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Friday, September 23, 2005

We Just Need a Sample, Please

Back when Chatham was at the vet's, I mentioned that I had a story about DH getting a urine sample from him on command, twice.

Well, it's now up to three times.

First, in case you've never had to get a urine sample from a cat, let me tell you how it's done. The vet gives you a sample cup and a small bag of plastic pellets. You clean out the litter box of everything. It is recommended that you use the litter bags; put this over the box as usual (or per instructions if you haven't used them before). Instead of pouring in a lot of litter, you pour in the handful of plastic pellets. The idea being that it's pretty easy to pour urine out of plastic - after all, it's not being absorbed.

The pellets are supposed to be a subsitute for the litter. Like a cat can be fooled into pawing at a few ounces of plastic instead of digging into litter. Yeah, right.

Chatham got really frustrated by this. He didn't want to pretend squat in pretend litter. So he yowled and paced and got in and out of the box. Finally, DH himself got frustrated, lifted Chatham's tail and said "Go ahead and pee already!"

To his surprise, Chatham peed. DH caught the stream in the cup. So now, when the vet wants to check Chatham's urine, DH just follows him down and waits for him to pee. Chatham doesn't seem to mind.

P.S. As I type this, DH tells me that this is not all entirely true. He sez he doesn't command Chatham to pee. He just does it.

And I'm lighting a cyberspace candle for my Aunt Doris, who was born on this day, and passed away almost two years ago.


At 8:49 AM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Pretty funny how Nod can catch cat pee. Disgusting, but funny.

Thanks for the candle for Doris. I miss her every single day. Yesterday I wanted to call her. Had something to tell her.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

I think DH is right. If Chatham does not want to pee he can hold it up to a week, is my guess.

At 12:11 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

That is pretty hilarious.

Doris' b-day, of COURSE! I almost forgot, pretty pathetic. I remember Doris herself all the time though. She was a real sweetie. I miss her too. I think of her every time I see a goose or duck or...

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Your hubby is a highly talented guy.
I hope your dad's b-day was a goodie.
I loved your mom's post about him.
Sept 22 is my dad's b-day too. Good men were born on that day!

At 5:52 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

Pretty candle:)
That's a pretty funny story about Chatham! Just lift his tail? Sounds like he really IS a pez dispenser.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Fred said...

We've had tons of cats, but have never had to do the pee thing. Whew!

Nice candle for Aunt Doris. I loved the picture over at AP3's site.


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