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Well, Buddha's in the trap again, to go to "Alley Cat Allies" tomorrow for a major once-over. He's howling pitifully -- really anguished-sounding -- which hurts a lot. That, combined with anxiety over the possibility (remote but real) that they may declare him "unsaveable" and euthanize him on the spot, has made quite the emotional roller-coaster.

The Cat Lady (as we've taken to calling her) is due to arrive here right about when gaming starts ... and then it will be "Catcha later, Buddha!" 'til Monday. Hope everything will be okay.

In other news, the Bowflex is half assembled now.

-The Gneech



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Apr. 21st, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yuck of all flavors, Gneech-san. Best to tell them not to tell you if Buddha gets knocked to -10 HP until AFTER gaming so as not to take out the desire to (since I know how much you haven't gamed in a while, from what I read in the LJ)...

Either way, you're doing your best, right? I'm sure Buddha appreciates the whole effort... :)

Lizard Rat out.
Hoping Buddha pulls through in Albany NY
Apr. 21st, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
] You might consider a second opinion before putting him down. I don't know anything about veterinary medicine or your cat specifically, but when I was living in Northern California, I was told that one of the housecats was beyond saving.

] Fortunately, we took him to get a second opinion, and it turned out that he had a double-whammy of asthma and severe allergies. All but one of his lung chambers was full of fluid. He got two shots and was sent back home. Within two days he was up and about, and within a week he was back to his old self.

] So... just sayin, if it's feasible, you might try a second opinion before doing anything rash.

Apr. 21st, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
there's a long history on Buddha....
Here's a start to the story..

Apr. 22nd, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
They can't keep him anyway thanks to the Gneech having allergies --- I know how badly that sucks because I wouldn't mind a companion and I too am allergic to cats.

Lizard Rat out.
Feline-Safe Wolf in Albany NY
Apr. 21st, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
you've given Buddha another chance...
so be proud of that no matter what, but can they put Buddha to sleep over your wishes or without your consent? Maybe Laurie could go with the cat lady tomorrow (since you're going down there would NOT be feasible?)

good going on the Bowflex....MLD
Apr. 22nd, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: you've given Buddha another chance...
For this clinic, part of the paperwork I had to sign before Buddha could be treated was basically "Don't sue us if the cat bites you, and the veterinarians reserve the right to euthanize any cat where they think it would be in the cat's best interest." However, this is Alley Cat Allies that's putting on the clinic, and they don't believe in euthanizing a cat just because it's FIV positive. They're firmly in the trap, neuter, release camp when it comes to feral cats, so I think the only way they would decide that is if the vet sees something in Buddha that tells him or her that Buddha's gone into the final, full-blown stages of FIV and there's nothing to be done to make him better. However, considering the progress Buddha has made in the past week with the regular food, rest, and antibiotics, I don't really think they're going to conclude that. It's just something that made us nervous when we saw it in the paperwork.

Also, we discussed with Anna when she came to pick him up our theories about Buddha being a former pet and why we thought so. She said they have an animal behaviorist at the clinic who will evaluate him. If in a few months, Buddha's behavior has changed any more, they can also re-evaluate him at that time, and if he's adoptable, try to place him in a home. (That is, of course, assuming that we haven't already found some place to house him.)
Apr. 22nd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Re: you've given Buddha another chance...
I'd like to see the process that they follow...and hopefully Buddha won't try to bite the vet! Please keep me posted...

Apr. 22nd, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know what it's like about your cat, if you've read my posts regarding Waffles and his diabetes.

It's no fun at all.
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