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Mr. Affectionate Lapcat

Let me start by saying: Claritin is amazing. I won't say my allergies are gone, because they're not -- but it's a world of difference. Not only can I be in the same room with Buddha, but I can pick him up, hold him in my lap, and skritch the living daylights out of him without wanting to claw my eyes out and go after my upper nasal cavity with a spork.

And what's more, Buddha is a changed cat. Not only does he not go running for the hills, he's become a skritchslut. Much to our surprise, he positively loves being carried and held, now that he's got it through his noggin that we're not about to try to eat him or anything. I sat on the floor of the garage for a good 45 minutes with Buddha in my lap just turned into a pile of kitty Jell-O from the TLC that laurie_robey and I were giving him. This really reinforces the conclusion we had already come to that he was once a housecat -- his whole air tonight as we showered him with attention was that of somebody who'd been starving for ages finally getting food again. He lapped it up like a sponge.

Unfortunately, we spotted what we believe is yet another tick on him (GRRR!), this one nestled under his right armpit where we can't possibly get to it while Buddha is conscious and able to move under his own power. The cat does not fight back, nor in fact does he even get particularly aggravated -- he just squirms relentlessly. He doesn't like being upside down in mid-air, and he doesn't like having his arms shoved around so you can poke at tender spots under them. He doesn't argue about it -- he just doesn't cooperate either.

So we're now working on emergency plans to get him shaved (completely shaved, if you please) and de-crittered (completely de-crittered, if you please) before the weekend, as we're going to be off in the merry old land of Laurie's parents' house then. This has got to be the real deal -- no more of these "we shaved a few of the worst bits off" "well we got a couple of ticks off" halfway treatments that he's been getting so far. (I am in fact rather frustrated about this -- we've been trying to get him complete treatment since that first trip to the vet three weeks ago, and it seems like nobody is willing to do the whole shebang.)

I expect to be burning up vacation time for this, le sigh. But we've gotta get this cat in better shape!

-The Gneech

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athelind
May. 3rd, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Better yet...
You can get generic Claritin at CostCo for about $10 for a bottle of 300-something pills.
goodluckfox
May. 3rd, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
You can nail polish the tick. I think. It's been a long time since I've had to deal with that.
torakiyoshi
May. 3rd, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
That, or Vaseline. Either way, it won't be able to breathe and come out for air. Just make sure you destroy and completely sterilize the little beastie so it can't spread the AIDS virus to anyone else.

Have the best

-=TK
softpaw
May. 3rd, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
try a groomers instead of a vets?
the_lizard_rat
May. 3rd, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Awwww look, Gneech-san has gained a familiar! *grins*

Completely shaved... I can imagine he'll hate you for good after that :P Feline version of a poodle, anyone?

Lizard Rat out.
Shaved Wolf in Albany NY
torakiyoshi
May. 3rd, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Only if The Gneech is holding the clippers.

Have the best

-=TK
tehrasha
May. 3rd, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Cure for a squirming cat.

Roll an old sock into a doughnut. (i think you get the idea)
Insert cat's head A, into old sock B.
Make sure the 'doughnut' is firmly behind his ears.
Ignore any sounds that are not a sign of 'pain'.
The 'DO NOT WANT!' and 'I WILL KILL YOU FOR THIS' yowling is to be expected.

That reminds me... Ned is up for his spring trim.
Be sure to save all the shaved fur to construct another cat.
hossblacksilver
May. 3rd, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that both you and Buddha are doing better.

Sorry about the ticks. Found I had picked up a "rider" a few weeks back, and that little so'n'so didn't want to give up using me for a meal ticket for anything (up to and including resisting hot needles and tweezers). Finally, we hit him with a alcohol swab and he finally released.
james_b
May. 3rd, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
mammallamadevil
May. 3rd, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
MEGAKEWL!!!!
slowly but surely Buddha is mending...come a long way in six weeks!

MLD
laurie_robey
May. 3rd, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Very good!

I'm going to have to get some better pictures of him now. We need to get him into a situation with better light so we can show off how cute he's being now.
exatron
May. 3rd, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
Especially since he's getting shaved soon. Poor kitty doesn't deserve having embarrassing naked pictures spread across the net.
mammallamadevil
May. 3rd, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
more Buddha pictures of any ilk...KEWL!
that will have me doing the happy dance! (even if the Sharks did not last night!)...

MLD
mg4h
May. 3rd, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I can't say it. It's not polite. Must not do it...

Argh!

*points and laughs*

You've been catacclimated! Wrapped around that widdle paw!

Hehehehe.

And I second the groomers - they know how to get everything off a cat ;)
susandeer
May. 3rd, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
Hooray for Clariton and Clariton knock-offs! And hooray for the patience of kind-hearted people!
dennisthetiger
May. 3rd, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
Frontline works against ticks. Might take a few weeks though.
camstone
May. 3rd, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
...now that he's got it through his noggin that we're not about to try to eat him or anything.

Sure... and that melted butter I saw in the fridge is for a rogue lobster. ;)

Seriously, probably best to take Budha to the groomer and let them deal with Mr. Tick and all. That way, he can come back to someone that didn't try to "OMGWTFBBQ!" him.
exatron
May. 3rd, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Agent 324-X is making excellent progress with his new mind-slaves I mean, great to hear that Buddha warmed up to you guys.

Buddah being a lapcat also explains why you thought he was declawed. There's almost no actual fight in him since he was handled a lot.
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laurie_robey
May. 3rd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Actually, we can't treat him for fleas or ticks (at least not that way) until May 20. He had Frontline applied on April 22, but it sounds like it was Frontline instead of Frontline Plus (apparently the kind that only treats fleas, not fleas and ticks). We're going to have to take him back to a vet for his upper respiratory and eye infections anyway, so we're going to ask about getting a few doses then.
nekura_ca
May. 3rd, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Looks like your training is well under way. He's already got you hand feeding him his favourite food, carrying him around everywhere, and providing all the skritchs he can take. It's just a matter of time before you're plotting world domination for him. -- (Who did you think was the real mastermind behind all those Bond villains that were petting their lap-cats?)
maxgoof
May. 3rd, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
You are a sweetheart, Gneech.

But then, I've known that for some time.
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