The life of 2 Clinic Cats

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Life at an Animal Emerg.

April 29th 2011 12:18 am
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I am tempted to call myself mom since I am so used to doing so, although in this case I am not really a mom or owner. I am more of a partial care taker of Simon and Tony. All the Vet Assistants I work with take care of the kitties equally.

We love having the cats around, and they know how to get attention from us. Which includes sitting on our files as we work, or rubbing against us as we are typing out our files.

Because there are multiple care takers it is hard to get an agreement with everyone on how much they are being fed. They are getting pretty chubby. Simon is 18lbs and Tony is about 14lbs. I am planning on starting a system to make sure everyone is feeding the right amount of food, plus recording their weights each week.

Unfortunately I don't have a say in what food they are being fed. I myself would prefer feeding a more natural diet, but the clinic gets discount on the veterinary diets...

We have just discovered that Simon and Tony love chasing lights. I suppose this should be obvious but since this is a clinic we don't carry around laser pointers or anything. I am planning on buying a kitty Laser Pointer and bringing it to work tomorrow. Maybe we'll continue to do this to help them loose some chubs too ;).

Anyways, just like Stewie's diary I will let Simon and Tony do the rest of the posts. I Just wanted to start it off for them to give you some background info. I may add a note here and there; since I can't really say that I'm their mom I suppose I'll go by.. 'the food provider'.

I will be working tomorrow night so we'll have them start their diary then :).

Ta Ta, I am off. Have lots of paper work to do!

The food provider, Simon & Tony

 

busy night at the clinic!

April 30th 2011 2:26 am
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Someone brought in some 'snacks' for us to play with tonight. Unfortunately the food provider locked them away in a cage just to tease us.

**Tony: I kept trying to get up to the cage to have a closer look but my staff wouldn't let me. The food provider is so cruel not to let us have them... She called them ducklings and said they didn't want to play with us. Said they were gonna be sent off and released back into the wild. I think they'd like it better here with me.

The food provider bought a little red dot for us to play with too. She said it was cheap and she's not sure how long it will last... It wasn't very bright either. We were more interested in the little flashlight then the dot on the floor.

The clinic's drier is broken so for the last week whenever they are drying laundry the staff locks us away because the drier hose needs to go out the door. They think we'll sneak out, we don't think they have enough trust in us... maybe for good reason, MOL.

We met a great big stray dog today. He was a German shepherd cross. He was 130lbs, wow so big! He was so friendly, he came up to us and introduced himself. He said his owners didn't tattoo him or microchip him. He said he'd always wanted his own collar with his name on it, but now that he's lost its up to his parents to find him back.

The food provider said we probably shouldn't talk about owned animals too much because its supposed to be confidential...
But maybe we'll give some neutral stories with no names now and then.

The only kitty in today was in for a drainage tube removal, he had a bit of a fever so he wasn't feeling too well.
There was a beautiful GDV(bloat) dog, the doggy was getting older though and had been through a lot so unfortunately we had to say goodbye to him. RIP GDV dog, see you on rainbow bridge.

Just said bye to the food provider. The overfeeder has taken over for her. We'll see the food provider again on monday, we'll have all night to play with the red dot then :).

 

A Pawsome Night!

May 3rd 2011 10:53 am
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We had another interesting night tonight!! The food provider got in right after our new 'play things' arrived. They made really weird noises.. they were really interesting, but didn't catch our attention quite as much as those cute ducklings the other day. The food provider came in wondering what was in, when she asked the staff they said some Joey's came in. (the food provider just looked up the word for them; they can also be called a kit, or a kitten - who knows why..)

**Simon. When the Joey's got put away I took the responsibility of keeping an eye on them for a while. I was up on the counter leaning off the edge trying to get a better look to see if they were all right. I stayed there for a good hour after they arrived.

**Tony. Somehow in the hustle and bustle of things I got locked in the back room and no one noticed. Or maybe it was planned... But the food provider let me out. One of the kitties in the cages kept hissing at me when I was passing or when I looked at him. Just to see what he'd do I went right up to the cage. He just hissed at me again, MOL he couldn't do anything else about it. Although the staff told me to go away from him, and threatened to lock me away again; so I decided not to bother him anymore.
The Joey's were cool, but I didn't pay that much attention to them. Except when the food provider was taking them out one by one trying to feed them. I got a good close up look then, and I stuck around until the food provider put them all away again.

