June 20, 2007
buggles magee
I sometimes blow things out of proportion. But when last night I saw a thing - a bulge, the kind you'd see even if you weren't looking directly at it - poking out of Bug's side, I thought I might stop breathing.

His hair must just be sticking up.

It wasn't. The bump was round and hard. And the size of a golf ball. A golf ball.

Maybe he swallowed Cricket.

But she was safe, exactly where she should not have been, eating Bug's food.

The mass wasn't there the night before, I repeated to at least three people at the emergency vet, after an I'll-get-you-in-your-carrier-g-dammit wrestling match with Bug which left me covered in silver hairs. I am a good mom. I am a good mom. I rub and hug and love those cats against their every free will. I would have noticed it had it been there this morning.


Vet people poked and prodded and during a blood draw made my oldest kid howl a cry I had never heard. At one point, the word "amputate" was used in conversation. I cried. Not once, but twice. Just so the office staff could also be privy to my breakdown.

He goes in for emergency surgery tomorrow at 7:30 am. He'll come home with a plastic cone for his head which his mom will mock on the Internets while both he and she take loads of heavy medication.

But for tonight, she will force him to lie on her chest so she can study his sweet markings and hear his loud purr. And she will reluctantly drop him off at the vet first thing in the morning.


Blogger Mel said...

Poor Bug! Poor Kris!! :(

Bear and Val send their best "good luck" and "get well" meows over to you and Bug.

Hang in there, sweets. We love you.

Blogger Jürgen Nation said...

If it were there, you would have noticed. I felt the same way when Jurgen had a huge aural hematoma. You are a GREAT mom and don't ever think otherwise. You caught it as soon as you possibly could have. Bug is lucky to have you. I know that doesn't help your frustration and sadness, but try to tell yourself that the earlier they find something the better the situation, and there is no way you could have found this any sooner. Hang in there, kiddo, and enjoy some sweet Bug-Lovin' tonight. :(

My heart is breaking for you.

Blogger I-66 said...

Get well, kitty.


Blogger sween said...

My thoughts, they are with you.

Blogger abbersnail said...

Hugs for you and the Bug! My boys and I are thinking of you!

Blogger PinkPiddyPaws said...

Hang in there Kris. You ARE a good mom, you noticed the problem and you immediately took action.

Our kitties are our family and screw anyone who says otherwise.

I had a similar panic with my Squeaker: http://pinkpiddypaws.com/2007/04/17/will-the-guilt-ever-fade/

Bless her little pink piddy paw heart, that big purple cast about broke mine!

Blogger kitkat said...

Poor little kitty. Did they say what the lump was?

I cried the last time I took the kids in. My normally well-behaved one screamed his little head off, and eventually, someone wearing protective oven-mit-looking things came in to take him away so they could give him his basic shots. I can't imagine what having human children is like.

Blogger Heather B. said...

Oh dear. Now I'm sad too. And you are an excellent mommy.

Lot's of hugs, my dear.

Blogger Kelly said...

All you need is love, and some Hugh Grant movie-action.

Bug - you pull through, now, y'hear?

Blogger Kim said...

Aw, Buggles is going to be fine! He's a trooper, mom.

I think tomorrow night I come over with a bottle of vino and my camera to document the coneheaded cat.

Blogger bandick said...

I'm not sad. I know the Bugger will get through with nothing more than the trauma of being mocked on those internets.

I can't wait. I'll give my cats the web address so they can monitor updates while I'm at work.

Blogger Maya said...

Ahhh! Poor Bug! Poor you (and your wallet, I'm sure)! Fynn (nickname: Bug-Bug or Bug-Bart) and Edie (nickname: Bug-Girl) send their furry hopes for a speedy recovery.

Also note that Edie had one of those injection-site bumps pop up about three months after going to the vet. I freaked out but the vet said it was ok, and it went away. These things can literally come up overnight.

Blogger WanderingGirl said...

Ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhh, good luck!

Blogger Gwen said...

Oh! Sorry Kris! Sorry Bug! I hope it all works out okay.

Blogger snoopy said...

Poor kitten. Get well soon Bug!!!

Blogger playfulinnc said...

im readin ur blog
tinkin baut ur kiti

get betr bug!

Blogger mrs. j said...

Oh, Mama! I cried just thinking about how you felt in the vets office yesterday. You are an awesome mom. I know it and I've seen it! Let us all know how things go.

Big hugs from me, the wee one and the furry ones.

You are too a good kittie mama. You immediately took care of it as soon as you found it.

Sending lots of good furry vibes.

Blogger Jorge said...

Everything will be okay, Kris.

Laila and Luther send their meows to Buggles McGee.


I hope he's okay! I'd die if something like that happened to my baby. :(

Blogger kris said...

Thanks to all of you guys. I took him in this morning - will keep you posted! xoxo, k.

Best of luck to Bug. Taking a pet in for surgery is the worst -- you can't prepare them -- they just give you that look like, "Why are you abandoning me to be tortured?"

But, maybe there's good news. Maybe the bump is a twin Bug -- kind of like that crazy aunt in Big Fat Greek Wedding. And you'll go home with a new kitten. Because being over 30 and having three cats is TOTALLY fine. :)

Blogger themikestand said...

I hope you both recover speedily.


Blogger Lee said...

I hope your cat is okay!

Blogger Matt said...

Sounds like a plan!

Blogger Nabbalicious said...

Get well soon, Bug! And hang in there, Kris!

Blogger Kelly said...

Madame, it's been a whole day. How is Bug!?

How is you?!

Blogger Natty said...

Poor guy, I hope everything is okay. And I hope you're hanging in there, too!

Blogger Jocelyn said...

Poor Bug!

Sending good thoughts your way.

Blogger Itinerant Agonist said...

My best thought and hopes are with you during this difficult time.

Blogger EJay said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the news. :(

Blogger Amber said...

As a fellow overprotective cat mom, I feel your pain. And good for you for loving on your boy so much that you immediately noticed something irregular.

Be strong sweetie pie!!

Blogger Paige Jennifer said...

So am I mildly retarded for reading bugle and thinking an actual instrument was popping out of your cat? For the record, I'm totally not a cat person. But because you are and I have a blogirl crush on you, I hope that cat of yours gets better. Just don't tell anyone I ever said such a thing.

Blogger Beth said...

I am so sorry! I understand- our cats are our babies. I cried at the vet last month, too. The vet felt so bad for me that he knocked some money off my bill. It didn't help my situation, but it was a nice thought. I hope everything turns out OK.

Blogger Marymurtz said...

OK so it helps to read this entry before the one where you show Bug home from the vet with a massive scar!

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