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20 February 2008 @ 01:17 am
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Cat has pneumonia, we think, is up to nearly $1000 in tests so far. Is also making up for years of being extremely low-maintenance with a huge burst of neediness. Subsequently I am behind on everything.

Will finish up both beta projects I have by tomorrow night, then can get back into some solid writing. Then I can start on the thousand-odd comments I am behind on and remember to give some more people some love, such as no_mad_skillz, who is thoughtful and compassionate, who_la_hoop, who is hilarious and possibly my secret love child, and spark_of_chaos, who I like for so much more than her F1 obsession -- but I love that, too because we can rave at each other crazily in a few weeks and she will wholly understand the Finn fetish (it's a Baltic thing).
calanthe_fics on February 19th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Being as Mr Cal's cat has been banished to live with his parents for the last 8 years of our cohabitation, you may imagine I'm not so into cats, or any animals for that matter. Might be able to muster enthusiasm for a goldfish if you're lucky. In view of how strongly people feel about animal welfare I will hold back on the jokes involving cats having accidents with barbecues, which was the only Aussie cultural reference I could think of at short notice. Because I can't think of a way those tight shorty-shorts the blokes wear for Aussie rules football might cause harm to a cat.


blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 19th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
That's fine, as we know, I leave babies in bookshops, so I think you and I have both chosen well.

The last time we had a barbecue she sat under the table the whole time and was very helpful when the drunken sausage dropping started. NB, that is not an Aussie euphemism, though it probably should be.
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down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on February 19th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)

I wondered what happened to you. Poor kitty. It's funny, they can go for years as the most low maintenance pets ever, and then WHAM. My 17 year old car got hyperthyroidism when he was 15; I paid $800 for radioactive iodine treatment (and I don't regret it - which makes me a crazy cat lady, I guess).

Don't worry about responding to comments; your life comes first. Hoping for the best outcome for your cat.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 19th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
It's so disconcerting, she struggles to sit up to breathe! So, several times a day I sit there with her and hold her up until she stops wheezing, then follow her around for the next 20 minutes fretting. While she gives me the "Yeah, fine now, let me out or feed me, bitch" looks.

I accept that she will never thank me for all this. But I will happily hang out with you in crazy cat lady land.

Waves back. The hot vet assures me that we will have her treatment sorted by early next week at the latest depending on how long her germ cell cultures take. At least the week has been full of hot men, that's something.
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Bryoneybryoneybrynn on February 19th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty! And poor you. I hear you on the pet bills. We have to take our dog in to get his teeth cleaned to the tune of $500 or so. *sighs* I hope your little one ends up recovered and healthy. It's hard with animals - you just wish you can make them understand somehow so they won't be scared. But I have to admit I grinned at the image of you chasing her around, all wringing-hands and anxious face. Because I am evil like that and laugh at the misfortune of others.

And ha! about the F1 obsession because my husband is a huge F1 fan and I have, over the years, come to know far more about it than I ever thought I would. Mark always laughs at me because I have favourite drivers because of their driving skills and favourite drivers because they are the cutest. Somehow, he doesn't feel the latter should be part of my judging criteria. And I say please. Alonso clearly waxes his eyebrows. It IS all about the looks!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 19th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think he waxes his eyeBROW in a bid to achieve eyebrows.

But yes, I used to wish Fisichella was a better driver so I could see him more often. I do love Kimi, but he's not that pretty. The World Rally drivers actually have a far higher hotness quotient.

Min is not scared, she's annoyed. She seems to believe that the not being able to breathe thing is somehow my fault, so she sits and glares at me for hours, but she is also smart enough to know that I am helpful when it is severe, so she will come and sit on me when she is having a bad attack so that I can help her out. Which means I have had very little sleep this week.

But yes, I am the over-protective cat owner -- another reason not to have kids. ("Mum, we put up with the home schooling, but you have to let us leave the house to attend uni, don't make us take you to court!")
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parallel parking prodigy: calvin and hobbesempress_jae on February 19th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
oh i am so sorry about teh kitteh! :(

isn't it amazing how our pets become our children? not just with vet bills, but the fact that life is put on hold for a sick animal. the same way life would be put on hold if your child was sick.

when i moved to baltimore, i decided to keep my cat with my mother, since she already had a cat. i figured, i'm never home, and she'd have another kitty to play with. that was two years ago, and i still have moments when i cry cause i feel like the worst mommy in the world abandoning my cat! :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 19th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to hold back from the pet = child thing, because I grew up on a lot of farms and I have shot the odd pet when it was necessary and the vet was too far away, but I am a sucker for animals. I found a lovely cat the other year, and my partner took it over to the local vet to see if it was chipped, because my cat wanted to eat it and he thought it would be best to not have it here.

