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February 2, 2006
Funnel boy returned from the vet yesterday with a myriad of wipes and medications. As suspected, his ailments were purely allergies. We're not sure how long he's supposed to wear the collar, though I suspect it won't last too long as the pathetic factor of the situation (bumping into walls, licking the collar by mistake, getting food stuck inside the collar) keeps teetering between extremely humorous and very sad.
Posted by callalillie at February 2, 2006 7:25 AM | Feline Musings
that is so fucking awesome. in a sad way of course. but awesome still.
Posted by: tien at February 2, 2006 7:48 AM
Poor Irving...I didn't realize cats could have such horrific allergies. It's almost as if he's allergic to himself. I think he's the most Eeoyre of cats...
Posted by: Sue at February 2, 2006 8:39 AM
What is he allergic to? Seems ironic that something that makes me sneeze until my jaw breaks can be allergic to itself. Longtime lurker btw.
Posted by: Lala at February 2, 2006 8:56 AM
Another lurker...looks like Uncle Irving is contemplating some serious existential issues. Or composing metaphysical poetry. Is he experiencing grooming angst?
Posted by: Michelle at February 2, 2006 9:06 AM
Check out Uncle Irving's 1000 yard stare! My Dad had that too. He was a three tour Vietnam vet though. :-/
Posted by: ccs178 (Chris) at February 2, 2006 9:27 AM
Irving is completely humiliated. Or moreso than usual.
Funny how cats have allergies, huh? Irving has the same kind of allergies that humans get (and yes, the vet once said that he could even be allergic to himself)-- mold, dust, pollen. The weather has been funky lately and I think that might have something to do with it.
Posted by: corie at February 2, 2006 10:01 AM
Poor guy. He looks rather space-age in his cone, though. It kinds of works for him.
Posted by: Sally at February 2, 2006 10:23 AM
Oh! Poor Irving - he looks mortified!!
Is the collar to prevent licking and other alopecia related items?
He needs special attention and you can't let the other cats hear or see it if you happen to laugh at(with) Irving.
Posted by: Tiya at February 2, 2006 10:23 AM
Poor Uncle Irving. He looks like he is planning to get you back for the humiliation in that photo. Our cat Merlin has spent a lot of his life in one of those collars and he actually likes it now - weird or what?
Posted by: mrspao at February 2, 2006 11:50 AM
Posted by: SuperCath at February 2, 2006 12:06 PM
My roommate's kitten had to wear a collar like that following eye surgery, but hers was opaque. I can only imagine that the more transparent one helps, even if only a little?
Also, I would have to hold her kitten's tail up to her face for her to lick it. She seemed soooooo grateful. Poor boo-boo kitty.
Posted by: Jess at February 2, 2006 1:19 PM
Yes, the collar is to prevent licking, but it hasn't stopped him from trying.
We'll have to take it off of him when we go away this weekend, as I am afraid he might get caught on something and get hurt.
Irving is too pathetic to laugh at (though apparently not pathetic enough for me to put away my camera). He's gotten a lot of extra cuddles.
Posted by: corie at February 2, 2006 3:51 PM
In the linked-to photo, what happened to Mr. Irving's ears? They looked chewed up!
Posted by: Divaah46 at February 2, 2006 9:57 PM
it's just the funnel bending them back, i think. his ears are the one thing he hasn't licked to death.
Posted by: corie at February 2, 2006 10:05 PM
Your cats look cynical. And french: "I don't care about zee fucking cone! Now give me some catnip."
Nice to see you and Lex the other night. We shouldn't let so much time pass, eh?
Posted by: will at February 2, 2006 10:39 PM
Have you tried giving the cat some better quality food such as Nutromax/Natural Choice or Iams? These foods are high in Vitamin E and are usually better for animals prone to allergies.
Posted by: Brian at February 4, 2006 2:09 PM