**The Food Provider. Are you waiting in suspense to find out what Joey's are?? I know I would be, or I would have looked it up by now. A Joey is another name for baby possums. Yes, Possums!! Their momma got hit my a car, and when the driver went to look, these 7 little guys came out of hiding. I took some good pictures and video's too. I'll try get the pictures up later today but the video may take a little longer... I'd like to edit it, and won't have much time.

.......

The food provider brought a video camera to the clinic today, we asked her to bring it so that we could post a video here on Catster. Who knew it would come in handy for something else too. We can now put a video together with us and our little furry visitors. We hope your looking forward to it as much as we are!!

A kitty came in with a bad runny nose and eyes, and congested lungs. They came with a taxi so the staffs decided to call someone to stay with the kitty for the day while the clinic is closed so that she doesn't need to come back and pick her kitty up so soon. (Pick up would have been only 3 hours after she left and would have had to be transfered to their clinic). Since the kitty needs to be hospitalized it works out well because it can just stay for the day and over night again without the stressful traveling.

Usually we are locked away during the day because of the alarms but maybe since there will be someone here maybe we'll be able to hang out around the clinic today.
Then the food provider is back again tonight!! Yay!

Purrr, puurrrrr, Meoowww...

Simon and Tony

 

Happy Mothers day!

May 7th 2011 2:14 am
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yes, we know we don't really have a mother. But since we are missing out on it we thought we'd thank all of our furiends' mothers for taking such great care of them, because of them you guys are our best furiends!

The last shift with the food provider was not too exciting. There was a kitten there that had been there since Monday. It was pretty sick, congested lungs, watery eyes/nose. The food provider forgot to check what happened to the little kitten tonight, she said she hopes the kitten got better enough to go home but... she's not sure.

The food provider took some more video's of us on her last shift. We posed all nicely and played with the 'red dot' (laser pointer) for the camera. Although the food provider apologized to us that she hasn't been able to edit it because her video editor isn't any good, she wants to go out and buy one. Since It may be a little while we have decided to put the possum video up, we're not sure if it's working yet though. We'll have to check later on today... hope your excited, they're so cute.

Today was another interesting day! MOL, we keep getting exciting stories to tell!! A doggy came in, she swallowed a small tennis ball!!! It was a cute black lab, and swallowed one of those small doggy tennis balls. The staffs had to make him sick to get the tennis ball back... poor doggie but she was feeling fine after, although to be honest I don't think he really cared that she swallowed it in the first place! If you know any doggies be sure to tell them not to inhale toys. It isn't very fun for them. Although maybe some of you have eaten something too that didn't go down right, we've heard on kitties eating elastics, strings, and a bunch of other fun stuff. Any of you have stories of eating things?

Another doggie is supposed to be coming in who ate a needle!! How scary! They may have to do an endoscopy, do you kitties know what that is? It is where they stick a camera down into you and retrieve what is stuck. This method is used if it is too dangerous to pass on its own or come up from being forced sick. The food provider is going to miss it, she is disappointed because she hasn't seen one done at our clinic. She said she has seen a few before though, one being a fishing hook which is sort of similar. Anyways if that is what happens then that will be fun for us to watch.

Also there was a kitty brought in. The lady said she found her 2 months ago and was trying to find his old home or find him a new home.
But in the mean time found out she was pregnant. She paid for a c-section the other day for the babies. Now the mommy is sick and she can't afford any more.
We took them and will be sending them to the shelter in the morning.. There were 4 kittens. The food provider was worried that if the mommy kitty doesn't make it for some reason then what would happen to the kittens, she has heard rummer that if no one wants to care for the kittens that bad things might happen to them. So she is telling the shelter that she is willing to foster if needed. That way if something happens there is no reason for the kittens to get hurt.
We are so proud to call her our food provider. Only time will tell if they take her up on her offer though. But wouldn't that be fun!?! And she said she'd have to take them to work because she needs to be feeding them all the time, how exciting would that be for us! We'd get to see them grow up to be strong healthy kittens.

