September 11, 2012

Poking and Prodding

Little Java got his first vet visit today. He was quite friendly, to the extent that the vet complained it was hard to hear his heartbeat over his purring. On the other hand, he did not particularly enjoy getting his temperature taken, and expressed his displeasure with claws. Although he was using them to try and escape, not to fight, which is something.

He's got eye infections, and we're dosing them with eye-drops; there is already a marked reduction in the nasty discharge, so the meds seem to be working. The eye drops also appear to feel nice, because he doesn't struggle at all when we apply them. Beyond the eye infections he's got an upper respiratory infection, which is very common in cats that have spent time in a shelter. (We got him from the local SPCA.) It's viral, so it should clear up on its own.

Going to a vet in the morning, we only encountered two other patients. One was a white cat, who never left his carrier; that cat and Java meowed at each other meaningfully. The other animal was a large dog, whose owner told me was a rescue case. The poor dog was terrified, trembling and shying away from even a 5-pound kitten. I hope that dog gains some mental equilibrium with love and time.

Confusingly, the large dog and the white cat in the carrier had the same name. One of the coincidences of life, I guess.

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