Cat teeth scaling

Captain – my second cat – has been having awfully smelly breath for a while now. When I first adopted him from the shelter, he was already full-grown, had lived in several places, and already had a teeth plaque problem. The vet said a scaling wasn’t necessary just yet. Anyway, this week I decided that alright, let’s get this stinky breath FIXED. A different vet at the same clinic agreed that yes, it was time for a scaling, and also some periodontal disease meds.

I showed up at my reservation time of 11:30 am, and Captain went off for his blood draw. I stayed at the clinic for about 15 minutes, waiting for the bloodwork to be done. Everything was a go, except for the creatinine levels, which was at 1.9, when the recommended range was 0.8-1.8. Not too high, so it’s fine. But I’m going to have to figure out how to get him to drink more water. I’ve already been mixing in lots of water in his wet food? Ugh, I don’t know. So I signed the authorization papers for anesthesia and scaling (this was surprisingly in English, perfect English!), and was told to come pick him up anytime after 5 pm.

The process is much cheaper than in the US. It cost me 77,000 won for the actual scaling. And 55,000 won for the bloodwork.

Earlier that day, I had just gotten a vaccination for myself. 170,000 won! A bit of a pricey day for both the human and one of her animals.

Window mesh replacement

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Thanks for nothing, Whiskey. Whiskey has a habit of scratching at the window screen, and I had patched those up with 500 won premade patches, but this was going beyond the beyonds. Off I went to Gmarket to buy replacement parts. Not bad, it only cost me around 15,000 won for the screen and various other tools for the job.

I ordered on Friday morning, and a long thin box, similar to a poster box, arrived on Saturday morning. I love Korea’s delivery speed.

To prepare, I skimmed through an instructional YouTube video.

 

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Pushing the new gasket in, with the special tool. I had waffled about buying a special tool just for this, but I’m glad I did. It was only 1,400 won, anyway. I swear, sometimes I’m stingy about the silliest things.

 

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All done, kind of. It took me another hour or so to cut off the extra screen with a stationery knife.

My weekend from hell

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In addition to nursing a cold and sore throat this weekend:

On Friday, I flushed the toilet, stood up, washed my hands, and Whiskey jumped right into the toilet bowl. He freaked out, I couldn’t catch him, and of course he and his toilet water paws ran all over the apartment before I could get hold of him. Out came the kitten shampoo!! The next morning, I found a hairball on the floor. Ugh.

Today, AGAIN!! As soon as I stood up from peeing, he jumped on the toilet and slipped in. This time, I was fast enough, and grabbed him immediately. Back into the shower.

And it wasn’t over… just a couple hours earlier, I guess he was sitting to pee, and it turned out that he also took a dump. Without changing his seating position. And OF COURSE with ultra soft poo. (SERIOUSLY what did I do? IS KARMA REAL!?) So his butt was fully smudged with poo. Back into the shower. And of course, I found traces of poo on a blanket … luckily, it was a shitty blanket that I use to keep dust off my suitcases. (Now literally shitty!)

Hopefully that’s the end of all the kitty trauma.

Vaccinations, Round 2

I brought Whiskey in for his second round of vaccinations. 24,000 원, just like the previous visit. I still have the 20% mystery discount, yay!

It is either:

a) Foreigner discount?

b) Because I picked up a street cat?

c) Decoy discount that everyone gets, so they feel like they’re getting a good deal.

Also, he’s 위스키 on the vet paperwork! Written the same way as the standard Korean spelling for the alcohol! I thought it was cool. (Lets be real, the vet staff probably thinks I’m a crazy foreigner who named her cat after a bottle of booze.)

I got a different vet this time. He checked Whiskey, balls and all, and changed his status from “Unknown” to “Neutered Male”. Success! My customer disloyalty goes unnoticed!! Woo!

Stinky cat food

I am attempting various types of cat food with Whiskey. Some have been successes, some haven’t. This is the Chicken & Brown Rice Formula by California Natural.

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My cat likes it and eats everything, but PHEW does it  stink up the place. The texture is also quite fluffy, not as dense as other pate-style cat foods. It’s almost as if it has air whipped into it. Fortunately, it’s sold by weight.

Autumn is here

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He’s very quiet and well-behaved. And he keeps snuggling like this, between my legs.

I want to think it’s because he’s a better cat. But, it’s probably because he’s in pain from the neutering.

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Neutering cost was 180,000 원. I also had him dewormed, and my grand total was 193,000원.

The price at my usual vet is 110,000원, but they said Whiskey was only 4 months old. So I went to another vet, who said he was 5 months, felt him up, and declared him ready for surgery. Whiskey stayed overnight at that vet, and I picked him up the next day (today!).

Got this message from the vet this morning:

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He looks stunned in the picture. (“What … what happened?”)

He’s been pretty quiet, and really mellow. Probably because he’s groggy or in pain or both. He keeps asking to be scratched and petted, and stays snuggled between my legs when I’m sitting down.

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Horrible blanket placement, I know. It looks like I’ve got some kind of weird camel toe. I haven’t gained that much weight, I promise.