Hellacious Halloween

Posted on Tuesday, November 03, 2009 | 0 comments

   I have to say that this Halloween was probably both the most hellacious and the most fun Halloween that I've had in a long time. Hellacious due to poor Wasabi's spay and declaw trauma, and fun thanks to #2's great Halloweener bonanza.
   So, perhaps the bad experience first. We drove Wasa all the way to Tokyo to get her spayed and declawed, since there really aren't many vets here who do declawing. None of my other cats have ever had problems from being declawed, so I figured that this time wouldn't be such a big deal, either. Stupid logic, apparently. (And if you're thinking how awful I am to have had her declawed, well, all I can say is, after this experience, I am seriously debating ever getting any future cats of mine declawed. I was starting to have doubts before I even took Wasa in, and everything that happened really didn't serve to assuage my fears. And yes, I feel like an awful, horrible person and a crappy 'mommy' to boot for putting Wasa through this).
...Well, I'm not much of one to put stock in dreams, but maybe I'll change my mind after this incident...both Yuki and I had bad dreams about the vet before taking her in. I dreamt that when we took her to the vet, he came out with an IV in his arm, toting a liter of blood around as he gave himself a transfusion. Wasabi somehow got loose and ran into the back room, where the vet had a bunch of human clones in cages. He was breeding them as a side job or something. And I sort of remember that the vet was a vampire, hence the blood bag. The alarm woke me up before much else went on, luckily, but it didn't leave me with a good feeling about the upcoming trip to the vet!
  Then, Yuki dreamt that the vet's office was something like that out of Minority Report, when Tom Cruise goes in to get his eyeballs replaced. If you've seen this movie, then I'm sure that you instantly know what I mean. If you haven't...just think dirty, unsanitary, and scary. Not exactly good premonitions going on here!
  So, what did the vet's actually look like? It was a one-room affair, reception/waiting area separated from the surgery by a see-through glass partition. Older equipment, and it was just the older vet with his wife as an assistant. He was quite pushy and insisted that we stay and could watch the whole procedure if we wanted to. I'm not going to go into details, but suffice it to say that I watched, Yuki didn't, and I really wish that I hadn't, but I wanted to make sure that Wasabi was still breathing. There's something entirely different about watching surgery on someone or a pet that you love as compared to one you're not emotionally attached to!! I've had quite a few experiences with gore/blood/guts, and that's not what shook me up so much....I think it was more realizing just how fragile Wasabi really is, seeing her spread out defenseless and sedated on that table instead of being the little nipping firecracker that she usually is. Needless to say, I was crying and pretty shaken up by the time the whole thing was done. There were some other events that made me seriously question this vet's integrity, but unless you're considering having your cat declawed in Tokyo and need a name to avoid, I'll leave out those details, too.
On a somewhat brighter note, Wasa is starting to recover and has even been biting again, a sure sign that things are slowly on the mend! I'm worried about the fact that she's having shivers off and on, though, so we're going to the vet's here in the morning to get her checked again. Everything online concerning shivering points to either: trauma, a fever, or pain. So it could be any one of the 3; I'm really hoping for no fever, which would mean an infection. Please, please pray that she gets better soon!

...We also discovered that she refuses to use paper-type kitty litter and instead prefers the garden-variety (no pun intended) pebble-like version....something we only figured out AFTER she pooped next to the little box instead of IN it! Oops. Since I switched back to regular litter (we were trying to use the paper stuff to keep her paws clean), she hasn't had an issue. Too bad we can't somehow get a product endorsement out of this little trick!!

Moving on from Wasabi news (but don't forget to vote if you haven't yet already, please! http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/912787

That night, we went to #2's (his name is Yuki, too, hence the #2) costume party. I had searched pretty much all over town for rubber snakes and could only come up with wooden ones for my Medusa costume. Those actually worked out really well though, thanks to a lot of bobby pins and (my) Yuki's ingenious styling skills! He had decided on a dinosaur costume that he'd worn a few years back, which ended up going really well with the Rilakkuma costumes at the party. Still, I have to say that the best costume of the night was #2's Joker outfit. He was seriously creepy! His wife could easily change careers and become a makeup artist! Enough of my yapping, though--see for yourself.

                                                     Medusa vs. the Joker

Molesting the Hula Girl

                                                             Bustin' a move to Thriller

Witches and a pile of stuffed animals

                                                    Congrats to the Newlyweds!

The party wouldn't be complete without a flying baby strawberry