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Not a happy vet visit. [Apr. 11th, 2006|10:44 pm]
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So Monster went to the vet today to get some dental work done. Mostly just a cleaning, we thought, but it turned out the roots of two of his teeth were disinergrating so the teeth needed to be removed. Poor kitty. :( He's a little moody with me (and therefore there is liquid amoxocillan all over my bed) but will be fine. Can't have dry food for nearly a week.

However, I was getting him to play with me, and he moved such as if he were going to playfully claw at my hand (while he was on his back) and I moved my hand away instinctually and then realized I hadn't been scratched with a claw. Then I realized I couldn't see his claws. I almost started freaking out that they had accidentially de-clawed my kitty! It looks like they just trimmed the claws, however they trimmed them way farther back than I am comforatable with. I am use to this cat having full-on claws. He's use to having full-on claws, and he doesn't scratch up my stuff, so I'm totally fine with his claws not being trimmed (and I am against de-clawing) So I am going to call the vet tomorrow and ask them why they trimmed his claws THAT far back (and confirm that is all they did) and tell them I'd really like to be ASKED before they ever do it again. If it was 'cause he was scratching at the catheter bandaid too much, ok, fine, but fucking tell me first! Gah!


[User Picture]From: laserhen
2006-04-12 02:57 am (UTC)
The same thing happened to Thanatos when we took him in to be neutered. They trimmed his claws back way too far. If I'd known they needed the claws trimmed I'd have done it myself. I was really upset about it at the time. The rationale they gave me is that it is standard procedure and they do it to protect the staff from getting all scratched up. I don't have my cats see that particular vet (there were other problems with her) but I do have them see another vet in the same office, and I plan to trim the claws myself in the future if it looks like they will need anything major done (where teeth cleaning would be considered the lower end of major, since it includes sedation and what-not).

So yes, what happened to Monster seems to be common and normal, and I highly agree that it's distasteful, surprising, and should warrant some sort of warning or opportunity for the owner to trim the cat's claws herself.

I hope he feels better soon! I like Monster.
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