Vivid Dawn's random ramblings

Torture – take two

on March 27, 2012

I took Paizly to the veterinarian office this morning, to be shown how to express her bladder. Not one, not two, but THREE nurses all told me I had to have her put to sleep for it. I don’t know if they were just ignorant, or trying to get money out of me!

I realize that cats have their bladder expressed after being put to sleep and belly-fur clipped, so that they don’t do it during surgery and contaminate stuff. Maybe this is what the nurses were thinking of. One told me you can’t do it when the cat is tense from being scared. But since I have seen 3 different vets do it to Paizly on the exam table, I know it can be done. Plus there’s plenty of internet videos about other awake/stressed cats having theirs done too.
I just can’t figure out how to do it on her deformed pelvic area. I think I keep squeezing the wrong part, and I’m afraid of rupturing something – another thing the nurses pointed out. “If you don’t do it right, you could rupture the bladder or another organ”. Yup, that’s exactly why I came to be taught by professionals!

Anyhoo. I guess both vets were busy, and I gave up trying to convince the nurses that it can be done on a conscious cat. Instead, I asked about non-absorbent litter. Another thing I’ve done internet research on, but apparently none of the companies that make it will sell to individuals, and always instruct you to get it from your vet. Once again the nurses tried to say “I’m sure you can order it yourself.” Once again, if I could do it myself, I wouldn’t have come to the office! OIY!!!

Both vets are wonderful, and I trust them. The nurses…eh, not so much.

Eventually I got them to give me a small sample (little baggie) of their non-absorbent litter, and asked them to order me a full supply, which should arrive on Friday.

Tomorrow I’m going to isolate Paizly in the bathroom, as much as she’ll hate it, so I can finally get a urine sample to test. I guess I may only test every couple of weeks, rather than once a week, if this is how it’s going to be.


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