Today took it out of me, I admit. It was fairly busy and not necessarily crazy but I did have 3 (and almost 4) euthanasias today. So forgive me for this very brief blog today.
One thing that struck me today. As soon as I heard it, I thought "this is going in the blog." In fact, it might BE the blog.
A client with a very ill kitty that hadn't seen a vet in years was in and was one of those 3 I mentioned. The cat had oral cancer. It was in bad shape. This cat has a sibling kitty. I tried to impress upon the owner the importance of regular check ups as there are many diseases where we can prevent or slow down progression. Her initial comment was that it was an "indoor cat."
Oh sigh. This is one of the biggest notions out there that keeps kitties from my door and from a better, longer life. That somehow indoor cats don't need vet care. Yeah, they do. They get dental disease, heart issues, weight issues, skin problems, growths, kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract infections and the list goes on...
That wasn't even it though. The blog fodder.
She had told me earlier about the great lengths she went to make her grandchildren's pet hamster into a mummy (yes for real) and then even designed a really nice "Egyptian" box out of a small cigar box. Ok.
We were discussing how some people put their pet's ashes into their family members casket or their own. She said "Oh I'd do that with my dog, but not my cat."
And there it was. The same old thing I am weary and heartbroken over. Cat owners that don't even love their own cats as much as their dog. It reminds me of family members I know that always loved, favored and treated the boys in the family much better than the girls. Incidentally, guess who was better behaved? Yeah, exactly.
Please don't say stuff like that to me. How do you know that I am not the BIGGEST cat lover in the world? Or that maybe my mom just passed away (she didn't) and wanted her cat in there with her. Please use some discretion when telling your vet how much you don't like x, hate y or want to shoot _______. Trust me, yeah I've heard stuff like that..IN my office.