11-19-19 Tuesday

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Edited to add (9 am) – Fleur sounds MUCH better this morning and is having a blast running around the house playing.

Just a very short and very quick post for today because yesterday was a long (but productive!) day of packing auction items to ship, and in the afternoon I got a call letting me know that Fleur (who was still at Petsmart) was acting like she was trying to cough up a hairball, and then sounded a bit better but was wheezy.

So I sent Fred over to pick up Fleur and Gabrielle (who was in the same cage with Fleur; I didn’t want to leave Gabrielle alone), and then he called while he was on the way home and said that he thought maybe she’d swallowed something and it was possibly stuck in her throat. I told him to take her to the vet (we have a walk-in clinic about 10 minutes from here) and waited to hear what was going on.

He showed up at home with Gabrielle in tow about an hour later. The vet could feel something in Fleur’s throat from the outside, but they’d have to knock her out and scope her, so Fred left her there. Gabrielle hung out in the room with us while we were packing auction items, and good LORD what a lovebug. I don’t think she stopped marching for one minute, rubbed and purred and marched and purred some more.

Another hour or so later, the vet called and said that Fleur had an enlarged salivary gland (“massive,” the vet said) and she’d taken a biopsy from it. Fred went to pick her up and brought her back here along with a couple of prescriptions.

Yep, she’s gotta have the cone while her incision heals. We’re all thrilled, as you can imagine.

Gabrielle is 6 kinds of ticked off because (1) Fleur is wearing a blue cone and that’s not very fashion-forward and (2) she smells like the vet and that perfume is SO last year.

Luc was interested in Gabrielle, a bit freaked out by Fleur (who was high on pain medications, and perhaps I mentioned the not-very-fashionable blue cone?), and so everyone kind of retreated to their own corner for the night.

So I’d say Fleur will be here for a bit longer, and unless Gabrielle gets adopted from here in the meantime, she’ll be with us for a while too.

(And if you won something in the auction and have already paid, your stuff is on the way.)


2018: The online auction ended on Saturday, and yesterday afternoon Teresa and Leslie came over, and we had ourselves an organizin’ and packin’ party.
2017: No entry.
2016: No entry.
2015: Squirrels must have the most awesome abs in all the animal kingdom.
2014: The Grocers.
2013: Mama love.
2012: The first time I opened the door after I put the boys in there, Purslane went stomping into the room, all “WHAT IN TARNATION IS GOING ON IN HERE?!”
2011: No entry.
2010: And now someone’s saying “Why’s she talking about FARMING? We’re here to see the kitties!”
2009: Sneaky little brat.
2008: No entry.
2007: She walked partway out the door, and then paused there LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



11-19-19 Tuesday — 14 Comments

  1. Here’s hoping it’s nothing serious for Fleur. The girls look precious, as usual. No pic of a permie? The day is not the same without it. You must have a zillion to choose from…

  2. I thought something was up when a photo of Gabrielle helping at the auction packing was on the L&H Facebook feed yesterday. I hope this is just a hiccup on the road to Fleur’s forever home, and all three sweeties – and the two still at Petsmart – will be adopted soon.

  3. I’m praying all goes well for Fleur. It’s always scary when fur babies get sick. At least the girls are in a familiar environment with you and their brother for now…that has to be a great comfort for them.

  4. Oh floofy Fleur! We love to see you, but you don’t need to decorate with a pretty blue petals!

    (when our Maggie cat had to wear a cone, we always called her Petal face because she looked like a flower… yeah, weird, I know)

    Feel better Fleur!

  5. Oh,keep floofy Fleur! I wish I could….can she/ they come to Texas? Love them both…

  6. I’m so sorry to hear Fleur’s not well, but it makes me wonder: How many other foster parents have their foster kitties get sick so they can come “home?” You seem to have had quite a few who have figured out that if they limp, start vomiting or get the runs they get to go back to you. Although Fleur has taken this to a completely unnecessary extreme. That little muffin head better get well fast. And how lucky is Gabrielle to get included in the homecoming!

  7. I also wondered what was wrong when I saw the cone kitten on Flickr just now, so came right here to read about it. How scary! I’ve had to have enlarged salivary glands removed myself–twice–so I definitely empathize with poor little Fleur, and then the other two kittens being so confused. Hope they’ll settle down and enjoy some fun play times together very soon. Thanks for packing up the auction items so promptly–that’s impressive. Can’t wait for my purchase to arrive!

  8. As if Fleur could be so gauche. A blue cone AND last year’s perfume?! Gurl…

    (But big hugs and kisses to Baby Fleur!)