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Fri Mar 8, 2013, 07:13 PM

168. The latest update - maybe you could comment

I have been on this crusade to try and find out as much as I could about Nikita's history so I can determine where do I go from here. Here is where things stand today:

A series of events which include a mixed review by people who should show if the tipped ear is indeed the mark left by a vet (and these are people who should know) have ranged from "I am 99% sure that is a tipped ear" to that mark is on the wrong ear and most likely has been caused by a tearing. Please note: I have been studying this mark a lot, and it does not have ragged edges. The cut was truly a clean one, so I am inclined to think it was not a tearing.

Those on this thread who advised me not to listen to my one neighbor were so correct. Even though he originally told me Nikita was one of the cats trapped and taken to the vet had his cats mixed up. The ones that were taken, were marked, given a rabies shot and spayed or neutered. Some are at his house across the street, and the rest were taken to his home in West Virginia. In other words, he and his wife kept them all. So he was mistaken about Nikita being in that group.

So where does this leave things? She may have been marked by another vet or maybe that is a tear. She may have had the spaying and rabies shot should that be the case; otherwise, she has had nothing that I can determine. There are no records I can locate. So she may or may not be pregnant. Keeping in mind my dog Cheyenne, this is a true depressing turn of events. I was working on keeping them comfortable with each other, I am now back to wondering exactly how to proceed. I have put a question mark over Nikita's head as far as history, and if you will pardon the expression, I am starting from scratch.

So I guess that leaves things in this order. First, I have to get her to the vet. I still cannot pick her up and I think I need at least two more weeks working with her. I have to quit feeding her 24 hours before I take her (the PAWS lady told me this today) so the spaying can be done. (I think) I will have to ask if the rabies shot can be given if she is indeed pregnant and I have to check for worms. I guess it is possible once she gets there, the vet might say she definitely has been marked at some point, but I consider that a remote possibility. So when I reach this point (after the visit to the vet), I start down the list gradually of other shots she needs. But after the original visit, I can again start coaxing her inside. I have a flea treatment I can put on her myself.

I am pretty demoralized about all the contradictions I have been given because it is a huge setback, but I have to hand it to DU. People who have posted here have given me the best advice. And that does include you. Thanks again.

I think I have to expect once Nikita comes back from the vet, she will be standoffish with me, traumatized by that visit. A couple of people have said this to me. I regret that, but the PAWS lady will help with getting her there.

Pardon me for saying this, but I am being a big baby about the whole. I look at her and I can't hardly think about doing something which I know will terrorize her. But I try to give myself pep talks and say I am doing the right thing for her long-term well being. I guess I just need to toughen up.

If you have any thoughts, I am certainly listening. Thanks.

Sam

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