Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Not So Wordless Wednesday

It seems that we're all about the V-E-T this week. Thimble had her annual visit on Monday, and Tonks, as well as her sister Winky and brother Flitwick, went in to be neutered yesterday. Certain girl kitties have been securely placed in their cones of shame, because they refuse to leave their spay incisions alone. Aside from that, though, all of them are doing great!

Now, though, pup Astrid is feeling a bit jealous. It's not that she really likes the V-E-T and wants a turn to go or anything crazy like that. Honestly, do any furbabies out there actually enjoy a date with their doctor? But, Astrid is a tad bit jealous that she's not the one getting all the attention. That's why she wanted to remind you all that in a few weeks, she'll have reached her one-year anniversary of having her toe removed.

For those who don't know, Astrid had what was at first believed to be a benign tumor on the outer toe of her back right foot. The tumor even went away for a while, but then came back early last October. When a biopsy was performed at that juncture, it came back as a malignant sarcoma. Needless to say, that toe was chopped right off in order to remove every margin of the tumor. The surgery was successful, and Astrid has been cancer-free since.

Nowadays, Astrid often shows off her three-toed foot with great pride.

My sister snapped some shots of Astrid posing her three-toed foot while enjoying a sunny day. Isn't the flower propped in the dead grass such a nice touch? Honestly, though, when it comes to foot models, Astrid is a natural.

As picky as pup Astrid is about some things, she has never for even one second seemed phased by her three-toed status. Astrid refuses to eat a single fruit or veggie, she doesn't like to get wet in the rain, and she doesn't like when I wash dishes because the sound of clinking and clanking glasses really, really irritates her. But, by golly, losing a toe is no big deal at all.

We're wishing all of our friends out there a happy, healthy Wednesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:

Since we're already talking nonstop about the vet, and since National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is next week, we figured we'd go right on ahead and do a series of tips on how to get that kitty of yours to the vet. We'll start this series with the simple tip to socialize and get your kitty used to interaction at an early age, if possible. Getting your cat used to people is ideal for helping them cope with future outings to the vet. This of course may not always be possible, depending on a particular cat's age and personality at the time of adoption or rescue. However, when possible and safe, start socializing your cat around people, even simply visitors to your home, when they are young.

What's more, try to get your cat used to hands-on checks. If it's safe for both you and your cat, you can get in the habit of looking in your cat's ears, having a look at their mouth and teeth, and so forth. This of course can help them get used to all that goes on when they're at the vet's office, while at the same time also helping you check for abnormalities that might need to be addressed. All in all, starting early with socializing and hands-on interaction, when it's a safe option, can possibly help your kitty feel more comfortable about getting examined during their trips to the vet.


Ruby's Rescued Life said...

That's quite a milestone Astrid. I'm glad you have adjusted so well this year. The doodle is adorable as always.

The Island Cats said...

Astrid, we're so glad you recovered well from your toe surgery.

Marg said...

Glad you are doing all right Astrid with one less toe. Hope the little ones that had their surgeries are doing OK. Have a super duper day.

Pam and Teddy said...

Good for you Astrid! A toe is a small price to pay for being cancer free. So happy about that too....I bet the "cone twins" will be happy to be cone free and we're glad they made it through their surgery just dandy!

Hugs, Teddy

Eastside Cats said...

I call those pretend checks "Mama has grabby hands"! Astrid, while we understand how it feels to be out of the spotlight, think of it more as a time to get into trouble because no one is watching you!

The Swiss Cats said...

We're so glad for you, Astrid ! Purrs

pilch92 said...

I am glad the surgeries went well and that Astrid is doing well too. Cute foot photos and drawing too. Excellent tips as well. Mine are fine at the vet, for some the ride there is the tough part.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

A whole year already? Time sure does fly. So happy she adjusted with no trouble and that the babies are doing fine!

messymimi said...

Hooray for successful surgeries!

Now i am really glad none of our fosters every chewed at their spay incisions. Of course, our vet uses glue, so no stitches to chew at or need removal.

Astrid certainly did take toe removal in stride, which does not surprise me. Tripod SissyCat never has let her three legged status slow her down. Animals just seem to not mind such things at all.

Great tips about the vet, i wish i’d spent more time doing just what you’ve suggested when mine were little.

meowmeowmans said...

One year is a big milestone! We are so happy for you, Astrid. Oh, and your 3 toed foot is COOL, sweet girl. :)

We're glad everybuddy is doing fine after all that v-e-t stuff. Hugs!