Monday, December 13, 2010

Molly the Cat

It slipped my mind, then I was reminded that I have to feed Molly, the diabetic cat, from the 17th to the 21st of December. He (it took awhile to discover she was a he) is not a kitten. I think the cat is over ten years old. At this stage he gets a sht of insulin before his morning and evening chow.

What that means is that I drive up the mountain and shoot up a cat twice a day. This ought to be entertaining; more for the cat than for me, I suspect. Keeps me off the streets. With luck the cat will survive until his real adults return.

Whenever people take off, leaving their pets in my care, I worry that they'll pick that time to kick the bucket. Then it will be all my fault. I do avoid caring for pets I don't like. Believe it or not, some animals are jerks. If I have to care for jerk animals, I would feel double guilty if they kick because I secretly wished for their demise long before I had to play nanny.

Molly is a likable creature so I worry more about being up to the task. His owners do this every day--how hard can it be? With luck I won't accidentally give myself the shot. Too bad it isn't something more glamorous, like morphine.

Really, though, Molly probably has it tough enough being saddled with a girl name. He's made up for it by standing off rattlesnakes and avoiding coyotes. Even so, it has to hurt.


  1. I never heard of a diabetic cat before... and watch out for those claws when giving that shot! ouch

  2. Cats are usually pretty reasonable about shots. Except that they have long memories and sharp teeth and claws.

    I'd trust you with a cat. I bet Molly likes you.

  3. My mother and father had a diabetic cat. My dad gave it insulin shots twice each day for about 4 years. The cat didn't seem to mind at all. Everything ready, pull up a hunk-a-cat in shot area with one hand, jab and shoot with the other while telling cat how wonderful he is, done before he knew what happened.

  4. Ahhh you will do fine. You might even get attached to the little devil....


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