Normally Sunny is the best-behaved boy at the vet’s.

But not today. Some of you may recall when Sunny had his annual checkup last year and I was told that he had to start taking new meds for his kidneys. I was also told that he should have another blood test in six month’s time to check that his kidneys were still functioning well, but of course stuff like my emergency op and then starting chemo got in the way. And so I decided to make sure he got in for a checkup before I went in for the liver op. . .

Went through the usual trauma getting him there (what? no brekky? nooooo … not the cage!!! ) and he squawked all the way during the walk through the barrio and the taxi ride. Then once we got to the vet’s I reminded Begonia to listen to Sunny’s heart first thing before he started purring, and everything was going well until the blood test. I remember last time it was a bit touch and go, too. It seems Sunny also has ‘difficult veins’ (like me) and so after getting an insufficient amount of blood from the right front leg, Begonia tried the left one. Nuthin. Couldn’t find a vein. So she tried the right one again.

I should point out that Begonia’s assistant was still away on holidays, but as Sunny is such a “well-behaved boy” he is usually fine with just me holding on to him while the vet does her stuff. But by the time she went back to the right front leg (after poking the other one with the needle about five times) Sunny had had enough.  In one lightning move he kicked the vial out of Begonia’s hand and also sunk his teeth into my wrist (ouch!!!). So most of the blood already taken was lost and I ended up with two teeth holes right next to my wrist veins – he just missed them by a hair!

What a disaster! At that point we decided to call the whole thing off and Begonia told me that I should see my GP today to ask about getting antibiotics and possibly a tetanus shot. Fuck. I think I might leave it till tomorrow – I’ve had cat bites before that never amounted to anything serious.  You know, I think I hate going to the vet’s almost as much as Sunny does . . .

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