Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Tipsy Tippy Tuesday

I was going to tell you about our date last night and the fantastic performances of both my new camera and Straight No Chaser, but today's topic was overturned by Rick taking the time to tend to Tippy. Remember Tippy? Poor Tippy has been in "tack room limbo" for way too long, thanks to Rick's heart attack, then a call from a lady who claimed to own him, followed by some investigation, then the same lady's abdication of ownership, followed by concern over whether or not he carries FIV or FeLV (kitty AIDS or leukemia) but failure to hit a vein to draw blood for testing - all seasoned liberally with my dear husband's procrastination. FINALLY, today Rick set aside time to castrate Tippy, planning to collect blood for the tests when he did the deed. Lucky for me, he decided to perform surgery on the laundry room floor instead of on my kitchen table this time.
Lucky for Tippy, once sedated but before slicing, Rick did some professional groping and determined that he had already been neutered! (I had mentioned my suspicions about this early on because the size of Tippy's external anatomy, but had been ignored by the vet.) Oh well, while Tippy was down Rick got the blood necessary from a leg vein and ran the tests, which were negative - YAY! So as soon as he stops being tipsy (it's taking awhile!), Tippy Toes will get to meet Cookie Face (Oreo) and be given the run of Boulderneigh - although all he really wants to is to be a lap cat. Seriously, this is The.Most.Loving cat I have ever met. When I restrained him while Rick tried to draw blood last week, he kept purring, hardly struggled, and never once tried to bite or scratch!

For the record, Tippy weighs in at eight pounds, which makes Oreo look like the "big cat" (she was the "little cat" compared to Ozzie).

That's it for today from . . .

15 comments:

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Can I borrow your Vet? I have two animals that need to be fixed lol :)

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

Sure! It'll only take him seventyleven months to get around to it.... ;-)

Sharrie said...

Sometimes women can be more observant. I am also working to make a "new" cat healthy so that he can get "snipped". Tippy will be so happy outside except your lap won't be there very often.

Kim said...

That is too funny! It must have been castration day. Our vet made a visit to our pigs.
What kind of vet practice does he have? We have an aspiring vet in the house, our 16 yr old son.

Heather said...

Oye, the first picture even made me feely tippy. I could really relate to that feeling!

schoonoverfarm said...

That's great news. Another happy animal with a good home!

Michelle said...

Rick's practice is large animal, mostly ambulatory and horses (95%, at least). So he's a little rusty with the small animals!

Nancy K. said...

I'm glad that Tippy's OK and gets to stay and play at Boulderneigh!

MiniKat said...

Very cool! My mom had a cat neutered on her living room couch once. He was already out to have a pin removed from his leg and the vet only charged her an extra $2.00. True story.

Sharon said...

I wish Charlie could have a Rick visit. We struggle to keep him up to eight pounds. He was diagnosed as a calicivirus carrier, and we were advised to not bring in other cats so he vexes the dogs. He's the boss and the dogs know it. Thank goodness for claws! He is SO outweighed.

Leigh said...

Aw. All's well that ends well! So glad Tippy can have a good home and life now.

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

Ha! Boy, can I relate to getting the "in-house vet" to stay on task with the animals here on the farm! Glad Tippy is negative in a positive way.

Kim said...

Oh, Jake is thinking that is exactly what he wants to do. He's be shadowing a horse surgeon here lately. If he is used to horses no wonder Tippy was knocked out cold!

Michelle said...

Don't worry, Kim; Rick ALWAYS checks dosages! Ketamine can take quite awhile to wear off....