Well, the Buttski
has put it in a whole new place.
She had seemed lethargic of recent days, not eating that we could tell, with some drainage from her nose and mouth. Mary gave her some soft food, which she gobbled. Hmmm.
We took this kitty to the vet Thursday afternoon. She weighed in at 7.3 pounds; she is "petite," as they say. She is also a little wonkers, and moreso than we thought.
The vet has her on the examination table. Mary explains what has been going on. The vet asks some questions.
"Not that we've seen."
"We've been seeing a lot of cats with colds this year," the vet says.
"Let's take a look," she says, and she opens Buttski's lips. There is a rawness on the left side of the mouth. "There's a virus in cats that causes that," she says. "An antibiotic will help protect her."
Now the vet opens Buttski's mouth entirely. "Oh!" The top surface of the cat's tongue has been denuded; it shows a shiny slickness where it shouldn't be shiny and it shouldn't be slick. "I have never seen the virus make straight lines like that. Does this cat chew electrical cords?"
We think Buttski took a full jolt right in the mouth. No wonder her tail is always curled.
"An antibiotic will help protect her until this heals," the vet says.
And how should we protect Buttski from electrical cords?
"Looks like you'll have to run them through PVC pipe...."