No Holding Back: Top Nine Things that Cat Owners May Not Want to Hear from their Cat Veterinarian
1. They don’t teach us mindreading in vet school
2. Spite is a human emotion, not a feline one.
3. Your cat is not a Russian Blue... She’s an American Gray.
Yes, I know, she looks just like a Russian Blue in the breed book. I know. Still… you found her near the dumpster in your apartment complex. Expensive purebred Russian Blues don’t just appear near a dumpster as kittens that need to be rescued.
(3b: No, your cat is not a Maine Coon. It’s a domestic longhair. Sorry.)
I know she runs under the bed every time you take out the Dirt Devil. This does not mean she was beaten with a Dirt Devil as a kitten. It means the Dirt Devil is 4 times her size and makes a terrifyingly loud noise when you turn it on.
5. It’s not a hairball
Yes, cats get hairballs now and then. But your cat has been vomiting five times a day for the past two weeks. The first vomit had a little hair in it. The last 23 vomits did not. Your now-dehydrated, debilitated, underweight cat does not have hairballs. Don’t wait until vomit number 23 to bring him in.
P.S. Cats don’t “cough up” a hairball. Hairballs live in the stomach. Cats vomit up hairballs. Coughing means there’s a lung problem. Your cat is coughing? It’s NOT hairballs. Bring him in.
6. It’s not worms
Your 13 year old cat is eating voraciously and is losing weight. You’re thinking it must be worms. Your cat lives totally indoors; where would it get worms? Now you’re thinking of going to PetCo to purchase an over-the-counter dewormer. Um, don’t. Your cat has hyperthyroidism. Bring it in, for heaven’s sake, before he goes into heart failure.
7. Your breeder may or may not know what s/he is talking about.
I address this one at least once a day, every day. Here’s a whole blog post explaining why: Why We Vaccinate (Even Indoor Cats)
9. Just because your cat seems fine doesn’t mean you can skip bringing him to the vet for years.
You seem shocked when I point out that your cat is missing half of his teeth. I ask if they were extracted during a previous dental procedure. Oh, he’s never had a dental procedure? Well, I guess the teeth rotted out of his head. You say that he never showed any sign that his teeth were bothering him? Hey, remember five months ago, when he got all finicky and stopped eating dry food, and demanded only wet food? That wasn’t finicky. It hurts to crunch dry food when your teeth are rotting out of your head. How were you supposed to know? You’re not. It’s my job to tell you. But I can’t, unless you bring him in. Every six months, for life. http://manhattancats.com