Anyways thats about all the excitement for tonight. We are so glad you guys are enjoying our diary's.

We are happy to have you all as furiends ♥.

 

Silly Staff!

May 10th 2011 10:37 am
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There was a ferret at the clinic all night! And the silly staff put her on ground level, MOL. We tried to stick our paw in to fish him out, the food provider was going to try take a picture, she said it was cute. But we pretended to loose interest when she tried.

All the pets in tonight were pretty serious cases... One hit by car, one vomiting (and couldn't really walk without falling over) and the ferret who had very low red blood cell count. So there were not really any happy ever after stories tonight unfortunately. A lot of those stories happen after they leave our clinic anyways...

But! The food provider brought us some toys. We have such a nerdy food provider, MOL. She went out and bought a catnip toy for us, and one of those stands with a spring and a ball on top..?!? anyways we loved the cat nip toy, but we're not sure what to do with the spring toy. She also brought us yummy treats because the treats that we used to have are finished. But the reason the food provider is such a nerd is cause she has no cats of her own but is shopping for us clinic cats. We're not complaining, MOL.

The food provider feels bad that we don't have a scratching post. We scratch all the chairs and the staff gets mad at us. She says that they shouldn't get mad at us if they aren't willing to buy us something else to scratch... She may not be willing to bring it up though, she is newest to the clinic and does not feel like she is able to be open with some of the other staff... We'll see. We sure hope we could get one, maybe one with a perch on top!

Oh and we forgot the other day that we took a picture of that x-ray of the dog that swallowed the tennis ball. Would seeing that interest you? We're gonna post it, if you like seeing that kind of stuff we will try post some more often. Since it isn't really a picture of the animal I see no problem with it since it could be any animal in the world for all you know. ;)

Thats it for now, Ta Ta!

Simon and Tony

 

Tony Scared the Food Provider!!!

May 14th 2011 2:43 am
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So do you remember at all how we mentioned the drier was broken at work? Well if you don't we'll mention it again. So long story short until it is fixed the hose from the drier has to go outside, therefore we need to open the door. The staff first put us in our cages at first because they didn't want us to get out, but have lately been putting a blanket in between the door so we can't get out. The food provider especially put the blanket as high as her neck and a broom in front too.

Well Tony decided to go hide behind/under the couch in the Dr's office. The food provider noticed he wasn't around but thought he may be in the office because the Dr was in there taking a nap. But when he got up the the food provider went in and checked the office but Tony was no where to be seen!!!! She started freaking out and the staff called him and searched every room high and low. He was no where. She was hoping beyond hope he didn't get out, but went out to look for him anyways. She put me (Simon) in a cage and opened the door in hopes of Tony to come back. After an hour or so Tony comes trotting out of th Dr's office. The food provider was so mad/frustrated, but I could tell she was relieved he was not gone. As you can tell she had one tough night. She said tony never sleeps in there and never stays in a hiding spot for so long, it was odd for him... anyways its okay now, but she still is getting over the stress.

Well we had a good night ;). The food provider washed all our bedding and our litter boxes all nicely. We now have a super clean cage to sleep in tomorrow.

The food provider asked the staff if we could have a scratching post, but they said no. So there is no chance that work will buy us a scratching post or anything at this point. They say it would make the clinic too crowded and will look messy. Maybe they'll change their mind some day...

The food provider is thinking of getting the turbo scratcher (thanks Zach for suggesting it!!) It is small and looks like a lot of fun. But like the other things she has bought for us she will only bring in when she is working and when not too many staff are around. But is wondering if it will be too loud for night time when the Dr is sleeping. We can play with it a little farther away but we don't know how loud it is... The food provider is such a dork she'd buy one anyways for her future cat, MOL.

Oh and we promised Blizzard we'd check the ferret's file to see how he'd ended up. Well according to our files (care calls to patients are done one day later) he's doing a lot better, still not 100% when we had called but much improvement from when he was in.

Finney we enjoyed your party. Even though we technically couldn't be there, the food provider was contently checking her phone for catster updates, MOL.

