Sunday, 26 January 2014

the dental

Looks like my sister, Tess, is goin' in for a dental this week.  Yup, it's true.  She has a sore tooth.

The peeps realised Tess had a sore tooth when she started growlin' at her food one day.  Now, growlin' for Tess is nothing new.  It's not news at all.  News, is by definition, new.  I should know 'cause you know... I, myself, am a bit of an investigative reporter and whatnot.  I understand what makes the news, news.

Anywho...  Tess' growling was nothin' new so it couldn't possibly be considered news.  Tess growls at the peeps.  She growls at the rest of us cats.  She even growls at the weather!  But she had never growled at her food before.  That's how the peeps figured out somethin' was wrong.

So last Tuesday night, Tess was shoved into a carrier and taken to see the doctor.  That's right... shoved.  Believe me, she didn't just waltz in when the carrier door was opened.  No, she wormed and she squirmed and eventually, Peep #2 held the carrier on its end while the first peep held Tess' back paws together with one hand, her front paws together with the other hand and directed Tess into the carrier, tail-end first.  I was watching from a safe distance and if I didn't know better, I would have thought I was watchin' an episode of Cops or somethin'.  You know, when the officer puts his paw on the suspect's head when gettin' him into the police car 'cause he's under arrest.  Of course, on Cops, the suspects don't usually growl.

Tess was growlin' up a storm in the kitchen while bein' shoved into that carrier.  I am told, however, that she didn't make a single peep on the way to the doctors' office or even in the waiting room while waitin' for the doctor.  Very unusual, indeed.  The peep checked a couple of times to make sure she was still breathin' in there.  She was.  I think, perhaps, she was plotting her revenge.

When Tess and the peeps finally got into the examination room, Tess had to be first examined by the nurse.  Usual stuff.  Temperature takin' and whatnot.  Oh, the indignity of the temperature taking! Why-oh-why-oh-why the nurses can't take our temperatures by lookin' in our ears or somethin' is beyond me.  Anywho...  the deed was done.  Tess' temperature was normal.

But then the nurse wanted to take a look in Tess' mouth. Tess decided that she had suffered in silence for far too long.  There was a growl.  Then another.  And then another.  Then came the screeches.  The howls.  The hissing and the spitting.  My sister, Tess, was back and in fine form.  That's the spirit!  You go girl.  The nurse understood, right away, that Tess was upset 'cause her mouth was hurtin' her.

Tess' behaviour was actually quite unusual 'cause usually, Tess purrs while at the hospital.  Oh, she growls and howls and screeches alright but she usually saves all that up for those with whom she feels the most comfortable...  her family.  With nurses and doctors, she purrs.  MOUSES!

But Tuesday night was different.  On Tuesday night, Tess decided she was havin' none of this business with peeps lookin' in her mouth.  Wasn't gonna happen.  No way, no how, was she gonna let the nurse look there.

The doctor arrived on the scene and Tess continued to behave as she had with the nurse.  She kept on hissing and spitting and whatnot.  She even made the first peep a little nervous and usually, the first peep is quite good in these situations which is amazin' since Peep #1 was once sent to the peep emergency room after bein' bitten fourteen times by my Auntie Primrose on Bloody Wednesday.  I once blogged all about that, remember?  But I digress.

Usually, whenever any of us are seein' the doctor, the first peep holds us when the doctors and nurses do unmentionable things like takin' our temperatures not in our ears.  But on Tuesday, Tess was hissing and spitting and growling and screeching so much that it was suggested that perhaps the nurse should hold Tess while the doctor looked at those teeth.

The gloves were mentioned.  I'm sure you've heard of the gloves.  The doctor called them kitty gloves but I'm pretty sure I saw once someone on television holding an eagle and it looked to me like they were wearin' the very same pair of gloves.  Thick leather right up to the elbows.

I'm not sure the doctor was able to get a very good look inside Tess' mouth.  I'm not sure that she was able to get a look at all.  Tess told me later that she's pretty sure she stopped that from happenin'.

I kind of think it was just decided that an appointment for surgery would be booked and a better look could be taken while Tess was snoozin' on the operatin' table.  I've never heard my sister growl while sleepin' so I think the doctors should be...  NO.  Wait a minute.  On second thought, I have heard my sister Tess growl while sleepin'.  Like I said before, my sister Tess growls at EVERYTHING.

But believe it or not, Tess made it through her very noisy doctor's appointment without a single drop of blood bein' shed.  Not hers or the doctor's or the nurse's or even the peep's.  All in all, it went well considering how upset Tess was that night.

Tess is thinkin' she managed to convince the doctor that her teeth are just fine but I looked on the calender and I happened to notice that she has an appointment booked for Wednesday mornin'.  Yup, it's true.  That means no snacks for any of us on Tuesday night after eight o'clock. MOUSES!  Whatever will we do?

35 comments:

  1. Paws crossed that Tess will be back to her normal growling schedule after her teeth get done! I'll be purring for her to make it through the dental without any problems.

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  2. Poor Tess, hope they can fix her teeth. Tess you showed that vet who was who, didn't you. We are sending lots of purrs that it will go well for you next Wed. Take care.


















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  3. We will rev the purr motors up for good ol... er good gal Tess. (whew that was close, don't want any growls coming this way)
    Maybe you can stash a few snacks away to hold over Tues night.

