Bella and I went to the vet last night and I'm very happy that it's over!
When I realized that I was also going to be examined, I got a little nervous and peed in my carrier. Our vet was very understanding and explained that that kind of accident is very embarrassing for a cat. That made me feel much more comfortable with him and the rest of my examination went off without a hitch.
He weighed me (15.4 pounds) and examined my scabs. By the location and look of my cuts, he determined that my problem is an allergy and he prescribed a course of Prednisone. I asked him if it was possible that I was allergic to Torties...he just smiled and winked. I think that means I must be! He told Mommy to watch my progress and if my scratching doesn't stop in 3 days, they will look to a different treatment. He thinks it is a seasonal allergy and if it comes back after the treatment, they'll do tests to see what I'm allergic to.
Bella was a lot more relaxed than I expected. The vet weighed her (7.3 pounds) and said she was in 'remarkable health for a cat her age, but should put on about a pound'. Bella showed off her athleticism by jumping off the high counter and running around the room! He looked at the lump on her abdomen, and said it could be an umbilical hernia and, after he aspirated it and tested the cells for bad things (tests were all good), he said that she does not require surgery. Mommy has to watch it and check for any increase in size of the lump, but other than that, she's in great health.
Here is the vet examining Bella's cells under a microscope.
When we got home, Deli was waiting to sniff us and grill us about where we were all evening. Mommy gave me my first pill and we're all feeling a little sleepy, so we're going to relax and enjoy our long weekend!
Thank you for your purrs that our vet trip go well. They seem to have worked!