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I kept being busy or tired or busy-and-tired, and didn't write this up last Wednesday, like I should have.

So, two Thursdays ago I got home and saw something in the dimness on the floor in a curl of cat hair. Oh, wonderful, I thought, a hairball. I grabbed a paper towel and immediately changed my mind. Seen closer, the shape was clearly mouse. Take a step toward the light and I changed my mind again. It was a bat.

Now, I live in the land of the Milwaukee Protocol, which means I'm all too aware that bats can carry Rabies, and the only success so far was a very young girl.  I'm not a very young girl any more, nor is Mystique_Muse. The bat was dead and on the floor. Somebody killed it, and Somebodies (probably all of them) played with it. Oh, this was not the adventure I'd planned for the evening.

So I called the Vet's office, who said to call the Humane Society, who said if I could get it to them fast enough, they'd keep it on ice overnight (in their refrigerator, rather than mine with my food--win~!) and turn it over to the health department. So, off I went to the Humane Society, with a cute little dead critter in one of mystique_muse/ My Angel's oversized pill bottles. They whisked the thing away before I even started filling out the paperwork--bats have tiny brains, and decayed brains don't yield reliable results for the rabies test.

No call from the Health Department the next day, and the call to the old vet's office confirmed that the rabies shots were long overdue in any case. I wasn't going to wait until after the long weekend to see if rabies shots (which were not in this month's budget) were urgent right now or not. So my long weekend started with taking all four cats to the vet, in all three of our cat carriers. (Thanks to filkart and ithiriel for the hand-me-down bulky heavy-as-H-E-double-toothpics carrier. We needed it.)

The luck of the draw put the biggest cat in the smallest carrier--the look on the vet's assistant's face as we pulled the very reluctant Fayah out of the carrier was priceless.  He hates carriers, but would rather hide in there than play with the vet!

So, they all got rabies shots and flea treatments, and we had our weekend.  Tuesday, the health department called, and said they hoped to get an answer from the lab that afternoon.  But the lab was too busy.  I didn't get the answer until Wednesday, which happily was negative.  Thank goodness!  Rabies shots for humans wasn't in the budget either.

Besides, we love our kitties!  We're so glad they're all safe.

Finally, check out my new icon from djinni!  Tod is doing another icon day right now, so if you want one, go to http://djinni.livejournal.com/334164.html  This is my Magical Lunar Moth Artist icon. 



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 12th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, we had a similar situation. Thankfully all the cats were vaccinated.

Oh, cats. Silly cats. Now you just have to wait a while to see if they become vampire kitties. :-P
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
No self-respecting vampire would masquerade in that not-grey and not-beige shade, especially since we do have black bats in the area.
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Whew! What a relief to hear the test came back negative. Great idea to get the little corpse to the Humane Society.

Can't blame a cat for taking exercise and play where and when he/she finds it. I have no doubt the bat was taunting them and got what it deserved. That's what my cat always told me about the mice she used to leave here and there.
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
I just got the official word in the mail that the bat tested clean for rabies. Now they say I should be sure whoever was bitten is protected against tetanus.

Happily, no one was bitten.
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
I am glad it was negative for rabies, yay for kitties and yay for humans!!! Bummer about emergency rabies shots for 4 kitties into the budget though.

We're going to have to look at emergency vaccinations for 3 of our 4. If the landlords decide to do the carpet and linoleum we'll need to put the cats into the cattery at the vet. Because they are all indoor cats, we haven't kept the 3 oldest up to date on their vaccinations. The youngest still goes to the vet and the cattery from time to time so she's up to date with her shots.
Sep. 14th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Oh, too bad about the additional drain to your finances and time!

Cattery, huh? Boarding house for cats?
Sep. 14th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Yep, the house could use a deep clean but the time, and more importantly, cost just before our trip isn't appreciated. :S OH well, fingers crossed they only decide to do the linoleum and leave the carpet (and let us stay).

And yep, a cattery is a boarding house for cats. :) Some are better than others, more fancy. We use our vet, who has a little hallway-type common area and some cages. The cats can run around in the small common area if they want or if they are nervous they can sit and chill in the cages. When I brought my cat, Freeway, he went into a cattery about the size of a tiny room. It even had a small window. He had to be in there for a month for quarantine, but I got to visit him.
Doris Hernandez
Sep. 14th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
I'm so glad the kitties are Ok, and no Rabies shots were needed for the humans. :)
Sep. 14th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
Me too!
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