Our little girl has had some volunteer fun with her new Christmas toys and continues to keep a lookout for birds and bugs flying from strings through the Calmar lobby!
But shortly after the holidays, Mimi started to develop upper respiratory symptoms again, the sniffles with nasal discharge, and when the doctor examined her, she saw another bad tooth. So, Mimi was placed on the dental list again, and in the meantime we had to start nebulizing her with saline. She was also put on a double dose of Clavamox to help cut the infection.
When we nebulize a cat, we create a chamber, usually a small crate covered with blankets and/or towels, to trap the mist. Inside, we place a comfy bed for her to sit in, during what we euphemistically call their "spa treatment." Some cats accept the nebulizing without much fuss, while others like it not so much. Mimi falls in the middle. She will tolerate it for a while, but when the time is up for her to be released, she will remind us with a plaintive but assertive stream of meows.
She continued to eat, which helped us not to worry too much before her surgery.
We did not have to wait long before Mimi's name came up for surgery two weeks ago. Again, she was anesthetized, then had all of her remaining teeth extracted. So now little Mimi is toothless, though cute as ever. She did lose some weight afterwards, probably due to a combination of her sore mouth and how much pain medicine she was on. The Buprenex will make a cat kind of loopy. She was even more playful than usual and would stroll around the lobby, ready at a moment's notice to stop, drop and roll over to show us her belly.Mimi is still being nebulized and is on a different antibiotic post-op, which she takes well in her morning food dish. Her appetite has improved again; she continues to beat the odds. She is such a sweet, happy-spirited girl; we think of her as our superstar!