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Worrying about the cat ... and other stuff

Cobweb (our tabby cat) has wounds under her chin which have been bleeding and seemed infected, so we took her to the vet today. Apparently, she has kitty acne. It's all bloody and gross. So now she's wearing one of those cone-shaped plastic collars and keeps running into things, poor baby. And we have to put an ointment on her chin twice a day, which should be fun. We haven't tried to do it yet, but I can't imagine she's going to just sit there and let us do it. She seems very unhappy, wandering the house running into things, unable to settle. I'm worrying about her, hence the mood I chose for this entry.

More Dance Dance Revolution today. I stopped by EB Games and bought DDR SuperNova and so we tried that one out today. It has better songs, but the challenge mode (whatever it's called, the mode that allows you to meet challenges and win rewards like new songs) sucks. I see now why people on Amazon called DDR Extreme 2 the better game. I guess I made a good decision the first time, in choosing DDR Extreme 2 to buy. If I could do today over, I probably wouldn't buy SuperNova, but we have it now, so I'll do my best to enjoy it. I do like the songs.

I've been putting books into the Xenagia index lately, and I got to my John Crowley books, and so sat down and re-read Antiquities so that I could summarize each of the short stories contained therein. I had planned on inputting the Aegypt series next, but Shannon cautioned me about spoiling myself by reading the blurbs on the backs of the books, since I haven't read the series yet. At first I scoffed, but in the end I decided he was right, and so I didn't put those books into the index. Someday I'll read them. At first I was waiting until the series was finished -- because I hate reading something not knowing if it will ever be finished -- but now it's done and I still haven't started reading. John Crowley is a little challenging for my current cognitive abilities.

But just typing in the entries for Little, Big and Engine Summer made me want to re-read them. I've got a particular yen to re-read Engine Summer (it's the shorter and simpler of the two), so I might do that after I finish the Jasper Fforde novel I'm currently working on. The Jasper Fforde (The Well of Lost Plots) is going very slowly, because I'm spending most of my time on the Xenagia index rather than reading.

My latest musical obsession is a song by Santana and Alex Band called "Why Don't You and I." Last time I went out with Katherine, I was bemoaning the fact that I couldn't find it on iTunes, but sometime since I last looked (months? years?) they got it! So I've been listening to it over and over again, as I do with songs when I get obsessed with them. I like Alex Band's voice.

No other news tonight. Hope you're doing well.

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wild_irises
Oct. 16th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
When Rocky had kitty acne (not as bad as Cobweb's), two things helped. One was human acne medication (liquid) applied with a Q-tip. The other was changing his food and water bowl from plastic ones to ceramic ones.

Good luck with it!
kimberly_a
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
We already use ceramic bowls, but maybe the acne medication will help. They gave us something at the vet's office. We're supposed to use it until the problem is better. I wonder how long that will be.
wesleysgirl
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh geez, we are well experienced with cat acne at our house. Did they tell you about the food bowls? Apparently plastic and sometimes even ceramic bowls can harbor bacteria. They recommend that you use stainless steel bowls and wash them often with hot (dish) soapy water.
kimberly_a
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
They didn't tell us anything about the food and water bowls. Thanks for the advice!
wesleysgirl
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
No problem! We also eventually found it necessary to switch to a low-allergen food (on the theory that a lot of cat's acne is triggered by an allergen) and that along with the stainless bowls has made a big difference. Good luck!
kimberly_a
Oct. 16th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
We would have difficulty changing foods right now, because we've had difficulty finding food that's appropriate for both the adult cats and the kitten. We can't have adult food and kitten food, because the adult cats just eat the kitten food, and the kitten eats the adult food, and everybody gets the wrong nutrition. So we had to find one food that was good for everyone. It isn't as high quality as the adult food we were getting before we got the kitten, but nutritionally it's what our vet recommended. In another six months, we can get whatever food we want, since the kitten will be old enough then, but for the next six months we're kind of stuck.

I'm hoping the allergy medication will clear the situation up. She's never had a problem before! Poor baby.
ocannie
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
I've also dealt wit kitty acne before. I second the advice on changing the food bowls to stainless steel ones.

So glad you're enjoying DDR again!
kimberly_a
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'll talk to Shannon about changing the food and water bowls to stainless steel ones. Thanks for the advice!
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