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After the Shavin'

The grooming selection at Petsmart that got the most fur off was the "lion cut," so this morning at 7 a.m. in the early, that's just what he got.

He now weighs 12 pounds less and is about half the size.

He was a super-good kitty the whole time -- and I am in allergy hell. But he's clean now, and that's a major step forward.

-The Gneech

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unclekage
May. 7th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
You know, if you give him a good coat of varnish, your allergies will go away.

Have you spoken to a physician regarding possible de-sensitization treatments? I'm not sure how effective they are or whether they are covered by insurance (such things are way out of my field) but an inquiry costs nothing.
the_gneech
May. 7th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Not yet, but it's on the to-do list!

-TG
lowen_kind
May. 7th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the intrusion John, but I need to talk to the "Roach".

Uncle Kage, are you going to be at CMFM? Also be sure to check out the CMFM LJ community: http://community.livejournal.com/capemayfurmeet/

I need to discuss something with you.
unclekage
May. 7th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Well, since the schedule promises people that they can have dinner with me, I suppose I really ought to go.

(I think it's a typo, though. Shouldn't that be dinner with Gneechie?)

BTW, my email is ceo(at)anthrocon.org. Let's not clog up the poor man's LJ!
lowen_kind
May. 7th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yepper on the Gneech. :=3
mammallamadevil
May. 7th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
sorry you are in allergy hell..
did they find any more ticks? Thanks again for the update...

MLD
the_gneech
May. 7th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry you are in allergy hell..
Nope, he's tick-free at the moment. :)

-TG
laurie_robey
May. 7th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry you are in allergy hell..
No ticks, but sores from the irritation caused by the fleas. And boy, were his ears dirty! As much as he didn't enjoy the experience, he just sat there and took it, and I think he's probably much happier now. All that dirt, flear dirt, and dirty hair can't have felt good. It seems that long-haired cats really need to be mostly indoors unless their owners have lots of time on their hands to brush them out constantly. I've only had short-haired cats, so this is my first experience with fluffballs. I can see we've got to vacuum. A lot.
mammallamadevil
May. 8th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: sorry you are in allergy hell..
at least you have the Dyson...keep me posted!
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the_gneech
May. 7th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Well, I was holding him while the shaving was going on, so everything that came off of him naturally went straight up my nose instead of falling to the floor.

He is a very nice cat. :) By the time we left for work this morning, he was practically going through a second kittenhood as he got used to the haircut. I think having all that crud off of him was a major relief once he got over the trauma.

-The Gneech
susandeer
May. 7th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
*squint* Poor guy! And poor you, too!
the_gneech
May. 7th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
He's all happy now, he was bouncing around like a kitten when we left home. :)

I agree, re: poor me, tho. ;) But I seem to wuv da widdle guy, so what can ya do?

-TG
susandeer
May. 7th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
You're a good man, Charlie Brown.
oceansedge
May. 7th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Treats for everyone!
Poor naked kitty

Poor snuffly gneech

micalela
May. 7th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
I was amazed at how much weight my cat lost when I had him shaved in the lion cut. We live in the desert so for him he much prefers to have this cut all the time. I know it's time to get him groomed because he starts laying in the bathtub.

Have you tried going to a health food store to help with your allergies. There may be some homeopathic things you can take to help.
Just a thought. Good luck.
the_mcp
May. 7th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
A glass of tap water and a sugar pill would be just as effective, and a hell of a lot cheaper.
micalela
May. 7th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
It sounds like either you haven't tried homeopathic remedies or they haven't worked for you. Either way, I've tried a number of them as well as other things like acupunture. Which have worked quite well for me.

It's just another option.


the_mcp
May. 8th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
The sugar pills work quite well for some people, too. It's called the placebo effect -- and that's all homeopathy is. The very idea that you could take a 1% solution of some substance, dilute it beyond the point where even a single molecule of the supposedly therapeutic substance would remain (which would happen at about 12C or 24X), and expect the resulting bottle of water to have any medicinal value is nonsense.

It's nothing but patent-medicine snake oil dressed up in pseudoscientific twaddle. A fraud peddled by scam artists to the gullible.

And that's all I have to say about that.
micalela
May. 8th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
I was thinking more of herbalism. But you're point along with your insulting language was quite clear in your opinion. I'm not asking you to agree with me. I am saying that there are options to try. If you don't like it don't do it.
the_mcp
May. 8th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
OK, herbs are a different matter -- those at least have some kind of measurable active ingredients in them, and actually have some studies behind them to show that they do work with greater effectiveness than placebos. If that was what you were suggesting, then I apologize -- usually, when people talk about "homeopathy", they're talking about things like "200C preparation of oscillococcinum", which is the sort of thing I was deriding.

(A 200C dilution would mean 1 molecule of oscillococcinum per 1x10400 molecules of water, which is quite a few orders of magnitude larger than the theorized number of molecules in the entire universe. You can see how I might be a bit skeptical of that kind of thing. :) )
the_gneech
May. 8th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Please don't start flamewars in my LJ, particularly on days when I've already indicated that I am stressed. -.-

-TG
hbar98
May. 8th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Wow...That's one transformation Stacie and Clinton would be proud of.

And I'll just echo what everyone else is saying about allergies. I don't have them, so I don't have any good remedies for them. About the worst that I get is stuffy sinuses, and I think those are bad enough!

Have a good day!

Roar, und schtuff.
the_gneech
May. 8th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Heehee. :) "What Not to Groom"

-TG
hossblacksilver
May. 8th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Two lion in the hobbit hole? Cool in a scarey way.

I'm wishing the best that you get some means of putting the allergies in perminate check, cause it seems that you three have really hit it off.
the_gneech
May. 8th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm searching for a doctor now...

-TG
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