Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Crew goes to the vet



I like taking all of my cats to the vet at once. It is a pain, but it helps me remember when they last went. I've done it for a number of years, most notoriously on Black Friday 2011.

I like to know that I am able to get all of my cats out of the house, and I like to know that I can do it rather quickly. I was able to scoop all of them up and get them into carriers in ten minutes.

Empty carriers waiting to be filled
In memory of the two not with us

I have to do it in a particular order, I have to scoop up Twee first and then put her in a room I can easily get her again (the laundry room) and then Eli. Both of them get suspicious so it has to be done quickly do I don't end up having to chase one or the other out from under a bed with a broom.


Jack and Skippy could not have cared less what was going on. Muffin was not happy but was easy enough to catch. Fleurp had to be bribed to come near me by opening up a can of food. She was some upset when she ended up in a carrier and not eating that can of food.

The fun part comes with playing cat Tetris. This actually took longer than the catching and crating of kitties. Fortunately, the CatMan was able to get the afternoon off and he helped me load them up.


Fleurp was on my lap for the trip up. If I had gone myself I would have put one of the SleepyPod Atom carriers on the floor in the front and Eli who was on the floor in the back would have been on the seat.

Bringing six cats into the clinic required two trips. We each could bring in two. Technically, since the Atom has a carrying strap I can easily bring both of those and one in each hand, but it makes it quite cumbersome to get through the door and since I had help, we just made a second trip.

I have always thought of The Crew as the "older ones" and the "younger ones". Interestingly, that is how we randomly put them on the floor. Jack, Muffin, and Eli on one wall. Twee, Fleurp, and Skippy on the other.


Trust me, they are in there. They REALLY didn't want to come out. They put us in the larger exam room where they usually examine dogs and I won't let them do that again because once again Twee started swearing like a sailor. She was calm the last time we had an exam and the Dr. F. said that she probably smelled the dogs.

Everyone checked okay. Muffin has a little bit of hardening on her cornea. Dr. F said that happens around 12 most times; since she is 15 I'm not going to complain. Her kidneys are a little small. We knew that her SDMA levels were elevated from before, so we are going to have to keep a good eye on that again. Jack is good. I'm a little concerned about his thyroid levels due to the vomiting while on medication, so we are doing thyroid levels on him as well as another TSH test. Eli has been vocal lately so we are checking his thyroid as well. I also found a third lipoma on him so I had them make note of that too. We did senior checks on Twee and Fleurp as well as a CBC on her because her weight was down a little. I don't consider her out of the anemic woods until summer officially starts. Skippy is actually only seven years old so I decided not to senior blood work on him.

So, barring anything jarring from the blood work which should be back soon, we should be good on vet visits for another six months. I might get Muffin in again in three months to check her kidneys if things are still borderline or slightly worse. I know it is probably overkill, but I want to keep a close eye on her.

When we got home, there were treats to make up for the stress...


Jack was annoyed that I got my treat first. He was also probably annoyed that his treat was so small (I opened three three oz cans for the six cats)


But there was much rejoicing.


I wasn't officially forgiven until I had dinner and I had something that interested them.. but that is okay. I deserved it.

20 comments:

  1. yep cats don't like these trip to the vets.I had to take Mother in-laws this week as its been a couple of years and she suffers from tooth resorption ,but they were all good and she had a vaccination too plus they wormed her and gave her flea and tick treatment so that is covered for 3 months.she's a timid cat so its good to get it out of the way in one hit.its difficult taking her to the vet because she fights when you catch her and the mother in-law has dementia so she was made to stay home cant deal with the cat and the vet and some one with dementia all at the same time.
    Speedy had his visit last week and that was all good plus he had his Myxomatosis/RVHD type 2 combi vaccination as well.Glad so far the vet visit was good for the crew ,will keep my fingers crossed on all the blood work too,xx Rachel

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  2. Wow, that is quite an accomplishment to get 6 cats to the vet for a checkup! My human prefers to take us one or two at a time, just because it is easier and she doesn't need help. She has no problem loading us into the carriers - it's just the lugging around part, and Binga almost always gets mad at somebody.

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  3. We are impressed that you managed all that in one visit.

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  4. Impressive! Like The Catman, I have 1/2 day off next Friday...to take Chuck to the vet. Hope everyone's blood tests come back with good results.

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  5. Glad everything went well with the marathon vet visit. When I inherited my MIL's cats when she died I had a total of 12. Routine vet visits were done over 3 days, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.

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  6. Holy smokes. And I thought it was something to take "all" two of mine at the same time! Amazing!

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  7. Whew, that is a lot of organizing... and exercising! I am happy CatMan was there to help! Laughing at your treat! Glad they all checked out well.

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  8. We are very impressed! Glad everything went well. Treats always make things better. Human and cat!

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  9. The mom says it's hard enough takin 2 of us at a time to the vet...let alone 7! She commends you! And we purr everybuddy gets a good report.

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  10. Everybody at once?! Whoa. :)

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  11. I am so impressed that you took all 7 at once. You are lucky your vet will do that, the most mine will do is 2. Could you do transdermal meds on the ears for thyroid if the pills upset Jack's tummy? I like your peanut butter cup treat :)

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  12. We're glad everything went well. Everybody at once is a challenge, even with the help of Catman ! And that's right, treats are a great help for being forgiven after a trip at the vet. Purrs

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  13. Good lord. We could never. Partly because only three carriers fit on our back seat. It's great to know you can get them all into carriers quickly if there's ever an emergency. But as we recently learned, a screaming fire alarm makes it a whole new ballgame, and it was all but impossible for us to catch anyone since the sound puts them in an epic panic state. and they were all ready panicking from seeing the carriers. We should plan noisy fire drills . . . .

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    1. We lost power on Thankskgiving a few years ago and the house filled with smoke due to the pellet stove not blowing the exhaust out. Catman called the fire department to be safe, and I grabbed the cats I could to keep them out of trouble and from inhaling too much smoke. I knew I'd never get Eli and Twee, and I didn't. It breaks my heart to know this because in a real emergency if I don't grab them first, it is all over for them.

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  14. Wow, all the kitties at one time! It's very impressive! I totally understand you wanted treat first :-)

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  15. We bet it takes awhile to get them all gathered up and ready to go. That is a great idea though getting them all taken care of at once. That is what Mumsy did with the foster children when they fostered children. Doing it all in one trip saves on gas and wear and tear on ones vehicle too. Hugs and nose kisses

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  16. I am in awe that you took all six at the same time. That's very impressive. All in all, it sounds like things went well. I hope Muffin's eye and kidneys will be ok. I also hope Jack's thyroid is ok and Eli doesn't have issues.

    Your treat looks the best!

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  17. Nice work! I'm glad that, for the most part, things are stable and well.

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  18. Wow, very impressive. We've only taken all three in a couple times and I'm always sweating by the time they're in their carriers. You're a pro!

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