However, that did not stop the tradition of “sick cat on holidays.” It happens all the time. Jake did it often. I remember a particular 4th of July. I spent considerable time waiting in a vet ER. Hazel died on New Year’s Eve. Magic on Thanksgiving. I can give you a list of cats that did this. I often wonder if it’s just my cats or it’s universal.
This time it was Gracie. Over the weekend I noticed something odd. It was her tooth. The big canine tooth on the bottom was loose. It was sticking out at a funny angle. A little like a werewolf. Or Dracula. A very weird angle. Then it was sideways. Then I didn’t see it. Then it was pointed the wrong way completely.
Gracie came here with bad teeth. We don’t know how old she was but she wouldn’t let anyone touch her mouth. She had a dental and some extractions and was a different cat after that. I’m very tuned in to how she reacts to her mouth.
The loose tooth looked like I could pull it myself but Gracie wasn’t having any of that. No touchy. There were hassles. I’d let the vet be the bad guy. By now it’s Monday of Christmas week. Vet has limited hours and is closed Christmas through Sunday.
We have several ER vets in the area. They are twice the cost and the wait is long but when you have an ill pet, you don’t care.
To my surprise the regular vet was able to take her in on Monday. I feared she would give them a hard time. When she wants to be, she is 7 pounds of strong willful devilcat. They were able to get the tooth out easily and pumped her full of antibiotics. She even has pain meds for 3 days. (I’d like to point out that I had an extensive dental procedure a week ago — no antibiotics and no pain meds! Not even a margarita! Cats have a good life here.)
Gracie is back to her old self. She is still a picky eater but she is eating more. She doesn’t like the taste of the pain meds but she’s very mellow afterward.
She is a very quirky cat. Affectionate on her own terms but she must be in the mood. She is fearless and puts up with no crap from the other cats who are twice her size. We adopted her because she looked like Morgan (the perfect cat). She is nothing like Morgan but a delight in her own way. Maybe I’ll sneak some extra catnip in her Christmas toy.
Gracie and all the sassy cats wish you a great holiday (if you celebrate) or a great week!