Post 1876: “Guess what, Dougy?”


“Guess what, Dougy?”


“You and Andy have an appointment with your veterinarian!”

Yes, it’s time for Andy and Dougy to get their rabies and distemper update shots. Andy gets to have his blood pressure checked, too, something he hates when they do it on his tail. (I’ll insist they use his foot, which he hates a little less.) Time to see if they are in the right weight range for their age, too. Yes, this will be their annual check-up!

37 thoughts on “Post 1876: “Guess what, Dougy?”

    • Maybe easier for the technician? I don’t know. I got the impression the foot gave more reliable readings for some reason, but don’t know.

    • Yes, and both were very good on the examination table! Andy gets growly when he becomes bored, and, of course, was on the table longest. He did let out a short protest growl toward the end. It doesn’t mean he’ll get aggressive so much as he’s just had enough and wants to get back to kitty boy stuff!

  1. You too?! I had my checkup yesterday – but no shots. But guess what? I heard Mom say I have to go back in later this week to have my teeth cleaned! YIKES! The Aliens are coming for me! I don’t get a rabies shot anymore, ’cause I had a bad reaction to one several years ago. Mr. Doug, have Andy or Dougy had any bad reactions to shots?

    • Well, what about escaping through the door? Or needing to go places where other animals could be? Doug was seriously ill a little while back – and if Andy and Dougy had had to go to a foster with other animals, that would not have been ideal without shots. You never know if such a situation arises.

      • There are uncertainties to deal with, for sure. They could escape through the door if I had it open and holding it, but I am very careful about that. Dougy in pafrticular might get out that way.

        Were I sick again, I have a support “crew” who have experience caring for the kitty boys over long periods.

        Were I to die, their fate is still up in the air. I suspect (till I work out a better plan), they would end up with one friend for a short time. I’m trying to pre-arrange someone who’d take both kitties since they’ve been togdther for their whole lives except about five days when I brought Andy home by himself, then had to place him back in the care of his veterinarian.

        I’ve talked with my attorney about the possibilities of leaving money for their care and other arrangements, but they (pets) are regarded as property, not sentient creatures with emotional needs and relationships in law.

        Ideally, I will outlive them or find a potential home arrangement for them before I die. I worry about this, as you can imagine, but there always is hope I will have it worked out beforehand. As long as I’m around to care for them, they will have their medical needs cared for. I take that responsibility seriously.

        • I am sure you have made arrangements, it was just in response to the commenter who asked why you had them vaccinated. There are scenarios thinkable and not totally unlikely which could make a vaccination very desirable that was all I wanted to make clear to that commenter.

          • Thanks! That’s one problem with working on comments anywhere but on the post itself! I didn’t make the connection or see what you were trying to say to the other poster. Oops!

    • Yes. One can’t anticipate all possibilities and contacts. Some diseases are transmitted through nose contact, for example, or sneezes. They could have contact with a sick cat in the waiting room at the veterinarian’s. If they accidentally got out and were trapped by the animal control officer, they could have contact with a sick cat at the animal shelter. It may seem excessively cautious, but it is better than dealing with a sick cat. I believe the rabies shot is required by law here, especially if the cat ever gets out.

      I had a stray mother with four young (couple month old) kittens set up housekeeping in the neighbor’s woodpile. When a friend at work said she’d like cats for their granary, I told her I could trap and give her four at least. (One kitten was run over….)

      The mother was the tamest, and the first I caught. I tried transferring her from the trap to a burlap bag – I was new to this business, and learned the hard way you keep them in the trap! She slashed and bit my hands severely.

      After I got medical attention, I took her to a veterinarian, who gave me two options: hold the cat in quarantine for a period or have her euthanied and her head sent to the state capital for determination of her status, rabies or not.

      Since the cat was headed to my friends if rabies-free, I let her make the decision. “Well, our farm cats never get shots…” she said, but she finally decided to put her in quarantine, which meant she paid for the process at $8 per day, I think it was, for 10 days and a rabies shot. I had the quarantine period to be concerned that the cat was rabies-free or not, of course.

      Please note what the friend said about farm cats! That’s another reason for mine to be vaccinated – I live close to the edge of town.

      Anyway, the mother cat turned out to be healthy, was vaccinated, and relocated to the country. The three kittens went to the country after I trapped them, and weren’t vaccinated because farm people don’t “waste” money on farm cat.

      Incidentally, farm cats frequently become coyote chow, something I was unaware of back then or I probably would have had the animal control officer trap them. Of course, back then, I was unaware they likely would have been declared feral and unsuitable for pets, then would have been euthanized.

      My friend noted that the cats all disappeared after a short time. Their fate: Unknown….


    • They are doing well, Peggy and the veterinarian appointment is routine. Neither has had any medical issues other than Andy’s high blood pressure, which is controlled with medicine. Thanks for asking!

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