Alright - we made the annual appointment for 3 of our 4 cats (Claudia isn't due till June). We are taking Bailey, Leila & Leo and getting it all over with in one day, and saving $20 on the visit fee in the process. I'm posting this so you all can send good thoughts our way...check out what we're having to get done for each one of them:
When we adopted Leo & Claudia, they were microchipped, so we didn't have to do that for them. We decided that Bailey & Leila need microchipping too, just in case, heaven forbid, they get out at some point...doubtful, but since we're moving, we want to be extra careful.
So, for Bailey & Leila, we're getting them their annual vaccinations, as well as the microchipping. However, since both of them were holy terrors last year at the vet, there is probably no way that they can get their microchips implanted without being temperarily put under anesthesia (sp?). Bailey was due Jan 31, and Leila is due May 12, so we're finding this happy medium date for the two of them to get this done at the same time. Has anyone any experience with the short-term anesthesia? They told us that these two will be done in an hour and wake up really quickly. I hope it all goes well. I will of course be worried until they wake up and act normal.
For Leo, who is an angel at the vet, we still have to get him put under - he needs his vaccinations, and those and the exam would be no problem b/c he's so good at the vet, but he is the one kitty of ours that needs a serious dental cleaning. He is only 2 years old (will be 3 in July), but since he is due this month for the annual vaccinations and since every vet who has seen him has said his teeth are really bad (from the time that he was on his own, eating whatever he could get to survive, in the process of also getting the horrible respiratory infection and ear mites that deformed his ears) and need to be cleaned thoroughly, we're taking him in also on Monday to get all of that done. He will be out longer than the other 2, and we'll be able to pick him up in the afternoon. Of course, I'll be very worried about him, since it's a longer-term anesthesia that he'll be under during that time. I hope it all goes ok.
Any experiences with these things and good thoughts would be appreciated! I'll be the worried meowmy until all 3 of these cats are back in my house and going about their regular business. Of course Claudia will not know what the deal is until they're all back - she'll be by herself for a while in the morning, but she'll be so glad to get her food and water back when we leave! It'll be rough depriving them from 12 a.m. Monday on until 10 a.m.!