Two weeks ago I had a sudden and unexpected vet visit! Mum took me down some weeks ago as I she spotted a paw wound, but antibiotics did not clear it up so we scheduled another visit. From this point things started to move fast – very fast indeed…..

Why the Sudden Vet Visit?

The second vet check showed that the wound, a circular pink cup-shaped depression about half a cm (less than 1/4 inch) across, had not healed at all, and was beginning to develop slight granulations around the edges. This was no wound, but a very small development of the cancer I had suffered from before. All due to my history as a neglected hoarder victim and abandoned senior, before I became a blogger with the Dash Kitten Crew.

Many here will remember my pinnectomy (ear tip removal) due to the arrival of squamous carcinoma cells and, knowing my history, the vet assessed quickly that these might be the same cells trying to make an appearance. The damage and the toe would have to be removed, along with a tiny amount of the black cells that had reappeared on my nose,  pinhead size but capable of growth.

My Vet Visit – Surgery Report

After the usual ‘nil by mouth’ malarkey the night before, I went for my surgery on a Friday, and, of course, Mum worried all day. Don’t pet mums and dads make a hobby of that eh?  The surgery went well and I did not require cage rest.  I was ready to be collected at 4 p.m. and glad to be heading home.

I did look a bit of a sorry sight with an Elizabethan (Buster) collar around my neck and a blue bandage firmly in place over my paw, but I was home! I was groggy, and a bit disoriented but bravely tried an escape attempt. I limped to the cat flap but it was locked…..  Mum had thought that through! Besides getting out of the cat flap with an Elizabethan collar on isn’t easy, I would have got stuck…. so I shook my blue bandaged paw for all I was worth and went to sulk in a corner.

Over the week-end I recovered slowly. I would not eat much and Mum and Dad could not get any pills down me, painkillers or antibiotics. Mum tried pilling me, dissolving tablets in water and syringing them in, nothing worked.

If I swallowed any I would never admit it, so, as the antibiotics were crucial to my safe recovery I was hauled down to the vet for a 48 hour antibiotic injection and he changed my bandage while I was there.

I ended up having four of these injections over the next week or so. It was much easier and less stressful than trying to pill me.

Harvey Vet Visit picture

10 Days After My Vet Visit

I can proudly way, I am doing fine. I walk properly, the tiny stitches from my nose cryosurgery, and my paw are healing well, and I am allowed to go outside. Miranda continues to fuss over me, but I don’t mind this at all. I am also getting a good helping of treats!

Things Mum and I Learned From My Vet Visit

  1. Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is not just a cute promo for vets to make money – it means something. Mum had me checked as she spotted an odd wound on my paw, and, as a result I have had surgery that will keep me a healthier senior for longer.
  2. If you have any worries speak to your vet. They didn’t study for 7 years for you to go and search for symptoms on the internet! Mum did not know there as a 48 hour antibiotic until she asked for help. In spite of the vet visit it was LESS stressful than her attempts to pill!
  3. Do not worry alone. Many of your cat buddies on social media, be it Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook, will have been through a similar experience. If you let them know your pet buddy is having surgery, people care, they will cheer you on, and be supportive.
  4. Us cats are tougher than we look. Mum worried that as a senior I would not recover well. Our blogging buddy Pawesome Cats reminded her cats are resilient and she is right.
Vet Visit harvey celbrates
It’s good to be back blogging. I am glad to see you all!

So. Next time you are even slightly worried about something one of us kitties is doing, something you are concerned about. Monitor what seems to be happening and, if you are in any doubt, book a vet visit.

Even if you spend an hour getting one of us into a carrier – get that vet visit booked.

Even if we sign the song of our people all the way there and back. GO.

OK Mum, I think I’ve earned some treats, don’t you? Speak later friends…

Harvey Button on his
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17 Comments

  1. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    September 11, 2016 at 7:07 am

    So very happy to hear you’re doin’ well after your little… you know. And OF COURSE you made an escape attempt! The least you can do to keep the peeps on their toes, for sure. purrs

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  2. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    September 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Harvey dahling!! I would give you any and every treat you ever desired…except of course…ahem, ahem…allowing you to even attempt to touch my royal furs…but anything else is up for grabs babeeee!!

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  3. Kitties Blue

    September 5, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Harvey, we are so sorry you had to endure more surgery and that stupid cone, but we are ecstatic that you are okay and living happily and healthfully again. You have one of the best moms, and we know she will give you the very best care available. Sending lots of purrs and prayers that you remain healthy! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  4. Deziz World

    September 4, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Oh Harvey we’re so glad you are doin’ good again. Fur some reason, we’re still not gettin’ your emails. We signed up and it said we were subscribed, but we’ve yet to receive an email at all. 🙁 Anyways handsum, we’re sendin’ lots of purrayers dat you stay strong and healthy fur a long time.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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  5. meowmeowmans

    September 3, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Harvey, that sounds like it was pretty rough! We are glad you made it through the surgery, and purr that you will be A-okay from here on!

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  6. The Island Cats

    September 3, 2016 at 11:26 am

    We’re sorry you had to go through all that, Harvey, but we’re happy to hear you’re doing better now. You’re so right about the importance of vet visits. Wait! Don’t tell the mom we said that!

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  7. Flynn

    September 3, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I am glad that cancer was spotted early and you are making a good recovery. My mum agrees about all the support from FB and other bloggers in times of worry. The support helps the humans get through hard times as well as us kitties.

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  8. The Swiss Cats

    September 3, 2016 at 7:43 am

    We’re so glad everything went well and you’re feeling better ! Purrs

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  9. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    September 3, 2016 at 7:34 am

    We’re so glad to hear that you’re recovering well, Harvey. You’re a great example of why regular, preventative vet care is so important! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  10. Edie Chase

    September 3, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I am glad you are feeling better Harvey, get all the treats you can. 🙂

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  11. Summer

    September 3, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I’m so glad you came through your surgery okay, Harvey! I hope that is the last you see of that nasty cancer.

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  12. Brian

    September 3, 2016 at 6:22 am

    We are happy your ordeal is over Harven and even happier that you are okay!

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  13. Amber DaWeenie

    September 3, 2016 at 4:25 am

    And I guess that all applies to pups too…BOL Harvey, I’m so glad you’re doing better. And it’s a good thing your Mom hurried you off to the vet when she did. Keep right on getting better and better!

    🙂

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  14. da tabbies o trout towne

    September 3, 2016 at 3:11 am

    dood…we iz troo lee sorree ya had ta go thru all thiz but buzzed happee stuff waz caught and in time…..we hope yur heelin up grate still; we send blessings frum R pal frank just coz him haz plentee ta spare ~~~~~~~ waves two all N heerz two a lake whitefish kinda week oh end ~~~~ see everee one twoozday ~~~~~~insert heartz XXXX

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  15. Random Felines

    September 3, 2016 at 2:36 am

    glad you are doing better Harvey and that your mum caught it early….. great advice

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  16. MR. Puddy

    September 3, 2016 at 1:50 am

    You poor thing. I hope you are feeling better.
    Sending a ton of purr to you.
    and thanks to share with us.
    Purrs

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  17. Bev Green

    September 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Harvey you are a real trooper..i agree Dr Google can be helpful but it will never replace a real life Vet and a good one on one visit! Some great tips are regular grooming and massage..do this as a pet parent and any odd lumps bumps or spots will be picked up early..no your pets body feel! A great post and great to hear you are doing well…we always go for long release antibiotics..a much happier option for all 😉 hugs Fozziemum xxx

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