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I called around to four different vets today, about getting Max vaccinated and neutered (I hate to do it, because he's an adult, but there's nothing for it -- Mathilde's not spayed and won't be till the house is done, if ever). Glad I did -- what a range of prices! Literally, a $100 spread between most and least expensive. I'm not going with the least expensive place, because they left me on hold for 5 minutes and when I hung up and called back, did not apologize appropriately. Sounds snooty, I know, but if I'm entrusting them with my pet, I want to know that they're mindful of what they're doing, no matter what it is.

Max needs a bunch of stuff before we can introduce him to Mathilde. He needs rabies and distemper shots, tests for FIV and feline leukemia and a vaccination for feline leukemia, and I may have his stools tested for parasites. Then there's the neutering surgery -- I think this will be a two-stage process, office visit first, surgery after, so I don't have to take a hit all at once. He's such a sweetie, and he desn't like bad weather, so I think Wolfie wants to get him in the house before the snow really flies and it gets cold in the basement.

I'm actually looking forward to getting him in there, so I can find out how old he is and ask about how to introduce him to Mathilde and so forth. He's such a love muffin, and pretty mellow; I hope he'll get along with Mathilde. It'd be so cute to see them curled up together.

i feel: tired tired

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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 4th, 2003 05:35 am (UTC) (base camp)

Love your blog!

Hey there,

I'm returning the favor of commenting - I stopped by and love your blog - love the photo! And I LOVE the little emoticons!!

Good luck with Max (my son's name) If he's a mellow cat he'll breeze through it - but it doesn't relieve the angst for you! Good luck with the meeting of the kitties, too!

tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 5th, 2003 03:14 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Love your blog!

Aw!!! Thanks! I really appreciate the visit!
cellio From: cellio Date: November 4th, 2003 09:02 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Would the vet let you set up a payment plan or something, to defer some of the cost? That way you could proceed with everything that's keeping him from coming into the house and get him settled before it gets too cold.

Good luck!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 4th, 2003 09:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, it's not that bad. I'll just do it in two whacks. If we have to keep him in the basement for a bit, it's still better than having him out in the snow. After all, he *is* a white cat. We might never find him again!
4 trips or shoot the rapids