Thursday, October 26, 2006

Talking to your vet

Blogger was down today but seems to be working now.

I was speaking with a woman today about her cat and how her cat needs enemas (really DON'T try this at home - as you can see, it is not only messy but can be painful for the cat too). I asked if she had spoken with the vet about a more permanent solution, and she said she had not. She said that she had just been flushing the cat out but that it is uncomfortable AND in no time at all, the cat would have problems again.

Now the thing to do is to speak with your vet. The vet can give you a range of alternatives. They may not have done it for various reasons - for example, they think price is a consideration, or they may feel it is not possible, but explore your options.

About a week or two ago, Wiggie told me someone had called CATSNIP asking if she could get her cat's vocal chords removed. Apparently the cat would wet itself at night and then cry to be changed. The woman looking after her said she could not get a good night's sleep. I asked what the problem with the cat was - and she said she did not know. I asked if it would be possible to stop the frequent uncontrolled urination. Removing the vocal chords stops the crying - but not the fact that the cat is in discomfort. She said this had never occured to her and that she had never spoken with her vet about this.

So it is a good idea to always speak to your vet about different options and what can be done.


Anonymous Big Ears said...

Maybe this person should break her own eardrum to solve the problem.

What kind of human being will think of such solutions?

Answer: Inhuman

26/10/06 3:01 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Haha - good one BigEars!

26/10/06 3:06 PM  
Blogger san said...

Mutilating your cat's vocal chords because you need a good night's sleep?

The solution is just plan ridiculous. If the cat is wet, it asks for help. I guess maybe it is true that people do need lessons on how to be a parent and not only for children. :(

27/10/06 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cat owner could been confining her cat in a cage, otherwise why would her cat cried when it wet itself at night.
Normally cat cried after urinating or defecating just for short time, to attract attraction, to clean up its litter, but shortly after it will quieten down.
But if a cat persistently cried after it wet itself, it could be the cat is confined in a cage, it is uncomfortable sitting in its own urine and faeces.
You could ask the woman is her cat confined, if it so, then tell her don't confined her cat for long period of time, as it is cruel.
Let it roam freely inside her home, and toilet train the cat.

28/10/06 3:08 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The cat, I believe has some problems moving or is handicapped in some way - so you're right, it cannot move out of its urine and is basically sitting in its own urine.

28/10/06 3:48 PM  

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