Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Cat Tale

Our sweet little kitten, Sassafras, recently came down with some sort of eye thing. So, I did what any responsible pet owner would do, and tried to resolve the issue on my own, rather than do something crazy like take her to the vet. You may not know this, but veterinary medicine is a scam. I found this out a few years ago, when the vet suggested I give my dog valium (long story). Here I had been buying all these expensive official pet drugs for years, only to learn they were the same as people drugs, but with expensive official pet drug names.  Ever since, I have been operating under the assumption that pets are basically just humans with fur. So, take note:  When your pets get sick, you can just do to them what you would do to your kid. Or your grandma. Whichever one weighs less.

So, I pulled out my Armageddon kit filled with emergency tampons, Ensure, and drug samples to see if I could find anything that might cure Sassy's eye. Thanks to Moody Teen's disgusting bout of pink eye a few years back, there was some ointment that was sure to do the trick (regardless of what the expiration date might have indicated).

After about three days of treatment, Sassy was slowly getting better. But not quickly enough for my impatient family. They were all concerned and kept begging me to take her to the vet. I was confident in my treatment plan and didn't waiver. I insisted that due to the whole species exchange rate, the medicine might take a little longer to work.

The next morning, we all noticed that her eye had gotten significantly worse! The boys were distraught and blaming me, and my husband was all prepared to launch into I-Told-You-So mode, when suddenly, I noticed something strange...

"Poor" little one-eyed Sassy was favoring the wrong eye. Didn't think we'd notice, huh, Sass?


28 comments:

samantha said...

I was a vet tech. Neosporine in the eye or saline solution works well :-)

Kristina P. said...

I knew cats were diabolical!!

Beth said...

Cats are way smarter than dogs. My pup would never dream up such a clever scheme.

Joy said...

yep worked at animal hospital for years and hubs manages one alot of the meds are the same ya know the pink stuff your kids get same stuff at the vet, but it is still the same name. have been known to use "animal" medicine on people in my house:)

and yes cats are very sneaky and always have some sort of plot or agenda!

Life in the mom lane said...

*LMAO* gotta LOVE cats!

mama-face said...

ha ha ha. Thank goodness for your armageddon box.

Under the Influence said...

Maybe you should rename her "Sneaky" or "Tricky" or "Winky." But darn, she is cute!

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

I don't like cats. Cats are liars. Yours just proved it. LOL

michelle said...

Total scam! My dog got into it with a groundhog and the vet put him on 45 dollars worth of amoxicillin. "Just in case". That "just in case" probably put 40 dollars in the vet's pocket. I should have just written a prescription myself and paid ten bucks for the same stuff. Which, by the way, I didn't give the dog, cause it wasn't necessary. Next time one of the my kids gets strep, I'll give it to them.

AmyLK said...

What a little SNEAK! At least she's getting better.

CaJoh said...

Now I know why I don't like cats…

Of course, they know this and tend to rub up against my legs and appear to be saying "See, I'm not so bad am I".

Love the line about which ever one weighs less.

At least the cat got the attention it craved.

Thanks for sharing,

Jenners said...

Well, I'll just wait for the PETA people to descend on you for treating an animal like a human...or is that what they want us to do?

Silly Sassy ... not so crafty after all!

bernthis said...

we had a dog with hip dysplasia. They gave those glucosamine drugs "for dogs" three x's more expensive then the ones for ppl and the exact same formula

Ann's Rants said...

Very sneaky.

I mean you, dosing your cat of course.

;)

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

No way! Sassy is talented and sneaky too.

mommy4life said...

milkin it for all it's worth!

♥Georgie♥ said...

LOL...OMGosh I so wish I could have a cat dang humans with so called allergies...pfft
Hope you have a FAB weekend Deb...oh how you liking your face cream?

Harlene said...

I have kids smarter than me, the last thing I need is a cat smarter than me too!

Too funny!!

Becky said...

STAY AWAY FROM MY CAT! if I had one. Which I don't.

So how does the story end? How are his eyes?! Are they both funked?

Lee of MWOB said...

I still like to pretend you don't have a cat. Cause I'm like really allergic to cats.

:-)

Lovin Lane said...

OMG I swear you are ALWAYS good for a laugh...lol..lol

tera said...

Ha! Attention grabber! (Gotta be careful with some meds though, because they have a different "half life" in cats and some stuff over long periods of time can make them really sick.)

Jenni Jiggety said...

You can't trust cats. One minute they are pawing your shoe playfully, and the next they are stealing you breath. True story.

Sera said...

Ooooh, my. And that's precisely why I'm a cat person and not a dog person. I freaking love cats - for reasons just like this. :)

Tony@ That One Paticular Harbor said...

Dear Deb, I have to say again as you already know that cats and I do not make good friends. They make my eyes all screwy and hard to breath. But I am very impressed with your top shelf nursing skills, even if the feline actually hoodwinked you. Carry on.

Nishant said...

My pup would never dream up such a clever scheme.
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Jannet Woody @Online PhD Schools said...

Oh, poor Sassa. I hope she’s feeling better now and I hope everything is still under control. No offense, but I think it’s best to have her condition taken to a vet just to be sure. Just to avoid further complications and infections. I likewise agree with. Animals have feelings too only that look and smell different from humans. But they too deserve love and respect.

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