Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ramona Goes to the Vet....

and is grateful afterwards. I didn''t know that she had fallen (probably from one of her leaps off the second tier of the cat tree), and had hurt her back. Ramona flies down the stairs here like a bird every morning and dashes up and down the cat trees. I think she enjoys doing things her heavier brother can't.

Our vet is also a chiropracter and acupuncturist and the reason we had come in was to attempt to heal Ramona's gums. They are still red from her kittenhood illness. When Dr. Kramer ran her hands along Miss R's back our girl hissed with pain. Acupuncture hurt her too, and then she relaxed.

I don't know how we had missed the signs of trouble. Cats hide pain very well, their instincts tell them they have to be strong and appear strong. But we're always petting Ramona and when she sits on my lap I run my hands along her back. But I guess it is a good idea to check out your cat's back with a harder massage.

Once we got home (I brought both cats after last time's excitement), Ramona walked around happy just to be back and then told me she was hungry. And then she stretched out her left leg in that beautiful ballet stretch. And then the other leg. I suddenly realized that for quite a while I had only seen her stretch out one side. Duh. Then she started kissing my legs and purring and purring.

I really think she understood what had happened. We went to vet, got needles stuck in, bones moved around and the pain was gone.

Ramona is a very smart little girl.

I had taken Harper too and he got a big hug from the vet and a check up (his gums are slightly red too). It was mostly so we could avoid having Ramona come home and smell different. Harper needs to smell her to know she''s his sister. Last time he thought we had brought a strange kitty girl home and lost his sister.

Then there was some serious washing up to do.

In time for their favorite show..

Turkey World.

as we all wait for three feet of ice to melt. Hey, the tomatoes are up in their flats, spring must be coming someday.


Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am glad that Ramona is feeling better. I think it is wonderful that your vet does acupuncture right there!

Riley & Tiki said...

We are glad Ramona is feeling better. We go to the vet together too. Not because of the smell thing (When our woofie goes to the vet, we shove our noses into his fur to get all of the new smells). We go together because Tiki does not like to ride in the car. I have to go along to comfort her, but that's okay because I like the vet! -Riley

Riley is weird! -Tiki

Poppy Q said...

Sounds like you have an awesome vet. I is very glad to hear that lovely Miss Ramona is feeling better and not too brassed off with you.

My mum says she had acupuncture once and it worked wonders for her vet too.

jenianddean said...

You always get the best pictures! And that turkey ... we had a little bird on our deck and went nuts, I can't imagine if we had a turkey!?!

jenianddean said...

I got so sidetracked by the photos that I forgot to comment more ...

My Mom and Dad are chiropractors and were very excited to hear that you guys get adjusted. They adjust me, usually when I'm snoring real bad, because it helps, and when they were in Iowa going to chiropractic school there was a vet there who did animal adjusting. It really helps (we cats have spines too) and it's great that you have had such great success with it. Hopefully people will see this and consider it for their cats too!

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Hope Ramona will feel better really soon! She & her brother are so darling together!!
We think that turkey is pretty big and might even dwarf Little Pork Chop if he could get close enough!