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Adventures in Pet Ownership - Karen's Musings
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Adventures in Pet Ownership
I never wanted a pet. Even a fish is too much responsibility as far as I'm concerned. I mean, kids? No problem...they at least grow up eventually and theoretically learn how to take care of themselves. But fish? No. They don't learn to go make a living on their own and buy their own food and cook their own dinners. I've got to remember to feed them every day for the rest of their (very short) lives.

So I married a man who owns two cats. And his philosophy is that if he had to choose between me and the cats, well, I can take care of myself and they can't, so I'd have to go. So I'm now the owner-by-marriage of two cats. Admittedly, occasionally they earn their keep (like the mouse they killed once). But mostly they are just short and fuzzy and pretty darned needy. (Please don't take this to mean that I don't like them. Despite my better judgment, I'm crazy about them)

The problem with these little creatures is that you start caring about them. And once you care about them it's all over. Pipsqueak (she's my favorite) has been squinting one of her eyes for a while. Tonight she let me get close enough to realize that her eye was a little cloudy and that it was leaking fluid. Yuck. This has happened once before and we have an ointment for it, so we fought with her and got the ointment in her eye and gave her kitty treats and hoped that it would get all better. But the ointment stings and so she was unhappy. But it was more than that...she keeps pawing at her eye, and she cowered in the kitchen crying. I don't like to hear her cry or see her hurting. It's yucky.

So poor Seth, the night before he leaves for NH, just left to take her to the emergency vet. He's going to make a great dad. ;)

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sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: March 8th, 2003 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poor Seth. Poor Karen. Poor Kitty!

So poor Seth, the night before he leaves for NH, just left to take her to the emergency vet. He's going to make a great dad. ;)

...despite all previous evidence to the contrary...
drmellow From: drmellow Date: March 8th, 2003 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

My feelings about cats.

Thingy.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 8th, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: My feelings about cats.

You, sir, are truly obsessed!
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: March 9th, 2003 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
poor kitty! how is she?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 9th, 2003 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

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she's awful. I think I need to take her back to the vet. She won't eat, she won't open her eye, and she's terrified of me. Charlie hisses whenever she's around, but he's especially mad at me...I think he senses that Pipsqueak isn't happy with me, and he attacks me if I go near her.

I really wish I knew what to do for her. This is why I shouldn't have pets. This is why we should get a petsitter if Seth's out of town.

This stupid ointment is supposed to go in her eye four times a day, but it's a two person job. Blech. I wish I was better with this stuff. I wish she would come out from under the bed.
cellio From: cellio Date: March 9th, 2003 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Pipsqueak. I hope you're able to get the ointment into her eye and that it clears up whatever the problem is.

I'm the cat person in our house; Dani married in. I haven't seen evidence that they affect him as much as Seth's cats affect you, but I have caught him petting them occasionally, so I guess he's doomed. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 9th, 2003 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I make a big stink about them, but the truth is I love them. In my entire life, I've only lived without pets for about a year and a half, so truthfully, I'm not even sure how I'd function without a pet.

I just wish she didn't look so sad. She's skulking around squinting and obviously uncomfortable and unhappy. The drop that I put in her eye tastes awful to her and makes her foam at the mouth (literally) and Charlie hisses at her when she does that. And the ointment stings, so she doesn't want that either. So basically, she's not a happy camper. Sigh.
indigodove From: indigodove Date: March 10th, 2003 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor baby! I hope she feels better. Any medical care for a cat seems to take four hands (at least), so maybe call up a friend in the area?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 10th, 2003 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)

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yeah, I had a friend over last night to help. The real problem is that it's supposed to be 4 times a day, and that just isn't going to happen, unfortunately.
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