Monday, November 1, 2010

Gypsy and Ginny Visit The Vet

My new kittehs, Gypsy and Ginny, had their first visit with the vet this morning. Turns out it's very difficult to take a Manx cat's temperature. Usually, you can lift the cat by the tail and insert the thermometer. With a Manx cat, there's nothing to hold onto!

All was normal with the girls, but they did have a lot of gunk in their ears plus ear mites. The vet cleaned their ears as well as he could, but I'm going to have to do two more cleanings at home and apply anti-mite drops once. Then they'll be due back at the vet for a checkup. In all probability, this will coincide with their appointment to be spayed. I really hate putting the girls through this, but it has to be done.

Meanwhile, Lucy has walked from the living room to the bedroom on her own volition! Once in the bedroom, she snuck under a blanket and napped. Unfortunately, Ginny pounced on the covered-up Lucy (which, let's face it, is what cats do in those circumstances).

No answer on Gypsy's persistent cough. Since she's not exhibiting any other cold-like symptoms and since her appetite is quite good, the vet advised me to take no action for the next couple of weeks.

I love my girls--all three of them--very much.


  1. Our Lily had a few upper-respiratory illnesses while she was at the Shelter (which is why she's a little older -- she was "off the market" for a time), and when she came to live with us, sure enough, she caught another one. Then passed it to Loonz, who promptly got an eye infection. OY!

    Now, they're both good, but Lily is still prone to sneezing and snarfly nose. :-D

    I'm so glad you're enjoying your kittehs.

  2. The family dog got a respretory thing from running away and being in the pound overnight. She had a cough for weeks but was fine it was just hard to hear her cough so I sympathize

  3. Kennel cough is quite common. If the vet isn't worried, she's probably fine.

  4. I'm not overly worried about the cough. I expected them to have the sniffles, but my cat Sara had a cough all her life--a couple times a day, anyway. I'm thinking Gypsy's throat is improving because initially, she couldn't even meow audibly. I have been hearing her voice some lately.