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Visiting Hour

We stopped in to Clocktower Veterinary Hospital to visit Buddha this morning. When we got there, he was asleep smooshed into the back of his little cage, in typical Buddha "I'm scared of strangers!" fashion. He had a little kitty I.V. taped over his front left paw, and of course a tube coming out of somewhere you generally don't want a tube coming out of ... but other than that was clean and in good condition.

We woke him up with skritches behind the ear, around his face and under his chin; he was a little groggy at first, but quickly woke up when he realized it was laurie_robey and me. It was very clear that he recognized us and was very happy to see us -- he perked up and pressed his head into the skritching, and came forward to the front of his cage, stretching out in a way he only does when he's comfortable and feels safe.

We stayed there for 20-30 minutes, giving him all kinds of pettin' and skritchin' and attention, and talked to the various vets and assistants about his condition, and the peculiarities of Buddha's history and medical requirements. He is doing quite well; he still has a bit of blood in his urine, which requires watching, but the vet said that compared to many other cats he's had to treat Buddha was doing very well for his stage of recovery. He also complimented Buddha on his sweet nature and described him as "a champ". :)

Buddha had not shown any interest in the food they were giving him, so we advised them on types we have given him in the past that he would be more likely to respond to. They had some of his favored brand ("Wellness") on hand, so they're going to try giving him some of that if he continues not to eat their standard "hospital food".

By the time we left, Buddha was perked up, purring, and alert. He was clearly relieved to see us, as his prior loss of owner (however it went down) has left him with a persistent worry of abandonment. I think he was a little bummed to see us leave, but hopefully the fact that we came to visit reassured him that he wasn't just being handed off to these big, scary strangers with their pointy metal implements. He was definitely more at ease and able to move more comfortably than he was when we dropped him off Friday morning. At this point, it looks like he'll probably come home Monday, but we'll go back and visit him tomorrow in any case.

FWIW, the visit was the highlight of our day, too. :) We miss the lil' guy!

-The Gneech



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Dec. 1st, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Buddha is a champ!
Thanks for the meow update!

Dec. 1st, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear he's doing well according to the professionals. n_n
Dec. 1st, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear Buddha's doing well. Urinary infections are nasty.

My dog Max won't eat when he's boarded; he has similar abandonment issues.
Dec. 1st, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yay, glad to hear that Buddah's doing well. Are you able to leave a small towel or something like that with him? Having some familiar scents would make him feel more comfortable while he's at the vet's.
Dec. 1st, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Good news. I'm so glad to hear you were able to visit him and that he responded to the visit in such a wonderful way. Hope he can come home soon.
Dec. 2nd, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
Here's wishin' Buddha the best!
Dec. 2nd, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
That's good you were able to visit him, and that he perked up so well. It's only more recently that vet hospitals seem to be willing to let people visit - about five years ago they discouraged it, but now they've realized it's good for the animal to see their family.

When Hex was last in, we got to see him after the first two hard days, and while we were there we not only got him to calm down and stop hissing, he let us clean his face off with a wet towel, dry him up, and he started to eat food on his own, which he was fighting and refusing with the staff. They were suitably impressed with him :)

*HUG* for the lil' guy :)
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