Mia the “Super Fluff” had her annual adventure this past weekend. Long black fur just doesn’t combine well with hot weather, a lack of desire for personal grooming and a hatred of the cat-brush, so she gets a haircut each year. Last year I waited far too long into the summer – mid July where she was already roasting her furry little butt off, so this year I decided to be proactive. Haircut in April!
Mia is quite the character when her fur is all nice and short, as soon as she decides the trip to the vet can be forgiven. Getting her to the vet is an experience. Where Monkey obligingly crated herself while I showered the morning of her vet appointment (and then howled the entire 45 minute drive), Mia saw her crate come out and went scooting down the hall with an “oh hell no” look on her face. Obviously I won the struggle against eight pounds of cat, but she put up a remarkably good fight. Then she got even and messed her crate not even halfway to the vet.
She had her exam, and I gave the groomer directions – lion cut, short mane, with a pouf on the end of her tail – and headed home to do some gardening. Later that afternoon, I got to go pick up an angry, woozy cat with a buzz cut. Of course, the weekend was cooler, which I’m sure didn’t help her outlook on life, but she finally seems to have forgiven me today, and interrupted my typing for some snuggles, happy feet, and purring. She’s been very intent on rubbing her head on lots of stuff, particularly her flower pot of cat grass, which she’s more or less smashed flat. I can’t tell if her head itches, or if she’s trying to rub off the frilly smell from the shampoo at the vet.
Mia looks like a completely different cat with her lion cut. Our best guess is that she’s about nine, and Karen rescued her not too long after she’d had kittens, so poor Mia’s got a saggy tummy. Her butt wrinkles at the base of her tail when she sits, which I also find quite amusing. She also seems to really enjoy flipping her tail around with its little tuft of fur on the end, and looks like she’s wearing boots from her leg fur being left a little longer. You can tell when she’s feeling completely better after her shave by the sass in her walk – she seems to really like having short fur, and not having any mats pull on her skin when she moves!
And yes, I’m aware that one day I’ll be old and wrinkly/saggy too. Hopefully I’ll be able to laugh at me then, too.
I also think it’s hilarious that ten pound Monkey looks enormous next to Mia when she’s shaved, but actually looks smaller when Mia’s fur is all grown in. The first summer we had Mia, Monkey finally stopped being afraid of her post-shave, when she finally realized she was actually bigger than Mia.
There were actually a few factors that led to the decision for a mid-April haircut. I didn’t want to put it off as late in the year as I did last year, especially as winter never really made an appearance, so spring arrived early, and the summer is predicted to be disgustingly hot. Of course, this past weekend was rainy and cool, which a freshly-shaved Mia did not appreciate. The other main factor was that she was showing symptoms of a bladder infection again. The veterinarian is 45 minutes from where we live now, and for drive time and cost, I didn’t really want to take her in for two vet appointments this year. She has to be sedated to get shaved, and that requires a vet appointment, so I figured two birds, one stone.
It sounds terrible, but it was good news that she’s got a bladder infection again as she’s been “opting out” of the litter box occasionally, and I really wasn’t sure what else to try. So now she’s on antibiotics, and the vet gave her a shot for pain that will last a few days while the antibiotics kick in. I’m trying to figure out how to get more water into her on a daily basis to try to prevent this from happening again. She’ll only eat a couple of bites of wet food when it’s offered, and I’ve got a Drinkwell Pet Fountain for moving water that she likes – though she prefers to drink from the bathroom tap more! Does anybody have any tricks for getting more fluids into cats?