It had no ID and there were no alerts out for it. They sent it off to the pound, as law dictates for lost animals. My partner was consumed with guilt when he found out this was a killing pound. But he left it to me to rescue it. So in the end I spent $200 retrieving a cat I had already had, plus buying it a litter tray and collar and ID, and paying for it to be registered, then our cat still hated it, so I had to find it a new home. And I never once considered doing anything differently. Though I should have demanded he pay for it since he was the one who had shopped it.

It's the big eyes, I tell you! They make us do stupid things!
pir8fancier on February 19th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, vet bills. Nothing, that's NOTHING compared to what we've spent on our dog. I said to my husband the other night that this dog has used up all the dog points in our life (i.e., she's boggarted all costs for any future dogs), and he didn't look at me, just keep reading the newspaper and said, "Got that straight."
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 19th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Oh dog costs are gruesome! I have to say that the cat has been very good, her lifetime costs for us over seven years would have just hit $3000 at the vet, it's just that almost all of that represents two incidents. Still, I used to have horses, so everything seems cheap by comparison. When you feel depressed about the dog, find someone who does showjumping or dressage and ask them to give you figures until you cheer up.
i can see your house from here: Hell yes (draco)who_la_hoop on February 19th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Wheee! *basks in your admiration* :D Have some love back <3

Poor cat! I think what it needs best is more half-naked man gardening to make it feel better. Hush. You know I'm right.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 21st, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
She did actually sit and watch him for several hours the last time he was here, though he kept his shirt on that day since it was for tea. Pervy kitty!

BTW, you have the same birthday as my mother!!
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lackofmendacity (Diana): red liplackofmendacity on February 19th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

Oh, your poor cat, I hear it's terrible when cats catch a cold. :/

(I could be your secret love child! ;D)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 21st, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
It's just awful, and I have had so little sleep this week, and am so far behind!! But at least she's not in immediate danger anymore.

You are too sweet to be my secret love child, I am sure that my grumpiness is genetic! But if I was adopting, I would attempt to bribe your parents.
silent hallucination: Blinking Howlalex_s9 on February 19th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Can we bond? My cat's at the vet for observation. It's probably some kind of cancer in a digestive system.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 21st, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Oh no! That's horrible! How are the tests going? Are there options?

The one good thing with Min is that cancer is off the list of possibles and so it is either pneumonia or else a chronic condition that will shorten her life, but is treatable for several years of good quality kittydom. And she is breathing better tonight, so I might even get some sleep. I will keep my fingers crossed for your cat, and for you. It's horrible having a sick pet.
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Ann: stewie!dracotsosh on February 19th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
I wish she'll get better soon!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 21st, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Me too!
Jaeenchanted_jae on February 20th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Poor kitty.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 21st, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
She is doing a bit better tonight. Fingers crossed!
This brilliant Tuesday in this lonely placeno_mad_skillz on February 20th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh my. My very first shout-out. *blush*

I would have a cat, if I weren't emergency-room-asthma-attack allergic to them. I hate to think of yours suffering....and ahahaha, it sounds like I'm trying to be thoughtful and compassionate.

Really, though, poor kitty. *sends healing vibes*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 21st, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thoughtful and compassionate are your mad skillz!!

It must be terrible to be that allergic! I sneeze around pigs, but that's easily dealt with. Though my dad did once buy an organic pig farm as a surprise, we never moved in ...

Your healing vibes seem to be helping, she has been much better tonight!
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madchemist36madchemist36 on February 21st, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I hope that your cat is feeling better soon! Real life can be a bit much at times can't it?
spark_of_chaosspark_of_chaos on February 23rd, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I think if I spend $1000 on my cat in my country she'll be serviced in the president's reserved room in the best hospital findable with lithe tomcats peeping in to her every mrow. What on earth did you do to her? :blinks: That said, I still hope (as in my prev comment) that she'll get on top of it. She sure seems like a strong gall.

OMGOMGOMFGTheFinnFetish!!! In a few weeks I'll be so deep under my 800-page anatomy textbook and the impending exam from hell that I might be fully purged of all things blond and fetish-y :/ But I can delude myself a bit longer... :g: