Truffle wants to know why Brulee gets the sleepypod®.
You can relax. There is nothing wrong with us. It was time for Brulee's annual checkup. Mom Paula is now taking both of us for any vet appointments so we don't have so many problems with the strange smells on one of us after a visit. Next year, she's moving both of our appointments to the same time. Brulee was the lucky (?) one and was able to have the sleepypod® since she was the one actually visiting the vet. Truffle was able to travel in a new carrier, but she said it wasn't as nice as her sleepypod®. One of these first days, we'll get a second one, so both us can travel in comfort, familiarity, and style.
Brulee prefers the cold scale to the warm blanket.
As soon as Mom Paula put Brulee on the table, she settled on the warm blanket. That is, until Mom Paula put Truffle on the table and Brulee immediately went to the cold scales and settled in. Truffle has been a little of a bully lately and Brulee chose to move away from her. Mom Paula felt sorry for Brulee, so she took Truffle off the table (Truffle was also a little nervous on the table).
Brulee getting examined by Dr. Keisler
Brulee is usually very comfortable and relaxed at the vet. Not yesterday! She hissed when she had to get her temperature taken. She hissed when Dr. Keisler had to give her a shot of Benadryl to pre-treat her prior to her rabies shot. This was a first for Brulee. She's never hissed at the vet and especially with Dr. Keisler. Dr. Keisler quickly deduced that Brulee didn't like being bothered in her "comfort zone" in the scales. They took her out of the scales and placed her on the warm blanket and tried to calm her down by talking to her and giving her all kinds of kitty love. Brulee didn't believe them for one minute and when Dr. Keisler went to give her the rabies shot (required in SC), Brulee not only hissed, she growled! Truffle quickly took cover for the smaller carrier.
Truffle: "I'm out of here!"
Truffle watched safely from the smaller carrier while Brulee was examined. Brulee weighed 8.25 pounds and checked out wonderfully. Mom Paula and Dr. Keisler talked in detail about possible bloodwork and dental cleaning next year since they'd be 5 years old. They also had some nice, informative discussions about the pros and cons of microchipping and feeding raw food.
Truffle listening to the discussions from the safety of her smaller carrier.
The vet said both girls looked great and that she thought it would be a good idea to have our examinations at the same time in the future. Mom Paula paid the bill and put us safely in the car, where we both serenaded her all the way home. Mom Paula stayed home the rest of the day with us so she could watch Brulee to make sure she didn't have any side effects from the shot. She did feed us and you should have seen Brulee inhaling her food. Mom Paula wonders if the Benadryl caused the intense hunger. Everyone is okay and it's back to the pampered life at Casa de Sweet Purrfections.
Brulee: "Can we go home now?"
We really do like Dr. Keisler and the other vets at Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital. At least, as much as you can like a vet after getting stuck with a needle. Dr. Keisler even commented that the kitties were always comfortable and loving until they had to get shots and that eventually turned cats off to visiting them. She felt bad that Brulee was stressed yesterday. Dr. Keisler used to work in an all cats clinic and she's working on getting Cherokee Trail more cat friendly. Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital is also AAHA accredited, which is very important to Mom Paula.