The Cats’ Annual Checkup

The cats had their annual checkup Tuesday evening, and for the most part it went well. First, they were weighed. Frou-Frou weighs 8 pounds, which is a little less than she weighed a year ago (but they’re not concerned). Once she was free to get off the scale, she climbed off the counter and hid under the bench in the farthest corner she could find.


Then, it was Tubby’s turn. He weighed in around 15 pounds, which is a pound or more than he weighed last year. I was told he needs to lose weight (although we’re hoping the two sets of stairs that we have now – and the puppy – will help), so we’re going to look into a laser light for him. Tubby was happy to explore the room and seemed right at home in his surroundings.


As a result, he went first for his exam and shots. He was fine when they picked him up, he was fine when they felt his belly and listened to his heart, he was even fine (but didn’t enjoy) them looking at his teeth. He FREAKED OUT, though, when he saw the light to look in his ears and eyes, and there was no consoling him after that. He hissed, he growled, he DROOLED like I’ve never seen him do before…

Giving him his shots proved to be difficult. They kept giving him breaks to try and calm him down, but as soon as they put him back on the table and he saw the vet lean toward him, he was wriggling again and trying to get away. They ended up bringing out the gloves so they could hold him more securely, and that seemed to work. Immediately after they were done, I put him in his carrier.

Frou was much easier once we moved the bench and got her. She was quiet through the whole thing and even let them attempt to get a fecal sample (I say attempt because it came out clean). Thank goodness we only have to go through that once a year!



  1. colinandray · January 14, 2016

    It surprises me how relatively easy it is to give Ray his shots! The vet and asst. just grab him and flip him onto his side, at which point he seems to resign himself to whatever is going to happen (he is muzzled of course). 🙂

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    • Saving Sammie · January 14, 2016

      Sammie and Emma have always been easy as well, and until now the cats had been too! I don’t know what changed between last year and this year…

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  2. lexitheschnauzer · January 14, 2016

    Poor kitties. Can you give them a brave pill before you go next year? I used to shake like a chihuahua when we walked in the vet’s front door, but I love going to my new vet!

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  3. lexitheschnauzer · January 14, 2016

    Nah, they will remember the place.

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  4. carolynswriting · January 20, 2016

    Hermie once bit me when they had to put a shot into the muscle instead of just under the skin – he released as soon as he realised what he was doing. Can’t blame the poor boy! Do they ever try wrapping the cats in a blanket? They have to be skilled to do it & leave the right spot open for the injection but it can help 🙂


    • Saving Sammie · January 21, 2016

      I haven’t seen them do that, but then again, neither of my cats have ever acted that way before!

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