell the vet, but she gave us a couple extra treats.

See you next week.



Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Aww, poor sweetie, but at least everything was good!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

At least you had a good vet visit, Pilchard! That means you don't have to go back for a long time.

Katie Isabella said...

Pilchard darling, I hate to admit it, what with being a girlcat and all, but I have some dandruff too. Mommy gives me Zooms and brushies and combing each day but something is making my skin dry and I have some little pieces of dandruff toward my tail. Can you tell mommy what was the high protein fuds?

Marilia Bavaresco said...

Oh, poor sweetie. But is necessary!!!

Casey said...

I don't mind going to the vet at all. I LOVE riding in the car, and my vet gives me lots of nummy treats and scratches my ears! But I don't have to ride in a carrier. Maybe that's your problem.

CatInTheFridge said...

good job on the healthy weight! I have to see the vet soon. I just know it....You guys were brave! -Crepes.

Brian said...

Oh, i hate that ride too, but's over!

Deb said...

To Katie Isabella: Mom won a bag of Merrick cat food from Layla at Cat Wisdom 101. Mija and I are picky when it comes to food and mom thought we wouldn't like it. But it is so very good. Because it's very high in protein, which mom says we need, we wind up eating less of it while getting just the right amount of calories. It's more expensive than what mom was buying before, but she says we are worth it.

Here's a link to the flavor we have in our dishes right now.


Fur Everywhere said...

We know the vet is no fun at all, but we is very glad that you is healthy! Hopefully you won't have to go again until next year nows. :)

Georgia and Julie said...

You kitties behave much better than we do at the Vet! We act very scared.
Does no good, we still have to stay until we get checked out :/
We think you two look purrfect :)
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
and Angels Tiger and Tillie

orbit said...

You know, for some reason I hate that damn scale thing. I'm down to 7.4 pounds now, and mom and dad are getting worried again. You are not alone in your vet-fears!!