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post #31 of 37
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Thank you , Janine, for your note. Isn't it wonderful that we can all share feelings and emotions for our furry friends, even though we don't know each other in person?

Anne - yes, we did see the lady vet last night. Had to wait more than half an hour. I finally went out again and said to the girl in the front we have another appointment at 7.30 pm, and we have been waiting for a long time. The doctor came in shortly after, all flustered and apologetic. My husband said well, this is part of our problem with the hospital - we always have to wait a minimum of two hours and we are not happy with it.

Anyway, we talked lots, but kept coming back to what would happen now. She didn't give us a check or something, but she did say that she has taken the vet under her wing and set up a whole schedule for him to do and to complete. My husband said we insist that he won't be alone in an emergency clinic again until he is more qualified, and she agreed. So I guess when we are out late one night we might stop by and just peek in?

Then I said we got a new kitten, and if they would be willing to declaw him for us. She jumped at the opportunity - saying she would be delighted. We have to call her personally to set up the appointment for him and she will take care of him, and make sure he is ok. Not a word about payment. I said he was neutered last Friday, and got his vaccinations, etc. He now has a bit of the sniffles, but it is clear and he is not weezing, he is eating like a horse and I make sure that he urinates every morning at least. (Talk about a nervous mommy)

She said we should give him at least 3 weeks or so and then to bring him in. She couldn't be more accommodating - I think she was afraid we would be badmouthing them all over the place, but what good would that do? I am sure they will be a little more careful - for a while at least.

We also asked about exotics, and said that our hedgehog is pregnant. She said they have two doctors there - one just did micro-surgery on a hamster to reconstruct the anus/rectum or something, and the hamster is doing fine.

In other words, nothing will bring Patches back, but we gained a contact which might be invaluable in future, even just for advice.

I still think I should write a note to the overseeing vet body, but perhaps not lodge a formal complaint. Just in case this vet ever does something again, that there would already be a record of a mistake. They all make mistakes, and often after a mistake, a person would double-check and be a better doctor in the end than those who don't fail and think they are gods. MHO, of course.

Oh and we commented on this guy's lack of bedside manner too - she said she spoke to him about that!

Well, that is the long story. Thanks for listening and sharing. I still miss Patches dreadfully, but Chatter helps. He is very different, and very much his own personality. No blending of characters there! :-)

post #32 of 37

I just read through this thread and I feel so sorry about Patches. I have a pretty good vet but will take extra care to make sure that my cat is getting the best treatment. It's great that you could find a new kitty to love so soon! However, in your last post you mentioned that you would have him declawed. You may already know this but I just wanted to warn you that this procedure is very controversial (even illegal in some countries)because it has been known to cause pain to the cat and affect its behavior. You may want to do a search on "declaw" on this site as you can turn up a lot of information. There are also a lot of posts dealing with alternative ways to control scratching problems.

Whatever you decide, best of luck to you and Chatter!

post #33 of 37
Yes, Meerkat, please please don't amputate your baby toes! It's so cruel to the cat! I'm sure you wouldn't have all your finger amputated at the first joint! This is what declawing is about and it's extremely painful and unecessary. I am about to publish an article about all the ways you can use to prevent your cat from clawing the furniture. I'll send you a preview if you like. There are so many great solutions today, even if you can't manage to make him use the scratching post (which shouldnt be too difficult with most cats), there's really no need to declaw!

You really should read this thread and follow the links:

I'm sure you want nothing but the best for Chatters and I hope you'll take the time and courage it takes to get familiar with that horrible procedure!
post #34 of 37

please don't declaw your new kitten. He will feel pain each time he is walking, and he will not be as agile as with claws. He will be an handicapped cat and will not be able to defend himself, should he ever need it. Even if he is an inside cat, think that he might escape in wich case he will not have any means at all to protect himself.

You have other solutions, for example you can cut the tips of the claws of your cat, taking care of not hurting the cuticle (the skin that shows on the claw), and your furniture will be 90% protected.

Please, think about that, do some research on the internet about declawing...

post #35 of 37
It's me again, I found some links about declawing:


http://community-2.webtv.net/zuzu22/STOPDECLAWCOM/ (Beware, the first image on this site is quite heartbreaking, and there are other sections with photographs that illustrate how cruel declawing is. I have been shocked by these photographs.)

Here are some extracts of this last one:

"Before you make the decision to declaw your cat, there are some important facts you should know. Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period.
No cat lover would doubt that cats--whose senses are much keener than ours--suffer pain. They may, however, hide it better. Not only are they proud, they instinctively know that they are at risk when in a weakened position, and by nature will attempt to hide it. But make no mistake. This is not a surgery to be taken lightly.

Your cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility and beauty that is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors."

post #36 of 37

I just got to reading this post.

I am so sorry about Patches. What a horrible experience to go through. NOt only do you have to deal with your beloved pet being sick, but a jerk of a VEt who should have his license taken away.

My heart is with you and Patches.
post #37 of 37

please check the article that Anne has worte about scratching here:

She explains why cats scratches and how owners can redirect this behavior to proper scratching posts....

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