Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mickey arrives

(Mickey is not a dog, contrary to the title of the blog)

(or a mouse - the name is a little unfortunate, but it is what it is)

Mickey is a barn cat from M's parents house. They tend a small community of cats ranging from true wide-eyed ferals to what are probably the neighbors pets simply allowed outside. They've started working on a TNR program to get their numbers down. Mickey was part of the last litter, four years ago. At the time, we promised to take him, but lived in dorms, then rentals, and other places that frowned on pets. But this Friday was the day.

It was all surprisingly uneventful. He's always been a relaxed little loverboy, but not only did he sleep on my lap for over an hour on the ride back, but let me clip his nails right there in the car without any fuss whatsoever. I was not expecting that from a cat used to being on his own devices for four years.

One of the side effects of being in the great outdoors is he has a bit of a head cold, or sinus infection, or otherwise nasty snotty nose that he likes to rub cat boogers on you with. Pretty much all the cats there had this to varying degrees. The kittens got antibiotics for it when they were small, which cleared it up, but the caught it right back again. Apparently, this sort of thing can be hard to squash in cats, but we're hoping for the best, that it really was a cold that kept getting passed back and forth ad infinitum, rather than a true chronic sinus problem.

Oh yes, and while tolerant of most things, he *does not like* the antibiotic (liquid in a dropper). Touching the face is not looked kindly upon. It does seem to be working so far though. The first day was terrible. He was groggy from the vaccinations, and the snot turned from a little pale yellow, to a lot of dark brown - almost a dark red or orange color. (sorry for the t.m.i.). I guess that must have been the root infection draining, because things got dramatically better by Sunday. It's not 100% gone, but he is no longer disgusting, wheezy and sad.

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