"Choosing trust over doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened." -Victoria Monfort

Monday, April 06, 2009

Pets, they're just like kids...

So you know how when you were little and you got the flu or the chicken pox, your Mom made you sleep in bed with your brother to catch it too. Or if not your brother, then her boyfriends dumb kids? Was that just me? That may explain all the years I spent getting my head straight. With pets you don't have to make them hang out together, they do it themselves. And, since you have to pay a per pet fee at the vet, you don't want to have to take them all. Things at my homestead are going as such:

The dog. She's chronically got ear/eye/skin/stank problems. Sometimes you can get the ears under control with a viniger/alchohol/boric acid mix. Then, there are times you come home and your whole house smells like a.....well let's just say a nasty yeast infection. That's me now. That's when you have to go to the vet. Since they took her off steroids, I have to deal with her smell. Steroids long term are bad for the liver you know. My dog isn't 13 or anything. Not like she has 15 more years to live. Assholes.

The cats. Well we all remember how my cat decided to disappear for 5 days and cause me horror and grief. She's been eating for almost 2 weeks now and not gaining weight back. She's a small cat to begin with, despite her mountains of fluff, I'd put her at about 5lbs or less. Worms. My damned cat has worms. I know this by the peices of worm segment that are on her butt hair. (euuuuuuw!!) To make matters worse, since I have a fluffy pile of lovebug cats, who groom and snuggle each other, and share the same 4 potties, her two kittens have worms.

Worms. You know, this means I have to constantly wash everything, until they get to the vet, right? If I were in charge of the universe, I'd do away with parasites. Cus seriously, whatever eats them, can get over it and eat a fly or a spider, they are equally as disgusting, but don't need to attach themselves to your intestines and suck the life out of you slowly.

The bunny. Well for some reason my bunny has decided to stop eating. Rabbits come either free, or $25 bucks. They turn out to be the most expensive pet to care for. Vet visits, are $70 because they are exotic. Rabbits? Yes, rabbits. Rabbits are like horses they have to have constant gut motility and are always eating hay for this reason. If they don't eat, it's not long until they die. Granted, he is almost 10 and bunnies live about 5 years, but seriously? Now?

So I've been feeding him greens which he will eat a few bites of. He wont eat carrots, or strawberries or apple or banana, all the "treats" he likes, he wont even eat. I cooked pellets for him (enhances that grassy smell) and he had a few bites. I gave him some gut motility meds. Patted his belly in case he had gas.

So, my whole household is in turmoil. And I'm thinking I wont see much of my paycheck this Friday. The only thing I don't like about pets vs. human kids is that I can't put them on my health insurance. Pet insurance is too much if you have more than one pet.


Mike said...

Rabbits are exotic? What will they think of next?

LiLu said...

Oh, hon... I'm so sorry! That's horrible. I thought pet insurance was relatively cheap, but you're right... if you have a bunch, it would seem it's not worth it.

Hopefully this will cheer you up... http://www.youtube.com/user/LiLusVids

Suzi said...

Aw, man. You're still better off, though. Pets don't wear your socks and drive your car.

Allison M. said...

Wow, wow and wow.

heather said...

I didn't have to bring my cat in to the vet last summer when he got worms. Since he had been seen there before, we just called and asked. Maybe you can save some bucks that way.

Never knew rabbits were exotic. Weird.

Anonymous said...

I have heard from friends that if you feed your cat a good helping of chicken, it helps get rid of the worms. An ol'wives tale maybe?!

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LBluca77 said...

Everytime I have to take my cat to the vet my wallet takes a hit. But she is worth it....sometimes. No she is.

merider (M.E.-rider) said...

Sounds like you're getting hit hard. Poor little kitties, doggy and rabbit. They are so lucky to have such a kind human! I hope it all get straightened out soon and back to normal. And I hope the...um...yeast stench goes away too.

Erin said...

Ugh... so sorry that you have to go through all the pet problems!! But at least you love them so you will totally forgive them :-)

Fizzgig said...

Mike: yea exotic. I know.

that was classic. I am totally rocking that dance!

yea they also dont embaress you in public. Oh wait, my dog always poops at pet smart.

my cat got worms before and I bought pills off dr fosters and smith, and even that didnt work.


they totally are worth it!!!!

you know when it rains it pours but its worth it to have cute little furballs.

a purring cat is easily forgiven!