This post is about Thunder the Wunder [sic] Cat:
Anyway, Thunder has all his claws, is fixed, LIKES being outside, and is fed twice daily. He also likes to annoy the other cats. He’s a tease and can often be found initiating a game of chase wherein he chases our other 2 indoor/outdoor cats and they run in terror and the rest of us just laugh and laugh and then feed him a treat because we like him way better than the two whiny kittens who are no longer kittens. And by we I mean I. I like him way better than those other two who whine and shed their long fur and make me think dark thoughts.
So a few days back Thunder presented with a HUGE swollen elbow. Further investigation by the girls revealed that he’d been bitten on his side. I was faced with a moral dilemma. I can’t in good conscience let an animal suffer, BUT the bank account, she is running on empty. I figured since he was still able to bear weight on it that it was probably an abscess, but there was still that niggling thought of what if. What if it was dislocated? What if it was infected and he got rabies or whatever and I couldn’t catch him to put him down and he scratched one of the girls and they got rabies and turned into rabid zombies? What if my vet sister-in-law who lives 45 minutes away and as far as I am aware can’t give a family discount at her practice showed up and saw it and tsked at what a horrible pet owner I am? Our relationship would be ruined 4-eva. So I grabbed my credit card, sucked it up, and took Thunder in.