Simon and Tony

 

Turbo-Tastic

May 17th 2011 6:03 pm
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We LOVE our new Turbo Scratcher!!! We went to investigate it as soon as the food provider put it down, we were drawn by the intoxicating smell of cat nip of course. We first tried out the ball and found out that it comes back when you hit it, then we notices that the middle is the perfect scratching surface. Who said we don't need something to scratch?! After we checked it out and played with it for a while we went for our night snooze, when we woke up in the morning we played with it again. Of course we'll have to get used to having it around because then we will go to it more often. The food provider still caught us scratching the furniture but she said she doesn't expect that to stop right away or completely for that matter.

We both took turns playing with it. But of course I (Simon) own it therefore I get to choose how long Tony can play with it for. Of course he was a little jealous that it is mine and tried to hog it for a bit but I stared him down and ran after him. Later he actually dared to jump and attack me!! The food provider said he did the traditional kitty-cat pounce where he crouched down wiggled his butt and jumped over the turbo scratcher and onto me!!! I guess I'll need to set him strait next time.

The food provider said something about me being greedy. Not sure what that means exactly but she said it has something to do with the fact that when I see tony playing with something then I want it too. Tony was playing with a hacky-sack and well he's not allowed to have fun, so I had to go take it from him. He isn't allowed to play with my toys right? Well he gets away with it sometimes, being lazy and all I have to pick and choose my fights.

Last night there was only one kitty guest and he was only there for a little while. I hissed at him to show him who's boss because he told his owner that he wanted to come into my territory!! Well the food provider threw me out of my territory... how dare she. Oh well I suppose that is life in a clinic. Tony and I went out to stalk after him later on, it is fun to follow our guests around, MOL. It's a fun game because they have no idea what we'd do to them.

Its almost dinner time... Now where is the staff who feeds us?!

 

Relaxing Night for us here!

May 19th 2011 8:28 am
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6:00am

We are getting our manly rest tonight!! Well I suppose we do every night...
Not too much exciting happening today, the only patient is a dog in the back who we think has IVDD which you’re welcome to look up if you want to know more, but it is basically a serious back problem. He is in pain and has been whining off and on throughout the night. The Dr. has put him on pain meds to help him with the pain for now; he will then be transferred to their vet where they will discuss further testing.

Night time is our resting time, so we are just hanging out. I (Simon) am up front watching all the cars go by, and Tony is in the back hanging out with the food provider on the chair next to hers. Mornings is when we start getting active again. We run from the front to back and all over again. We are visiting the turbo scratcher every now and then and playing with some toys that are along our path.

An hour until feeding time... Well sooner if we are good enough at begging the food provider. But she mentioned that the hungrier we are the more we play so we’re not sure if our plan will work.

Look at the sun streaming through the windows!!! I believe I picked a good spot to sit. It’s gonna be a nice day today here. We over heard the food provider mention that she just planted Catnip at home; we are going to get FRESH catnip. How exciting is that?

 

2 squirrels and a baby bunny!!!

May 21st 2011 3:50 pm
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Ok so only one survived but its exciting to have many little wild furs visit our clinic. The first squirrel came in, the shelter couldn't keep him overnight so they asked if they could bring him here. He was healthy and they say he was tame, they suspect he may have been kept as a pet. But the food provider didn't want to take the chance of opening the door and possibly having him get loose.

Next the Night SPCA (hes the one that works throughout the night and deals with emergency calls for the shelter) he came to pick the squirrel up and asked if we'd take another squirrel in exchange, MOL. Well, he didn't quite phrase it that way. This squirrel wasn't doing so well and was on the way to another place but he wasn't sure if it would survive that long. This squirrel must have had babies somewhere by the looks of it.. So we took it in and hoped his condition would improve but unfortunately after an hour or two she passed away. When she came in her temperature was unreadable (VERY low) and was on her side breathing deeply. She was also covered in fleas so that must not have made her feel any better...

Next is the baby bunny... We seem to get a lot of those. Did I mention any baby bunnies in past entries? I may have started after we had them. We had two baby bunnies come in one day after the other about a month ago (or so). One was healthy, the other one we tried to revive but passed away. But todays bunny was not in good condition at all and we decided to put him to sleep right away so he didn't need to suffer. We'll post a picture of the healthy bunny from a month ago. They are just so cute!! Oh and of course they look fun to play with ;).

