Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I'd be lethargic too if I had a couple of tractor tires tied to my ass

I didn't even realize that cats had anal glands, to tell you the truth, and of course, had Sputnik been a dog, no doubt she would have found a way to let us know that her anal glands were full and infected, but cats simply do not do ass-dragging.

Happily, a trip to the vet this morning quickly set the ailing kitteh back on the path to health. One geriatric blood and urine screening (eliminating the feared kidney and thyroid issues), one pair of anal glands expressed, one long-lasting antibiotic injection, one subcutaneous electrolyte drip, one kitteh morphine injection, and five hundred dollars later, Sputnik is returning to her sleek and sassy self.

She is now eating, drinking, urinating, and has a renewed interest in life. In fact, she even snuck back into the urban assault vehicle after I was so careful to carry her out of the car upon returning home, so that she wouldn't have to cross the ice field that they call our street. She is not a huge fan of car rides, so this desire to climb back into the car is highly unusual, and I strongly suspect that she simply didn't want to waste a good stone, when she could be grooving to tunes and watching the telephone poles whizz by.

Sputnik is definitely not the same feline she was yesterday, and that is worth every penny.

21 comments:

Moxie said...

Glad to hear Sputnik is okay. Having dealt with an ailing senior kitty myself just last week, I know how frustrating it can be to see them suffering. But that moment when they are all better is well worth it.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Yay!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are so right, Moxie. It hurts so much to see them suffering, and you don't know how to help them. Although Sputnik's birthday is on Sunday, we telling her that this is her birthday present!
How is your kitty feeling now?

That's what I said when I saw her drinking water, Dr M!

Charlie said...

I imagine Sputnik is having a great time tripping out on kitty morphine. Wish I had some, but 500 bucks is kinda steep. Not to mention having the vet rooting around in my butt.

I'm really glad she's okay, though.

sp said...

I just had to comment when I saw her picture and saw how beautiful she is. Glad to hear she's doing fine.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There are those who would gladly pay $500 to have someone root around in their butt, Charlie, but I don't believe those people are particularly concerned if it's a vet who does so.

She is doing so much better, it's hard to believe it's the same cat, SP.

Allison said...

So glad to hear the Sputty is on the mend. I believe Sam had the same thing happen to her when she was younger. They are members of our family, and the price is always worth it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

No question, Al, our furry family is always worth whatever it takes.
Poor Sam must have been quite humiliated with the indignity.

Wandering Coyote said...

OMG...Infected anal glands are...nasty. Poor Sputnik! $500 is a lot...but worth it for sure!

kelly said...

I made the mistake of having my vet friend show me how to express the dogs anal glands...so guess who gets to do that job.....He hates it as much as I do...but for the cost of a few nitrile gloves and some ky jelly.....

I know I'm stopping, way too much information

Captain Karen said...

YAY! Sputnik is ok. Whew!!! Excellent news (except for the large vet bill). And cats, unfortunately, do do the butt drag. At least Nero does but I think that's because he's so furry and "things" get stuck in his butt fur.

LesleyG said...

Yay! Glad to hear it!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear Sputnik is on the mend. I had no idea that cat had anal glands, I guess bum scooching is beneficial after all.
Give Sputty a big hug.
Bruno

Jas B said...

Good to know she is feeling fine! :)

leazwell said...

How old is Sputnik?

Mrs. Ritchie said...

Awww...poor Sputty! Glad her mama was on top of things and got her some relief and, by the sounds of things, some good drugs! I have to say, the picture in my head of Sputty groovin on the front seat of the urban assault vehicle while no doubt listening to "Plea from a Cat", made me LMAO!!

John Mutford said...

Captain Karen beat me to it. I had a cat that often did the ass-drag. Nasty business, especially with carpets.

Anyway, glad Sputnik is okay.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't even want to think about how uncomfortable they must be, WC. I'd sure want someone to do something about mine if I had them.

I'd be willing to bet that Jake hates it just a bit more than you do, Kelly.

Boy cats tend to be slightly less concerned with appearances than girl cats, I think, Karen. I have never known a girl cat to do any butt-scooching.

Not as glad I was, Lesley!

I recall a certain big old male cat of yours excelling at scooching when he was a little too girthy to clean his butt, Bruno.

She's doing so much better, Jas, thanks.

She's going to be 12 in a couple of days, Leazwell.

She's always liked the Weakerthans, Mrs R, but normally when she has a kitty stone going, standing at the top of the stairs is excitement enough for her.

But carpets give such good traction, John, surely you don't want to deny them that.

Susan said...

I am behind on blog-reading- sorry to hear Sputnik hasn't been well, but glad she's on the mend!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She's doing great, Susan. It's amazing how quickly cats bounce back.

Todd said...

Yay! That's good news. I mean, it's never fun to dish out that kind of money at one time, but it really does sound like it was money well spent!

Now, I've been a tad lethargic as of late... Is there a human equivalent to your cat's ailment? :P