Monday, May 13, 2013

My Fun New Chore. (Not For The Sqeamish)

I haven't post lately because there's a lot going on. The worst is that Zelda, the cat I inherited form my mom has developed an ulcers one three legs and under her tail due an allergic reaction to a new food. I thought expensive food was supposed to be good for them.
They're not bad yet but there's a chance it can get worse so I get to deal with it. Did I mention she only recently started letting me pet her with out hitting me? That's a thing of the past now. She sees me and vacates the room fast. It's like when she first moved in.
The process itself sucks for both of us. I have to hold her tightly and wash/abraded the area with an antiseptic solution then smear a cream on it. I'm supposed to bandage the wounds, but she almost broke her own leg trying to remove them so I just have to do it more often.
All this one handed because the other is holding her still/having its own skin removed by her. Not fun at all and I get to do it three times a day. Yay!  I wish I could wear welding gloves, but they make me grip her too tight and I don't want to hurt her. Neoprene gloves aren't much protection. At least it will be over in 6-8 weeks when she's fully healed up. I really hope she heals up!
The worst part though is Princess, my personal cat. She yells and screams at me in concert with Zelda and has even slapped at me to make me stop. She's as traumatized as us and won't let me pet her for a while afterward.
It'll probably be another year and a half before she tolerates me again. She is healing though so that's a good thing. The only other option isn't worth thinking about. She's an old cat, but I can vouch for the fight still in her and I'm collecting the scars to prove it.


  1. Awww...poor kitty (and you, too!). If only they could understand that we're trying to help them and not hurt them.

  2. Ouch. Good luck - been there, done that and it isn't fun. Worth it though.

  3. I just hope she pulls threw. It's a 50/50 chance due to her age. They do seem to be healing though, so it's hopeful.

  4. Aw, you poor guys! Having had cats for several years, I can imagine how difficult this process is. Hope she heals up!

  5. Hm, best for everyone if it is over very soon!

  6. Betty, I hope you and Zelda (Princess, too) make it through this. I have cats and know how hard, not to mention downright dangerous, it can be to help them. I'm sending healing thoughts to both of you...cause I'm sure you've got some pretty deep scratches to deal with!

    Blessings to all of you,


  7. Thanks for all the happy and healing thoughts from you all. I can't wait to get back to my regularly scheduled life. It's been an experience though.