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Got Waldo to the vet..now I'm broke

September 15th, 2010 at 10:20 am



I scheduled a vet visit for Waldo today for his ear infection after seeing that he would enter the open cat carrier to go after treats I threw in there.

Once he stepped inside, I closed the door very quickly on him becus he is SO quick, I didn't want him to bolt out of there.

He was very upset, but surely it was better than having the Cat Wrangler return. Now that was traumatic.

Anyway, the vet, who got his schooling at Cornell, seems to be very good. He used a gas mask over the cat's face to sedate him and thoroughly cleaned out his ears, gave him an antibiotic injection. I also asked him to check out his teeth and luckily, they were fine. No more teeth needing to be pulled. He gave me more antibiotics in pill form to start giving him. The culture results indicating what kind of infection it is won't be back from the lab for 10 days, but i guess knowing what it is would help indicate which antibiotic to give him, although as i said, he's got me starting him on them right away.

I thought I was prepared for a big vet bill. I was thinking $200-something. Umm, no, the bill was $405. I nearly keeled over. Let's hope I don't have to return with him.

Right now, Waldo is back home but hiding in the basement. I feel terrible becus I brought some food down there for him (I didn't feed him since last night becus i had a feeling they might have to anesthetize him to clean out his ears) and when i walked away to clean the litter boxes, I saw Waldo slink away to hide behind my well tank. In other words, he's afraid of me.

I sure hope he gets over that soon. I hate the thought that this would set him back. He's made such great progress. I also need him to accept treats from me so i can hide his pills in them. I doubt that will happen today but am hoping for tomorrow.

6 Responses to “Got Waldo to the vet..now I'm broke”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Well, congrats on getting him there!

    I liked the vet we just took my cat to, well enough, but they wanted to do a follow up culture ($150 for visit/culture, etc.). I felt it was kind of useless, and in the end dh had a real hard time catching the cat (after forcing medicine down her throat for a couple of weeks - not very fond of us), it was taking so long they asked him to keep her there for her bladder to fill up more (he had to leave here there about 5 hours!), and I couldn't help but feel she would just get another infection from all the stress. I think next time we will skip the follow up! Drugs, a few hours of boarding, emergency vet and all, were $650. Ugh.

    Hopefully Waldo stays healthy so you can regain his trust.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I feel your pain. I spent about $2000 on my 2 dogs in vet bills last year. It is cheaper to go to a human doctor. Hope he gets better quickly!

  3. HouseHopeful Says:

    I hope that Waldo feels better soon!

  4. skydivingchic Says:

    I hope Waldo gets over the infection soon and that you are able to regain his trust quickly. I totally sympathize about having to wrangle him into a carrier. My adult kitties run and hide the instant I bring the carrier out. Both hate going to the vet, but one in particular gets soooo stressed. It makes me feel horrible. Luckily all mine recover pretty quickly once they are home and the carrier is put away, but boy do they hate to see it get taken out.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    MM, I used to "pill" my cat but there's a much easier way. Greenies makes something called a pill pocket. It's a soft cat treat inside of which you bury the pill. Even Waldo will eat it; it's small enough that he'll swallow it whole, pill and all.

  6. dmontngrey Says:

    I feel your pain dealing with a "difficult" cat. Frown Our older cat hides if we even put flea preventative on her. Glad you finally got him to the vet. He'll come around, it's just a minor setback. LOVE the picture!!! Smile

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