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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Holly at the vet

Holly was at the vet last month, twice. I could see that she wasn’t herself, but didn’t know what was wrong. So she was loaded into a cat carrier, and we took a cab to the clinic.

The doctor didn’t know what to make of it either. He couldn’t find anything wrong with Holly and suggested bloodwork to find the cause of her ailment.

I didn’t think this necessary. Holly wasn’t sick, as such. Since she did have a slight temperature the doctor gave her an injection for pain and fever and almost immediately I could see a change in Holly.

Not for long, though. A few days later, Holly was back to her listless self and wouldn’t let us touch her front paws. She didn’t limp, and she didn’t lick her paws, so obviously she wasn’t hurt, but something was clearly wrong. So, off to the vet we went again.

When the vet inspected her front paws, he was growled and hissed at, and Holly even took a swipe at his hand. But this time he got to the bottom of her problem … Holly had in growing paw nails. Her nails were clipped and that was the end of the problem. Well, it took a few days for the pain to subside, but day by day she got better and now she’s back to her usual self.

Since I can’t go to the vet every time Holly needs to have her nails clipped, I’m gonna have to learn to do this myself. It’s not complicated, with the right tool it’s easy. One just has to make sure not to take off too much.

The vet showed me and if I’m nervous about it, even if I only take off 1 mm that’s okay. It’s basically just snipping off the points.

Who knew that clipping a cats’ nails could be so important.

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