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Re: Slugger

I for one am always interested in the welfare of cats. Also kudos to the
vet who cuts you slack when you're broke! My vet does the same thing for
those who need it and I admire her for it. I took her a red carnation
for Valentine's Day from me and Sugar since I had to go down and get
Sugar's urinary tract prescription food, and she was so touched by that.
This is a good woman and a great vet. They're worth their weight in
gold. I wish I could win the Lotto so she could expand to a 24-hour
clinic and get some help. Some day....

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Tue, 24 Feb 2004 19:22:45 -0500

>I've mentioned Slugger a few times - he's the tough tomcat that rules the
>neighborhood who decided to spend the winter with us.  He often sleeps in my
>chair in the family room most of the day and heads out at night to see who
>he can beat up.  He's become very friendly and will curl up in my lap....to
>the consternation of Mick who absolutely hates his guts.
>I had told my vet that I don't want another cat but that I'd like to neuter
>him if I could get him to let me pick him up.  He said to bring him in
>anytime.  Same day service.  However, after joining the ranks of the UnE, I
>called to see if anything else would be required.  The total came to $170,
>so I've let it slide.  He won't let me pick him up anyway.
>Well, Slugger suddenly became very ill; limp as a ragdoll.  So I slid him
>into the carrier with nary a struggle and hauled him off to see Uncle Hugh.
>Apparently he had some celulitis happening in his leg and a scratch in a
>delicate area.  Dr. said he wasn't all that ill and could be neutered and
>started in about the Feluk and FIV tests.  He doesn't want to neuter a cat
>just to then let it run around spreading disease.  I explained why I
>couldn't manage that and he just said, "Oh, we'll just do it for free then!"
>I protested, but he insisted.   He also lowered the rate on the castration a
>bit from what I was quoted AND didn't charge me for antibiotic injection.
>So Slugger got neutered, treatment for wounds, and vaccinations for
>Rabies/Dist/Calci/Rhino-TR, tested for Feluk and FIV ( both negative! ) for
>all of $83.
>I hate to ask for reduced rates, but I just can't spend $200 on another cat.
>However, between the doctor and myself I feel we're both doing our share for
>a stray that needs help and for the community to prevent the spread of
>disease and also to tame the neighborhood bully - eventually MUCH
>appreciated by the other cats.
>So that's the update on Slugger, if anyone was interested.
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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