Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bran, needles, and retching...

This week David took our cat Stanley to the vet. Stanley has been trying to hork up a hairball for about a month. I'd been giving him hairball medicine every few days when the sound of him horking became too loud to ignore. I was loathe to spend money on sending the cat to the vet with something like a hairball, but the google warned that untreated hairballs lead to death and I did not want to be the woman whose cat died of an untreated hairball.

I love our vet. He is quirky and interesting.

I made David take Stanley to the vet because I did not want to be the one to truthfully answer the questions of just how long this cat has been gagging on his own fur. Since Rebecca, AKA The Informer was going along, I knew that she would spare no details of Stanley's pathetic retching and tell Dr. K that I have been ignoring his hairball distress for weeks.

So David and Rebecca brought Stan to the vet where the following things happened.

Stan was weighed. Verdict: Morbidly obese.

Stan was diagnosed with a hairball. Verdict: Add bran to his diet

Dr. K gave Stan an anti-inflammatory to soothe his inflammations.

Dr. K gave Stan acupuncture to realign his kitty energy.

Dr. K gave David acupuncture because Dr. K and David are kindred kooky spirits.

Results: Stan continues to retch, I am trying to figure out how to get my cat to eat more bran and David wants to make weekly visits to the vet for acupuncture.


alice said...

You have a VET who does ACUPUNCTURE? <#

alice said...

Er (clumsy cold fingers), <3

Pom Pom said...

How funny! Poor Stan. I hate the hairball hawk, too. Our kids used to wake me up from naps to report cat barf. I guess I was the only one who could solve the problem. Your vet sounds nice and compassionate.

Cheryl said...

Holistic vets are the best.

That last line caught me by surprise. Thankfully I wasn't snorting DC at the time.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

1. I love the verb "hork."

2. I have never heard of a vet administering acupuncture, on a cat no less.

3. I think I would like Dr. K to be my doctor, too.