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Re: Cat Question


I do what I can afford, too.  It can get expensive.  We spaced out my cats
on the Bartonelosis as it is unlikely for one to get re-infected.  The main
thing I don't do for my cats that I would like to do is Heartworm
protection.  If a cat gets heartworm it is fatal.  They are much less likely
than dogs to get it though.  Still...they already get everything else and
it's not cheap.  He tested Slugger for  FeLuk and FIV for me a couple of
years ago at no cost because he wasn't going to neuter a cat just to let it
loose to spread deadly viruses.  I had no intention of keeping Slugger, just
wanted him neutered.  He also reduced the neutering fee.  The idea was that
we were sort of doing a community service.  Well, Slugger wouldn't leave so
now he's one of mine and I feel a bit embarrassed about the reduced fees.

I realize vets have a business to run and employees to pay, etc.  But an
occasional helping hand to a good customer goes a long way.  I have referred
several clients to him.  He seems to make a pretty good living while still
helping out once in awhile.

Kitty
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cat Question


> Kitty, I wish we could all find an Uncle Hugh!  When I asked my vet what
had
> happened to altruism in vetianary medicine, he laughed. :-(  Therefore, I
do
> what I can afford.  Because I really feel great about the skills of all
the
> vets in that practice.
> zem
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center"
> <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 11:47 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cat Question
>
>
> >I have the best vet around here;  Uncle Hugh is a calm, gentle, funny,
> > easy-going guy who just loves animals.  He even has clients who drive 5
> > hours for his services for their cat because of what Pam mentioned.  He
> > cleans all of my cats teeth at least once a year with no anesthetic, no
> > extra charge.  He is famous for his extra-snug "kitty burrito"; I wish
he
> > could teach me to do it right.  He just rolls them up nice and snug in a
> > big
> > towel and very rarely can a cat squirm out of it (I'm sure Sugar would
> > give
> > him a run for his money though).  And I am always in the room with my
> > cats.
> >
> > You say your vet TRIED to do a FL test but needs to sedate the cat?  He
> > sounds incompetent or he doesn't want your business.  This is a simple,
> > straight-forward  procedure.  I don't think you need a specialist, just
a
> > vet who knows what he is doing and is comfortable with animals.
> >
> > Zem mentioned some vets who want to test for all sorts of diseases.  I
> > think
> > what has happened in recent years is that, because cats have
outdistanced
> > dogs now as favorite pets, more interest is being taken in their
diseases
> > and consequently more tests and vaccines are available.  Even so, many
> > vets
> > do not test for anything beyond the required problems.  I am thrilled
that
> > my vet tested for Bartonelosis (Cat Scratch Fever) as 3 of my 5 cats had
> > it,
> > were treated, and are now much better off for it.  Very few vets will
> > bother
> > with this. He stays on top of what's new, acquires new specialized
medical
> > equipment each year, spends time with you (always with a joke), and is
> > understanding about what you need and what you can afford.
> >
> > I hope you can find an Uncle Hugh.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 9:08 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cat Question
> >
> >
> >> Chris, definitely time to look for a new vet.  Sugar was feral and is
NOT
> >> good at the vet.  I'm the only owner that comes in the exam rooms
because
> >> she is so hard to handle.  But w/ me holding her and talking soothingly
> >> to
> >> her, we manage to get through the exam and s-h-o-t-s.  It's not easy,
but
> >> Dr. Lisa is very good w/ her even though she is very naughty.  And for
a
> > big
> >> woman, she can jump real quick if a paw gets loose or she tries to
bite.
> >> The only thing they sedate her for is the teeth cleaning, but they
sedate
> >> all cats for that procedure.  As for a name, how about Oreo??  Keep us
> >> posted.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On 12/16/05, Chris Petersen <chris@widom-assoc.com> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > Dear All,
> >> >
> >> > We took in a six week old abandoned kitten about a month ago. The vet
> >> > tried
> >> > to do the feline leukemia test today, but told my son that he needs
to
> >> > sedate the kitten to draw the blood.  I guess he tried, but wasn't
> >> > successful.  I think that the vet is getting wary of cats.  Last
month
> > he
> >> > "couldn't" vaccinate my older cat. I don't want to give my cats
> > anesthesia
> >> > just for simple procedures.  He told Jaron that he might have to keep
> > the
> >> > kitten over night! Time for a new vet?  What do you all think?
> >> >
> >> > Also, the kitten is black and white and needs a name.  My son wants
to
> >> > name
> >> > him, but so far can't come up with any name that fits.  Any ideas?
> >> >
> >> > My husband doesn't want any more cats in the house. So far the kitten
> > has
> >> > been living in Jaron's room. He needs to be isolated from the other
> >> > cats
> >> > until he's tested anyway. We're hoping that the kitten will stay.
> >> > Jaron
> >> > is
> >> > 24 and "it" will be his cat.
> >> >
> >> > Chris Petersen
> >> > Northport, Long Island, New York
> >> > Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
> >> >
> >> > chris@widom-assoc.com
> >> > My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt
> >> >
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> >>
> >>
> >> --
> >> Pam Evans
> >> Kemp TX
> >> zone 8A
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