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Buddha ... Has a Chip 0.o

Of all the things we might have expected, that was not one of them. The paperwork from Alley Cat Allies had a box for "Microchip" that was marked "no" so we assumed that they had scanned him and come up negative. But when we took Buddha to Clocktower Animal Hospital, they just sorta scanned him as part of the routine and came up with a number.

We were, as you might expect, somewhat taken aback.

The vet went off to contact the cat chip registry people, and we spent ten tense minutes wondering if we were going to have to give Buddha up, who the owner was, and if they'd give us hell for having him neutered (flame point himalayans are quite valuable among people who care about such things, and they might have wanted to use him for breeding). The main thing we wondered was what sort of person it was who'd left him on our doorstep, FIV+ and totally unused to being an outdoor cat.

Turns out the chip was sold to a pet distribution company back in 2002, and then never registered.

So the mystery remains unsolved. But now we do know that Buddha used to belong to somebody.

Anyway, we got more antibiotics for him, and some goo to smear in his eyes to help reduce the cherry, and they're going to run blood tests to double-check the FIV diagnosis, check for skin mites, and a few other such things. The vet recommended we give him 3/4 dry food, rather than the diet of almost-exclusively wet food we've had him on.

My eyes and throat were much better this afternoon -- almost back to normal -- and then we went into the vet. Now I'm in the worst allergy hell yet. Oy. I hope I can see tomorrow. -.-

-The Gneech

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mouser
May. 10th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
...you registered the chip, though...
the_gneech
May. 10th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Well, not tonight we didn't. That wasn't a service the vet provided. But they gave us the number to call.

-TG
aeto
May. 10th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
I haven't taken my two kitties in to a vet yet (havan't needed to), but am a bit worried, I admit... Both of mine are New Orleans/Katrina rescues, and I would hate to have a previous owner come forward and demand them back. They would have had to be very young (probably just two or three months) when the storm hit, so wouldn't be "beloved pets" yet, and it's unlikely they would be demanded back, but still...
exatron
May. 10th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Curioser and curioser
I completely forgot to ask if Buddha was chipped. Hearing about the chip itself just makes me more curious about who owned him last.

If his previous owner turns up, he or she should just be thankful that they have a live cat with most of its original parts. Buddha's a good kitty.
softpaw
May. 10th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
FIV+ is most likely the reason Buddha was abandoned..his former "owners" didn't want to deal with that.

Poor guy. He's got a great new owner now though. If you can manage to keep him.
mammallamadevil
May. 10th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
sorry about the allergy hell....
and thanks for the update...you know my opinions about the bunny ORPHAN....

and what kind of goo did they give you? (I hope it has boric acid in it--that stuff was the best for the myriad eye infections I dealt with at Egg City)....

MLD
laurie_robey
May. 10th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
Re: sorry about the allergy hell....
They gave us a tube of terramycin and told us to put a 1/4 inch strip in each eye for 10 days. It's a good thing Buddha's so gentle and compliant. He didn't like it when the tech put it in, but he didn't complain either. We've also got more Clavamox. I got a lot better feeling about this vet than I did about the first one.

Also, John found my spare camera battery and charger, so now I've got some pictures of Buddha's puffball head and moonboot legs. ;) I'll post them probably tonight.
spikedpunch
May. 10th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Kinda of scary, almost sounds like a plot for a bad anime.
c_eagle
May. 10th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
Glad things went well with kitty.. get well soon! :>
rhanlav
May. 10th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
Thats sort of odd that he'd have a chip that was never registered. You'd think the vet who put it in would register it or something for the owners.

--Salen
the_gneech
May. 11th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
We think it may have been put in by a breeder.

-TG
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