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  4. We are all sending purrs and prayers to dear Tess. Those teeth problems are no fun at all.

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  5. Hannah hopes your Tess will wake up with some teeth as when she had a dental the vet found that all her teeth were loose and they were all removed in one go. She came home from the vets the next day and ate and ate and ate!.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  6. Dood! We're looking down that same tunnel! Faraday has FOUR teefies that need pulling, and we all have to suffer for it the night before. MOWZERS. UNFAIR. FOUL. Wishing it were FOWL instead. Sighhhh.

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    1. It's funny you should mention fowl 'cause sometimes, when Tess is really growlin' up a storm for no reason, Peep #1 says she's "as foul as a chicken!" Hehehe... purrs

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  7. We hope that the V-E-T will fix that naughty tooth for Tess, we cross paws here ! Purrs

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  8. Awww poor Tess but she will feel heaps better once its all fixed,xx Speedy

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  9. Hope her teefs feel better very soon. :)

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  10. Suffering in silence is what we kittehs do. And I have to say, I'm very disappointed in the lack of blood during visit. Perhaps Tess can do better next time. Hugs!

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  11. Cats are good at hiding their illness so for Tess to make a fuss, she must be in great discomfort. Did the vet give anything for pain? Purring for Tess until all is well!

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    1. Yup, she got a shot for that. She said it was good stuff. purrs

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  12. I'm not sure which is worse. Tess having to go back to the vet for her dreaded dental or no snacks after 8:00 p.m.!

    We wish her the very best on Wednesday.

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  13. Oh my. We will send purrs and positive thoughts. Hope she does ok until then and hope all goes well at the stabby place Wednesday.
    Marty the Manx and Mom

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  14. No snack on thursday night ... that's terrible.
    You know Nerissa, your sister seems a lot like mine. Loustiquette is always growling. She does it to her "croquettes", me, our humans, ... to the outside when it's raining...
    Hope things will soon get better for Tess.
    Ronrons.
    Hisia

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  15. Uh Oh! I think they should rename that the wailing room at the vets! Sending megapurrs for Tess that the dental thingy goes all right!! xoxoxox

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  16. Poor Tess, her teeth must be very sore. I hope the dental goes well and she feels much better when she comes home.

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  17. We send purrs to Tess and hope the dental makes her feel better.
    We purr all goes well too.
    We are a bit impressed that she scared the hospital staff ;)
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure,JJ
    and Angels Tiger and Tillie

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  18. We have to say that we don't blame her for growling if her teeth hurt. :-( Our Sadie has a dental coming up in a couple of weeks too (but she doesn't have any hurtie teeth).

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  19. Hello Tess!!! Awwww aren't you adorable - it's lovely to meet you but we are sad to read you have dental problems. :-( We send you many purrs and healing hugs! Take care
    x

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  20. Sophie and I are hoping you feel better real soon! Purrs and Hugs...

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  21. Poor Tess. We hope everything goes well for her and her dental. Those are never any fun, but she'll feel so much better afterward.

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  22. We wish there had been video! We are all such pussies at the vet (except Maui, who SHOT the thermometer outta his butt) that it would be instructional to see how it's really DONE. Good on Tess!

    And paws crossed that the dental takes care of whatever is causing the (food) growls.

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    1. Shot the thermometer outta his butt?

      How? How does a kitty do that? Enquirin' minds wanna know.

      Purrs,
      Nissy

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  23. Poor Tess! We are sorry she has teef problems, 'cause they are so painful. Paws crossed that her surgery goes well, so she can get back to her NORMAL growly self.

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  24. Poor Tess..that's awful having a sore toothie...makes me hiss and spit and scratch and i'm human! we all hope she feels better after a visit to the vet! hugs Fozziemum and gang xx

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  25. Aw poor Tess! I hope she does well on Wednesday! Maybe they'll wait to take her temperature til after they knock her out.. I doubt it, but one can hope, no?

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  26. She put up a good fight! Hope everything goes well when she goes in on Wed - keep us informed!

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  27. Uhoh......well, first of all my advice is that none of you need to tell Tess what you saw on the calendar for Wednesday (!!)......then of course you'll just have to be BRAVE about no snackables after midnight because - well - that's what we do for one another.....we just "make do" when we have to right? I hope when she gets back from "you know where" she's not grumpy and growly but she's liable to be so just be patient with her......not always easy......but you know she'd do the same for you Nissy!!! (or would she?!?!!)

    Hugs, Sammy

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  28. I hope her teeths gets to feeling better. No fun. Purrs and hugs to Tess.
    Sue B

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  29. Oh, yes! The GLOVES! We've heard of those and our sister Tessa even knows them personally! Purrs for a return of the Tess you know and love.

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  30. EEEK a toothy problem and a dentist visit. That doesn't sound like fun! Hope it all goes well.

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  31. Way to goes Tess!!! Mommy and Daddy can NOT gets little 5 pound mes into a cat carrier. Mommy and Daddy always brings welding gloves (heavy leather up to the elbow) so mes can be be held at the Vets and mes ALWAYS sings the warrior song! Tess - yous makes me proud! Now me is sorry that yous has to has your tooth fixed, but me knows yous will feel better after!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  32. Keep my paws crossed that efurrything will go OK on wednesday and that the V-E-T will find the stoopid aking tooth !

    XOXO

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