Monday, March 22, 2010

Stressful day at the vet

So today we took Ameera to the vet. When you adopt, the shelter gives you a free exam voucher good at several vet clinics. We wanted to take advantage of that and see what the vet thought of her kitty cold and her spay incision.

The vet looked her all over. She weighs 3 lbs 13 oz. She is also closer to 5 months of age than 6 months (which we already suspected) so her birthday is now October 25. She is teething. The vet said it looked like she had had an allergic reaction to the stitches from her spay so it will probably take her a little longer than usual to heal, but it was not infected and she didn't have a fever.

Then came the stressful part of the visit. Kitty colds are common, but occasionally they can be a sign of something more serious. A mama cat can transfer Feline Leukemia and FIV (both serious diseases) to her kittens. Both of these diseases can be transmitted to other cats. Some vets recommend putting down kitties who test positive for either disease.

Since Ameera is not 100% healthy, the vet recommended that we test her for both diseases. (To make sure her kitty cold is just a regular cold.) Luckily, it is a fast test and we could wait for the results.

After 20 minutes of mega stress and worrying, we got the good news: Double negatives! Her kitty cold should clear up on its own and she should be just fine.

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