Simon was most interested in the squirrels this time, I (Tony) was having too much fun with the new turbo scratcher. The food provider decided to put a towel under it cause i'd run into the room and jump on it and it would skid half way across the room!!! It makes a horrible sound when it moves on hard floor. The food provider took it home in hopes to put a grip of some sort on it. And after I was finished playing I went to Simon's cage and had a good nap on his bed, his bed is so much nicer then mine!!!! What makes them think he deserves the bed and not me? Anyways that is one of my hideaway sleeping spots now.

A list of our 10 favorite sleeping spots:

1. Catscale in the cat exam room

2. The printer

3. The staff's chairs. Especially if they get off and are planning on coming back.

4. Simon's Bed (My spot during the night, Simon doesn't sleep here except during the day)

5. Upfront on the cat bed by the window or on a chair upfront

6. On files in which the staff are using

7. Oh and I can't forget patient's cages!! One of Simon's favorites!

8. Under the couch in the Dr's office (my 'secret' hideaway)

9. The staff's laps

10. Cupboards that we open and slip into (we don't sleep in cupboards very often, but we love opening them!)

Hugs and Purrs,

Tony and Simon

 

Busy day

May 24th 2011 1:07 am
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What a busy day today!! It is Victoria day up here for all you kitties that don't know. Anyways, holiday means we are open 24 hours and all the calls that go to regular clinics get forwarded to ours so we tend to get more patients in on those days.

So we actually have about 15 cages here at the clinic. Well actually minus 3 that are filled with towels and blankets, and well minus 2 that are our cages. And 2 other cages are high and are only used in special cases... So lets say we have 8-10 cages. I suppose that doesn't seem like too many but its not very often that there are tons of patients staying for a while.

There were 6 patients there when the food provider left, 3 of them were SPCA and 2 were patients that needed to be monitored and on IV fluids all night, and one dog that just got out of sedation to clean out its big dog bite wounds. The staff were answering calls all day and there were a couple in and out patients too. As well as a domestic bunny :) the food provider had fun talking to the owner cause she has two bunnies herself.

Oh and before I start talking about patients, when I say SPCA that is our local shelter (is it called that in the USA?... can't remember).

SPCA #1: Someone found a little kitten on a trail somewhere. Someone must not have wanted to deal with her anymore.. These people picked it up but noticed that she wasn't acting normal. She was wobbling back and forth with difficulty walking. Head shaking. They're thinking she has neurological problems. She wouldn't even eat normally, she maybe didn't have any depth perception but couldn't get at the food unless it was put in her mouth. The food provider said her heart broke when she saw this kitten, she'd love to adopt it but wouldn't have any idea if it could live a normal life or anything close... She has never owned a cat herself but feels horrible for what fate this kitten may have.

SPCA #2: Orange tabby cat extremely dehydrated underweight and had also vomited. Very nice kitty but maybe due to not feeling well. Dirty ears and just didn't look like she had anyone to take care of her.. but she did have a tattoo.

SPCA #3: Dog that has beagle colouring but reminded us of a corgi with short legs... anyways this dog had a collar and tattoo so will likely find its way home soon.

The food provider brought her dog Stewie today!! We kinda laughed at him because he had to be in a cage most of the day, he didn't look like he enjoyed it at all; he was scratching the cage door and wanting out. The food provider even gave him a bully stick and he flat out ignored it!! Later she let him out because no clients were coming in and out so he got some time to roam around and help clean. We then got put in our cages because of the surgery to clean the dogs wounds. They don't like having us out because they seem to think we'll make the area un-sterile.
Anyways its nice having Stewie hanging out with us, but we know to give him his space. Almost wanted to get a picture of Stewie and I (tony) together. We're practically twins don't you think? Next time...

The food provider is secretly thinking of taking one of us home. Hopefully me!! for only a day. She'd like to see what it would be like to have a cat at her place, to see if it would be ok or not... She says that getting to know us more and through catster has given her a deeper compassion for cats, one that makes her want one herself. ;)

anyways we are off. Oh and the dryer is now fixed here so no more escape attempts... darn, mol. Take care, and Stay Safe!!

 
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