Thursday, March 30, 2006

Now its the cat's turn to have medical issues

My poor little Bugsy.

She was a rescue. My officemate found her and her sister (Jerry) in a box tossed in a ditch. The office mate kept Jerry (Garcia), I took (Bruce) Springsteen - who turned into Busgy when he wasn't a she. Here she is at 3 1/2 weeks old, when I was still bottle feeding her.

Now she is a big old 5 year old sweetie. Well, we think she is a sweetie. Really, she is a meanie. She likes to snuggle - on her terms. And she has been known to take a swipe or bite with little to no warning. Lately, she has taken to swiping at us when we walk within 2 feet of her chair. That should have been my clue. But, I thought it just meant her teeth were bothering her. See, it seems she was born with some horrible kitty teeth genes. She has a dental every year, and had 4 teeth pulled when she was 3. They thought she had FeLV, since that was the only logical explaination why a 3 year old cat would have such horrible teeth.

So anyway, fast forward to Monday. I took her in for her annual dental. I went to work, but kept my cell phone with me all day. About 10:30am it goes off while I am in a meeting. I excuse myself by explaining my cat dentist was calling. That gathered laughs. The mood changed when I walked back in, almost in tears. My poor Bugsy-Boo had a broken jaw!

There were no other signs of trauma, so its unclear how it happened or how long it had been like that. She had been eating, so either it was a long time and she got use to it or it was recent and not too bad. But either way, I felt like a horrible cat mom. However, upon doing some research, I discovered that sometime bad teeth can lead weak jaw bones that can fracture easily. So that makes me feel like it might not be my fault.

So now, my little kitty has her jaw wired together (across the bottom, not top to bottom). She has to take antibiotics, which is not to easy to do normally, let alone with a kitty with a broken jaw. It kind of means you can't pry the jaw open out of pity. *sigh*

But, the good news is that its healing now. And that after about 36 hours of shunning us, she seems to have come around to wanting to snuggle again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute pictures, I'm glad Bugsy is on the men. Poor baby.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Gypsy said...

Aww, poor little pookie. I hope she feels better soon.

7:11 PM  

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