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MonaSahlin, in an anesthesia daze

Poor MonaSahlin went to the vet today to get some vaccinations and to get her ear marked. In Sweden they have this system of marking and registering dogs and cats so if they get lost they can be more easily identified. I guess it’s a tattoo, but as you can see she’s still got the bandage on her ear so I don’t really know what it looks like yet.

A woman from the animal rescue organization took her to the vet. When you adopt a cat they take care of the first vet visit, which is convenient. I was going to tag along, but it turned out the woman had to take a smaller car than she was planning to so there wasn’t room for me. When the woman brought Mona back, she was just waking up from the anesthesia. It was one of the saddest, most pathetic things I’ve ever seen, this sweet little cat wobbling around the apartment, falling over now and then, falling into her water bowl, falling asleep and being totally unresponsive, throwing up bile. She’s so heroic though: she still made it to her litter box when necessary. She’s such a good cat.

Now she seems to be more or less her normal self, albeit a bit orange from iodine and still a bit sleepier than usual. She’s purring again. Of course, she doesn’t like having the bandage on her ear. The cat rescue woman said eventually she’d work it off herself. She has already shredded the gauze a little so she looks a bit dissheveled. I feel so sorry for her, poor little thing!

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At the risk of becoming one of those people who blog about their pet all the time, I just have to say that MonaSahlin is just the sweetest, nicest cat ever. She learned where her litter box was immediately, doesn’t shed too much and likes to be brushed, doesn’t do annoying cat things like knock stuff over or wake you up at 5am for food, is learning to warm our feet at night instead of trying to warm our faces, and only nibbles the plants and scratches the sofa a *little* bit. We got one of those catnip-scented cardboard scratching boxes for her – hopefully we can teach her to use that instead of the sofa. She likes dry cat food and seems to like gelatin – I gave her some wet food yesterday to see if she liked it, and she licked out all the gross goo and left most of the meat. Maybe I should make some Jell-O for her.

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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